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CIP2A overexpression in Taiwanese oral cancer patients

Authors Velmurugan BK, Wang HK, Chung CM, Lee CH, Huang LR, Yeh KT, Lin SH

Received 10 January 2019

Accepted for publication 5 March 2019

Published 5 April 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 2589—2594


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Antonella D'Anneo

Bharath Kumar Velmurugan,1 Hsin-Kai Wang,2,3 Chia-Min Chung,4,5 Chien-Hsun Lee,6 Lan-Ru Huang,7 Kun-Tu Yeh,6,7* Shu-Hui Lin6,8*

1Faculty of Applied Sciences, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 2Public Health Bureau, Tainan City Government, Tainan City, Taiwan; 3Jenteh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management, Taiwan; 4Graduate Institute of BioMedical Sciences, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; 5Environment-Omics-Diseases Research Center, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan; 6Department of Surgical Pathology, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan; 7School of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; 8Department of Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan
*These authors contributed equally to this work

Introduction: Oral cancer is a prevalent form of cancer worldwide, particularly in Taiwan, and mechanisms involved in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) progression remain relatively unknown. Cancerous inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (CIP2A), an oncoprotein, is aberrantly expressed in many human malignant tumors including oral cancer. However, the expression and role played by CIP2A in oral cancer pathogenesis remain obscure.
Methods: In this study, immunohistochemistry was used to analyze CIP2A expression between OSCC tissues and their adjacent noncancerous tissues. Furthermore, associations between CIP2A expression and histopathological parameters were investigated.
Results: In this study, we showed that CIP2A was overexpressed in most of the OSCC tissues. High CIP2A expression was significantly associated with moderate/poor tumor differentiation (P=0.02). No significant association was found between CIP2A expression and other clinical parameters. Kaplan–Meier analysis revealed that high CIP2A expression showed poorer survival rates than those with low CIP2A expression (P=0.047). Multivariate Cox regression analysis indicated that CIP2A expression, N stage, American Joint Committee on Cancer stage and clinical therapy were independent prognostic factors for survival.
Conclusion: Thus, our study suggests that CIP2A is an independent prognostic marker for OSCC and a novel target for OSCC treatment.

Keywords: CIP2A, OSCC: prognosis, survival, Taiwan

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