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Expression of tumor necrosis factor α-induced protein 8 is upregulated in human gastric cancer and regulates cell proliferation, invasion and migration

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Tumor necrosis factor α-induced protein 8 (TNFAIP8) has been associated with the tumorigenicity of various types of cancer, however, the expression of TNFAIP8 and its function in gastric cancer remain to be fully elucidated. Therefore, the present study examined the expression and biological function of TNFAIP8 in gastric cancer. The expression levels of TNFAIP8 were determined in 86 gastric cancer tissue samples and adjacent normal tissues using immunohistochemistry, and in four gastric cancer cell lines and GES1 cells using reverse transcriptionquantitative polymerase chain reaction. The expression of TNFAIP8 and its association with the tumor, node, metastasis (TNM) status and lymphatic metastasis of gastric cancer was evaluated. Furthermore, the functions of decreased expression levels of TNFAIP8 were analyzed in human gastric cancer cell lines. The expression of TNFAIP8 was significantly upregulated in the gastric cancer tissues and in the gastric cancer cell lines, and its expression levels were associated with the TNM staging and lymphatic metastasis. Furthermore, decreased expression of TNFAIP8 inhibited the growth, invasion and migration of gastric cancer cells. These data provided an innovative insight suggesting the downregulation of TNFAIP8 as a meaningful approach for treating human gastric cancer and other types of cancer. In addition, the expression levels of TNFAIP8 may be considered as a biomarker of gastric cancer progression.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250021, P.R. China

Publication date: August 1, 2015

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