[Coexpression of MAP2K4 and vimentin proteins in human endometrial carcinoma and its clinicopathological significance].

Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University

PubMedID: 28219857

Liu CH, Jiang QP, Lin D, Chen W, Xiao YY, Lin L, Deng YR, Jiang HP, Guo SQ. [Coexpression of MAP2K4 and vimentin proteins in human endometrial carcinoma and its clinicopathological significance]. Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao. 2016;37(2):157-164.
OBJECTIVE
To analyze the expression of MAP2K4 and vimentin in human endometrial carcinoma (EC) and their association with the clinicopathological features and prognosis of the patients.

METHODS
MAP2K4 and vimentin expressions were detected immunohistochemically in paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 128 patients with EC, and the correlation of MAP2K4 and vimentin expressions with the clinicopathological factors of the patients was analyzed.

RESULTS
MAP2K4 and vimentin proteins were positively expressed in 49 (38.3%) and 83 (64.8%) of the patients, respectively. A positive expression of MAP2K4 was negatively correlated with FIGO stage of the tumor (P=0.010) and lymph node status (P=0.016); a positive expression of vimentin was positively correlated with FIGO stage of the tumor (P=0.025), histological grades (P=0.017), depth of myometrial invasion (P=0.044) and lymph node status (P=0.032). MAP2K4 was inversely associated with vimentin expression in EC(r=-0.598, P<0.001). Patients positive for MAP2K4 tended to have a higher overall survival rate (P=0.002), and those positive for vimentin tended to have a lower overall survival rate (P=0.007); patients positive for MAP2K4 but negative for vimentin had the longest survival time, while those negative for MAP2K4 and positive for vimentin had lowest survival rate (P=0.004).

CONCLUSION
Detection of MAP2K4 and vimentin might help in early diagnosis and prognostic evaluation of patients with EC.