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    An extracellular matrix-related prognostic and predictive indicator for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer. Lim Su Bin,Tan Swee Jin,Lim Wan-Teck,Lim Chwee Teck Nature communications The prognosis and prediction of adjuvant chemotherapy (ACT) response in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients remain poor in this era of personalized medicine. We hypothesize that extracellular matrix (ECM)-associated components could be potential markers for better diagnosis and prognosis due to their differential expression in 1,943 primary NSCLC tumors as compared to 303 normal lung tissues. Here we develop a 29-gene ECM-related prognostic and predictive indicator (EPPI). We validate a robust performance of the EPPI risk scoring system in multiple independent data sets, comprising a total of 2,071 early-stage NSCLC tumors. Patients are stratified according to the universal cutoff score based on the EPPI when applied in the clinical setting; the low-risk group has significantly better survival outcome. The functional EPPI gene set represents a potential genomic tool to improve patient selection in early-stage NSCLC to further derive the best benefits of ACT and prevent unnecessary treatment or ACT-associated morbidity. 10.1038/s41467-017-01430-6
    Mechano-Signaling Aspects of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Passi Mehak,Zahler Stefan Journal of Cancer HCC is one of the leading causes of cancer related death worldwide and comprises about 90% of the cases of primary liver cancer. It is generally accompanied by chronic liver fibrosis characterised by deposition of collagen fibres, which, in turn, causes enhanced stiffness of the liver tissue. Changes of tissue stiffness give rise to alterations of signalling pathways that are associated to mechanical properties of the cells and the extracellular matrix, and that can be subsumed as "mechano-signaling pathways", like, e.g., the YAP/TAZ pathway, or the SRF pathway. Stiffness of the liver tissue modulates mechanical regulation of many genes involved in HCC progression. However, mechano-signaling is still rather underrepresented in our concepts of cancer in comparison to "classical" biochemical signalling pathways. This review aims to give an overview of various stiffness induced mechano-biological aspects of HCC. 10.7150/jca.60102
    Prediction of Prognosis and Recurrence of Bladder Cancer by ECM-Related Genes. Journal of immunology research Background:Bladder cancer (BLCA) is one of the most common cancers and ranks ninth among all cancers. Extracellular matrix (ECM) genes activate a number of pathways that facilitate tumor development. This study is aimed at providing models to predict BLCA survival and recurrence by ECM genes. Methods:Expression data from BLCA samples in GSE32894, GSE13507, GSE31684, GSE32548, and TCGA-BLCA cohorts were downloaded and analyzed. The ECM-related genes were obtained by differentially expressed gene analysis, stage-associated gene analysis, and random forest variable selection. The ECM was constructed in GSE32894 by the hub ECM-related genes and validated in GSE13507, GSE31684, GSE32548, and TCGA-BLCA cohorts. The correlations of the ECM score with cells (T cells, fibroblasts, etc.) and the response to immunotherapeutic drugs were investigated. Four machine learning models were selected and used to construct models to predict the recurrence of BLCA. A total of 15 paired BLCA and normal tissue specimens, human immortalized uroepithelial cell lines, and bladder cancer cell lines were selected for the validation of the difference in expression of FSTL1 between normal tissues and BLCA. Results:Six ECM genes (CTHRC1, MMP11, COL10A1, FSTL1, SULF1, and COL5A3) were recognized to be the hub ECM-related genes. The ECM score of each BLCA patient was calculated using these six selected ECM-related genes. BLCA patients with a high ECM score group had significantly lower overall survival rates than patients in the low ECM score group. We found that the ECM score was positively associated with immune cells and fibroblasts and negatively correlated with tumor purity. When treated with immunotherapy, BLCA patients with a high ECM score presented a high response rate and better prognosis. We also found that the combination of FSTL1, stage, age, and gender achieved an AUC value of 0.76 in predicting bladder cancer recurrence. Based on the RT-qPCR results of FSTL1 gene expression, there was an overall decrease in the mRNA expression of FSTL1 in cancer tissues compared to their adjacent normal tissues. Subsequent validation demonstrated that the FSTL1 expression was downregulated at the gene and protein level compared to that in SVH cells. Conclusion:Taken together, our results indicate that ECM-related genes correlate with immune cells, overall survival, and recurrence of BLCA. This study provides a machine learning model for predicting the survival and recurrence of BLCA patients. 10.1155/2022/1793005