Overexpression of enhance of Zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) in endometrial carcinoma: An NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group Study

Lauren Krill, Wei Deng, Ramez Eskander, David Mutch, Susan Zweizig, Bang Hoang, Olga Ioffe, Leslie Randall, Heather Lankes, David S. Miller, Michael Birrer

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Objectives: Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) is a histone methyl transferase that mediates epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes. It is commonly over-expressed in several solid tumors and has been shown to be a prognostic biomarker. We investigated patterns of EZH2 expression in endometrial cancer. Methods: Evaluation of EZH2 expression was completed on both early and advanced stage endometrioid adenocarcinoma tissues and a subset of matched normal mullerian tissue samples, from participants enrolled in Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) protocol 210, using real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blot (WB) analysis. Non-parametric methods were used to assess differences in mRNA and protein expression respectively with known clinical/pathologic prognostic factors. Survival analysis was performed using techniques including Cox proportional hazards (PH) model to evaluate differences in progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) based on EZH2 expression. Results: Eighty-seven patient samples were analyzed that included 60 tumors and 27 matched-normal tissue specimens. EZH2 mRNA (p < .0001) and protein expression (p < .0001) in tumor specimens were significantly higher than in matched-normal tissue. In primary tumors, EZH2 protein expression was associated with lympho-vascular space invasion (LVSI, p = .044), and EZH2 mRNA expression was associated with age (p = .037). Differences in EZH2 expression between primary tumors and matched normal tissue were not associated with other known clinical and pathologic factors. However, there did appear to be a trend toward decreased progression-free survival among patients with high EZH2 expression levels. Conclusions: Our results confirm the differential expression of EZH2 in uterine cancers compared to normal tissues. However, there were no statistically significant differences in survival associated with EZH2 expression in patients with endometrial cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-429
Number of pages7
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2020


  • EZH2
  • Endometrial carcinoma
  • Prognosis


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