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Oncol Lett. 2019 Jun;17(6):4985-4993. doi: 10.3892/ol.2019.10155. Epub 2019 Mar 18.

PAX3 is a biomarker and prognostic factor in melanoma: Database mining.

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Department of Dermatology, Shaanxi Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710003, P.R. China.
Department of Hematology, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, Xianyang, Shaanxi 712046, P.R. China.


Paired box 3 (PAX3) is a transcription factor and critical regulator of pigment cell development during embryonic development. However, while there have been several studies on PAX3, its expression patterns and precise role remain to be clarified. The present study is an in-depth computational study of tumor-associated gene information, with specific emphasis on the expression of PAX3 in melanoma, using Oncomine along with an investigation of corresponding expression profiles in an array of cancer cell lines through Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia analysis. Based on Kaplan-Meier analysis, the prognostic value of high PAX3 expression in tissues from patients with melanoma compared with normal tissues was assessed. PAX3 was more highly expressed in male patients with melanoma compared with female patients with melanoma. Using Oncomine and Coexpedia analysis, it was demonstrated that PAX3 expression was clearly associated with SRY-box 10 expression. The survival analysis results revealed that high PAX3 mRNA expression was associated with worse survival rates in patients with melanoma. These results suggested that PAX3 may be a biomarker and essential prognostic factor for melanoma, and provided an important theoretical basis for the development of melanoma treatments.


biomarker; database mining; melanoma; paired box 3; prognostic value

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