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Robust prognostic value of a knowledge-based proliferation signature across large patient microarray studies spanning different cancer types.

Starmans MH, Krishnapuram B, Steck H, Horlings H, Nuyten DS, van de Vijver MJ, Seigneuric R, Buffa FM, Harris AL, Wouters BG, Lambin P - Br. J. Cancer (2008)

Bottom Line: Stratifying patients in groups resulted in a clear difference in survival (P-values <0.05).Further patient stratification was compared to patient stratification with several well-known published signatures.Furthermore, evidence is provided that supports the idea that many published signatures track the same biological processes and that proliferation is one of them.

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Affiliation: Maastricht Radiation Oncology (Maastro), GROW Research Institute, University of Maastricht, Uns 50/23, PO box 616, Maastricht 6200MD, The Netherlands.

ABSTRACT
Tumour proliferation is one of the main biological phenotypes limiting cure in oncology. Extensive research is being performed to unravel the key players in this process. To exploit the potential of published gene expression data, creation of a signature for proliferation can provide valuable information on tumour status, prognosis and prediction. This will help individualizing treatment and should result in better tumour control, and more rapid and cost-effective research and development. From in vitro published microarray studies, two proliferation signatures were compiled. The prognostic value of these signatures was tested in five large clinical microarray data sets. More than 1000 patients with breast, renal or lung cancer were included. One of the signatures (110 genes) had significant prognostic value in all data sets. Stratifying patients in groups resulted in a clear difference in survival (P-values <0.05). Multivariate Cox-regression analyses showed that this signature added substantial value to the clinical factors used for prognosis. Further patient stratification was compared to patient stratification with several well-known published signatures. Contingency tables and Cramer's V statistics indicated that these primarily identify the same patients as the proliferation signature does. The proliferation signature is a strong prognostic factor, with the potential to be converted into a predictive test. Furthermore, evidence is provided that supports the idea that many published signatures track the same biological processes and that proliferation is one of them.

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Correlation between the proliferation signature score and the mitotic index in the van de Vijver data set.
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fig3: Correlation between the proliferation signature score and the mitotic index in the van de Vijver data set.

Mentions: The proliferation signature is extracted from in vitro data; however, this does not necessarily mean that the signature truly tracks proliferation in vivo. To investigate this, mitotic index (MI) was assessed for the van de Vijver et al (2002) data set, which was scored in three classes. In Figure 3 a boxplot is shown of the proliferation score vs the MI. There is a clear correlation between the average proliferation signature score and the three classes of MI (correlation coefficient: 0.968).


Robust prognostic value of a knowledge-based proliferation signature across large patient microarray studies spanning different cancer types.

Starmans MH, Krishnapuram B, Steck H, Horlings H, Nuyten DS, van de Vijver MJ, Seigneuric R, Buffa FM, Harris AL, Wouters BG, Lambin P - Br. J. Cancer (2008)

Correlation between the proliferation signature score and the mitotic index in the van de Vijver data set.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig3: Correlation between the proliferation signature score and the mitotic index in the van de Vijver data set.
Mentions: The proliferation signature is extracted from in vitro data; however, this does not necessarily mean that the signature truly tracks proliferation in vivo. To investigate this, mitotic index (MI) was assessed for the van de Vijver et al (2002) data set, which was scored in three classes. In Figure 3 a boxplot is shown of the proliferation score vs the MI. There is a clear correlation between the average proliferation signature score and the three classes of MI (correlation coefficient: 0.968).

Bottom Line: Stratifying patients in groups resulted in a clear difference in survival (P-values <0.05).Further patient stratification was compared to patient stratification with several well-known published signatures.Furthermore, evidence is provided that supports the idea that many published signatures track the same biological processes and that proliferation is one of them.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Maastricht Radiation Oncology (Maastro), GROW Research Institute, University of Maastricht, Uns 50/23, PO box 616, Maastricht 6200MD, The Netherlands.

ABSTRACT
Tumour proliferation is one of the main biological phenotypes limiting cure in oncology. Extensive research is being performed to unravel the key players in this process. To exploit the potential of published gene expression data, creation of a signature for proliferation can provide valuable information on tumour status, prognosis and prediction. This will help individualizing treatment and should result in better tumour control, and more rapid and cost-effective research and development. From in vitro published microarray studies, two proliferation signatures were compiled. The prognostic value of these signatures was tested in five large clinical microarray data sets. More than 1000 patients with breast, renal or lung cancer were included. One of the signatures (110 genes) had significant prognostic value in all data sets. Stratifying patients in groups resulted in a clear difference in survival (P-values <0.05). Multivariate Cox-regression analyses showed that this signature added substantial value to the clinical factors used for prognosis. Further patient stratification was compared to patient stratification with several well-known published signatures. Contingency tables and Cramer's V statistics indicated that these primarily identify the same patients as the proliferation signature does. The proliferation signature is a strong prognostic factor, with the potential to be converted into a predictive test. Furthermore, evidence is provided that supports the idea that many published signatures track the same biological processes and that proliferation is one of them.

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Related in: MedlinePlus