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Overexpression of HABP1 correlated with clinicopathological characteristics and unfavorable prognosis in endometrial cancer


Hyaluronic acid binding protein 1 (HABP1/gC1qR/p32), a ubiquitous multifunctional protein belonging to the hyaladherin family, has been implicated in the tumorigenesis, progression, invasion, and metastasis of several malignant tumors. However, the role of HABP1 in endometrial cancer has not yet been studied. This study aimed to detect the expression of HABP1 in endometrial cancer and explore its role in the clinicopathological features and prognosis of endometrial cancer. We analyzed HABP1 expression by immunohistochemistry in 188 endometrial cancer specimens, 43 benign endometrial lesion specimens, and 41 normal endometrium specimens and assessed using Western blot analysis. Statistical analysis showed that HABP1 was overexpressed in endometrial cancer and benign endometrial lesion compared with normal endometrium (P < 0.001 and P = 0.012, respectively). In addition, HABP1 expression was significantly higher in endometrial cancer than in benign endometrial lesion (P < 0.001). High HABP1 expression was significantly associated with advanced International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage (P = 0.019), higher histologic grade (P < 0.001), deep myometrial invasion (P = 0.013), lymphovascular space invasion (P = 0.010), lymph node metastasis (P = 0.015), and recurrence (P = 0.009). Patients with high HABP1 expression had a poorer overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) than patients with low HABP1 expression (P = 0.015 and P = 0.012, respectively). Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that the HABP1 expression status was an independent prognostic factor of OS and DFS (P = 0.025 and P = 0.022, respectively) in patients with endometrial cancer. Our results indicated that overexpression of HABP1 may serve as a new biomarker to predict the progression and prognosis of endometrial cancer.

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We gratefully acknowledge all individuals who participated in this study, especially Qi Huang and Xiang Ban for their technical assistance.

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Zhao, J., Liu, T., Yu, G. et al. Overexpression of HABP1 correlated with clinicopathological characteristics and unfavorable prognosis in endometrial cancer. Tumor Biol. 36, 1299–1306 (2015).

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  • Hyaluronic acid binding protein 1
  • Endometrial carcinoma
  • Survival
  • Recurrence