OBJECTIVE: The ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme E2C (UBE2C) has been known as a crucial factor upregulated in various tumors. The functions of UBE2C is mainly involved in the pathway protein ubiquitination. This study investigates the expression of UBE2C in gastric cancers and its correlation with overall survival rate.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Real-time PCR (RT-PCR) and Western blotting were performed to determine the expression of UBE2C in gastric cancer samples and adjacent normal tissues. Immunohistochemical staining was used to assess the expression of UBE2C in 216 paraffin-embedded gastric cancer tissues.
RESULTS: The mRNA and relevant protein levels of UBE2C in gastric cancer tissues are significantly greater than those in the adjacent normal tissues. Also, the expression of UBE2C is found to correlate with lymphatic metastasis, serosa invasion, TNM (Malignant Tumors) staging and Lauren’s classification (p<0.05). The univariate analysis shows that the overexpression of UBE2C associates with poor prognosis (p=0.001). The multivariate analysis demonstrates that expression of UBE2C, lymphatic metastasis, and TNM staging are independent prognostic indicators.
CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that overexpression of UBE2C contributes to the development of gastric cancer, and UBE2C has the potential to be exploited as a therapeutic target.Free PDF Download
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H.-Q. Zhang, G. Zhao, B. Ke, G. Ma, G.-L. Liu, H. Liang, L.-R. Liu, X.-S. Hao
Overexpression of UBE2C correlates with poor prognosis in gastric cancer patients
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 22 - N. 6