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2021 ◽  
Caizhi Chen ◽  
Jingjing Wang ◽  
Yeqian Feng ◽  
Ye Liang ◽  
Yan Huang ◽  

Abstract Background: LncRNA TP73-AS1 is dysregulated in various tumors but the correlation between its expression and clinicopathological parameters and/or prognoses in cancer patients is inconclusive. Here, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the prognostic value of lncRNA TP73-AS1 for malignancies.Methods: We systematically searched four online databases including PubMed, the Web of Science, Embase, and the Cochrane Library for eligible articles published up to June 29/2020. Odds ratios (ORs) and Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were used to assess the association of TP73-AS1 expression with prognostic and clinicopathological parameters. We further validated TP73-AS1 expression in various malignancies and its potential prognostic value using the GEPIA online database. We predicted potential biological processes and relevant signal mechanisms through the public databases.Results: A total of 26 studies including 1770 patients were analyzed to evaluate the relationship between TP73-AS1 expression, clinicopathological features and prognostic indicators. The results indicated that TP73-AS1 expression markedly correlates with TNM stage, tumor size, lymph node metastasis and distant metastasis. No correlation with age, gender or differentiation was observed. TP73-AS1 overexpression was a biomarker of poor Overall survival (OS) and Disease-Free-Survival (DFS). Dysregulated TP73-AS1 expression and its prognostic value in various cancers was validated based on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Further biological function predictions indicated that TP73-AS1 was involved in pro-oncogenic signaling.Conclusions: The upregulation of LncRNA TP73-AS1 was related to detrimental clinicopathological parameters and can be considered an indicator of poor prognosis for cancer malignancies.

BMC Cancer ◽  
2021 ◽  
Vol 21 (1) ◽  
Huayong Jiang ◽  
Lingling Meng ◽  
Huijuan Zhang ◽  
Xiangkun Dai ◽  
Qian Zhang ◽  

Abstract Background The purpose of this phase II study was to evaluate the feasibility of hypofractionated radiotherapy (HFRT) with a dose of 36.5 Gy in 10 fractions in postmastectomy patients. Methods From March 2014 to December 2015, 85 patients with locally advanced breast cancer were eligible to participate in this study with a schedule of 36.5 Gy in 10 fractions. Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) was delivered to the chest wall with or without the supraclavicular region. The primary endpoint was radiation-related toxicities. The secondary endpoints were locoregional failure-free survival (LRFFS), disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS). And the outcomes were compared with our retrospective study of 72 patients with 42.5 Gy in 16 fractions. Results The median follow-up was 69.0 (range 66.5-71.5) months in the 36.5 Gy group and 93.0 (range 91.9-94.1) months in the 42.5 Gy group, respectively. Radiation-related toxicities were mainly grade 1, although a few patients had grade 2 plexopathy (1.2%) and acute skin toxicity (1.2%) in the 36.5 Gy group, and grade 2 acute skin toxicity (5.6%) and lymphedema (4.2%) in the 42.5 Gy group. There were no significant differences between the groups in acute and late toxicities. For all the patients, the 5-year LRFFS, DFS and OS were 97.7 and 100.0%, 93.1 and 90.3%, 98.8 and 97.2%, respectively, without significant differences between the groups. Conclusion Postmastectomy HFRT with a schedule of 36.5 Gy in 10 fractions was feasible, with mild toxicities and excellent 5-year clinical outcome. Trial registration Trial registration number: ChiCTR-ONRC-14004391. Date of registration: 9/3/2014.

