Clinical significance and prognostic value of Forkhead box A1 expression in human epithelial ovarian cancer

  • Authors:
    • Kai Wang
    • Chenan Guan
    • Chenyan Fang
    • Xiaoxiao Jin
    • Junhui Yu
    • Yuquan Zhang
    • Lingzhi Zheng
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  • Published online on: January 29, 2018     https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2018.7899
  • Pages:4457-4462
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Abstract

Forkhead box (FOX) A1 is a member of the FOX family of transcription factors, which serve a function in numerous types of tumor. The present study assessed the potential role of FOXA1 in human epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC). Total RNA was isolated from 16 fresh‑frozen EOC tumors with paired corresponding non‑malignant ovarian epithelium tissues, and FOXA1 expression was analyzed using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Immunohistochemical analysis was performed to evaluate FOXA1 expression in 110 epithelial ovarian carcinoma tissue specimens (including 80 serous papillary adenocarcinoma, 9 clear cell carcinoma, 12 endometrioid adenocarcinoma, 5 mucinous carcinoma and 4 transitional cell carcinoma specimens), 24 benign ovarian tumor surface epithelium tissues and 10 normal ovarian tissue samples. The present study analyzed the association between FOXA1 expression and clinical characteristics in patients with EOC. The Kaplan‑Meier method was used for survival analysis. The results of the present study revealed that FOXA1 mRNA expression was significantly increased in EOC tissues compared with paired normal ovarian samples (P=0.014). The immunohistochemical expression of FOXA1 in EOC tissues was associated with the FIGO grade, differentiation status and overall survival time (all P<0.05). Finally, the significance of FOXA1 expression in the prognosis of the patients was evaluated. The results of Kaplan‑Meier survival curve revealed that high FOXA1 expression was associated with decreased overall survival time in the patients, relative to low FOXA1 expression (P=0.0132). In conclusion, FOXA1 is overexpressed in EOC and associated with clinicopathological features, including overall survival time. FOXA1 potentially represents a novel biomarker and therapeutic target for EOC.

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Wang, K., Guan, C., Fang, C., Jin, X., Yu, J., Zhang, Y., & Zheng, L. (2018). Clinical significance and prognostic value of Forkhead box A1 expression in human epithelial ovarian cancer. Oncology Letters, 15, 4457-4462. https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2018.7899
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Wang, K., Guan, C., Fang, C., Jin, X., Yu, J., Zhang, Y., Zheng, L."Clinical significance and prognostic value of Forkhead box A1 expression in human epithelial ovarian cancer". Oncology Letters 15.4 (2018): 4457-4462.
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Wang, K., Guan, C., Fang, C., Jin, X., Yu, J., Zhang, Y., Zheng, L."Clinical significance and prognostic value of Forkhead box A1 expression in human epithelial ovarian cancer". Oncology Letters 15, no. 4 (2018): 4457-4462. https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2018.7899