Overexpression of the tyrosine phosphatase PTP1B is associated with human ovarian carcinomas.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to determine whether protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B is overexpressed in ovarian cancers, possibly altering the balance of intracellular tyrosine phosphorylation. STUDY DESIGN: The expression of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B was assayed in frozen sections from 54 human ovarian carcinomas and seven normal ovaries by immunochemical staining with monoclonal antibody AE4-2J, which is specific for protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B. The expression of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B-specific messenger ribonucleic acid in tumors was determined by Northern analysis. The results were analyzed statistically by means of Fisher's exact test. RESULTS: Minimal staining was observed in normal ovarian epithelium. In contrast, 43 of 54 (79.6%) tumors displayed increased protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B expression, which is statistically associated with malignancy. Overexpression was associated with the expression of the p185c-erbB-2, p170EGFR, and p165mCSFR growth factor receptor protein tyrosine kinases. Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B messenger ribonucleic acid expression was inconsistently increased in tumor cells. CONCLUSION: Increased expression of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B in ovarian cancers that also express protein tyrosine kinases suggests that protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B may play a role in the growth regulation of ovarian cancers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wiener, JR; Hurteau, JA; Kerns, BJ; Whitaker, RS; Conaway, MR; Berchuck, A; Bast, RC

Published Date

  • April 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 170 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1177 - 1183

PubMed ID

  • 8166206

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9378

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9378(94)70118-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States