Elevated AKAP12 in paclitaxel-resistant serous ovarian cancer cells is prognostic and predictive of poor survival in patients

Nicholas W. Bateman, Elizabeth Jaworski, Wei Ao, Guisong Wang, Tracy Litzi, Elizabeth Dubil, Charlotte Marcus, Kelly A. Conrads, Pang Ning Teng, Brian L. Hood, Neil T. Phippen, Lisa A. Vasicek, William P. McGuire, Keren Paz, David Sidransky, Chad A. Hamilton, G. Larry Maxwell, Kathleen M. Darcy, Thomas P. Conrads

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Abstract

A majority of high-grade (HG) serous ovarian cancer (SOC) patients develop resistant disease despite high initial response rates to platinum/paclitaxel-based chemotherapy. We identified shed/secreted proteins in preclinical models of paclitaxel-resistant human HGSOC models and correlated these candidate proteins with patient outcomes using public data from HGSOC patients. Proteomic analyses of a HGSOC cell line secretome was compared to those from a syngeneic paclitaxel-resistant variant and from a line established from an intrinsically chemorefractory HGSOC patient. Associations between the identified candidate proteins and patient outcome were assessed in a discovery cohort of 545 patients and two validation cohorts totaling 795 independent SOC patients. Among the 81 differentially abundant proteins identified (q < 0.05) from paclitaxel-sensitive vs -resistant HGSOC cell secretomes, AKAP12 was verified to be elevated in all models of paclitaxel-resistant HGSOC. Furthermore, elevated AKAP12 transcript expression was associated with worse progression-free and overall survival. Associations with outcome were observed in three independent cohorts and remained significant after adjusted multivariate modeling. We further provide evidence to support that differential gene methylation status is associated with elevated expression of AKAP12 in taxol-resistant ovarian cancer cells and ovarian cancer patient subsets. Elevated expression and shedding/secretion of AKAP12 is characteristic of paclitaxel-resistant HGSOC cells, and elevated AKAP12 transcript expression is a poor prognostic and predictive marker for progression-free and overall survival in SOC patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1900-1910
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of proteome research
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • AKAP12
  • Ovarian cancer
  • paclitaxel resistance
  • proteomics
  • secretome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)

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