Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.530, No.1, 87-94, 2020
HN1 promotes tumor associated lymphangiogenesis and lymph node metastasis via NF-kappa B signaling activation in cervical carcinoma
Lymph node metastasis (LNM) is a critical cause for disease progression and treatment failure in cervical cancer. However, the mechanism underlying cervical cancer LNM remains unclear. In this study, HN1 was found to be dramatically upregulated in cervical cancer and patients with higher HN1 expression are more likely to exhibit a higher rate of LNM and lower survival rate. Univariate and multivariate Coxregression analyses showed that HN1 is an independent prognostic factor in cervical cancer. Meanwhile, HN1 promotes lymphangiogenesis of cervical cancer in vitro. The in vivo experiment also indicates that HN1 enhances LNM in cervical cancer. Furthermore, we also found that HN1 activated the NF-kappa B signaling pathway to enhance the expression of downstream genes. Taken together, our study suggests that HN1 plays a crucial role in promoting LNM and acts as a prognostic biomarker in cervical cancer. (C) 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.