Int J Med Sci 2017; 14(1):37-44. doi:10.7150/ijms.17024 This issue
1. Institute of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
2. Department of Orthopedics, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan.
3. School of Medical Laboratory and Biotechnology, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
4. Department of Medical Research, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
5. Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan.
6. Institute of Oral Sciences, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
7. Department of Dentistry, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
*These authors contributed equally to the work.
Oral cancer is the most common malignancy with poor prognosis and is the fourth most common cancer in men in Taiwan. The tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-3 (TIMP3) acts as a tumor suppressor gene by inhibiting the growth, angiogenesis, migration, and invasion of cancer cells. However, few studies have examined the association of plasma TIMP3 levels with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), and the role of plasma TIMP3 levels in OSCC progression is still unclear. We measured the plasma TIMP3 levels of 450 OSCC patients and 64 healthy controls by using a commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We also analyzed TIMP3 mRNA levels of 328 OSCC patients and 32 normal tissues from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) dataset. Our results revealed that plasma TIMP3 levels were significantly lower in patients with OSCC than in healthy controls (p < 0.001). Moreover, plasma TIMP3 levels in patients with OSCC were significantly associated with the tumor stage and tumor status but not with the lymph node status, metastasis, and cell differentiation. To verify our findings, we also examined TCGA bioinformatics database and discovered similar results for the association with the pathological stage of OSCC. In conclusion, our results suggest that plasma TIMP3 is a potential biomarker for predicting the tumor stage and T status in patients with OSCC.
Keywords: TIMP3, oral squamous cell carcinoma, biomarker.