Objective: To reveal the expression and prognostic value of replication factor C family genes (RFCs) in patients with sarcoma.

Results: The results showed that the mRNA expression levels of RFC2, RFC3, RFC4, and RFC5 were increased in sarcoma tissues. In addition, Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) dataset analysis indicated that RFC1, RFC2, RFC3, RFC4, and RFC5 were elevated expressed in sarcoma cell lines. Moreover, Gene Expression Profiling Interactive Analysis (GEPIA) and Kaplan-Meier Plotter showed that highly expressed RFC2-5 were associated with poor overall survival (OS) or relapse-free survival (RFS) in sarcoma patients. The results of the Tumor Immune Estimation Resource (TIMER) database indicated that the expression of RFCs was negatively correlated with the infiltration of CD4+ T cells and macrophages.

Conclusions: There were significant differences in the expression of RFCs between normal tissue and sarcoma tissue, and RFC2, RFC3, RFC4, and RFC5 might be promising prognostic biomarkers for sarcoma.

Methods: The expression of RFCs was analyzed using the ONCOMINE dataset and GEPIA dataset. CCLE dataset was used to assess the expression of RFCs in the cancer cell line. The prognostic value of RFCs was evaluated by GEPIA and Kaplan-Meier analysis. Furthermore, the association between RFCs and their co-expressed genes were explored via ONCOMINE and GEPIA datasets. We used the TIMER dataset to analyze the immune cell infiltration of RFCs in sarcoma.