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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (25681512)
Authors Kozak MM, von Eyben R, Pai J, Vossler SR, Limaye M, Jayachandran P, Anderson EM, Shaffer JL, Longacre T, Pai RK, Koong AC, Chang DT
Title Smad4 inactivation predicts for worse prognosis and response to fluorouracil-based treatment in colorectal cancer.
Journal Journal of clinical pathology
Vol 68
Issue 5
Date 2015 May
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Abstract Text To determine whether expression of Smad4, a tumour suppressor found to be absent in 10% of colorectal cancer (CRC), is associated with outcomes in patients with CRC.Tumour samples from 241 consecutive patients with CRC who underwent upfront colon resection between 2005 and 2009 were obtained. Triplicate tissue cores from resected primary colon tumours and matched normal controls were used to construct the tissue microarrays (TMAs). We examined the expression of Smad4 using immunohistochemistry. Clinicopathological records were obtained for all patients. TMAs were reviewed by two pathologists and scored as either 'positive' or 'negative' for nuclear staining. In total, 21 of 241 tumours (8.6%) were Smad4 negative.Loss of Smad4 expression correlated with significantly worse overall survival (OS) (p=0.011) and disease-free survival (DFS) (p=0.024). Patients with loss of Smad4 expression had a median OS of 31 months compared with 89 months positive Smad4 expression. Loss of Smad4 remained significant on multivariate analysis for OS (p=0.0097). In patients with node-positive disease, loss of Smad4 predicts for worse DFS (p=0.012). In patients with metastatic and recurrent disease, Smad4 loss predicts for worse OS (p=0.012). Of the patients that received capecitabine over the course of their treatment, those with Smad4 loss (n=13) had significantly worse DFS (p=0.003) and OS (p=0.0007).Loss of Smad4 expression is associated with worse DFS and OS in multiple subsets of patients with CRC. Further studies are required to validate our findings and ascertain the role of Smad4 status in the management of this disease.

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SMAD4 dec exp colorectal cancer not applicable N/A Clinical Study Prognostic In clinical and meta-analyses, decreased expression of Smad4 was correlated with poor prognosis in colorectal cancer (PMID: 25749173, PMID: 19478385, PMID: 25681512, PMID: 26861460). 25749173 19478385 26861460 25681512