Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: We aimed to evaluate the importance of maspin expression in testicular tumors with germ cells, its effect on prognosis, and the relation with angiogenesis factors. Materials and methods: The paraffin blocks of the orchiectomy materials of 32 patients who had undergone orchiectomy due to testicular tumors were taken within the scope of the study. The specimens of the cases included in the study group were reexamined under light microscope. Results: While just one maspin-positive sample was found in the seminoma cases, maspin stained positively in 6 of the nonseminoma germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). No statistical difference was found between maspin and tumor stage, size, alpha fetoprotein values, vascular endothelial growth factor, Ki-67, and CD31. A statistically positive correlation was only determined between maspin and p53 (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Maspin protein, whose expression in some tumors is accepted as a poor prognostic factor, is also expressed in testicular tumors with germ cells. However, according to our study, it is difficult to say whether this protein is a favorable or poor prognostic factor in testicular tumors and to understand how the effect mechanism works. The positive correlation between maspin and p53 in the NSGCTs makes us think that maspin might have displayed an effect on the p53 pathway.


Testicular tumor, germ cell, maspin, vascular endothelial growth factor, p53

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