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Prognostic Significance of Periostin and Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) in Locally Advanced Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Qi Jiang, Jingjing Chen, Boyun Zhang, Junyang Niu, Yifu He

Department of Medical Oncology, Anhui Provincial Hospital, Anhui Medical University, Hefei, Anhui, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:3200-3208

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.904992

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Published: 2017-06-30

BACKGROUND: Periostin and the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) are involved in several cancers. This study aimed to evaluate the expression level of periostin and mTOR in locally advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and to analyze their correlations with prognostic value.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Expression levels of periostin and mTOR were examined by immunohistochemistry in locally advanced ESCC and corresponding adjacent normal tissue of 71 patients. The expression of periostin and mTOR were correlated with clinicopathologic characteristics by χ² test or Kruskal-Wallis analysis. The prognostic factors of periostin and mTOR on overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were assessed using Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression methods, respectively.
RESULTS: The high expression of periostin was significantly correlated to tumor stage (P=0.000), vascular invasion (P=0.027), differentiation (P=0.002), invasion depth (P=0.023), and lymph node metastasis (P=0.017). The high expression of mTOR was associated with tumor stage (P=0.001), lymphatic metastasis (P=0.014), and differentiation (P=0.036). Expression levels of periostin and mTOR was positively correlated (r=0.416, P=0.000). The OS and DFS in patients in the high-periostin group were significantly shorter than those in the low-periostin group, (both P<0.001). Similar results were found in mTOR analysis. Moreover, Cox regression analysis showed that the expressions of periostin and mTOR, along with tumor stage, were the independent factors affecting the survival time of ESCC patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Expressions of periostin and mTOR are related to multiple clinicopathologic features. High expression of periostin and mTOR were independent risk factors of ESCC patients, which might offer a potential target strategy for ESCC treatment in the future.

Keywords: Esophageal Neoplasms, Prognosis, TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases