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Predictive values of Notch signalling in renal carcinoma

Dorota Jędroszka
Magdalena Orzechowska
Andrzej K. Bednarek

Arch Med Sci 2017; 13, 6: 1249–1254
Online publish date: 2017/01/31
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Introduction: Notch signalling, an evolutionarily conserved mechanism of cellular differentiation and tissue remodelling, is frequently deregulated in several human malignancies, including renal cell carcinoma (RCC). However, the prognostic value of individual Notch pathway members in RC subtypes remains indefinable. The present study investigates whether the differential expression of Notch members has a contrary effect on disease-free survival (DFS) in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (KIRC), papillary cell renal cell carcinoma (KIRP) and chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (KICH) patients.

Material and methods: The predictive value of 19 Notch members was evaluated in KICH, KIRC and KIRP patient cohorts from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Results in the form of Kaplan-Meier survival plots with the p-value calculated (log-rank test, p < 0.05) enabled the patients to be split into favourable/unfavourable prognosis groups regarding expression of Notch members.

Results: More specifically, lowered expression of ADAM17 correlated with good prognosis in KICH, KIRC and KIRP (HR = 7.79, p = 0.03; HR = 3.98, p = 0.051; HR = 11.24, p < 0.001, respectively). Additionally, HES4 differentiated KICH and KIRC, as its higher expression correlated with good prognosis in KICH and favourable lowered expression in KIRC (HR = 0.11, p = 0.015; HR = 2.42, p < 0.001, respectively).

Conclusions: Our analysis could be valuable for better understanding of the molecular mechanism of renal carcinoma. The expression of Notch pathway members could be a useful biomarker for predicting favourable/unfavourable prognosis in patients with RCC.

kidney neoplasms, disease-free survival, prognosis, biomarkers

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