Localisation of somatostatin and somatostatin receptors in benign and malignant ovarian tumours

Published on Friday, 03 July 2015


Somatostatin has been identified as having anti-proliferative, anti-angiogenic and pro-apoptotic actions in many tumour systems, and these effects are mediated through a family of five transmembrane G-protein coupled SRIF receptors.

Ovarian cancer is the commonest gynaecological malignancy in the UK and maintenance therapy is urgently required.

Native somatostatin expression and its receptors sst(1,2,3 and 5) were studied with immunohistochemistry in 63 malignant and 35 benign ovarian tumours of various histological types.

Fifty-seven out of 63 (90%) of malignant and 26/35 (74%) benign tumours expressed somatostatin. Receptors sst(1,2,3 and 5) were expressed variably in epithelial, vascular and stromal compartments for both benign and malignant tumours.

Somatostatin was found to correlate significantly with stromal sst(1) (P=0.008), epithelial sst(1) (P<0.001), stromal sst(2) (P=0.019), vascular sst(2) (P=0.026), epithelial sst(3) (P=0.026), stromal sst(5) (P=0.013) and vascular sst(5) (P=0.038).

Increased expression of native somatostatin correlating with somatostatin receptors in malignant ovarian tumours raises the possibility that either synthetic somatostatin antagonists or receptor agonists may have therapeutic potential.


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See also:

- Somatostatin in oncology, the overlooked evidences;

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Somatostatin, Octreotide, Sandostatin LAR, analogues and/or derivatives);

- The Di Bella Method (A Fixed Part - Cyclophosphamide and/or Hydroxyurea tablets, one or two per day).