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Association of the intermediate filament nestin with cancer stage: a meta-analysis based on 223 positive/high nestin cases and 460 negative/low case-free controls

Beilong Zhong, Tao Wang, Jianyong Zou, Fangfang Zheng, Rijiao Huang, Xiaobin Zheng, Weilin Yang and Zhenguang Chen _

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:22970-22977. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.4042

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Abstract

Beilong Zhong1,*, Tao Wang2,3,*, Jianyong Zou4,5,*, Fangfang Zheng6, Rijiao Huang7, Xiaobin Zheng8, Weilin Yang9 and Zhenguang Chen4,5,9,*

1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

2 Center for Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Key Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Ministry of Education, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

3 Department of Biochemistry, Zhongshan Medical School, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

4 Department of Thoracic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

5 Lung Cancer Research Center of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

6 Department of Pediatrics, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

7 Department of Clinical Laboratory, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

8 Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

9 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of East Division, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

* These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Zhenguang Chen, email:

Keywords: nestin, intermediate filament, cancer stage, TNM staging, meta-analysis

Received: February 28, 2015 Accepted: April 20, 2015 Published: May 08, 2015

Abstract

Background: Nestin, a member of the intermediate filament protein family, has been reported to be associated with several types of neoplastic transformation. However, questions remain, with studies reporting sometimes inconclusive or conflicting data. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate literature reports on the relationship between nestin and cancer stage.

Methods: Relevant articles published as of June 2014 were retrieved from multiple databases. After applying specific inclusion criteria, we chose seven articles relating to nestin expression and cancer stage, which included a total of 223 positive/high nestin cases and 460 negative/low case-free controls.

Results: Overall, positive/high nestin was significantly associated with median or advanced stages of several types of cancer (nestin and cancer stage: OR = 1.90, 95% CI = 1.30–2.78; nestin and lymph node: OR = 2.17, 95% CI = 1.26–3.72). Notably, studies relating to lung cancer (three qualifying articles) showed a significant association between nestin and lung cancer stage (OR = 2.00, 95% CI = 1.16–3.44).

Conclusion: These findings indicate that positive/high nestin may be more strongly linked to median or advanced cancer stage and correlated with malignant characteristics that lead to poor prognosis in different cancers, especially lung cancer.


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