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Expressions and prognostic values of the E2F transcription factors in human breast carcinoma

Authors Liu ZL, Bi XW, Liu PP, Lei DX, Wang Y, Li ZM, Jiang WQ, Xia Y

Received 26 April 2018

Accepted for publication 21 June 2018

Published 13 September 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 3521—3532


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Harikrishna Nakshatri

Ze-Long Liu,* Xi-Wen Bi,* Pan-Pan Liu,* De-Xin Lei, Yu Wang, Zhi-Ming Li, Wen-Qi Jiang, Yi Xia

Department of Medical Oncology, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Centre of Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: E2F transcription factors (E2Fs) are a family of transcription factors involved in cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Their important roles in the development and metastasis of breast carcinoma (BC) have been discovered by previous in vitro and in vivo studies. Yet, expressions and distinct prognostic values of these eight E2Fs in human BC remain unclear in many respects. In this study, we aimed to reveal their roles in BC through analyzing the transcription and survival data of the E2Fs in BC patients from four online databases including ONCOMINE, Breast Cancer Gene-Expression Miner v4.1, cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics, and Kaplan–Meier Plotter. We found the overexpression of E2Fs in BC tissues compared with normal breast tissues, except for E2F4. Higher expression levels of E2Fs, except for E2F4 and E2F6, were associated with higher levels of Scarff–Bloom–Richardson grade of BC. Alterations of E2Fs were found to be significantly correlated with poorer overall survival of BC patients. Through plotting the survival curve in the Kaplan–Meier Plotter, it was found that higher mRNA levels of E2F1, E2F3, E2F7, and E2F8 were associated with poorer relapse-free survival in all BC patients, indicating that they are potential targets for individualized treatments of BC patients. Conversely, higher mRNA expression level of E2F4 predicted better RFS in BC patients, suggesting E2F4 as a new biomarker for BC prognosis. Considering currently available limited evidence, further studies need to be performed to investigate the roles of E2Fs in BC.

Keywords: E2Fs, breast carcinoma, expressions, prognostic values, Kaplan–Meier plot

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