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Clinicopathological significance of SMAD4 loss in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Jin-Dao Wang _, Ketao Jin, Xiao-Ying Chen, Jie-Qing Lv and Ke-Wei Ji

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:16704-16711. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.14335

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Jin-Dao Wang1,*, Ketao Jin1,*, Xiao-Ying Chen2, Jie-Qing Lv1, Ke-Wei Ji1

1Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Shaoxing People’s Hospital, Shaoxing Hospital of Zhejiang University, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, China

2Psychosomatic Second Division, Shaoxing 7th People’s Hospital, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Ke-Wei Ji, email: [email protected]

Keywords: PDAC, SMAD4, DPC4, diagnosis, prognosis

Received: September 06, 2016    Accepted: November 08, 2016    Published: December 28, 2016


Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the leading causes of cancer mortality. Although advances have been made in understanding the pathogenesis of PDAC, the outcome still remains poor. The aim of this study is to conduct a meta-analysis to evaluate the precise association between SMAD4 loss and clinicopathological significance in PDAC. A literature search was made in PubMed, Web of Science, Google scholar, and EMBASE for related publications. The data were extracted and assessed by two reviewers independently. Analysis of pooled data was performed, Odds Ratio or Hazard Ratio with corresponding confidence intervals was calculated and summarized. 12 relevant articles were included for full review in detail and meta-analysis. The frequency of SMAD4 protein loss was significantly increased in PDAC than in nonmalignant pancreatic tissue, Odd Ratio was 0.05 with 95% confidence interval 0.01-0.23, p<0.0001. SMAD4 loss was significantly associated with poor overall survival in patients with PDAC, Hazard Ratio was 0.61 with 95% confidence interval 0.38-0.99, p=0.05. SMAD4 loss was not correlated with the size, grades, and lymph node metastasis of PDAC. In conclusion, SMAD4 is a biomarker for the diagnosis of PDAC. SMAD4 loss is significantly related to poor prognosis in patients with PDAC.

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