PBK/TOPK in the differential diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma from hepatocellular carcinoma and its involvement in prognosis of human cholangiocarcinoma

State Key Laboratory of Cancer Biology, Department of Pathology, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an 710032, China.
Human pathology (Impact Factor: 2.77). 11/2009; 41(3):415-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2009.05.016
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The increased expression of PDZ binding kinase/lymphokine-activated killer T-cell-originated protein kinase (PBK/TOPK) is associated with some human malignant tumors. In this study, we analyzed PBK/TOPK expression in hepatic primary tumor and explored its role in cholangiocarcinoma biology. Seventy-four cholangiocarcinomas, 33 hepatocellular carcinomas, and 10 normal liver tissues were prepared from paraffin-embedded specimens. PBK/TOPK protein was assessed by immunohistochemical staining, and the survival time was analyzed with the Kaplan-Meier method. The protein, mRNA of PBK/TOPK, and cell cycle of cholangiocarcinoma cell line after PBK/TOPK suppression with small interfere RNA were studied by Western blot, semiquantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and flow cytometry, respectively. PBK/TOPK was usually expressed in normal bile duct epithelial cells and much more frequently expressed in cholangiocarcinoma (68/74) but never expressed in hepatocytes and hepatocellular carcinomas (0/33). PBK/TOPK down-regulation was related to the poor prognosis of patients with cholangiocarcinoma (P = .013). Epidermal growth factor can enhance PBK/TOPK expression in cholangiocarcinoma QBC 939 cells, but suppression of PBK/TOPK in the cells did not affect their proliferation. PBK/TOPK protein could serve as a useful indicator for histopathologic differentiation between cholangiocarcinoma and hepatocellular carcinomas and the low expression of PBK/TOPK is predicative of poor survival in cholangiocarcinoma patients.

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