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Jumonji domain-containing protein 1A promotes cell growth and progression via transactivation of c-Myc expression and predicts a poor prognosis in cervical cancer

Jue Liu _, Ming Zhu, Xue Xia, Yuliang Huang, Qunfeng Zhang and Xiaoxu Wang

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:85151-85162. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.13208

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Jue Liu1,*, Ming Zhu3,*, Xue Xia2,*, Yuliang Huang1, Qunfeng Zhang1, Xiaoxu Wang2

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of University of South China, Hengyang, Hunan Province, 421001, P.R. China

2Department of Orthopaedics, The Second Affiliated Hospital of University of South China, Hengyang, Hunan Province, 421001, P.R. China

3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 201620, P.R. China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Xiaoxu Wang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: cervical cancer, JMJD1A, c-Myc, prognosis, immunohistochemistry

Received: June 03, 2016     Accepted: October 26, 2016     Published: November 08, 2016


Jumonji domain-containing protein 1A (JMJD1A) plays a key role in the development and progression of several cancers. Here, we showed that the expression of JMJD1A is increased in cervical cancer cells and tissues, and that suppression of JMJD1A inhibits proliferation, migration, and invasion of cervical cancer cells. JMJD1A induced transcription of c-Myc, which is essential for cervical cancer growth and progression. Clinical data showed that JMJD1A expression correlated with lymph node metastasis (P=0.031) and FIGO stage (P=0.007). Increased c-Myc levels were associated with tumor differentiation (P=0.007) and FIGO stage (P<0.001). JMJD1A protein levels correlated with c-Myc expression (P<0.001), and high co-expression of the two proteins correlated with a poor prognosis. Survival analysis showed that JMJD1A and c-Myc levels are independent prognostic factors for cervical cancer patients. These results suggest that JMJD1A is a promising therapeutic target in cervical cancer.

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