2021 ◽  
Vol 2021 ◽  
pp. 1-8
Samer Tohme ◽  
Hamza O Yazdani ◽  
Amaan Rahman ◽  
Sanah Handu ◽  
Sidrah Khan ◽  

Introduction. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accounts for approximately 90% of primary liver malignancies and is currently the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Due to varying underlying etiologies, the prognosis of HCC differs greatly among patients. It is important to develop ways to help stratify patients upon initial diagnosis to provide optimal treatment modalities and follow-up plans. The current study uses Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Classification Tree Analysis (CTA) to create a gene signature score that can help predict survival in patients with HCC. Methods. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA-LIHC) was analyzed for differentially expressed genes. Clinicopathological data were obtained from cBioPortal. ANN analysis of the 75 most significant genes predicting disease-free survival (DFS) was performed. Next, CTA results were used for creation of the scoring system. Cox regression was performed to identify the prognostic value of the scoring system. Results. 363 patients diagnosed with HCC were analyzed in this study. ANN provided 15 genes with normalized importance >50%. CTA resulted in a set of three genes (NRM, STAG3, and SNHG20). Patients were then divided in to 4 groups based on the CTA tree cutoff values. The Kaplan–Meier analysis showed significantly reduced DFS in groups 1, 2, and 3 (median DFS: 29.7 months, 16.1 months, and 11.7 months, p < 0.01) compared to group 0 (median not reached). Similar results were observed when overall survival (OS) was analyzed. On multivariate Cox regression, higher scores were associated with significantly shorter DFS (1 point: HR 2.57 (1.38–4.80), 2 points: 3.91 (2.11–7.24), and 3 points: 5.09 (2.70–9.58), p < 0.01). Conclusion. Long-term outcomes of patients with HCC can be predicted using a simplified scoring system based on tumor mRNA gene expression levels. This tool could assist clinicians and researchers in identifying patients at increased risks for recurrence to tailor specific treatment and follow-up strategies for individual patients.

2021 ◽  
Vol 10 (23) ◽  
pp. 5666
Hironori Ishigami ◽  
Yasushi Tsuji ◽  
Hisashi Shinohara ◽  
Yasuhiro Kodera ◽  
Mitsuro Kanda ◽  

The prognosis of patients with type 4 scirrhous gastric cancer remains poor due to a high risk of peritoneal metastasis. We have previously developed combined chemotherapy regimens of intraperitoneal (IP) paclitaxel (PTX) and systemic chemotherapy, and promising clinical efficacy was reported in gastric cancer with peritoneal metastasis. Herein, a randomized, phase III study is proposed to verify the efficacy of IP PTX to prevent peritoneal recurrence. Gastric cancer patients with type 4 tumors and without apparent distant metastasis, including peritoneal metastasis, will be randomized for standard systemic chemotherapy or combined IP and systemic chemotherapy based on peritoneal lavage cytology findings. Those with negative peritoneal cytology will receive radical gastrectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy of S-1 plus docetaxel (control arm), or S-1 plus intravenous and IP PTX (experimental arm). Those with positive peritoneal cytology will receive three courses of S-1 plus oxaliplatin (control arm), or S-1 plus oxaliplatin and IP PTX (experimental arm). Subsequently, they undergo gastrectomy and receive postoperative chemotherapy of S-1 plus docetaxel (control arm), or S-1 plus intravenous and IP PTX (experimental arm). The primary endpoint is disease free survival after a 3-year follow-up period. Secondary endpoints are overall survival, survival without peritoneal metastasis, safety, completion rate, curative resection rate, and histological response of preoperative chemotherapy. A total of 300 patients are to be enrolled.

2021 ◽  
Sarafa A. Iyaniwura

Abstract We developed an endemic model of COVID-19 to assess the impact of vaccination and immunity waning on the dynamics of the disease. Our model exhibits the phenomenon of backward bifurcation and bi-stability, where a stable disease-free equilibrium co-exists with a stable endemic equilibrium. The epidemiological implication of this is that the control reproduction number being less than unity is no longer sufficient to guarantee disease eradication. We showed that this phenomenon could be eliminated by either increasing the vaccine efficacy or by reducing the disease transmission rate (adhering to non-pharmaceutical interventions). Furthermore, we numerically investigated the impacts of vaccination and waning of both vaccine-induced immunity and post-recovery immunity on the disease dynamics. Our simulation results show that the waning of vaccine-induced immunity has more effect on the disease dynamics relative to post-recovery immunity waning, and suggests that more emphasis should be on reducing the waning of vaccine-induced immunity to eradicate COVID-19.

