Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2019; 23 (4): 1528-1535

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201902_17111

Correlations of the ZEB1 expression with the incidence and prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer

D.-J. Ma, H.-S. Liu, S.-Q. Li, Y.-Z. Qin, J. He, L. Li, Y.-S. Cui

Department of Thoracic Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, CAMS & PUMC, Beijing, China. yapi9814@163.com


OBJECTIVE: In order to investigate the role of the zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) expression in the incidence of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the effects of the ZEB1 expression on the pathogenesis and prognosis of NSCLC were investigated.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Correlations of the expression of ZEB1 in 88 clinical patients with NSCLC with clinicopathological features were determined. The patients were followed up for 60 months to study the correlation between the ZEB1 expression and the prognosis of NSCLC patients. To further explore the role of the ZEB1 expression in the incidence of NSCLC, the expressions of ZEB1 and E-cadherin in three NSCLC cell lines (A549, NCI-H1299 and NCI-H1975) and human normal lung epithelial BESA-2B cell line were measured, and the cell invasion ability was detected. The role of ZEB1 in NSCLC cell invasion was verified through the knockdown of ZEB1 by the short hairpin ribonucleic acids (shRNAs). In addition, its effects on the proliferation and apoptosis of NSCLC cells were confirmed by the overexpression of ZEB1.

RESULTS: The expression of ZEB1 in NSCLC tissues was remarkably higher than that in normal tissues, and the expression level of ZEB1 was significantly related to the cancer stage and tumor size. The lower the expression of ZEB1 was, the higher the overall survival rate and the longer the survival time would be. The expression of ZEB1 was negatively correlated with that of E-cadherin in cell lines, and ZEB1-shRNAs markedly reduced the invasion ability of NSCLC cells. The overexpression of ZEB1 resulted in an increase in the proliferation activity and a significant decrease in the apoptosis of A549 cells.

CONCLUSIONS: The expression of ZEB1 is closely related to the incidence and prognosis of NSCLC. Increased expression of ZEB1 is helpful for promoting the invasion of NSCLC and enhancing the proliferation activity of NSCLC.

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D.-J. Ma, H.-S. Liu, S.-Q. Li, Y.-Z. Qin, J. He, L. Li, Y.-S. Cui
Correlations of the ZEB1 expression with the incidence and prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2019
Vol. 23 - N. 4
Pages: 1528-1535
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201902_17111