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Expression Pattern and Prognostic Utility of PME-1 in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Authors Du B, Liao H, Zhang S

Received 7 March 2020

Accepted for publication 2 April 2020

Published 29 April 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 2937—2945


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Baoying Du,1 Hongfeng Liao,2 Sheng Zhang3

1Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Hubei Cancer Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pathology, Zhongshan Hospital of Xiamen University, Xiamen, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Pathology, Hubei Cancer Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Sheng Zhang
Department of Pathology, Hubei Cancer Hospital, No. 116, Zhuodaoquan South Road, Wuhan, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China
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Purpose: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains one of the most common malignancies. While there is lack of markers capable of predicting which patients are at risk of aggressive course of the disease. Although a few protein phosphatase methyl-esterase-1 (PME-1) tumor-promoting mechanisms have been reported, the role of PME-1 in cancer including HCC occurrence and progression remains to be elucidated. The aim of this study was to explore the expression pattern and relationship between PME-1 with the pathological parameters in patients with HCC.
Methods: PME-1 expression was assessed from HCC tissue chips via immunohistochemistry. Chi-square test was used to identify the association between PME-1 staining and clinicopathological variables of HCC patients. Kaplan–Meier analysis and Cox regression analysis were performed to draw survival curves and verify the independent prognostic factors of HCC patients, respectively.
Results: We found that PME-1 expression was significantly higher in HCC tumor tissues compared with non-tumor tissues (P < 0.001). Furthermore, high expression level of PME-1 was significantly associated with differentiation (P = 0.047), tumor number (P = 0.001), intrahepatic or extrahepatic metastasis (P = 0.018), and recurrence (P = 0.001). Kaplan–Meier analysis revealed that high expression level of PME-1 was associated with shorter survival (P < 0.001). Univariate analysis with Log-rank test revealed that PME-1 expression status was significantly correlated with overall survival (P < 0.001). Furthermore, multivariate models with Cox proportional hazards analysis showed that high expression of PME-1 was a statistically independent predictive factor of poor prognosis in HCC patients (hazard ratio, 3.429; 95% confidence interval, 1.369– 8.589; P = 0.009).
Conclusion: In conclusion, these findings indicated that PME-1 expression was associated with aggressive pathological features and worse oncological outcomes, suggesting its potential therapeutic value for patients with HCC.

Keywords: hepatocellular carcinoma, PME-1, survival, immunohistochemistry

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