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Poster Display session 3

1447 - The role of Pim-1 in the development and progression of papillary thyroid carcinoma


30 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 3


Translational Research

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Thyroid Cancer


Xin Zhu


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v760-v796. 10.1093/annonc/mdz268


X. Zhu1, K. Yang1, Q. Wen2, F. Xiang3, J. Shuai3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Zhejiang Cancer Institution, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, 310022 - Hangzhou/CN
  • 2 Head And Neck Surgery, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, 310022 - Hangzhou/CN
  • 3 Stomatology College, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, 310053 - Hangzhou/CN


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Abstract 1447


Pim-1 is an oncogene and has been proved to play pivotal role in proliferation, apoptosis and angiogenesis. Thyroid cancer represents the most common malignancy in the endocrine system and displays a marked increase in the incidence in recent years. Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is among the most frequent thyroid malignancies and accounts for more than 85%. Therefore, it is worthwhile to discuss the function of Pim-1 in the development and progression of PTC.


Gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) of Pim-1 in the PTC was performed on the TCGA databases. 177 PTC paraffin blocks were selected to make the tissue microarrays and the levels of Pim-1 protein was investigated by immunohistochemistry. Meanwhile, one of the Pim-1 kinase inhibitor, SGI-1776, was used to evaluate the function of Pim-1 on the PTC cell BCPAP and TPC-1. CCK-8 and colony formation assay was carried out to measure the cell proliferation. Apoptosis rate and migration capacity were determined by flow cytometry and wound-healing methods respectively.


GSEA results revealed that Pim-1 expression was significantly associated with the immune system of PTC. IHC result showed that Pim-1 was overexpressed in the PTC tissues compared with normal adjacent tissues. Meanwhile, Pim-1 had a significant relationship with the T-stage, lymph node involvement, capsule invasion and gender. Female patients and patients with higher T-stage, positive lymph node involvement, positive capsule invasion have a higher Pim-1 level. After SGI-1776 treatment, Pim-1 expressions were obviously downregulated in both BCPAP and TPC-1. Decreased Pim-1 led to the proliferation depression, apoptosis rate elevation and the migration capacity reduction in both cell lines.


Taken together, our current data showed the important role of Pim-1 in the tumorigenesis of PTC. High Pim-1 level linked to immune status and aggressive malignant behavior of PTC. It was also suggested that PIM-1 kinase might be a novel molecular biomarker of PTC.

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Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

The authors.


Zhejiang Province Natural Science Foundation of China.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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