HOXA9, ISL1 and ALDH1A3 methylation patterns as prognostic markers for nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer: Array-based DNA methylation and expression profiling

Yong June Kim, Hyung Yoon Yoon, Ji Sang Kim, Ho Won Kang, Byung Dal Min, Seon Kyu Kim, Yun Sok Ha, Isaac Yi Kim, Keun Ho Ryu, Sang Cheol Lee, Wun Jae Kim

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    DNA methylation patterns are associated with the development and prognosis of cancer. The aim of this study was to identify novel methylation markers for the prediction of patient outcomes using microarray analysis of DNA methylation and RNA expression patterns in samples from long-term follow-up patients with nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). A total of 187 human bladder specimens were used for microarray array or pyrosequencing (PSQ) analyses: 6 normal controls (NC) and 181 NMIBC. Tumor-specific hypermethylated genes were selected from a data set comprising 24 matched microarray-based DNA methylation and gene expression profiles (6 controls and 18 NMIBC), and their clinical relevance was verified by quantitative PSQ analysis. The methylation status of Homeobox A9 (HOXA9), ISL LIM homeobox 1 (ISL1) and Aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 family, member A3 (ALDH1A3) was significantly associated with decreased gene expression levels and aggressive clinicopathological characteristics. Multivariate regression analyses showed that hypermethylation of these genes was an independent predictor of disease recurrence (HOXA9, ISL1 and ALDH1A3, either alone or in combination) and progression (ISL1 and ALDH1A3, either alone or in combination) (each p < 0.05). The results of this study suggest that these novel methylation markers are independent prognostic indicators in NMIBC patients, which may facilitate the assessment of disease recurrence and progression in NMIBC patients and inform clinical decision making regarding treatment. What's new? Many patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) are at high risk of disease recurrence and progression after primary treatment. Clinicians thus have to develop both cost-effective, non-invasive surveillance protocols for low-risk patients and more aggressive approaches to identify high-risk refractory cancers. This study used microarray-based methylation and expression profiling to identify novel prognostic methylation markers associated with clinicopathological tumor characteristics and disease outcomes. The presented candidate genes are the first methylation-based prognostic indicators for NMIBC. Epigenetic markers could be valuable tools for stratifying heterogeneous bladder cancer patient populations into risk groups, which in turn could help guide clinical decisions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1135-1142
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Oncology
    • Cancer Research


    • gene expression
    • methylation
    • microarray analysis
    • prognosis
    • urinary bladder neoplasms


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