Low expression of chloride channel accessory 1 predicts a poor prognosis in colorectal cancer

Bo Yang, Lin Cao, Jiaen Liu, Yanjie Xu, Gillian Milne, Wanhei Chan, Steven D Heys, Colin D McCaig, Jin Pu

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BACKGROUND: Chloride channel accessory 1 (CLCA1) is a CLCA protein that plays a functional role in regulating the differentiation and proliferation of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. Here we investigated the relationship between the level of CLCA1 and the prognosis of CRC.

METHODS: First, the level of CLCA1 was detected quantitatively in normal and cancerous colonic epithelial tissues with immunohistochemistry. Next, the correlations between CLCA1 expression, pathological tumor features, and the overall survival rate of patients was analyzed. Finally, 3 publicly available data sets from the Gene Expression Omnibus were examined: normal CRC versus early CRC (GSE4107), primary CRC versus metastatic lesions (GSE28702), and low chromosomal instability versus high chromosomal instability (GSE30540).

RESULTS: The expression of CLCA1 was decreased markedly in tumor specimens. CLCA1 expression was correlated significantly with the histological grade (P < .01) and lymph node metastasis (P < .01). A significantly poorer overall survival rate was found in patients with low levels of CLCA1 expression versus those with high expression levels (P < .05). The results confirmed that the low expression of CLCA1 in CRC was highly associated with tumorigenesis, metastasis, and high chromosomal instability. In addition, the loss of CLCA1 disrupted the differentiation of human colon adenocarcinoma cells (Caco-2) in vitro.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that CLCA1 levels may be a potential predictor of prognosis in primary human CRC. Low expression of CLCA1 predicts disease recurrence and lower survival, and this has implications for the selection of patients most likely to need and benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. Cancer 2015. © 2015 The Authors. Cancer published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Cancer Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1570-1580
Number of pages11
Issue number10
Early online date20 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015


  • chloride channel accessory 1 (CLCA1) expression
  • colorectal carcinoma
  • prognosis
  • cell differentiation


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