Prognostic significance of Forkhead box M1 (FOXM1) expression and antitumor effect of FOXM1 inhibition in angiosarcoma

Takamichi Ito, Kenichi Kohashi, Yuichi Yamada, Takeshi Iwasaki, Akira Maekawa, Masaaki Kuda, Daichi Hoshina, Riichiro Abe, Masutaka Furue, Yoshinao Oda

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Background: The prognosis of angiosarcoma is poor and a novel treatment option for the disease is desired. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of Forkhead box M1 (FOXM1), a transcription factor that regulates cell-cycle progression and various crucial processes in tumor progression, and its potential as a new therapeutic target. Methods: We investigated 125 angiosarcoma clinical samples (94 primary lesions and 31 metastatic lesions in 94 patients) and a human angiosarcoma cell line (HAMON) using immunohistochemical staining and molecular biological approaches. FOXM1 expression in angiosarcoma samples was also compared with that in Kaposi's sarcomas (n = 13), epithelioid hemangioendotheliomas (n = 13) and benign hemangiomas (n = 10). Results: Patients with FOXM1-overexpressing angiosarcoma had significantly shorter survival (both for disease-specific survival [DSS] and event-free survival [EFS]) than other patients (5-year DSS, 23.5% vs. 47.1%, P = 0.013; and 5-year EFS, 5.5% vs. 28.7%, P = 0.004). FOXM1 overexpression was also an independent prognostic factor for both DSS and EFS in Cox multivariate analyses (hazard ratio [HR] 2.84, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.10-5.81, P = 0.039; and HR 4.16, 95%CI 2.03-8.67, P = 0.0001, respectively). FOXM1 inhibition using both small interfering RNA and a specific inhibitor (thiostrepton) suppressed cell proliferation of the angiosarcoma cell line. Furthermore, FOXM1 inhibition improved the chemosensitivity to docetaxel in vitro. Conclusions: FOXM1 inhibition may be a potential therapeutic option for angiosarcoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-830
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cancer
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology


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