Expression of Pim-3 in colorectal cancer and its relationship with prognosis
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There is increasing evidence suggesting that the establishment of Pim-3 is involved in tumorigenesis. This study aimed to investigate the expression and clinicopathological significance of Pim-3 in colorectal cancer (CRC). Clinical pathology data were collected from 410 CRC patients who received radical resection and were pathologically confirmed at the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center between October 2002 and December 2008. We compared the expression Pim-3 in the primary focus and liver metastasis and investigated the correlations with other clinical-pathological factors. Multivariate analysis showed that perioperative blood transfusion, local invasion, lymph node and liver metastasis, and Pim-3 expression were independent prognostic factors. The expression of Pim-3 in CRC was higher than that in normal tissues. Patients with positive expression had significant decreases in 5-year survival. Pim-3 expression showed a positive correlation with tumor cell differentiation, local infiltration, and lymph node and liver metastasis. In conclusion, Pim-3 might serve as a novel target and prognosis factor for colorectal cancer.
KeywordsPim-3 Colorectal cancer Metastasis Prognosis
This study was supported by grants from the Guangdong Academy of Medical Science and Technology Research Foundation (No. B2012137).
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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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