Phosphorylation of STAT3 in undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma is correlated with a favorable prognosis

Hirofumi Bekki, Kenichi Kohashi, Yuichi Yamada, Kunio Iura, Takeaki Ishii, Akira Maekawa, Hiroshi Otsuka, Hidetaka Yamamoto, Michiyuki Hakozaki, Kazuki Nabeshima, Yukihide Iwamoto, Yoshinao Oda

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Objective: The Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) pathway plays a role in various biological processes. Phosphorylated STAT3 (p-STAT3) functions as a transcriptional factor, and suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3) is a potential inhibitor of STAT3. Here, we analyzed the status of the JAK-STAT pathway in undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (UPS). Methods: We performed immunohistochemistry in 79 samples of UPS and Western blotting in 10 frozen samples. We also examined alterations in protein expression in the JAK-STAT pathway after the inhibition of phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt) or extracellular signal-regulated kinase (p-Erk) in vitro. Results: Immunohistochemically, p-STAT3 and SOCS3 were positive in 59.7 and 55.8%, respectively. Positivity for p-STAT3 was significantly correlated with a better prognosis (p = 0.0006) and negatively with SOCS3 expression (p = 0.0223). Positivity for SOCS3 was significantly correlated with a worse prognosis (p = 0.0001). Western blotting analysis revealed that p-STAT3 expression was lower in tumor than in normal tissue. In vitro results demonstrated that there was no detectable change in the expression of p-STAT3 regardless of the status of p-Akt or p-Erk. Conclusion: P-STAT3 may be a useful prognostic factor for UPS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-169
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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