Erythropoietin receptor expression in biopsy specimens from patients with uterine cervix squamous cell carcinoma

G. Shenouda, A. Mehio, L. Souhami, M. Duclos, L. Portelance, A. Belenkov, T. Chow

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Hypoxia, an important mechanism of radioresistance, is a strong stimulus for erythropoietin (EPO) production. The stimulatory effects of EPO are mediated through the activation of its receptors, EPO receptors (EPORs). The objective of this study is to determine whether EPORs are expressed in biopsy specimens of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix. Eighteen biopsy specimens were studied after obtaining Institutional Review Board-approved consent. Standard immunohistochemistry techniques were utilized. Expression of EPORs was present in 16 out of 18 (88.9%) specimens. The intensity (qualitative) and the frequency (semiquantitative) of EPORs expression showed a statistically significant correlation (P= 0.00379). Statistical analysis was performed to determine whether EPORs expression is related to other parameters such as age, FIGO stage, histologic grade, and hemoglobin levels. Only age showed a statistically significant correlation with EPORs frequency of expression (P= 0.00878). Currently, work is in progress in our laboratory to study the radiobiologic effects of EPO on the radiation response of cultured cancer cell lines in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-756
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Erythropoietin
  • Erythropoietin receptors
  • Uterine cervix neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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