Abnormal expression of TRIB3 in colorectal cancer: A novel marker for prognosis

N. Miyoshi, H. Ishii, K. Mimori, Y. Takatsuno, H. Kim, H. Hirose, M. Sekimoto, Y. Doki, M. Mori

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Background:TRIB3 is a human homologue of Drosophila tribbles. Previous studies have shown that TRIB3 controls the cell growth through ubiquitination-dependent degradation of other proteins, whereas its significance in the prognosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) is not yet fully understood.Materials:This study comprised 202 patients who underwent surgery for CRC, as well as 22 cell lines derived from human gastrointestinal cancer. The correlation of gene expression with clinical parameters in patients was assessed. The biological significance was evaluated by knockdown experiments in seven colorectal cancer cell lines.Results:A total of 20 cancer cell lines (90.9%) expressed the TRIB3 gene. The assessment in surgical specimens indicated that the gene expression was significantly higher in the cancerous region than in the marginal non-cancerous region. Patients with high TRIB3 expression were statistically susceptible to a recurrence of the disease, and showed poorer overall survival than those with low expression. The assessment of TRIB3 knockdown in five cell lines showed that small interfering RNA (siRNA) inhibition resulted in a statistically significant reduction in cell growth.Conclusion:These data strongly suggest the usefulness of TRIB3 as a marker for predicting the prognosis of CRC patients, showing a basis for the development of effective treatments for CRC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1664-1670
Number of pages7
JournalBritish journal of cancer
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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