In silico approach for validating and unveiling new applications for prognostic biomarkers of endometrial cancer

Eva Coll De la Rubia*, Elena Martinez-Garcia, Gunnar Dittmar, Petr V. Nazarov, Vicente Bebia, Silvia Cabrera, Antonio Gil-Moreno, Eva Colás

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Endometrial cancer (EC) mortality is directly associated with the presence of prognostic factors. Current stratification systems are not accurate enough to predict the outcome of patients. Therefore, identifying more accurate prognostic EC biomarkers is crucial. We aimed to validate 255 prognostic biomarkers identified in multiple studies and explore their prognostic application by analyzing them in TCGA and CPTAC datasets. We analyzed the mRNA and proteomic expression data to assess the statistical prognostic performance of the 255 proteins. Significant biomarkers related to overall survival (OS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS) were combined and signatures generated. A total of 30 biomarkers were associated either to one or more of the following prognostic factors: histological type (n = 15), histological grade (n = 6), FIGO stage (n = 1), molecular classification (n = 16), or they were associated to OS (n = 11), and RFS (n = 5). A prognostic signature composed of 11 proteins increased the accuracy to predict OS (AUC = 0.827). The study validates and identifies new potential applications of 30 proteins as prognostic biomarkers and suggests to further study under-studied biomarkers such as TPX2, and confirms already used biomarkers such as MSH6, MSH2, or L1CAM. These results are expected to advance the quest for biomarkers to accurately assess the risk of EC patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5052
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2021


  • Bioinformatics
  • Endometrial cancer
  • High-risk
  • Prognostic biomarker
  • TCGA
  • Uterine cancer


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