Aim: To investigate and compare topoisomerase II-α expression in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer of varying Gleason scores and hormone-insensitive prostate cancer.
Methods: The immunohistochemical expression of topoisomerase II-α antibody in the above-mentioned diagnostic categories was investigated and compared.
Results: Increased expression of topoisomerase II-α was seen in the prostate cancers of Gleason scores 7 and 8–10 (p = 0.000) compared with prostate cancers of Gleason score 6 and BPH (p = 0.245). Statistically significant differences were found in the topoisomerase II-α gene expression between prostate cancers categorised by Gleason Score. Also, increased expression of topoisomerase II-α was seen in the known hormone-resistant prostate carcinomas compared with prostate cancers with no hormone treatment in the subgroup with Gleason scores 8–10, which approached statistical significance (p = 0.081). No statistically significant difference was observed in topoisomerase II-α expression between the groups with BPH and prostate carcinoma of Gleason score 6 (p = 0.245).
Conclusion: Topoisomerase II-α expression was found to increase with the known prognostic marker Gleason score and with hormone insensitivity. Objective evidence is provided for clinical trials with drugs targeting topoisomerase II-α to be targeted to patients with prostate cancers of Gleason Score >6 and, in particular, prostate cancers of Gleason Scores 8–10.
- BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia
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