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Clinicopathological and prognostic significance of FoxM1 in hepatocellular carcinoma patients: a meta-analysis

Authors Liang C, Zhao J, Ge H, Li G, Wu J

Received 30 October 2017

Accepted for publication 13 April 2018

Published 19 June 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 3561—3571


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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Cristina Weinberg

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Faris Farassati

Chaojie Liang,1,* Jingyang Zhao,2,* Hua Ge,1 Guangming Li,1 Jixiang Wu1

1Department of General Surgery, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, 100730, China; 2Department of Tumor Center, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, 100730, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background and aims: Recently, the abnormal expression of FoxM1 has been found in many malignant tumors. However, the clinicopathological and prognostic value of FoxM1 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients remains controversial. We conducted a meta-analysis to establish the relationship between FoxM1 expression and the clinicopathological features and prognostic value in patients with HCC.
Methods: An electronic search for relevant articles was conducted according to a set of criteria in the PubMed, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, EMBASE, Chinese CNKI and Chinese WanFang databases. The correlation data between FoxM1 expression and clinicopathological features and survival outcomes were analyzed. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) and hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% CIs were calculated using STATA14.2.
Results: A total of 14 studies comprising of 2,036 patients were enrolled in this meta-analysis. The results showed that FoxM1 expression was related to the incidence, tumor size (>5 cm), vascular invasion, differentiation and TNM stage. Moreover, overexpression of FoxM1 indicated a poor 3- and 5-year overall survival rate (OS) and recurrence-free survival rate (disease-free survival rate).
Conclusion: Our meta-analysis indicated that FoxM1 expression was associated with incidence, tumor size (>5 cm), vascular invasion, differentiation and TNM stage. Accordingly, FoxM1 may be a reliable prognostic biomarker for patients with HCC. However, additional high-quality studies are still needed to further support these findings.

Keywords: FoxM1, hepatocellular carcinoma, clinicopathological feature, prognosis, meta-analysis

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