Research Paper Advance Articles
Role of FUT8 expression in clinicopathology and patient survival for various malignant tumor types: A systematic review and meta-analysis
- 1 Key Laboratory of Resource Biology and Biotechnology in Western China, Ministry of Education, Institute of Hematology, School of Medicine, Northwest University, Xi’an, China
- 2 Department of Oncology, The Fifth People’s Hospital of Qinghai Province, Xining, China
- 3 Department of Hematology, Provincial People’s Hospital, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
- 4 Joint International Research Laboratory of Glycobiology and Medicinal Chemistry, College of Life Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, China
Received: July 21, 2020 Accepted: October 22, 2020 Published: December 11, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.202239
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Copyright: © 2020 Ma et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Dysregulation of α(1,6)-fucosyltransferase (FUT8) plays significant roles in development of a variety of malignant tumor types. We collected as many relevant articles and microarray datasets as possible to assess the prognostic value of FUT8 expression in malignant tumors. For this purpose, we systematically searched PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Springer, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and Wan Fang, and eventually identified 7 articles and 35 microarray datasets (involving 6124 patients and 10 tumor types) for inclusion in meta-analysis. In each tumor type, FUT8 expression showed significant (p< 0.05) correlation with one or more clinicopathological parameters; these included patient gender, molecular subgroup, histological grade, TNM stage, estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and recurrence status. In regard to survival prognosis, FUT8 expression level was associated with overall survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), breast cancer, diffuse large B cell lymphoma, gastric cancer, and glioma. FUT8 expression was also correlated with disease-free survival in NSCLC, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer, and with relapse-free survival in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. For most tumor types, survival prognosis of patients with high FUT8 expression was related primarily to clinical features such as gender, tumor stage, age, and pathological category. Our systematic review and meta-analysis confirmed the association of FUT8 with clinicopathological features and patient survival rates for numerous malignant tumor types. Verification of prognostic value of FUT8 in these tumor types will require a large-scale study using standardized methods of detection and analysis.