Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent mitogen in various precursor tumor cells, including endometrial adenocarcinoma. It is proposed that ET-1 produced by endometrial adenocarcinoma may participate in the angiogenesis of this carcinoma in vivo. Endothelin converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1) is the key enzyme that synthesizes ET-1. In this study, we tried to demonstrate the expression of ECE-1 in endometrial carcinomas. Deparaffinized tissue sections from patients with endometrial adenocarcinoma were analyzed by immunohistochemistry for the presence of ECE-1. Our study showed that the expression of ECE-1 was markedly increased in 9 of 15 (60%) well-differentiated endometrial adenocarcinomas; in contrast, only 2 out of 10 (20%) control specimens showed a mild labeling. With new selective inhibitory molecules emerging, research is currently evaluating the possible inhibition of ECE-1 as an alternative approach for the treatment of endometrial as well as other carcinomas.
- Endometrial cancer
- Endothelin converting enzyme-1
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research