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Comparison of Morphological and Digital-Assisted Analysis for BCL6 Endometrial Expression in Women with Endometriosis.
Squatrito, Marlyne; Blacher, Silvia; Henry, Laurie et al.
2022In Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11 (20), p. 6164
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Keywords :
B-cell lymphoma 6; HSCORE; computer-assisted analysis; diagnosis; endometriosis; infertility; Medicine (all); General Medicine
Abstract :
[en] BCL6 (B-cell lymphoma 6) is a proto-oncogene and transcriptional repressor initially described as being involved in B-cell lymphoma. Recently, this factor has been identified as a promising tissue biomarker which could be used to diagnose women affected by endometriosis. Previous studies used HSCORE for BCL6 staining quantification in the endometrium. However, this semi-quantitative technique of analysis has some limitations, including a lack of objectivity, robustness, and reproducibility that may lead to intra- and inter-observer variability. Our main goal was to develop an original computer-assisted method to quantify BCL6 staining from whole-slide images reliably. In order to test the efficiency of our new digital method of quantification, we compared endometrial BCL6 expression between fertile and infertile women without or with different stages of endometriosis by using the widely used HSCORE analysis and our new automatic digital image analysis. We find a higher expression of BCL6 in the endometrium of infertile women with endometriosis and women with stage IV endometriosis. Furthermore, we demonstrate a significant correlation between the two types of independent measurements, indicating the robustness of results and also the reliability of our computer-assisted method for BCL6 quantification. In conclusion, our work, by using this original computer-assisted method, enables BCL6 quantification more objectively, reliably, robustly, and promptly compared to HSCORE analysis.
Disciplines :
Reproductive medicine (gynecology, andrology, obstetrics)
Author, co-author :
Squatrito, Marlyne ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > GIGA
Blacher, Silvia ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Biologie cellulaire et moléculaire
Henry, Laurie  ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de gynécologie-obstétrique (CHR)
LABIED, Soraya ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de gynécologie-obstétrique (CHR)
Noël, Agnès ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Biologie cellulaire et moléculaire
Nisolle, Michelle ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de gynécologie-obstétrique (CHR)
Munaut, Carine  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques
Language :
English
Title :
Comparison of Morphological and Digital-Assisted Analysis for BCL6 Endometrial Expression in Women with Endometriosis.
Publication date :
19 October 2022
Journal title :
Journal of Clinical Medicine
eISSN :
2077-0383
Publisher :
MDPI, Switzerland
Volume :
11
Issue :
20
Pages :
6164
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Funders :
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fund for Scientific Research [BE]
Funding text :
This research was supported by grants from the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique—FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS, Belgium, grant number T.0171.21 attributed to M.N. and grant J.0143.22 attributed to C.M.), the Foundation against Cancer (foundation of public interest, Belgium), the Fonds spéciaux de la Recherche (University of Liège), the Centre Anticancéreux près l’Université de Liège, and the Fondation Hospitalo Universitaire Léon Fredericq (FHULF, University of Liège).
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