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Identification of nasopharyngeal carcinoma metastasis-related biomarkers by iTRAQ combined with 2D-LC-MS/MS

Zhen Chen, Lu Long, Kun Wang, Facai Cui, Lepan Zhu, Ya Tao, Qiong Wu, Manlin Xiang, Yunlai Liang, Shiyang Qiu, Zhiqiang Xiao and Bin Yi _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:34022-34037. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.9067

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Zhen Chen1,*, Lu Long1,*, Kun Wang1, Facai Cui1, Lepan Zhu1, Ya Tao1, Qiong Wu1, Manlin Xiang1, Yunlai Liang1, Shiyang Qiu1, Zhiqiang Xiao2 and Bin Yi1

1 Department of Clinical Laboratory, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, China

2 The Higher Educational Key Laboratory for Cancer Proteomics and Translational Medicine of Hunan Province, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China

* co-first authors

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Bin Yi, email:

Keywords: nasopharyngeal carcinoma; metastasis; iTRAQ; TRIM29; SQSTM1; RAN

Received: December 13, 2015 Accepted: April 16, 2016 Published: April 27, 2016


To identify metastasis-related proteins in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), iTRAQ-tagging combined with 2D LC-MS/MS analysis was performed to identify the differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) in high metastatic NPC 5-8F cells and non-metastatic NPC 6-10B cells, and qRT-PCR and Western blotting were used to confirm DEPs. As a result, 101 DEPs were identified by proteomics, and 12 DEPs were selectively validated. We further detected expression of three DEPs (RAN, SQSTM1 and TRIM29) in a cohort of NPC tissue specimens to assess their value as NPC metastatic biomarkers, and found that combination of RAN, SQSTM1 and TRIM29 could discriminate metastatic NPC from non-metastatic NPC with a sensitivity of 88% and a specificity of 91%. TRIM29 and RAN expression level were closely correlated with lymph node and distant metastasis and clinical stage (P <0.05) in NPC patients. Finally, a combination of loss-of-function and gain-of-function approaches was performed to determine the effects of TRIM29 on NPC cell proliferation, migration, invasion and metastasis. The results showed that TRIM29 knockdown significantly attenuated while TRIM29 overexpression promoted NPC cell in vitro proliferation, migration and invasion and in vivo metastasis. The present data first time show that SQSTM1, RAN and TRIM29 are novel potential biomarkers for predicting NPC metastasis, demonstrate that TRIM29 is a metastasis-promoted protein of NPC.

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