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The clinical significance of CXCL5 in non-small cell lung cancer

Authors Wu K, Yu S, Liu Q, Bai X, Zheng X, Wu K

Received 10 August 2017

Accepted for publication 17 October 2017

Published 21 November 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 5561—5573


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Carlos E Vigil

Kongju Wu,1,* Shengnan Yu,2,* Qian Liu,2 Xianguang Bai,1 Xinhua Zheng,1 Kongming Wu2

1Medical School of Pingdingshan University, Pingdingshan, Henan, 2Department of Oncology, Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: As a CXC-type chemokine, ENA78/CXCL5 is an important attractant for granulocytes by binding to its receptor CXCR2. Recent studies proved that CXCL5/CXCR2 axis plays an oncogenic role in many human cancers. However, the exact clinical significance of CXCL5 in lung cancer has not been well defined. Here, we found that the serum protein expression of CXCL5 was significantly increased in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) compared with that in healthy volunteers. Immunohistochemistry staining revealed that CXCL5 protein was higher in various lung cancer tissues compared with normal tissues. Moreover, CXCL5 expression correlated with histological grade, tumor size, and TNM stage in NSCLC. Elevated CXCL5 protein abundance predicted poor overall survival in adenocarcinoma patients. Further meta-analysis demonstrated that CXCL5 mRNA expression was also positively associated with tumor stage, lymph node metastasis, and worse survival. Kaplan–Meier plot analyses indicated high CXCL5 was associated with short overall survival and progression-free survival. Together, these results indicated that CXCL5 may be a potential biomarker for NSCLC.

non-small cell lung cancer, chemokine, CXCL5, migration, prognosis

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