Unfavorable prognostic value of human kallikrein 7 quantified by ELISA in ovarian cancer cytosols

Shannon J.C. Shan, Andreas Scorilas, Dionyssios Katsaros, Irene Rigault De La Longrais, Marco Massobrio, Eleftherios P. Diamandis

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Background: Human tissue kallikrein 7 (gene, KLK7; protein, hK7) is a member of the kallikrein family of secreted serine proteases. Reports indicate that in ovarian cancer, KLK7 is significantly up-regulated at the mRNA level. The aim of this study was to determine whether hK7, measured quantitatively by ELISA in ovarian cancer cytosols, is a prognostic biomarker for ovarian cancer. Methods: We used a newly developed ELISA with 2 monoclonal antibodies to quantify hK7 production in 260 ovarian tumor cytosols and correlated these data with various clinicopathologic variables and patient outcomes [progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS)] over a median follow-up period of 52 months. Results: Median (range) hK7 concentration in ovarian tumor cytosols was 2.84 (0-32.8) ng/mg of total protein. Compared with healthy and benign ovarian tissues and nonovarian tumors that metastasized to the ovary, malignant ovarian tumor cytosols highly overproduced hK7 (P <0.001). We used the median value as the cutoff value to categorize tumors as hK7-positive and hK7-negative. Women with hK7-positive tumors most frequently had advanced-stage disease, higher tumor grade (G3), suboptimal debulking, and serous or undifferentiated histotype (P <0.001). Univariate analysis showed that hK7 positivity was associated with significantly shorter PFS (P = 0.01) but not OS. Kaplan-Meier survival curves confirmed an increased risk of relapse in women with hK7-positive tumors (P = 0.009). In multivariate analysis, hK7 was not significantly associated with either PFS or OS. Conclusions: hK7 is associated with other unfavorable characteristics of ovarian cancer, but it is not an independent prognosticator for ovarian cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1879-1886
Number of pages8
JournalClinical chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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