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Reduced Expression of NDUFS3 and Its Clinical Significance in Serous Ovarian Cancer
  1. Pei Wang, BSc*,
  2. Xiaodong Cheng, PhD,
  3. Zhiqin Fu, BSc*,
  4. Caiyun Zhou, PhD*,
  5. Weiguo Lu, PhD*, and
  6. Xing Xie, MD*,
  1. *Women’s Reproductive Health Laboratory of Zhejiang Province, and
  2. Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Xing Xie, MD, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Women’s Reproductive Health Key Laboratory of Zhejiang Province, Women’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Xueshi Rd no. 2, Hangzhou, 310006, China. E-mail:


Objective Expression of the mitochondrial protein, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide dehydrogenase (ubiquinone) Fe-S protein 3 (NDUFS3), down-regulates in some cancers including breast and kidney. This study evaluates NDUFS3 expression and its clinical significance in human serous ovarian adenocarcinoma.

Methods 30 ovarian normal epithelium, 30 benign serous adenoma, and 100 serous carcinoma tissues were collected, and the expression of NDUFS3 protein and messenger RNA was evaluated by immunohistochemistry, Western blot, and real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction, respectively. Relationships between NDUFS3 protein expression and clinicopathologic parameters and disease-free and overall survival were also studied.

Results The expression of NDUFS3 messenger RNA and protein was significantly decreased in serous ovarian adenocarcinoma compared with normal ovarian epithelium and benign serous adenoma (both P < 0.001). Reduced NDUFS3 immunostaining correlated with advanced Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage (P = 0.002) and suboptimal residual disease after primary surgery (P = 0.021). Reduced NDUFS3 expression also correlated with shorter disease-free (P = 0.002) and overall survival (P = 0.004).

Conclusions NDUFS3 expression is down-regulated in serous ovarian adenocarcinoma, suggesting that NDUFS3 may contribute to the development of serous ovarian cancer.

  • NDUFS3
  • Serous ovarian cancer
  • Protein expression
  • Prognosis

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  • This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 81072119), Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province (grant no. Y2100377), and National High Technology Research Development Program 863 (grant no. 2012AA02A507).

  • Pei Wang and Xiaodong Cheng contributed equally to this work.

  • The authors declare no conflicts of interest.