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27th German Cancer Congress Berlin 2006

German Cancer Society (Frankfurt/M.)

22. - 26.03.2006, Berlin

Prognostic Role of Expression of IL-1 a, IL-1 b, IL-1 Ra and IL-10 in Advanced Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (OC)

Meeting Abstract

  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Cristina Pirvulescu - Gynecological Department, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Deutschland
  • Elena Ioana Braicu - Clinic for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Universitätsklinikum Cluj-Napoca
  • Alexandru Mustea - Gynecological Department, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Dominique Könsgen - Gynecological Department, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Jalid Sehouli - Gynecological Department, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

27. Deutscher Krebskongress. Berlin, 22.-26.03.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. DocPO358

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Published: March 20, 2006

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Objective: Cytokines are involved into pathogenesis of different gynecological malignancies. There are limited data in ovarian cancer. The aim of this study is to investigate the level of IL-1 a, IL-1b, IL-1 RA and IL-10 in serum and ascites from patients with ovarian cancer and to determine whether levels of these cytokines in serum and ascites may influence the prognostic of ovarian cancer.

Methods: In a prospective study from 2001 to 2004, 136 women with OC and 70 women with benign gynaecological diseases (CG) were enrolled. IL-1 a, IL-1 b, IL-1RA and IL-10 levels were analysed in serum and ascites with ELISA technique. The samples were obtained from the Tumorbank Ovarian Cancer (TOC).

Results: The concentrations of IL-1 b, IL-1 RA and IL-10 in ascites were significantly increased in patients with OC in comparison to CG, also the concentration of IL-1 RA and IL-10 in serum in OC vs. CG.

Survival analysis showed that patients with a higher expression of IL-1 RA in ascites have a reduced overall survival (p=0.01) and progression-free survival (p=0.007). Also a higher expression of IL-1 b in serum (p=0.004) and ascites (p=0.05) reduce significantly the progression-free survival. Due to the fact that levels of IL-10 are significantly higher in ascites and serum of patients with ovarian cancer than in those of the control group, and to the association between high IL-10 levels in ascites and serum and histological type of the tumor, levels in the peritoneal cavity and grading, IL-10 may play an important immunosuppressive role in the pathogenesis of ovarian cancer. In multivariate analysis, expression of IL-1 RA in ascites was an independent prognostic factor for poor survival (relative risk, 0.310; 95% CI, 0.139-0.693).

Based on our results, IL-1 RA may represent a biomarker of poor prognosis in ovarian cancer.