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Clinical value of Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2 as a prognostic marker in patients with digestive system cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Authors Wang G, Wang Q, Li Z, Liu C, He X

Received 5 September 2017

Accepted for publication 15 December 2017

Published 5 March 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 1229—1243


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Faris Farassati

Gang Wang,1,* Qian Wang,1,* Zhengyan Li,2,* Chaoxu Liu,3 Xianli He1

1Department of General Surgery, Tangdu Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China; 2Department of Surgery, Xijing Hospital of Digestive Diseases, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China; 3Department of General Surgery, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2 (TPX2) is a microtubule-associated protein that plays an important role in spindle assembly and dynamics. However, the clinical and prognostic value of TPX2 in the digestive system cancers remains unclear. The objective of this review was to evaluate the association of TPX2 expression with disease-free survival (DFS), overall survival (OS), and clinicopathological features of digestive system cancers. The software Stata 12.0 was used to analyze the outcomes, including OS, disease-free survival (DFS), and clinicopathological characteristics. A total of 10 eligible studies with 906 patients were included. Elevated TPX2 expression was significantly associated with poor DFS (pooled hazard ratio [HR] =2.48, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.96–3.13) and OS (pooled HR =2.66, 95% CI: 2.04–3.48) of digestive system malignancies. Subgroup analyses showed that cancer type, sample size, study quality, and laboratory detection methods did not alter the significant prognostic value of TPX2. Additionally, TPX2 expression was found to be an independent predictive factor for DFS (HR =2.31, 95% CI: 1.78–3.01). TPX2 expression might be associated with TNM stage and pathological grade in digestive system cancer. In conclusion, TPX2 is an independent prognostic factor for survival of patients with digestive system cancer. Furthermore, its overexpression is associated with TNM stage and pathological grade in digestive system cancer.

Keywords: digestive system neoplasm, TPX2, meta-analysis, prognosis

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