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Clinicopathological characteristics and prognostic value of cancer stem cell marker CD133 in breast cancer: a meta-analysis

Authors Li Z, Yin SC, Zhang L, Liu WG, Chen B, Xing H

Received 14 October 2016

Accepted for publication 2 January 2017

Published 14 February 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 859—870

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OTT.S124733

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Faris Farassati

Zhan Li,1,* Songcheng Yin,2,* Lei Zhang,1 Weiguang Liu,1 Bo Chen,1 Hua Xing3

1Department of Breast Surgery, 2Department of Surgical Oncology, The First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning, 3Department of Breast Surgery, China-Japan Union Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work


Background: The association of CD133 overexpression with clinicopathological significance and prognosis in patients with breast cancer remains controversial. We thus performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the role of CD133 expression in the development and prognosis of breast cancer.
Methods: The databases PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library (updated to August 1, 2016) were searched. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) or hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) were used to evaluate the impact of CD133 expression on clinicopathological features, overall survival, and disease-free survival.
Results: A total of 1,734 patients from 13 studies were subject to final analysis. The results showed a significant association between overexpression of CD133 and estrogen receptor status (OR 0.35, 95% CI 0.18–0.70), progesterone receptor status (OR 0.56, 95% CI 0.43–0.74), human epidermal growth factor-2 status (OR 1.81, 95% CI 1.33–2.45), lymph node metastasis (OR 1.98, 95% CI 1.34–2.92), and tumor histological grade (OR 1.79, 95% CI 1.26–2.54) in breast cancer. However, no significant correlation was found between upregulation of CD133 expression and onset age (OR 1.03, 95% CI 0.70–1.53) or tumor size (OR 1.29, 95% CI 0.80–2.09). Moreover, CD133-positive breast cancer patients had a higher risk of mortality (HR 1.91, 95% CI 1.21–3.03) and disease progression (HR 2.70, 95% CI 1.05–6.95).
Conclusion: This meta-analysis suggested that CD133 might be a predictor of clinical outcomes as well as prognosis and could be a potentially new gene therapy target for breast cancer patients.

Keywords: CD133, CSCs, breast cancer, prognosis, biomarker, meta-analysis

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