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Expression of phosphatase of regenerating liver-3 is associated with prognosis of Wilms’ tumor

Authors Sun F, Li W, Wang L, Jiao C

Received 24 February 2016

Accepted for publication 8 April 2016

Published 10 January 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 311—317


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Min Li

Fengyin Sun,1 Wenyi Li,2,3 Lie Wang,2 Changfeng Jiao3

1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong Province, 2Department of General Surgery, Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command, PLA, Fuzhou, Fujian Province, 3Department of Vascular Surgery, Xinzhou City People’s Hospital, Xinzhou, Shanxi Province, People’s Republic of China

The current study was undertaken to explore the clinical and prognostic value of phosphatase of regenerating liver-3 (PRL-3) expression in Wilms’ tumor.
Seventy-six patients with Wilms’ tumor in Qilu Hospital from January 2003 to July 2009 were enrolled in the study. Protein expression level of PRL-3 was examined by immunohistochemical staining, and the correlation between PRL-3 expression and histopathological parameters, clinical variables, and outcome of patients with Wilms’ tumor were analyzed.
We found that 19% of patients with unfavorable histology had tumor recurrence and 16% of patients died following the operation. PRL-3 was expressed in 15 out of 76 tumors (19%) and expressed highly in unfavorable histology Wilms’ tumor (P=0.04). PRL-3 protein expression level was correlated to 2.5-fold increase in recurrence rate of Wilms’ tumor (P=0.06) without any statistically significant difference. However, in favorable histology Wilms’ tumor, PRL-3 expression was correlated to an increase of 3.4-fold in recurrence rate (P=0.03).
Conclusion: The expression of PRL-3 protein was correlated with an increased recurrence rate of favorable histology Wilms’ tumor. PRL-3 may serve as a promising biomarker for predicting patients with high risk of Wilms’ tumor. Further investigations are warranted to investigate the clinical function of PRL-3 in Wilms’ tumor.

Wilms’ tumor, prognosis, tumorigenesis, recurrence

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