Tumor Biology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 1189–1195 | Cite as

Expression of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A-2 (eIF5A-2) associated with poor survival in gastric cancer

  • Qiong Yang
  • Zaiyuan Ye
  • Qi Zhang
  • Zhongsheng Zhao
  • Hongjun Yuan
Original Article


Altered expression of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A-2 (eIF5A-2) was associated with human carcinogenesis and progression. This study assessed eIF5A-2 expression in gastric cancer tissues for association with clinicopathological parameters and survival of patients. A total of 436 gastric cancer tissues and 92 normal mucosal blocks were collected for construction of tissue microarrays and immunohistochemical assessment of eIF5A-2 expression. The data were statistically analyzed for association with clinicopathological factors and survival of patients. Immunohistochemical data showed that eIF5A-2 protein was highly expressed in gastric cancer tissues (p < 0.001). Upregulated expression of eIF5A-2 protein was associated with tumor Lauren classification, size, location, invasion, TNM stages, and lymph node and distant metastases. The 3- and 5-year cumulative survival rates of these 436 patients were 88.5 and 58.1 %, respectively. In contrast, the mean survival time of patients with increased tumor eIF5A-2 was 30.22 ± 1.23 vs. 51.29 ± 0.86 months for those with low tumor eIF5A-2 (p < 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that eIF5A-2 expression and related tumor parameters were independent indicators of overall survival in gastric cancer patients. In conclusion, the current study indicates that overexpression of eIF5A-2 protein was associated with poor overall survival of gastric cancer patients.


Gastric cancer Immunohistochemical eIF5A-2 Prognosis 



This study was supported in part by grants from the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology Research Foundation (no. 2008C33040) and the Zhejiang Provincial Medical Science Research Foundation (no. 2007A013). The founding sponsors had no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to publish the results.

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Conflicts of interest


Research involving human participants and/or animals

This study was approved by the Ethical Committee of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital.

Informed consent

Written informed consent for use of the resected samples was obtained from each patient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wenzhou Medical UniversityWenzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Gastrointestinal SurgeryZhejiang Provincial People’s HospitalHangzhouChina

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