Hypoxia is involved in the reduction of HtrA3 in patients with endometrial hyperplasia and cancer

Qiaoying Lv, Bingyi Yang, Chengcheng Ning, Bingying Xie, Guiying Nie, Xiaojun Chen, Qi Chen

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Endometrial cancer (EC) has recently become a major gynecological cancer and endometrial hyperplasia increases the risk for developing EC. Previous studies have reported that human high temperature requirement factor A3 (HtrA3), a member of ATP independent serine proteases family, is involved in endometrial carcinogenesis. However, the underlying mechanism of HtrA3 function is unclear in endometrial hyperplasia and cancer. In this study, we investigated that HtrA3 expression was reduced in endometrial hyperplasia as well as EC. The circulating levels of HtrA3 were also significantly reduced in both atypical hyperplasia and EC. Whether hypoxia is involved in the reduction of HtrA3 in EC was further investigated. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) scores of Glut1 and HtrA3 in type 1 and type 2 EC tissues showed the inverse correlation. And hypoxic condition reduced the expression of HtrA3. Furthermore, silencing HtrA3 promoted EC cell migration. Our study demonstrated the reduced levels of HtrA3 in endometrial hyperplasia including atypical hyperplasia which is a premalignant condition; and as the degree of hypoxia increases in EC, HtrA3 eventually loses its expression. Hypoxia is responsible for the reduction of HtrA3 which in turn promotes EC progression. These findings suggested that HtrA3 is an important adaptor in hypoxic regions that drives endometrial cancer development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2918-2923
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2018


  • Endometrial cancer
  • HtrA3
  • Hypoxia
  • Metastasis

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