Ovarian carcinomas are associated with increased inflammation which is based upon an up-regulation of inducible cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Moreover, based on our previous published data, the extra-renal vitamin D metabolism seems to be dysregulated in comparison to healthy tissue. In order to gain further insight into the prostaglandin (PG)- and vitamin D-metabolism in ovarian carcinomas, the study aimed to evaluate the expression of the PG metabolising enzymes COX-2 and 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (15-PGDH) compared to the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in benign and malignant ovarian tissues. Additionally, we determined the 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25(OH2)D3) serum levels. Expression of VDR, COX-2 and 15-PGDH was determined by Western blot analysis. Serum levels of 25(OH2)D3and PGE2were measured by chemiluminescence-based and colorimetric immunoassay. We detected significantly higher expressions of the PG metabolising enzymes 15-PGDH and COX-2 in malignant tissue and PGE2serum levels were 2-fold higher in tumour patients. Furthermore, we found an inverse correlation to the VDR-expression which was 62.1% lower in malignant tissues compared to that in benign tissues. Surprisingly, we could not detect any differences between the 25(OH2)D3serum levels in either group (n=20). These data suggest a correlation between PG- and vitamin D-metabolism in ovarian carcinomas. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
|Title of host publication||Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|Number of pages||4|
|ISBN (Print)||1879-1220 (Electronic)0960-0760 (Linking)|
|Publication status||Published - 07.2010|