Biological variables linked to genomic instability were examined and related to survival in 52 patients affected by ovarian carcinoma and nine patients with low malignant potential tumors (LMP). METHODS: DNA ploidy was measured by image cytometry in isolated neoplastic cells; the mitotic index was measured in Feulgen-toluidine blue-stained sections and p53 was investigated by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Twenty-five tumors (4 LMP) were peridiploid (ploidy < 2.25c), 22 tumors (4 LMP) were hyperdiploid (2.25c > ploidy < 2.9c) and 14 (1 LMP) had high ploidy (> or = 2.9c). MI ranged from 0.3 to 24.2 with a mean of 1.8 for LMP and 6.8 for carcinomas (P<0.001). Widespread p53 overexpression was detected in 49% of carcinomas and in none of the LMP tumors. CONCLUSIONS: Survival analysis performed in patients with carcinomas indicated that, of the examined biological variables, only MI was moderately associated with survival in a subgroup of early-stage patients.

p53 expression, DNA ploidy and mitotic index as prognostic factors in patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma

CECCARONI, MARCELLO;CHIECO, PASQUALE;DE IACO, PIERANDREA;CECCARELLI, CLAUDIO;SANTINI, DONATELLA;PELUSI, GIUSEPPE
2004

Abstract

Biological variables linked to genomic instability were examined and related to survival in 52 patients affected by ovarian carcinoma and nine patients with low malignant potential tumors (LMP). METHODS: DNA ploidy was measured by image cytometry in isolated neoplastic cells; the mitotic index was measured in Feulgen-toluidine blue-stained sections and p53 was investigated by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Twenty-five tumors (4 LMP) were peridiploid (ploidy < 2.25c), 22 tumors (4 LMP) were hyperdiploid (2.25c > ploidy < 2.9c) and 14 (1 LMP) had high ploidy (> or = 2.9c). MI ranged from 0.3 to 24.2 with a mean of 1.8 for LMP and 6.8 for carcinomas (P<0.001). Widespread p53 overexpression was detected in 49% of carcinomas and in none of the LMP tumors. CONCLUSIONS: Survival analysis performed in patients with carcinomas indicated that, of the examined biological variables, only MI was moderately associated with survival in a subgroup of early-stage patients.
2004
CECCARONI M.; CHIECO P.; ALBONI C.; DE IACO P.; PAGANO K.; CECCARELLI C.; SANTINI D.; TARONI B.; PELUSI G.
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