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PH20: a novel tumor marker for laryngeal cancer.

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether levels of PH-20, a hyaluronidase similar to that found in human sperm, are elevated in laryngeal cancer tissue. DESIGN: In this case-control study. reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction was used to measure levels of PH-20 messenger RNA in tissue taken from laryngectomy specimens. SETTING: A university medical center. PATIENTS: We compared tissue samples taken from 11 patients with laryngeal cancer, and from 2 metastatic lymph nodes, with samples of normal, healthy laryngeal tissue and prostate cancer tissue (positive control). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: PH-20 complementary DNA expression as quantified by densitometric analysis. RESULTS: Expression of PH-20 was significantly higher in nonirradiated laryngeal cancer specimens than in normal laryngeal tissue (P<.01). Metastatic lymph nodes also had higher levels of PH-20 expression than did primary laryngeal cancer tissue (P = .11) and normal laryngeal tissue (P<.01). Irradiated laryngeal cancer specimens had PH-20 levels comparable to normal. CONCLUSIONS: We report the first data on PH-20 expression in laryngeal cancer tissue. PH-20 expression is significantly elevated in primary laryngeal cancer tissue and seems to be even higher in metastatic lesions compared with normal laryngeal tissue. PH-20 may be a useful tumor marker and prognostic tool for laryngeal cancer.[1]


  1. PH20: a novel tumor marker for laryngeal cancer. Godin, D.A., Fitzpatrick, P.C., Scandurro, A.B., Belafsky, P.C., Woodworth, B.A., Amedee, R.G., Beech, D.J., Beckman, B.S. Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. (2000) [Pubmed]
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