Different Role of Caveolin-1 Gene in the Progression of Gynecological Tumors

Document Type : Systematic Review and Meta-analysis


1 Department of Pathology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, P. R. China.

2 Department of Pathology, School of Basic Medical Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan, P. R. China.


Caveolin-1 (Cav-1), an integral membrane protein, is a principal component of caveolae and has been reported to play a promoting or inhibiting role in cancer progression. Gynecologic tumor is a group of tumors that affect the tissue and organs of the female reproductive system, especially cervical cancer. Cervical cancer, as one of the most common cancers, severely affects female health in developing countries in particular because of its high morbidity and mortality. This review summarizes some mechanisms of Cav-1 in the development and progression of gynecological tumors. The role of Cav-1 in tumorigenesis, including dysregulation of cell cycle, apoptosis and autophagy, adhesion, invasion, and metastasis, such as the formation of invadopodia and matrix metalloproteinase degradation  are presented in detail. In addition, Cav-1 modulates autophagy and the formation of invadopodia and target regulated by miRNAs to affect tumor progress. Taken together, we find that, no matter Cav-1 expression in the tumor or stromal cells , Cav-1 has paradoxical role in different types of gynecological tumors in vivo or in vitro  and even in the same tumor from the same organ.


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