J Cancer 2019; 10(16):3860-3870. doi:10.7150/jca.31291 This issue
Department of Pathology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, 100730, China.
The nucleoprotein AHNAK (AHNAK) is a large scaffold protein that is involved in several biological processes. Previous studies have suggested a possible relation between AHNAK and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). However, the role of AHNAK in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has not been unveiled. The present study focuses on identifying the potential value of the biological effects of AHNAK in PDAC, which is one of the most lethal malignancies. Bioinformatic analysis was carried for driver gene prediction, and we proved that AHNAK was a driver gene of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and a predictor of poor outcomes of PDAC by clinical characteristics analysis and in vitro experiments. High AHNAK expression was associated with short disease-free survival and poor overall survival. In vitro assays showed that AHNAK was associated with cell proliferation and migration, and a positive relation was observed between AHNAK and the EMT. In conclusion, AHNAK is a crucial biomarker that may promote cellular proliferation and migration and thus impact PDAC outcomes via the EMT, which suggests that AHANK might be a potential target for PDAC.
Keywords: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, nucleoprotein AHNAK, prognosis, epithelial mesenchymal transition