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Identification and verification of potential biomarkers in gastric cancer by integrated bioinformatic analysis

Sun, C, Chen, Y, Kim, NH, Lowe, S, Ma, S, Zhou, Z ORCID: 0000-0002-0835-8686, Bentley, R, Chen, YS, Whitaker Tuason, M, Gu, W, Bhan, C, Whitaker Tuason, JP, Thapa, P, Cheng, C, Zhou, Q and Zhu, Y 2022 , 'Identification and verification of potential biomarkers in gastric cancer by integrated bioinformatic analysis' , Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 13 , doi:

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Background: Gastric cancer (GC) is a common cancer with high mortality. This study aimed to identify its differentially expressed genes (DEGs) using bioinformatics methods.Methods: DEGs were screened from four GEO (Gene Expression Omnibus) gene expression profiles. Gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) analyses were performed. A protein–protein interaction (PPI) network was constructed. Expression and prognosis were assessed. Meta-analysis was conducted to further validate prognosis. The receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) was analyzed to identify diagnostic markers, and a nomogram was developed. Exploration of drugs and immune cell infiltration analysis were conducted.Results: Nine up-regulated and three down-regulated hub genes were identified, with close relations to gastric functions, extracellular activities, and structures. Overexpressed Collagen Type VIII Alpha 1 Chain (COL8A1), Collagen Type X Alpha 1 Chain (COL10A1), Collagen Triple Helix Repeat Containing 1 (CTHRC1), and Fibroblast Activation Protein (FAP) correlated with poor prognosis. The area under the curve (AUC) of ADAM Metallopeptidase With Thrombospondin Type 1 Motif 2 (ADAMTS2), COL10A1, Collagen Type XI Alpha 1 Chain (COL11A1), and CTHRC1 was >0.9. A nomogram model based on CTHRC1 was developed. Infiltration of macrophages, neutrophils, and dendritic cells positively correlated with COL8A1, COL10A1, CTHRC1, and FAP. Meta-analysis confirmed poor prognosis of overexpressed CTHRC1.Conclusion: ADAMTS2, COL10A1, COL11A1, and CTHRC1 have diagnostic values in GC. COL8A1, COL10A1, CTHRC1, and FAP correlated with worse prognosis, showing prognostic and therapeutic values. The immune cell infiltration needs further investigations.

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Authors/Creators:Sun, C and Chen, Y and Kim, NH and Lowe, S and Ma, S and Zhou, Z and Bentley, R and Chen, YS and Whitaker Tuason, M and Gu, W and Bhan, C and Whitaker Tuason, JP and Thapa, P and Cheng, C and Zhou, Q and Zhu, Y
Keywords: gastric cancer, hub genes, bioinformatics analysis, prognostic value, immune infiltration
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Genetics
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 1664-8021
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