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Proteomic identification of PKM2 and HSPA5 as potential biomarkers for predicting high-risk endometrial carcinoma


Dr Laimin Luo, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 600 Yishan Road, Shanghai 200233, China. Email:


Aim:  Endometrial carcinoma (EC) is a common gynecologic malignancy. EC has a favorable prognosis because it is usually diagnosed at an early stage. However, the recurrence rate is high and the prognosis is poor for high-risk EC. Identification of new biomarkers for the prediction of high-risk features will help to guide the treatment and improve the prognosis of patients with EC.

Material and Methods:  Differentially expressed proteins among high-risk EC, low-risk EC, and normal endometrial tissues were determined by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and a liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC–ESI–MS/MS) proteomics approach. Then, the candidate proteins were examined by immunohistochemical analysis.

Results:  Thirteen protein spots were differentially expressed between the high- and low-risk groups, and 25 protein spots were differentially expressed between the high-risk and normal endometrium groups. Twenty-two proteins were identified by MS analysis. PKM2 and HSPA5 were elevated in the high-risk EC tissues compared with both the low-risk EC and normal endometrial tissues. The elevated expression of PKM2 and HSPA5 in high-risk EC tissue was confirmed by immunohistochemical analysis.

Discussion:  PKM2 and HSPA5 may play an important role in the progression of EC. These two proteins are potential biomarkers to better predict high-risk EC and thereby guide clinical therapy.