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posted on 15.12.2020, 18:56 by Mitchell Acland, Georgia Arentz, Max Mussared, Fergus Whitehead, Peter Hoffmann, Manuela Klingler-Hoffmann, Martin K. Oehler

Serous endometrial cancer (SEC) and high grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) are aggressive gynecological malignancies with high rates of metastasis and poor prognosis. Endometrial intraepithelial carcinoma (EIC), the precursor for SEC, and serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma (STIC), believed to be the precursor lesion for HGSOC, can also be associated with intraabdominal spread. To provide insight into the etiology of these precancerous lesions and to explore the potential molecular mechanisms underlying their metastatic behavior, we performed a proteomic mass spectrometry analysis in a patient with synchronous EIC and STIC. Through histological and molecular identification of precancerous lesions followed by laser capture microdissection, we were able to identify over 450 proteins within the precancerous lesions and adjacent healthy tissue. The proteomic analysis of STIC and EIC showed remarkable overlap in the proteomic patterns, reflecting early neoplastic changes in proliferation, loss of polarity and attachment. Our proteomic analysis showed that both EIC and STIC, despite being regarded as premalignant lesions, have metastatic potential, which correlates with the common presentation of invasive serous gynecological malignancies at advanced stage.

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