Overexpression of the RD RNA binding protein in hepatitis C virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma

Michihisa Iida, Norio Iizuka, Ryouichi Tsunedomi, Masahiro Tsutsui, Shin Yoshida, Yoshinari Maeda, Yoshihiro Tokuhisa, Kazuhiko Sakamoto, Kiyoshi Yoshimura, Takao Tamesa, Masaaki Oka

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) often exhibits a poor prognosis due to metastatic spread caused by portal vein invasion (PVI). In the present study, we attempted to identify a novel therapeutic target related to PVI of HCC. Based on pooled genomic data, we identified RD RNA binding protein (RDBP), a member of the negative elongation factor (NELF) transcription elongation regulatory complex, to be preferentially overexpressed in HCC with PVI. We used quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemical analyses to investigate the relationship between RDBP mRNA and protein with metastatic potential in sample sets of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related HCC and corresponding non-HCC liver tissues. We also used the small interfering RNA technique to examine the role of RDBP in invasion and proliferation of HCC cells in vitro. Our data showed that both mRNA and protein levels of RDBP were significantly higher in HCC compared to non-HCC liver tissue, and that these levels were also significantly higher in HCC with PVI compared to HCC without PVI. Multivariate analysis revealed that RDBP protein levels were an independent risk factor for early intrahepatic recurrence of HCC within 2 years of surgery. Knockdown of RDBP protein significantly inhibited the proliferation and invasion of cells in vitro. These data demonstrate that RDBP is related to the metastatic potential of HCC, suggesting a possible candidate for prevention of HCC cell metastasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)728-734
Number of pages7
JournalOncology Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Portal vein invasion
  • RD RNA binding protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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