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Genes Associated with Disease-Free Survival Prognosis of Renal Cancers

A Computational Screening for Potential Biomarkers and Targets for Gene Therapy
  • Gideon Tay Yee Chuen
  • Timothy Lim Tyen Siang
  • Shannon Lee Xin Ying
  • Lee Wai Yeow
  • Caroline G. LeeEmail author
Conference paper


Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) incidence has consistently been on the rise in recent years. There are 4 main types of RCC, namely Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma (BLCA), Kidney Chromophobe (KICH), Kidney Renal Clear Cell Carcinoma (KIRC), and Kidney Renal Papillary Cell Carcinoma (KIRP). The aim of this investigation is to identify genes in the tumors across the various renal cancers that can best distinguish patients with good versus those with poor disease-free survival (DFS), and determine pertinent cancer-related pathways that genes associated with DFS reside in. We hypothesized that genes significantly associated with DFS are associated with pathways that can be targeted for gene therapy and be identified as potential biomarkers for RCC. Genes in the tumors of RCC patients significantly associated with DFS were identified from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database using Kaplan-Meier analyses. Genes with high expression that are associated with poor survival of patients might serve as potential biomarkers and/or targets for gene therapy across renal associated cancers with the exception of BLCA.


Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma (BLCA) Kidney Chromophobe (KICH) Kidney Renal Clear Cell Carcinoma (KIRC) Kidney Renal Papillary Cell Carcinoma (KIRP) Gene therapy Biomarkers Disease-free survival Prognosis 



The authors thank their mentors, A/P Caroline Lee Guat Lay and Mr. Lee Wai Yeow for their constant guidance and support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gideon Tay Yee Chuen
    • 1
  • Timothy Lim Tyen Siang
    • 1
  • Shannon Lee Xin Ying
    • 1
  • Lee Wai Yeow
    • 2
  • Caroline G. Lee
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)SingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry, Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and EngineeringNational University SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Division of Medical SciencesNational Cancer Centre SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.Cancer and Stem Cell Biology ProgrammeDuke-NUS Graduate Medical SchoolSingaporeSingapore

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