YY1 overexpression is associated with poor prognosis and metastasis-free survival in patients suffering osteosarcoma

Filomena de Nigris, Licciana Zanella, Francesco Cacciatore, Anna De Chiara, Flavio Fazioli, Gennaro Chiappetta, Gaetano Apice, Teresa Infante, Mario Monaco, Raffaele Rossiello, Gaetano De Rosa, Marco Alberghini, Claudio Napoli

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Background: The polycomb transcription factor Yin Yang 1 (YY1) overexpression can be causally implicated in experimental tumor growth and metastasization. To date, there is no clinical evidence of YY1 involvement in outcome of patients with osteosarcoma. Prognosis of osteosarcoma is still severe and only few patients survive beyond five years. We performed a prospective immunohistochemistry analysis to correlate YY1 immunostaining with metastatic development and survival in a selected homogeneous group of patients with osteosarcoma.Methods: We studied 41 patients suffering from osteosarcoma (stage II-IVa). Multivariate analysis was performed using Cox proportional hazard regression to evaluate the correlation between YY1 expression and both metastasis development and mortality.Results: YY1 protein is not usually present in normal bone; in contrast, a high number of patients (61%) showed a high score of YY1 positive cells (51-100%) and 39% had a low score (10-50% positive cells). No statistical difference was found in histology, anatomic sites, or response to chemotherapy between the two degrees of YY1 expression. Cox regression analysis demonstrated that the highest score of YY1 expression was predictive of both low metastasis-free survival (HR = 4.690, 95%CI = 1.079-20.396; p = 0.039) and poor overall survival (HR = 8.353, 95%CI = 1.863-37.451 p = 0.006) regardless of the effects of covariates such as age, gender, histology and chemonecrosis.Conclusion: Overexpression of YY1 in primary site of osteosarcoma is associated with the occurrence of metastasis and poor clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Article number472
JournalBMC Cancer
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics


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