Cancers ◽  
2021 ◽  
Vol 13 (23) ◽  
pp. 6035
Gaëtan Des Guetz ◽  
Thierry Landre ◽  
Marc A. Bollet ◽  
Muriel Mathonnet ◽  
Laurent Quéro

Background: Neoadjuvant fluoropyrimidine (5FU or capecitabine)-based chemoradiotherapy (CRT) has been considered the standard of care for locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). Whether addition of oxaliplatin (OXP) will further improve clinical outcomes is still unclear. Methods: To identify clinical trials combining oxaliplatin in preoperative CRT or perioperative chemotherapy for LARC published until March 2021, we searched PubMed and the Cochrane Library. We also searched for relevant ASCO conference abstracts. The primary endpoint was disease-free survival (DFS). Data were extracted from every study to perform a meta-analysis using Review Manager (version 5.3). Results: A total of seven randomized clinical trials (ACCORD-12, CARO-AIO-04, FOWARC, JIAO, NSABP, PETACC-6, and STAR-01) with 5782 stage II or III rectal cancer patients were analyzed, including 2727 patients with OXP + 5FU regimen and 3055 patients with 5FU alone. Compared with the 5FU alone group, the OXP + 5FU regimen improved DFS (HR = 0.90, 95% CI: 0.81–0.99, p = 0.03) and pathologic complete response (pCR) (OR = 1.21, 95% CI: 1.07–1.37, p = 0.002). Patients treated with the OXP + 5FU regimen had significantly less metastatic progression (OR = 0.79; 95% CI, 0.67 to 0.94; p = 0.007). Considering adverse events (AEs), there was more grade 3–4 diarrhea with OXP + 5FU (OR = 2.41, 95% CI: 1.74–3.32, p < 0.00001). However, there were no significant differences grade 3–4 hematologic AEs (OR = 1.16, 95% CI: 0.87–1.57, p = 0.31). Conclusions: Our meta-analysis with long-term results from the randomized studies showed a benefit of the addition of OXP + 5FU regiment in terms of DFS, metastatic progression, and pCR rate that did not translate to improved OS.

2021 ◽  
Vol 2021 ◽  
pp. 1-13
Yin Zhang ◽  
Chun-Yuan Li ◽  
Meng Pan ◽  
Jing-Ying Li ◽  
Wei Ge ◽  

Purpose. In this study, we aimed to provide a comprehensive description of typical features and identify key proteins associated with the high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia- (HIN-) adenocarcinoma (AC) sequence. Methods. We conducted tandem mass tag-based quantitative proteomic profiling of normal mucosa, HIN, and AC tissues. Protein clusters representative of the HIN-AC sequence were identified using heatmaps based on Pearson’s correlation analysis. Gene ontology (GO), Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG), and Reactome analyses were performed using the Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery (DAVID) database, ClueGO plugin in Cytoscape, and the Metascape database. The prognostic value of the key proteins and their effects on the tumor microenvironment and consensus molecular subtype were explored based on The Cancer Genome Atlas. Results. We identified 536 proteins categorized into three clusters. Among the biological processes and pathways of the highly expressed proteins in the HIN-AC sequence, proteins were predominantly enriched in response to gut microbiota, cell proliferation, leukocyte migration, and extracellular matrix (ECM) organization events. SERPINH1 and P3H1 were identified as the key proteins that promote the HIN-AC sequence. In the correlation analysis of infiltrating immune cells, both SERPINH1 and P3H1 expression correlated negatively with tumor purity, while correlating positively with abundance of CD8+ T cells, B cells, macrophage/monocytes, dendritic cells, cancer-associated fibroblasts, endothelial cells, neutrophils, and natural killer cells. Furthermore, both SERPINH1 and P3H1 expression positively correlated with common immune checkpoints and mesenchymal molecular subtype. High P3H1 expression was associated with poor disease-free survival and overall survival. Conclusions. ECM-related biological processes and pathways are typical features of the HIN-AC sequence. SERPINH1 and P3H1 might be the key proteins in this sequence and be related to ECM remodeling and immune suppression status in CRC.

