Aberrant or increased expression of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many diseases including carcinogenesis. COX-2 has been shown to be over-expressed in some human cancers. Employing semi-quantitative reverse transcription-PCR, immunoblotting, and immunohistochemistry we assessed COX-2 expression in samples of pair-matched benign and cancer tissue obtained from the same prostate cancer patient. Mean levels of COX-2 mRNA were 3.4-fold higher in prostate cancer tissue (n = 12) compared with the paired benign tissue. The immunoblot analysis demonstrated that as compared to benign tissue COX-2 protein was over-expressed in 10 of 12 samples examined. Immunohistochemical analysis also verified COX-2 over-expression in cancer than in benign tissue. To our knowledge, this is the first in vivo study showing an over-expression of COX-2 in prostate cancer. These data suggest that COX-2 inhibitors may be useful for prevention or therapy of prostate cancer in humans.
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