Prognostic Significance of Cyclin D1 Expression in Renal Cell Carcinoma: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

  • Zeyan Li
  • Jikai Liu
  • Xiang Zhang
  • Liang Fang
  • Cong Zhang
  • Zhao Zhang
  • Lei Yan
  • Yueqing TangEmail author
  • Yidong FanEmail author


Previous studies indicated that cyclin D1 shown the potential as a tumor biomarker. However, the prognostic value of cyclin D1 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains controversial. This study investigated the correlation of cyclin D1 expression with the prognostic and clinicopathological features in RCC patients. We systematically searched the database of PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, and Web of Science updated on November 26, 2017. Eighteen studies with 2282 patients satisfied the inclusion criteria. Results demonstrated that cyclin D1 overexpression in RCC showed significant favorable prognostic impact on disease-free survival (DFS) (HR 0.57, 95% CI: 0.43–0.74) and disease-specific survival (DSS) (HR 0.59, 95% CI 0.41–0.85) without significant heterogeneity. In subgroup of clear cell RCC, the prognostic effect on DFS was robust and the pooled HR was 0.39 (95% CI: 0.27–0.57). However, no association between overall survival (OS) and cyclin D1 expression was observed. Stratified analysis in DFS studies by sample size, staining patterns race and metastasis status showed similar results. Otherwise, cyclin D1 overexpression predicted a reduced prevalence of high TNM stage (T3 + T4) (OR 0.63, 95% CI: 0.40–0.99), high-grade tumor (G3 + G4) (OR 0.51, 95% CI: 0.31–0.81) and large tumor size (OR 0.35, 95% CI: 0.19–0.62). Our meta-analysis indicated that cyclin D1 overexpression could predict the favorable prognosis in patients with RCC.


Cyclin D1 Renal cell carcinoma Prognosis Meta-analysis 



We thank Dr. Lubomir Bodnar for providing the original data. This work was supported by grants of Science Foundation of Shandong Province (No.ZR2015HM046) and a grant of National Natural Science Foundation of China (81672522).

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This research does not involve Human Participants and/or Animals.

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors. No informed consent is needed.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeyan Li
    • 1
  • Jikai Liu
    • 1
  • Xiang Zhang
    • 1
  • Liang Fang
    • 1
  • Cong Zhang
    • 1
  • Zhao Zhang
    • 1
  • Lei Yan
    • 1
  • Yueqing Tang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yidong Fan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of UrologyQilu Hospital of Shandong UniversityJinanPeople’s Republic of China

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