Tumor Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp 6463–6469 | Cite as

Glutathione S-transferase O2 gene rs157077 polymorphism predicts response to transarterial chemoembolization in hepatocellular carcinoma

  • Zhixin Wang
  • Kai Qu
  • Zhichao Huang
  • Xinsen Xu
  • Jingyao Zhang
  • Li Zhang
  • Sinan Liu
  • Hulin Chang
  • Ting Lin
  • Yamin Liu
  • Wenquan Niu
  • Chang Liu
Research Article


Some genetic alterations of glutathione S-transferase omega 2 (GSTO2) have been reported to increase the risk of many malignancies, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); however, their prognostic capability remained unresolved in HCC patients treated with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). To fill this gap, we genotyped three well-defined polymorphisms in GSTO2 to assess whether they can predict overall survival among 228 HCC patients under TACE treatment. The median follow-up time and survival time were 22.0 months (range 3.0–60.0) and 19.2 months, respectively. Only one of three polymorphisms examined, rs157077, was significantly associated with overall survival of TACE-treated HCC (P = 0.003), and its mutant allele conferred a higher risk of death than its wild homozygotes (hazard ratio 1.58, 95 % confidence interval 1.17–2.14). Moreover, carriers of this mutant allele had higher tissue GSTO2 expression, reinforcing the prognostic capability of GSTO2 rs157077 for HCC, especially in combination with age and tumor–node–metastasis (TNM) stage. Taken together, we for the first time provided evidence supporting the prognostic role of GSTO2 in the progression of TACE-treated HCC.


Glutathione S-transferase omega Hepatocellular carcinoma Prognosis Transarterial chemoembolization 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 81201549 and 81272644) and the project of Innovative Research Team for Key Science and Technology in Xi’an Jiaotong University (No. 2003KCJ-23).

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhixin Wang
    • 1
  • Kai Qu
    • 1
  • Zhichao Huang
    • 1
  • Xinsen Xu
    • 1
  • Jingyao Zhang
    • 1
  • Li Zhang
    • 2
  • Sinan Liu
    • 1
  • Hulin Chang
    • 1
  • Ting Lin
    • 1
  • Yamin Liu
    • 3
  • Wenquan Niu
    • 4
  • Chang Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Medical CollegeXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Department of Ultrasound Diagnostics, Tangdu HospitalThe Fourth Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina
  3. 3.Department of Cardiology and Periphery Vascular Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Medical CollegeXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Medical Genomics, Ruijin HospitalShanghai Jiaotong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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