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Predictive and prognostic implications of 4E-BP1, Beclin-1, and LC3 for cetuximab treatment combined with chemotherapy in advanced colorectal cancer with wild-type KRAS: Analysis from real-world data.
World J Gastroenterol ; 25(15): 1840-1853, 2019 Apr 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31057298


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the main causes of cancer-related deaths in China and around the world. Advanced CRC (ACRC) patients suffer from a low cure rate though treated with targeted therapies. The response rate is about 50% to chemotherapy and cetuximab, a monoclonal antibody targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and used for ACRC with wild-type KRAS. It is important to identify more predictors of cetuximab efficacy to further improve precise treatment. Autophagy, showing a key role in the cancer progression, is influenced by the EGFR pathway. Whether autophagy can predict cetuximab efficacy in ACRC is an interesting topic.


To investigate the effect of autophagy on the efficacy of cetuximab in colon cancer cells and ACRC patients with wild-type KRAS.


ACRC patients treated with cetuximab plus chemotherapy, with detailed data and tumor tissue, at Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center from January 1, 2005, to October 1, 2015, were studied. Expression of autophagy-related proteins [Beclin1, microtubule-associated protein 1A/B-light chain 3 (LC3), and 4E-binding protein 1 (4E-BP1)] was examined by Western blot in CRC cells and by immunohistochemistry in cancerous and normal tissues. The effect of autophagy on cetuximab-treated cancer cells was confirmed by MTT assay. The associations between Beclin1, LC3, and 4E-BP1 expression in tumor tissue and the efficacy of cetuximab-based therapy were analyzed.


In CACO-2 cells exposed to cetuximab, LC3 and 4E-BP1 were upregulated, and P62 was downregulated. Autophagosome formation was observed, and autophagy increased the efficacy of cetuximab. In 68 ACRC patients, immunohistochemistry showed that Beclin1 levels were significantly correlated with those of LC3 (0.657, P < 0.001) and 4E-BP1 (0.211, P = 0.042) in ACRC tissues. LC3 was significantly overexpressed in tumor tissues compared to normal tissues (P < 0.001). In 45 patients with wild-type KRAS, the expression levels of these three proteins were not related to progression-free survival; however, the expression levels of Beclin1 (P = 0.010) and 4E-BP1 (P = 0.005), pathological grade (P = 0.002), and T stage (P = 0.004) were independent prognostic factors for overall survival (OS).


The effect of cetuximab on colon cancer cells might be improved by autophagy. LC3 is overexpressed in tumor tissues, and Beclin1 and 4E-BP1 could be significant predictors of OS in ACRC patients treated with cetuximab.





Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Autofagia / Neoplasias Colorretais / Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica / Biomarcadores Tumorais / Cetuximab Aspecto clínico: Predição / Prognóstico / Terapia Limite: Adulto / Idoso / Feminino / Humanos / Masculino / Meia-Idade / Jovem adulto Idioma: Inglês Revista: World J Gastroenterol Assunto da revista: Gastroenterologia Ano de publicação: 2019 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: China