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Identification of FGF19 as a prognostic marker and potential driver gene of lung squamous cell carcinomas in Chinese smoking patients

Qiang Tan, Fan Li, Guan Wang, Weiliang Xia, Ziming Li, Xiaomin Niu, Wenxiang Ji, Hong Yuan, Qiang Xu, Qingquan Luo, Jie Zhang and Shun Lu _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:18394-18402. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.7817

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Qiang Tan1,*, Fan Li2,*, Guan Wang3,*, Weiliang Xia2, Ziming Li1, Xiaomin Niu1, Wenxiang Ji1,2, Hong Yuan1,2, Qiang Xu4, Qingquan Luo1, Jie Zhang1, Shun Lu1

1Shanghai Lung Cancer Center, Lung Cancer Research Laboratory, Shanghai Chest Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China

2State Key Laboratory of Oncogenes and Related Genes, School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China

3Genomics Center, WuXi AppTec Co., Ltd., Shanghai 200131, China

4Jiahui International Hospital, Shanghai 200120, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Shun Lu, e-mail: shunluss@sina.com

Keywords: FGF19, lung squamous cell carcinomas

Received: September 15, 2015     Accepted: January 24, 2016     Published: March 01, 2016


Comprehensive genomic characterizations of lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) have been performed, but the differences between smokers (S-LSCC) and never smokers (NS-LSCC) are not clear, as NS-LSCC could be considered as a different disease from S-LSCC. In this study we delineated genomic alterations in a cohort of 21 NS-LSCC and 16 S-LSCC patients, and identified common gene mutations and amplifications as previously reported. Inclusion of more NS-LSCC patients enabled us to identify unreported S-LSCC- or NS-LSCC-specific alterations. Importantly, an amplification region containing FGF19, FGF3, FGF4 and CCND1 was found five-times more frequent in S-LSCC than in NS-LSCC. Amplification of FGF19 was validated in independent LSCC samples. Furthermore, FGF19 stimulated LSCC cell growth in vitro. These data implicate FGF19 as a potential driver gene in LSCC with clinic characteristics as smoking.

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