[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Aberrant activation of the proto-oncogene B-cell lymphoma/leukemia 11A (BCL11A) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of leukemia and lymphoma. However, the clinical significance of BCL11A in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains unknown. RESULTS: We examined BCL11A expression at the protein and mRNA levels in a cohort (n = 114) of NSCLC patients and assessed the relationship between BCL11A expression and clinicopathological parameters. Data from array-based Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) and microRNA transfection experiments were integrated to explore the potential mechanisms of abnormal BCL11A activation in NSCLC. Compared to adjacent non-cancerous lung tissues, BCL11A expression levels were specifically upregulated in NSCLC tissues at both the mRNA (t = 9.81, P < 0.001) and protein levels. BCL11A protein levels were higher in patients with squamous histology (chi2 = 15.81, P = 0.001), smokers (chi2 = 8.92, P = 0.004), patients with no lymph node involvement (chi2 = 5.14, P = 0.029), and patients with early stage disease (chi2 = 3.91, P = 0.048). A multivariate analysis demonstrated that in early stage NSCLC (IA--IIB), BCL11A was not only an independent prognostic factor for disease-free survival (hazards ratio [HR] 0.24, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.12-0.50, P < 0.001), but also for overall survival (HR = 0.23, 95% CI 0.09-0.61, P = 0.003). The average BCL11A expression level was much higher in SCC samples with amplifications than in those without amplifications (t = 3.30, P = 0.023). Assessing functionality via an in vitro luciferase reporter system and western blotting, we found that the BCL11A protein was a target of miR-30a. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated that proto-oncogene BCL11A activation induced by miR-30a and gene amplification may be a potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarker for effective management of this disease.
Molecular Cancer 06/2013; 12(1):61. · 5.13 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Laminin 5 (Ln5) is an extracellular matrix protein that plays an important role in cell migration and tumor invasion. This study explored the expression of Ln5 and the role of its relationships with PTEN, phospho-EGFR (p-EGFR) and phospho-Akt (p-Akt) in the prognosis of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The protein expression of Ln5, PTEN, p-EGFR and p-Akt was assessed by immunohistochemical analysis, and their relationships to prognosis were analyzed. Protein expression of Ln5, p-EGFR and p-Akt was detected in 61.2 (60/98), 60.2 (59/98) and 45.3% (43/95) of patients with NSCLC, respectively. Loss of PTEN expression was found in 67.7% of tumors (65/96). Ln5 expression was related to patient gender, histology and p-Akt expression (χ(2)=3.901, 4.549 and 6.985, respectively; P=0.048, 0.033 and 0.008, respectively). Patients with positive Ln5 expression had marginally poorer survival than Ln5-negative patients (median survival time 56.4 months vs. not reached; χ(2)=3.346; P=0.067). Overall survival was significantly different in patients with positive Ln5 expression combined with loss of PTEN, positive p-EGFR expression or positive p-Akt expression. Cox regression analysis showed that stage, co-expression of Ln5 and p-Akt, and PTEN were the three most independent prognostic factors for patients with NSCLC (χ(2)=27.906; P<0.0005). The results highlight the complex relationships between extracellular matrix proteins and key signaling pathway molecules in tumorigenesis. Changes in the expression of Ln5 plus PTEN, p-EGFR or p-Akt define a distinct subset of lung cancers. Patients with such cancers have poorer survival and require early treatment that impacts survival.
Experimental and therapeutic medicine 08/2012; 4(2):226-230. · 0.34 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Kinase insert domain-containing receptor (KDR) is one of the molecular targets used in cancer therapy. We studied the KDR expression characteristics and the relationship with the clinical parameters of the patients with lung cancer, to give the basic evidence and clue for tailoring therapy.
Reverse transcriptase and real-time PCR were used to evaluate the KDR mRNA expression levels in 222 tissue samples (106 tumor tissues, 106 matched normal tissues obtained from the same patients with lung cancer, and 10 normal lung specimens from individuals without lung cancer). The KDR mRNA expression level and clinical parameters were analyzed by paired-sample t test, ANOVA and linear regression, respectively. The Kaplan-Meier method and the log-rank test were used for survival analysis. Expression of KDR protein was also examined immunohistochemically in 15 tumor samples and 15 matched normal lung specimens.
The KDR mRNA expression levels were significantly higher in normal tissues (mean 4.50 +/- 0.51) than that in the carcinoma tissues (mean 4.12 +/- 0.50, P < 0.0005). KDR expression in tumor tissues is associated with the histological status, tumor stage, cigarette smoking, and N stage of the patients with lung cancer (P < 0.05) analyzed by using ANOVA methods. Multivariate analysis showed that tumor stages and cigarette smoking status were the two most important independent predictors for the KDR expression levels in tumor tissues (R = 0.415, R (2) = 0.172, F = 10.694, P < 0.0005). Tumors with KDR mRNA expression levels above the mean had a shorter survival (466 +/- 313 days) than did patients with KDR expression levels below the mean (671 +/- 264 days), whereas Kaplan-Meier analysis and log-rank test showed no significant difference in the overall survival between the patients (P = 0.2055). All the 15 normal lung tissues detected showed scale 2 KDR immunostaining. The intensity of immunostaining for KDR in tumor specimens varied from negative (scale 0) to strongest (scale 3) staining.
Locally advanced and non-cigarette smoking patients with lung cancer may be the two valuable surrogate markers for KDR mRNA higher levels. Non-squamous lung cancer, N 2 stage may be the secondary markers for that. The KDR expression level in normal lung tissue is stable, but varied in tumor tissues. Targeting KDR therapy in lung cancer might considerate these clinical and KDR expression information. Further confirmation study must be needed.
Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology 10/2007; 133(9):635-42. · 2.91 Impact Factor