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Prognostic significance of cystatin SN associated nomograms in patients with colorectal cancer

Taiyuan Li, Qiangqiang Xiong, Zhen Zou, Xiong Lei, Qunguang Jiang and Dongning Liu _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:115153-115163. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23041

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Taiyuan Li1,*, Qiangqiang Xiong1,*, Zhen Zou1, Xiong Lei1, Qunguang Jiang1 and Dongning Liu1

1Department of General Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330006, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Dongning Liu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: CST1; immunohistochemistry; nomograms; prognosis; colorectal cancer

Received: January 05, 2017    Accepted: August 04, 2017    Published: December 08, 2017


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of most malignant tumors, mainly due to its high rate of metastasis and recurrence. The prognosis of CRC is difficult due to early CRC patients have no specific symptoms. Therefore, it is emergent to identify a biomarker for CRC prognosis. Cystatin SN (CST1) shows elevated expression in many tumors, but its role in CRCs is still unknown. Through immunohistochemistry analysis, we found that CST1 was upregulated in CRC samples. The survival analysis had demonstrated that high CST1 expression was closely associated with poor clinical status, providing that CST1 plays a role in CRC tumorigenesis. Furthermore, nomograms were generated using CST1 levels and other factors to evaluate survival of CRCs. We evaluated the reliabilities of these nomograms using an independent cohort of 141 CRC cases and found that high CST1 expression is linked to low survival, which is consistent with the clinical results. Thus, we could predict the survival of a CRC patient via these nomograms. In addition, the multivariate analysis identified CST1 as an independent prognostic factor for CRCs, providing CST1 as a biomarker for CRC prognosis. Taken together, our studies revealed a close relationship between CST1 and CRCs, suggesting that CST1 possibly acts as a marker for CRC prognosis and a target for CRC therapy.

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