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      The combination of strong expression of ZNF143 and high MIB-1 labelling index independently predicts shorter disease-specific survival in lung adenocarcinoma


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          The transcription factor, zinc finger protein 143 (ZNF143), positively regulates many cell-cycle-related genes. The ZNF143 would show high expression of multiple solid tumours related closely to cancer cell growth, similar to the widely accepted Ki67 (MIB-1) protein, but the underlying mechanisms for ZNF143 remain unclear. We investigated the association of ZNF143 expression with clinicopathological features and prognoses of patients with lung adenocarcinoma.


          Expressions of ZNF143 and MIB-1 were immunohistochemically analysed in 183 paraffin-embedded tumour samples of patients with lung adenocarcinoma. The ZNF143 expression was considered to be strong when >30% of the cancer cells demonstrated positive staining.


          Strong ZNF143+ expression showed a significantly close relationship to pathologically moderate to poor differentiation and highly invasive characteristics. The ZNF143 positivity potentially induced cell growth of lung adenocarcinoma, correlated significantly with high MIB-1 labelling index (⩾10%). Univariate and multivariate analyses demonstrated that both strong ZNF143+ and the high MIB-1 index group have only and significantly worse survival rates.


          The combination of strong ZNF143 expression and high MIB-1 index potentially predicts high proliferating activity and poor prognosis in patients with lung adenocarcinoma, and may offer a therapeutic target against ZNF143.

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                Br J Cancer
                Br. J. Cancer
                British Journal of Cancer
                Nature Publishing Group
                13 May 2014
                15 April 2014
                : 110
                : 10
                : 2583-2592
                [1 ]Department of Health Policy and Management, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health , Kitakyushu 807-8555, Japan
                [2 ]Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health , Kitakyushu 807-8555, Japan
                [3 ]Department of Urology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health , Kitakyushu 807-8555, Japan
                [4 ]Department of Second Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health , Kitakyushu 807-8555, Japan
                [5 ]Department of Medical Oncology, The First Hospital of China Medical University , Shenyang 110001, People's Republic of China
                [6 ]Laboratory of Pathology, Fukuoka Wajiro Hospital , Fukuoka 811-0213, Japan
                [7 ]Department of Occupational Pneumology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health , Kitakyushu 807-8555, Japan
                [8 ]The President Laboratory, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health , Kitakyushu 807-8555, Japan
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                These authors contributed equally to this work.

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                Molecular Diagnostics

                Oncology & Radiotherapy

                lung adenocarcinoma, znf143, cell growth, mib-1, prognosis


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