Downregulation of Kruppel-like factor 2 is associated with poor prognosis for nonsmall-cell lung cancer
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Kruppel-like factor 2 (KLF2) expression is diminished in many malignancies. However, its expression and role in nonsmall-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remain unknown. In this study, we found that KLF2 levels were decreased in NSCLC tissues compared with adjacent normal tissues. Its expression level was significantly correlated with TNM stages, tumor size, and lymph node metastasis. Moreover, patients with low levels of KLF2 expression had a relatively poor prognosis. Furthermore, knockdown of KLF2 expression by siRNA could promote cell proliferation, while ectopic expression of KLF2 inhibited cell proliferation and promoted apoptosis in NSCLC cells partly via regulating CDKN1A/p21 and CDKN2B/p15 protein expression. Our findings present that decreased KLF2 could be identified as a poor prognostic biomarker in NSCLC and regulate cell proliferation and apoptosis.
KeywordsKruppel-like factor 2 (KLF2) Poor prognosis Proliferation Apoptosis CDKN1A/p21 CDKN2B/p15
This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81172140, 81272532), Jiangsu Province Clinical Science and Technology projects (Clinical Research Center, BL2012008) and the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (Public Health and Preventive Medicine, JX10231801).
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