Loss of ARID1A/BAF250a expression is linked to tumor progression and adverse prognosis in cervical cancer

Hanbyoul Cho, Jane Seon Young Kim, Hyunsoo Chung, Candice Perry, Heejeong Lee, Jae Hoon Kim

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The tumor suppressor gene ARID1A encodes BAF250a, a component of human SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complexes. Loss of BAF250a expression has recently been reported in several tumor types. To investigate the potential correlation between BAF250a and various clinicopathologic parameters, we assessed the expression of BAF250a in archival tumor tissue specimens from 147 patients with cervical cancer and 191 with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia as well as 376 matched nonadjacent normal tissues by immunohistochemical staining. Messenger RNA expression level for BAF250a was decreased in cervical cancer cell lines (P =.013) and tissues (P =.010), when compared with normal cervical epithelial tissue using SYBR Green real-time polymerase chain reaction. BAF250a was also detected in nuclear fractions of HeLa cells and in nuclei of cervical cancer tissue samples by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry, respectively. BAF250a expression gradually decreased in transitioning from normal to cervical carcinoma (P <.001), and this loss of expression was significantly associated with tumor stage (P =.005), tumor grade (P =.029), tumor size (P =.003), and lymph node metastasis (P =.020). In multivariate analysis, overall survival in cervical cancer was significantly reduced in cases with BAF250a loss (hazard ratio, 2.78 [1.01-7.63]; P =.047). Our findings suggest a potential role for BAF250a in providing valuable prognostic information to clinicians for risk assessment in cervical cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1365-1374
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Pathology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by grants from the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2011-0005230 , 2011-0010286 , and 2011-0007146 ), faculty research grants from Yonsei University College of Medicine for 2010 and 2011 ( 3-2010-0072 and 6-2011-0073 ).

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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