J Cancer 2021; 12(23):7147-7157. doi:10.7150/jca.63539 This issue

Research Paper

Elevated expression of Tweety homologue 3 predicts poor clinical outcomes in ovarian cancer

Junhan Zhou1, Yichi Xu1, Xin Chen1, Fengyun Chen2, Jianan Zhang1, Xueqiong Zhu1,2✉

1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, 325027, China.
2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Taizhou Women and Children's Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Taizhou, Zhejiang, 318000, China.

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Zhou J, Xu Y, Chen X, Chen F, Zhang J, Zhu X. Elevated expression of Tweety homologue 3 predicts poor clinical outcomes in ovarian cancer. J Cancer 2021; 12(23):7147-7157. doi:10.7150/jca.63539. Available from https://www.jcancer.org/v12p7147.htm

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Objective: To define the alteration of tweety homolog (TTYH) expression in patients with ovarian carcinoma (OC) and its correlation to prognosis.

Methods: Kaplan-Meier (KM) plotter was used to evaluate the association between TTYHs expression and clinical outcomes of OC patients. The distribution of 20-year overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) was estimated using KM survival plots. The mRNA expression of TTYHs in OC and normal ovarian tissues was confirmed by the Oncomine database. Then, using immunohistochemistry assay, the expression of TTYH1 and TTYH3 proteins in serous OC and normal ovarian tissues was detected. In addition, the protein and mRNA levels of TTYH1 and TTYH3 in human OC cell lines ES-2, A2780 and SKOV3 and normal ovarian epithelial cell lines IOSE80 were assessed by western blotting and real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR).

Results: TTYH1 possessed meaningful significance in predicting better prognosis in the serous, advanced stage, and well-differentiated OC patients, while TTYH3 expression predicted worse prognosis in serous, late-stage, and poorly differentiated OC patients. High expression of TTYH1 displayed an association with favorable PFS in OC patients with TP53 mutation. However, enhanced TTYH3 was related to an adverse clinical outcome in TP53-mutated OC patients. In addition, TTYH1 was related to a better clinical outcome in OC patients with platinums-based chemotherapy, but only indicated improved overall survival in OC patients who received taxol or platin + taxol chemotherapy. The up-regulated expression of TTYH3 predicted worse survival in OC patients receiving platin, taxol, or platin + taxol chemotherapy regimen. The levels of TTYH3 mRNA and protein were higher in OC cells and tissues when compared to normal ovarian cells and tissues.

Conclusions: TTYH3 was a potential predictor for poor clinical outcome in OC patients, particularly in patients with serous, late-stage, poorly differentiated, TP53-mutation or the patients treated with chemotherapy regimens (platin, taxol, or platin + taxol).

Keywords: Tweety homologs, TTYH, ovarian carcinoma, Kaplan-Meier plotter, Oncomine database, prognosis.