Previous observations from our laboratory have demonstrated that the levels of immunoreactive inhibin (ir-inh) are elevated in almost all patients with granulosa cell tumors and in the majority of postmenopausal women with mucinous ovarian cancers. The present report confirms these findings in a larger group of post-menopausal women. Immunohistochemistry for the inhibin alpha. beta A and beta B sununits shows predominantly epithelial staining in granulosa cell tumors and in the majority of mucinous cancers. Serous cystadenocarcinomas also frequently show positive staining. Studies seeking to identify G alpha i-2 or FSH receptor mutations have provided negative results in contrast to other reports. Further studies of the roles of the inhibin-related family of peptides in ovarian cancer diagnosis and monitoring are clearly indicated.
|Translated title of the contribution||Inhibin and ovarian cancer|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|