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Overexpression of Romo1 is an unfavorable prognostic biomarker and a predictor of lymphatic metastasis in non-small cell lung cancer patients

Authors Kim HJ, Jo MJ, Kim BR, Kim JL, Jeong YA, Na YJ, Park SH, Lee SY, Lee DH, Kim BH, Yoo YD, Oh SC

Received 5 January 2018

Accepted for publication 11 April 2018

Published 23 July 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 4233—4246


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Carlos E Vigil

Hong Jun Kim,1 Min Jee Jo,2 Bo Ram Kim,2 Jung Lim Kim,2 Yoon A Jeong,2 Yoo Jin Na,2 Seong Hye Park,2 Suk-young Lee,1 Dae-Hee Lee,1,2 Baek-hui Kim,3 Young Do Yoo,4 Sang Cheul Oh1,2

1Division of Oncology and Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 2Laboratory of Oncology, Graduate School of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 3Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 4Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Graduate School of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Introduction: Reactive oxygen species modulator-1 (Romo1) is a protein that modulates levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and has been reported to affect cancer cell invasion and proliferation via persistent inflammation. Several studies have demonstrated the clinical application of Romo1 as a prognostic marker in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, there have been no studies investigating the mechanism by which Romo1 adversely affects the prognosis of these patients.
Methods: We examined Romo1, ROS, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in tumor tissues immunohistochemically. We conducted survival analyses of patients who had curative resection (n=30) in accordance with clinical parameters including levels of Romo1 expression.
Results: Romo1 levels were associated with serologic inflammatory markers and high lymphatic metastatic tendencies. Significantly longer disease-free survival (68.7 vs 24.2 months, P=0.031) and overall survival (92.7 vs 51.6 months) were observed in the group with low Romo1 compared with high Romo1. Survival outcomes were also significantly associated with serologic inflammatory markers. Spearman’s correlation analyses demonstrated significant positive correlations of Romo1 expression with VEGF-C (P=0.008, R=0.478) and ROS (P=0.016, R=0.436) in tumor samples.
Conclusion: The current study demonstrates that Romo1 induces lymphatic metastasis of NSCLC by modulating persistent inflammation and oxidative stress (ROS)/VEGF signaling. Lymphatic metastasis associated with elevated Romo1 was shown to be a key reason for unfavorable survival rates.

Keywords: non–small cell lung carcinoma, inflammation, reactive oxygen species modulator-1, vascular endothelial growth factor A, reactive oxygen species

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