2021 ◽  
Vol 12 (1) ◽  
Leila Jahangiri ◽  
Perla Pucci ◽  
Tala Ishola ◽  
Joao Pereira ◽  
Megan L. Cavanagh ◽  

Abstract Aim Neuroblastoma is a heterogeneous childhood cancer derived from the neural crest. The dual cell identities of neuroblastoma include Mesenchymal (MES) and Adrenergic (ADRN). These identities are conferred by a small set of tightly-regulated transcription factors (TFs) binding super enhancers, collectively forming core regulatory circuitries (CRCs). The purpose of this study was to gain a deep understanding of the role of MES and ADRN TFs in neuroblastoma and other cancers as potential indicators of disease prognosis, progression, and relapse. Methods To that end, we first investigated the expression and mutational profile of MES and ADRN TFs in neuroblastoma. Moreover, we established their correlation with neuroblastoma risk groups and overall survival while establishing their extended networks with long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). Furthermore, we analysed the pan-cancer expression and mutational profile of these TFs and their correlation with patient survival and finally their network connectivity, using a panel of bioinformatic tools including GEPIA2, human pathology atlas, TIMER2, Omicsnet, and Cytoscape. Results We show the association of multiple MES and ADRN TFs with neuroblastoma risk groups and overall survival and find significantly higher expression of various MES and ADRN TFs compared to normal tissues and their association with overall survival and disease-free survival in multiple cancers. Moreover, we report the strong correlation of the expression of these TFs with the infiltration of stromal and immune cells in the tumour microenvironment and with stemness and metastasis-related genes. Furthermore, we reveal extended pan-cancer networks comprising these TFs that influence the tumour microenvironment and metastasis and may be useful indicators of cancer prognosis and patient survival. Conclusion Our meta-analysis shows the significance of MES and ADRN TFs as indicators of patient prognosis and the putative utility of these TFs as potential novel biomarkers.

2021 ◽  
Vol 11 (2) ◽  
pp. 19-28
Z. Z. Mamedli ◽  
A. V. Polynovskiy ◽  
D. V. Kuzmichev ◽  
S. I. Tkachev ◽  
A. A. Aniskin

The aim of the study: to increase the frequency of achieving pathologic complete response and increase disease-free survival in the investigational group of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer T3(MRF+)–4N0–2M0 by developing a new strategy for neoadjuvant therapy.Materials and methods. In total, 414 patients were assigned to treatment. Control group I included 89 patients who underwent radiotherapy (RT) 52–56 Gy/26–28 fractions with concurrent capecitabine twice daily 5 days per week. Control group II included 160 patients who underwent RT 52–56 Gy/26–28 fractions with concurrent capecitabine twice daily 5 days per week and oxaliplatin once a week, during the course of RT. Study group III consisted of 165 patients. This group combined RT 52–56 Gy/26–28 fractions with concurrent capecitabine twice daily 5 days per week and additional consecutive CapOx cycles. This group was divided into 2 subgroups: subgroup IIIa included 106 patients with consolidating chemotherapy (after CRT); subgroup IIIb included 59 patients who underwent “sandwich” treatment. Therapy consisted of conducting from 1 to 2 cycles of induction CapOx (up to CRT) and from 1 to 2 cycles of consolidating CapOx with an interval of 7 days. In the interval between the courses of drug therapy, RT 52–56 Gy/26–28 fractions was performed. According to the results of the control examination, further treatment tactics were determined. The primary end points were 5-year disease-free survival and the achievement of a pathologic complete response.Results. Pathologic complete response was significantly more often recorded in patients in the investigational group III (17.48 %; p = 0.021) compared with control groups (7.95 % in the I group and 8.28 % in the II group). 5-year disease-free survival in patients in the study groups was: 71.5 % in the III group, 65.6 % in the II group and 56.9 % in the I group.Conclusion. The shift in emphasis on strengthening the neoadjuvant effect on the tumor and improving approaches to drug therapy regimens have significantly improved disease-free survival of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer.

2021 ◽  
pp. 1-17
Ayo Wahlberg ◽  
Dong Dong ◽  
Priscilla Song ◽  
Zhu Jianfeng

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