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Gene Expression Signature to Predict Prognosis and Adjuvant Chemosensitivity of Colorectal Cancer Patients

Authors Li J, Zhang J, Hu H, Cai Y, Ling J, Wu Z, Deng Y

Received 25 December 2019

Accepted for publication 16 April 2020

Published 11 May 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 3301—3310


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Bilikere Dwarakanath

Jianxia Li,* Jianwei Zhang,* Huabin Hu, Yue Cai, Jiayu Ling, Zehua Wu, Yanhong Deng

Department of Medical Oncology, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Diseases, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510655, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Yanhong Deng

Purpose: Molecular characteristics using gene-expression profiling can undoubtedly improve the prediction of treatment responses, and ultimately, the clinical outcome of cancer patients. We aimed at developing a genetic signature to improve the prediction of chemosensitivity and prognosis of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC).
Patients and Methods: We analyzed microarray data of 32 CRC patients to explore the potential functions and pathways involved in the disease relapse in CRC. Gene expression profiles and clinical follow-up information of GSE39582, GSE17536, and GSE103479 were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database (GEO) to identify prognostic genes. Eventually, a model of 15-mRNA signature was established, in which its efficacy for predicting chemosensitivity and prognosis was examined.
Results: Based on the proposed model of 15-mRNA signature, the test series patients could be classified into high-risk or low-risk subgroup with significantly different overall survival (OS) rate (hazard ratio [HR]=1.48, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.30– 1.70, P≤ 0.001). The prognostic value of this 15-mRNA signature was confirmed in another validation series. Further analysis revealed that the prognostic value of this signature was independent of the TNM stage and can predict adjuvant chemosensitivity of patients with early-stage CRC.
Conclusion: We identified a novel 15-mRNA signature in patients with CRC, which could be clinically helpful in the prognosis evaluation and the process of selection of patients with early-stage CRC for undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy.

Keywords: colorectal cancer (CRC), chemosensitivity, survival, a 15-gene signature, prognosis, risk score

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