American journal of translational research

IMP3 is upregulated in primary ovarian mucinous carcinoma and promotes tumor progression.

PMID 28804555


Primary ovarian mucinous tumors progress from benign adenoma to borderline tumors to invasive mucinous carcinoma. A proper differential diagnosis is crucial to discriminate malignancies at the early stages of disease. However, few biomarkers are clinically available. We designed this study to analyze the clinical application of the oncogene IMP3 in monitoring early malignancies in ovarian primary mucinous tumors. We collected 250 samples of ovarian primary mucinous tumors along with the corresponding clinicopathological information between 2009 and 2015 at the Gynecology and Obstetrics Hospital of Fudan University and performed immunochemical assays. Statistical analysis of the correlation between expression of IMP3 and clinic-pathological parameters as well as the survivals of these patients was carried out. Finally, wound-healing and transwell assays were performed in SKOV3 and CAOV3 cells. The expression rate and intensity of IMP3 were much higher in invasive carcinoma than those in benign adenoma and classic borderline adenoma ( IMP3 is highly expressed in ovarian mucinous tumors and is positively correlated with malignancy. IMP3 could be used in the differential diagnosis of ovarian mucinous tumors and might be applicable in monitoring tumor initiation and progression.