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Zhang C.,Xian Jiaotong University | Li Y.,Xian Jiaotong University | Wang Y.,Central Hospital of Xianyang
Journal of Surgical Research | Year: 2015

Background Previous studies have suggested the abnormal expression of soluble B7-H4 (sB7-H4) in circulation in cancer patients. The aim of present study was to examine the sB7-H4 expression in serum and to investigate the correlations between sB7-H4 levels and clinicopathologic parameters as well as the survival rate of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and methods Circulating sB7-H4 levels in blood specimens from 93 patients with HCC and 55 healthy volunteers were examined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The association of sB7-H4 levels with clinicopathologic factors, overall survival (OS), and time to recurrence were statistically analyzed. Results sB7-H4 levels in HCC patients were significantly higher than that in healthy controls (49.12 ± 3.10 versus 31.66 ± 2.59 ng/mL, P < 0.001). High sB7-H4 levels were correlated with tumor size (P = 0.007), tumor invasion (P = 0.037), tumor differentiation (P = 0.044) and tumor-node metastasis stage (P < 0.001). In addition, high sB7-H4 levels were significantly related to poor OS and higher recurrence probability (P = 0.002, P = 0.014, respectively). High sB7-H4 levels were independent prognostic factors for both OS (hazard ratio = 2.497; 95% confidence interval, 1.133-3.789; P = 0.009) and time to recurrence (hazard ratio = 2.33; 95% confidence interval, 1.247-4.179; P = 0.008). Conclusions Detection of sB7-H4 in serum might serve as a clinical predictor in the diagnosis or prediction of clinical outcomes for the patients with HCC. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Huang K.,Chinese Peoples Liberation Army | Dong B.,Central Hospital of Xianyang | Wang Y.,Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine | Tian T.,Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine | Zhang B.,Clinical Laboratory
Molecular Medicine Reports | Year: 2015

Previous studies have demonstrated that microRNAs (miRs) are involved in cell apoptosis. However, the role of miR-519 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has yet to be elucidated. The present study identified the effects of miR-519 on HL60 human acute myeloid leukemia cell growth and apoptosis. The expression levels of miR-519 were examined in AML cells, as well as AML tissue samples. Furthermore, cell viability and apoptosis were examined in HL60 cells transfected with miR-519 mimics, miR-519 inhibitors or a negative control. In addition, the effects of human antigen R (HuR) on cell apoptosis were investigated using specific small interfering RNA targeting HuR. The results demonstrated that the expression levels of miR-519 were significantly increased in the AML cells and the tissue samples, suggesting that miR-519 may contribute to abnormal HL60 cell proliferation. Upregulation of miR-519 expression decreased HL60 cell viability and induced cell apoptosis. Furthermore, knockdown of HuR reduced cell migration and enhanced cell apoptosis. The results of the present study indicate that miR-519 may contribute to HL60 cell apoptosis by regulating the expression of HuR.

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