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Elevated serum LAMC2 is associated with lymph node metastasis and predicts poor prognosis in penile squamous cell carcinoma

Authors Zhou Q, Deng C, Chen J, Huang K, Liu T, Yao K, Liu ZW, Qin Z, Li Y, Guo S, Ye Y, Zhou F, Huang W, Liu R, Han H

Received 22 April 2018

Accepted for publication 2 June 2018

Published 28 August 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 2983—2995


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Harikrishna Nakshatri

Qiang-Hua Zhou,1,2,* Chuang-Zhong Deng,1,* Jie-Ping Chen,1 Kang-Bo Huang,1,2 Ting-Yu Liu,1,2 Kai Yao,1,2 Zhuo-Wei Liu,1,2 Zi-Ke Qin,1,2 Yong-Hong Li,1,2 Sheng-Jie Guo,1,2 Yun-Lin Ye,1,2 Fang-Jian Zhou,1,2 Wenlin Huang,1,3 Ran-Yi Liu,1 Hui Han1,2

1State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center of Cancer Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China; 2Department of Urology, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China; 3Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Tumor Targeted Drugs, Guangzhou Enterprise Key Laboratory of Gene Medicine, Guangzhou Doublle Bioproducts Co. Ltd., Guangzhou, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Purpose: Molecular biomarkers, especially serologic factors, have been widely applied in cancer diagnosis and patient follow-up. However, there are few valuable prognostic factors in penile squamous cell carcinoma (PSCC). Here, the authors investigated whether laminin gamma 2 (LAMC2) expression, especially serum LAMC2 (sLAMC2) level, was a suitable prognostic factor that could aid in the prediction of survival in PSCC.
Patients and methods: This study included 114 PSCC patients. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting, and immunohistochemistry were performed to detect LAMC2 expression; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays were used to test sLAMC2 concentration; and a Transwell assay and an in vivo experiment in nude mice were used to test PSCC cell migration, invasion, and metastasis. The chi-squared test was used to analyze the association between LAMC2 level and clinical parameters, the Cox proportional hazards regression model was used to evaluate the hazard ratio for death, and Kaplan–Meier analysis with a log-rank test was used for the survival analysis.
Results: LAMC2 was overexpressed in PSCC tissues, and the LAMC2 expression level was higher in metastatic lymph node (LN) tissues than in primary cancer tissues; moreover, the LAMC2 levels in primary cancer tissues and sLAMC2 were higher in patients with LN metastasis than in those without LN metastasis. Upregulated LAMC2 facilitated the migration, invasion, and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition of PSCC cells in vitro and promoted LN metastasis of PSCC cells in nude mice. Elevated LAMC2 levels were strongly correlated with advanced clinicopathologic parameters, especially LN metastasis, in PSCC patients and predicted shorter disease-specific survival. The predictive value of sLAMC2 is superior to that of C-reactive protein and squamous cell carcinoma antigen previously reported in PSCC patients, and a stratification analysis revealed that the level of sLAMC2 had a higher predictive value for disease-specific survival in early penile cancer (especially at the N0/X stage) than in later-stage penile cancer.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that sLAMC2 is a potential serologic prognostic marker in PSCC and could aid in risk stratification in early-stage PSCC patients.

Keywords: penile neoplasms, serum markers, laminin, gamma 2, neoplasm metastasis

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