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miR-29b Expression Is Associated With Disease-Free Survival in Patients With Ovarian Serous Carcinoma
  1. Richard Flavin, FRCPath*,
  2. Paul Smyth, PhD*,
  3. Ciara Barrett, FRCPath*,
  4. S. Russell, MSc*,
  5. Hannah Wen, MD,
  6. Jianjun Wei, MD,
  7. Alex Laios, MD§,
  8. Sharon O'Toole, PhD§,
  9. M. Ring, BSc*,
  10. K. Denning, PhD*,
  11. J. Li, PhD*,
  12. S. Aherne, BSc*,
  13. D. Sammarae, MD§,
  14. N. A. Aziz, MD§,
  15. A. Alhadi, MD§,
  16. Sephen P. Finn, PhD,
  17. M. Loda, MD,
  18. Sheppard B, PhD§,
  19. Orla Sheils, PhD* and
  20. John J. O'Leary, MD, PhD*
  1. *From the Departments of Histopathology, and
  2. From the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland;
  3. From the Departments of Department of Pathology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL;
  4. §From the Departments of Department of Pathology, New York University, New York, NY; and
  5. From the Departments of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Richard Flavin, Department of Histopathology, Phase 3 Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St James's Hospital, James's St, Dublin 8, Ireland. E-mail: flavinr{at}


Micro-RNAs are a group of small noncoding RNAs approximately 22 nucleotides in length. Recent work has shown differential expression of mature micro-RNAs in human cancers. We characterized the alteration in expression of miR-29b in ovarian serous carcinoma. miR-29b expression was analyzed using quantitative stem-loop reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction on a set of 50 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded ovarian serous carcinoma samples. Protein expression of p53, estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, Ki-67, and insulinlike growth factor 1 was quantified in the corresponding tissue microarray. The expression profile of miR-29b was correlated with clinicopathological and patient survival data. We provide definitive evidence that miR-29b is down-regulated in a significant proportion of ovarian serous carcinomas and is associated with specific clinicopathological features, most notably high miR-29b expression being associated with reduced disease-free survival.

  • Micro-RNA
  • Ovarian serous carcinoma
  • Biomarkers

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  • Disclosure/Conflict of Interest: Dr Richard Flavin is funded by an HRB Ireland Clinical Research Fellowship under Grant No. CRT/2006/10. The authors would like to acknowledge The Emer Casey Foundation Ireland.

  • The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose.