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Role of ErbB3 binding protein 1 (EBP1) as a predictor in hepatocellular carcinoma

Background: The role of ErbB3 Binding Protein 1 (EBP1) in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) prognosis was inconsistent. Therefore, we performed this study to determine the effect of EBP1 in HCC prognosis.

Methods: 146 patients underwent resection of HCC were collected between 2010 and 2015. Overall Survival (OS) analysis was performed with Kaplan-Meier with log rank test. The prognostic value of EBP1 was evaluated by cox regression analysis.

Results: The expression of EBP1 was lower compared with adjacent normal tissues (p=0.01). EBP1 expression was significantly correlated with larger tumour size (p=0.03), metastasis (p=0.04), and advanced clinical stage (p=0.01). Univariate analysis of OS revealed that the relative level of EBP1 expression (p=0.002), tumor size (p=0.05), metastasis (p=0.04), and clinical stage (p=0.001) were prognostic indicators. Furthermore, multivariate analysis revealed that clinical stage (p=0.01) and EBP1 expression (p=0.03) were independent prognostic indicator for OS in HCC.

Conclusions: In conclusion, this study suggested that EBP1 expression was an independent prognostic indicator for OS in HCC.

Author(s): Min-Lan Hu, Yan Qin, Xiao-Yan Wang