Endometrial osteopontin mRNA expression and plasma osteopontin levels are increased in patients with endometriosis

Si Hyun Cho, Young Sun Ahn, Young Sik Choi, Seok Kyo Seo, Anna Nam, Hye Yeon Kim, Jae Hoon Kim, Ki Hyun Park, Dong Jae Cho, Byung Seok Lee

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Problem: The aim of this study was to evaluate osteopontin (OPN) mRNA expression in eutopic endometrium and plasma OPN levels in patients with endometriosis. Method of study: A total of 79 patients with histologically confirmed endometriosis and 43 patients without endometriosis participated in this study. OPN mRNA expression in endometrial tissues was measured by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and plasma concentrations of OPN were quantified using a specific commercial sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Results: Osteopontin mRNA expression in endometrial tissue was significantly higher in women with endometriosis than in controls (P = 0.010). The mean plasma levels of OPN (mean ± S.E.M.) in patients with endometriosis and controls were 407.31 ± 37.80ng/mL and 165.84 ± 19.29ng/mL, respectively (P < 0.001). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis for plasma OPN revealed an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.894, with a sensitivity of 93.0%, specificity of 72.4%, positive likelihood ratio of 3.37, and negative likelihood ratio of 0.1 using a cut-off value of 167.68ng/mL. Conclusion: Osteopontin may be involved in the pathogenesis of endometriosis and plasma OPN may be a useful non-invasive marker for the diagnosis of endometriosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-293
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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