An international collaborative of scientists, including Dr. Ronald Chandler at Michigan State University, studied ARID1A mutations, which are specific gene mutations observed in deep ovarian and deep infiltrating endometriosis.
The authors of the study noted that seeing a high frequency of these mutations in deep ovarian endometriosis supports evidence linking this to endometriosis-associated ovarian cancer. ARID1A mutations, therefore, may increase the risk of endometriosis and other malignant gynecological disease.
The study authors demonstrated this gene mutation may “[play] an essential physiological role in maintaining endometrial tissue homeostasis and preventing cell invasion.”
To find out more, read the study published in Cell Reports through ScienceDirect.
ARID1A and ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer researchers, including several OCRA grantees, have studied the ARID1A gene mutation, in the quest to solve the mysteries of ovarian cancer and find a cure. Read more about the ARID1A projects undertaken by OCRA-funded scientists:
- ARID1A Drives Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy, Jing Li, MD, PhD, University of Michigan
- Synthetic Lethality for ARID1A Mutation in Ovarian Cancer, Shuai Wu, PhD, The Wistar Institute
- Determining the Role of ARID1A in 53BP1-Mediated DNA Damage Repair, Chin-Chi Chen, PhD, Johns Hopkins University