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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 804-810

Putative stemness markers octamer-binding transcription factor 4, sex-determining region Y-box 2, and NANOG in non-small cell lung carcinoma: A clinicopathological association

1 Department of Cancer Biology, Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Life Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Franky Dhaval Shah
Department of Cancer Biology, Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Civil Hospital Campus, Asarwa, Ahmedabad - 380 016, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_213_18

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Background: The promising improvement in the clinical outcome of lung cancer can be possibly achieved by identification of the molecular events that underlie its pathogenesis. Cancer stem cell (CSC) being one of the subsets of tumor majorly participates in drug resistance and treatment failure because of the moderate cell cycle, lower proliferation, and increased expression of DNA repair and anti-apoptosis genes. Although many putative CSC markers exist, a precise characterization for non-small cell lung cancer is of utmost importance due to increased mortality rate and lack of targeted therapies. Hence, the article focuses on the expression of stemness-associated markers, namely octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (OCT4), NANOG, and sex-determining region Y-box 2 (SOX2) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Methods: The expression of OCT4, NANOG, and SOX2 were evaluated in 32 histopathologically confirmed NSCLC tissues using real-time polymerase chain reaction. The obtained expression was correlated with clinical and pathological manifestations using the statistical test such as Student's t-test and Pearson correlation in varied statistical software. Results: Results showed a significantly higher expression of OCT4 and NANOG compared to SOX2 in the tumor tissues. When the expression of these markers was correlated with the clinical parameters, higher expression was seen in males, patients with age above 60 years, and in adenocarcinoma subtype. In correlation with the habit, higher expression of OCT4 and SOX2 was observed in habituated patients. Expression of NANOG and OCT4 was higher even in patients with poor differentiation. Conclusion: The expression and prognostic significance of CSC markers obviously vary depending on histological NSCLC subtype. Importantly, our findings suggest that OCT4, SOX2, and NANOG network together may be promising for ongoing targeted therapies in specific NSCLC subgroups.

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