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Down regulation of RNA binding motif, single-stranded interacting protein 3, along with up regulation of nuclear HIF1A correlates with poor prognosis in patients with gastric cancer

Youliang Wu _, Dapeng Yun, Yingjie Zhao, Yuqi Wang, Ruochuan Sun, Qiang Yan, Shangxin Zhang, Mingdian Lu, Zhen Zhang, Daru Lu and Yongxiang Li

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:1262-1277. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.13605

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Youliang Wu1,*, Dapeng Yun2,*, Yingjie Zhao2, Yuqi Wang2, Ruochuan Sun1, Qiang Yan1, Shangxin Zhang1, Mingdian Lu1, Zhen Zhang1, Daru Lu2, Yongxiang Li1

1Department of General Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Hefei, People’s Republic of China

2State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering and MOE Key Laboratory of Contemporary Anthropology, School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Daru Lu, email: [email protected]

Yongxiang Li, email: [email protected]

Keywords: gastric cancer, RBMS3, HIF1A, MVD, prognostic marker

Received: March 30, 2016     Accepted: November 11, 2016     Published: November 25, 2016


Frequent loss of multiple regions in short arm of chromosome 3 is found in various tumors including gastric cancer (GC). RNA binding motif, single-stranded interacting protein 3 (RBMS3) is a tumor suppressor gene located in this region and mediates cancer angiogenesis. However, the role of RBMS3 in GC remains unclear.

To evaluate whether RBMS3, together with HIF1A, another key regulator of angiogenesis, predicts GC prognosis, the levels of RBMS3 and HIF1A were first examined by quantitative PCR (qPCR) and western blot from 27 fresh frozen GC and paired normal gastric tissues and then tested by immunohistochemistry (IHC) from 191 GC and 46 normal controls. Moreover, uni- and multivariate analysis were employed to assess the correlations between their levels and microvessel density (MVD) and clinical prognosis. To further identify RBMS3 function in vitro, cell proliferation assay, clonogenic assay, flow cytometry analysis and endothelial cell tube formation assay were employed.

We found that RBMS3 level was decreased, whereas HIF1A was elevated in GC. Furthermore, we demonstrated that RBMS3 was an independent prognostic factor and the levels of RBMS3 and HIF1A were associated with GC angiogenesis and histopathological differentiation: patients with lower RBMS3 level and higher nuclear HIF1A expression had poorer prognosis. Besides, gain- and loss-of-function study revealed RBMS3 regulation on G1/S progression, cell proliferation and the tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro. These findings implicated that RBMS3 and nuclear HIF1A could act as prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for GC.

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