Abstract

Alternative splicing events are a major source of transcript and protein diversity in eukaryotes. Aberrant alternative splicing events have been increasingly reported in various cancers, including gastric cancer. To further explore the prognostic significance of alternative splicing events in gastric cancer patients, a comprehensive and systematic investigation was conducted by integrating alternative splicing event data and clinical information. Univariate Cox regression analysis identified 1383 alternative splicing events to be significantly associated with the overall survival of gastric cancer patients. Then, least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) and multivariate Cox analyses were performed for the development of prognostic signatures. The final prognostic signature based on all seven types of alternative splicing events can act as an independent prognostic indicator after multivariate adjustment of several clinical parameters. Furthermore, the correlation and function analysis identified CELF2, BAG2, RBFOX2, PTBP2 and QKI as hub splicing factors, and the focal adhesion signaling pathway was most significantly correlated with survival-associated alternative splicing events. The results of this study may establish a foundation for further research investigating the underlying mechanism of alternative splicing events in the progression of gastric cancer.