Description of Invention: Ovarian cancer is one of the most common forms of neoplasia in women. Although advanced ovarian cancer has only a 20-30% survival rate, an estimated 90% of cases are effectively treated when detected early. However, few symptoms are associated with early ovarian cancer, and approximately 25% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed before it metastasizes. Utilizing SAGE analysis, a unique set of ovarian cancer biomarkers has been identified that are highly expressed in ovarian epithelial tumor cells in comparison to normal ovarian epithelial cells. A better knowledge of the mechanisms underlying ovarian tumorigenesis will likely result in the development of novel approaches for the diagnosis and therapy of this deadly disease.
Method to diagnose ovarian cancer
Methods to treat patients with compositions that inhibit ovarian biomarkers such as siRNA
Development Status: The technology is currently in the pre-clinical stage of development.
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R Agarwal, T D'Souza, PJ Morin. Claudin-3 and claudin-4 expression in ovarian epithelial cells enhances invasion and is associated with increased matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity. Cancer Res. 2005 Aug 15;65(16):7378-7385. [ PubMed abs ]
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Licensing Status: Available for licensing.
Portfolios: Cancer Cancer - Diagnostics Rare Diseases
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