Immunohistochemical detection of HSP60-expression in human ovarian cancer. Correlation with survival in a series of 247 patients

Anticancer Res. May-Jun 1999;19(3A):2141-6.


Purpose: In a previous pilot study, HSP60 expression at the transcriptional (mRNA) level was shown to be a negative prognostic factor in ovarian cancer. The aim of this study was to determine HSP60-expression by means of immunohistochemistry and to correlate the results with survival in a large series of ovarian carcinoma patients with a closed follow-up.

Materials and methods: Slides from routinely processed, paraffin-embedded tumor blocks belonging to 247 patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma were studied for the overexpression of HSP60 using the Lk2 monoclonal antibody and the strepatvidin-biotin-peroxidase technique. HSP60-expression was correlated with overall survival by means of life-table analysis and the Kaplan-Meier method.

Results: 47 tumors (19%) expressed HSP60. Of them, 12/29 (41.4% positivity) were stage I tumors, whereas only 35 out of the remaining 218 tumors in more advanced surgical stage (16.1%) showed HSP60 staining. This difference was statistically significant (Fisher s exact test; p = 0.004). Even when stratifying stage for stage, the difference between groups still remained statistically significant (Chi square test; p = 0.0095). The survival curve analysis showed a significant difference in favor of those tumors expressing HSP60 (median survival 28 vs. 37 months; log-rank test, p = 0.02).

Conclusion: Immunohistochemical detection of HSP60-expression in human epithelial ovarian carcinoma is significantly more frequent in tumors from patients with initial stages of the disease. Therefore, HSP60-expression determined by this method is associated with a significantly better prognosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Carcinoma / chemistry*
  • Carcinoma / mortality
  • Carcinoma / pathology
  • Chaperonin 60 / analysis*
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Life Tables
  • Neoplasm Proteins / analysis*
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / chemistry*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / mortality
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology
  • Survival Analysis


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Chaperonin 60
  • Neoplasm Proteins