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A Panel of Genes Identified as Targets for 8q24.13-24.3 Gain Contributing to Unfavorable Overall Survival in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma

  • Zhao, Kun1, 2
  • Zhao, Yu1
  • Zhu, Jia-yi3
  • Dong, Hui4
  • Cong, Wen-ming4
  • Yu, Yi1
  • Wang, Hui1
  • Zhu, Zhong-Zheng1
  • Xu, Qing1
  • 1 Tongji University School of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Shanghai Tenth People’ s Hospital, Shanghai, 200072, China , Shanghai (China)
  • 2 Shanghai Clinical College of Anhui Medical University, Shanghai, 200072, China , Shanghai (China)
  • 3 Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Tongji Medical College, Wuhan, 430030, China , Wuhan (China)
  • 4 Second Military Medical University, Department of Pathology, Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital, Shanghai, 200438, China , Shanghai (China)
Published Article
Current Medical Science
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Publication Date
Aug 20, 2018
DOI: 10.1007/s11596-018-1918-x
Springer Nature


Copy number aberrations (CNAs) in chromosome arm 8q have been associated with unfavorable clinical outcomes of several cancers and progressive tumor characteristics of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study was to identify correlation of CNAs in 8q with clinical outcomes of HCC patients, and further screen for differentially expressed genes in outcome-related CNAs. Array comparative genomic hybridization and expression arrays were performed to detect CNAs and expression levels, respectively. The correlations between CNAs in 8q and outcomes were analyzed in 66 patients, with a median follow-up time of 45.0 months (range, 2.6-108.6 months). One hundred and nine cases were further evaluated to identify differentially expressed genes in the potential outcome-related CNAs. Copy number gain in 8q was observed in 22 (33.3%) of the 66 HCC cases. The most recurrent gains (with frequencies >20%) were 8q13.3-21.3,8q21.3-23.3,8q23.3-24.13,8q24.13-24.3, and 8q24.3. Survival analysis showed that 8q24.13-24.3 gain was significantly associated with reduced overall survival (jP=0.010). Multivariate Cox analysis identified 8q24.13-24.3 gain as an independent prognostic factor for poor overall survival (HR=2.47; 95% CI=1.16-5.26; Р=0.019). Apanel of 17 genes within the 8q24.13-24.3 region, including ATAD2,SQLE,PVT1,ASAP1, and NDRG1 were significantly upregulated in HCCs with 8q24.13-24.3 gain compared to those without. These results suggest that copy number gain at 8q24.13-24.3 is an unfavorable prognostic marker for HCC patients, and the potential oncogenes ATAD2,SQLE, PVT1, ASAP1,and NDRG1 within the regional gain, may contribute coordinately to the 8q24.13-24.3 gain-related poor prognosis.

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