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Inhibition of MARK2 inhibits ovarian cancer cell proliferation by regulating PI3K/AKT/p53 axis

  • Weijie Xiong1,†
  • Hongyu Xu2,†
  • Yuntao Wang1
  • Ying Wang1
  • Lang He1,*,

1Department of Oncology, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Institute of Chengdu, Chengdu Fifth People’s Hospital (The Second Clinical Medical College, Affiliated Fifth People’s Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine), 610031 Chengdu, Sichuan, China

2Department of Oncology, 363 Hospital, 610041 Chengdu, Sichuan, China

DOI: 10.22514/ejgo.2023.088 Vol.44,Issue 5,October 2023 pp.132-139

Submitted: 26 June 2023 Accepted: 27 July 2023

Published: 15 October 2023

*Corresponding Author(s): Lang He E-mail:

† These authors contributed equally.


Ovarian cancer (OC) is the 3rd most common type of the gynecological malignancy. Although current treatment strategies have greatly improved, there is still a need to develop new biomarkers for OC diagnosis and treatment. Microtubule affinity regulated kinase 2 (MARK2) is a kinase involved in the progression of multiple tumors. However, whether abnormal expression of MARK2 is associated with OC progression needs further analysis. We here revealed its role in OC. We found high expression of MARK2 in OC. Knockdown of MARK2 inhibited proliferation of OC cells, stimulated apoptosis of OC cells, and restrained glucose metabolism of OC cells. Furthermore, MARK2 regulated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/PKB (protein kinase B)/tumor suppressor protein 53 (PI3K/AKT/p53) axis in OC, therefore affecting the progression of OC. In summary, MARK2 knockdown suppressed cell proliferation by regulating PI3K/AKT/p53 axis.


Ovarian cancer (OC); Microtubule affinity regulated kinase 2 (MARK2); Apoptosis; glucose metabolism; PI3K/AKT/p53

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Weijie Xiong,Hongyu Xu,Yuntao Wang,Ying Wang,Lang He. Inhibition of MARK2 inhibits ovarian cancer cell proliferation by regulating PI3K/AKT/p53 axis. European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology. 2023. 44(5);132-139.


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