Validation of survivin and HMGA2 as biomarkers for cisplatin resistance in bladder cancer

Ulrich Krafft, Stephan Tschirdewahn, Jochen Hess, Nina N. Harke, Boris Hadaschik, Csilla Olah, Susanne Krege, Peter Nyirády, Attila Szendröi, Miklós Szücs, Orsolya Módos, Eszter Székely, Henning Reis, Tibor Szarvas

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Objectives: Cisplatin-based chemotherapy represents the gold standard in the treatment of advanced bladder cancer (BC) both in the neoadjuvant and adjuvant setting. Since novel immunooncologic agents are available for cisplatin-resistant or ineligible patients, biological markers for the prediction of cisplatin resistance become more important in treatment decisions. Therefore, we aimed to assess the therapy predictive value of 8 promising tissue biomarkers with regard to cisplatin therapy. Methods: Emmprin, survivin, HMGA2, MTA1, RhoGDI, PEG10, TGM2, and TLN1 expressions were analyzed in paraffin-embedded bladder cancer tissue samples of 106 patients who underwent adjuvant or salvage cisplatin-based chemotherapy by using immunohistochemistry. Results were correlated with the clinicopathological and follow-up data by performing both univariable and multivariable survival analyses. Results: Higher HMGA2 nuclear staining intensity and positive survivin nuclear staining were associated with worse overall survival (OS) (P = 0.045 and P = 0.002, respectively). In accordance, survivin nuclear staining also significantly correlated with shorter progression free survival (PFS, P = 0.024), while HMGA2 nuclear positivity tended to correlate with shorter PFS (P = 0.069) after at least 2 cycles of chemotherapy. In the multivariable analyses only survivin remained as an independent predictor of both OS and PFS (P = 0.008 and P = 0.025). None of the other markers proved to be significant predictors of adjuvant or salvage cisplatin-based chemotherapy. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that survivin represents a promising marker for the prediction of cisplatin resistance in BC. In addition the therapy predictive role of HMGA2 should be further investigated. Immunohistochemical analysis of BC samples provides a feasible way for the prediction of cisplatin-resistance and may therefore provide a valuable tool for optimizing treatment decisions in advanced BC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810.e7-810.e15
JournalUrologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - nov. 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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    Krafft, U., Tschirdewahn, S., Hess, J., Harke, N. N., Hadaschik, B., Olah, C., Krege, S., Nyirády, P., Szendröi, A., Szücs, M., Módos, O., Székely, E., Reis, H., & Szarvas, T. (2019). Validation of survivin and HMGA2 as biomarkers for cisplatin resistance in bladder cancer. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, 37(11), 810.e7-810.e15.