Identification of Cell Division Cycle 20 as a Candidate Biomarker and Potential Therapeutic Target in Bladder Cancer Using Bioinformatics Analysis

Bladder Cancer

Biosci Rep. 2020 Jul 17:BSR20194429. doi: 10.1042/BSR20194429. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE: As Bladder Cancer (BC) is very heterogeneous and complicated in the genetic level, exploring genes to serve as biomarkers and therapeutic targets is practical.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and downloaded the eligible microarray datasets. After intersection analysis for identified differentially expressed genes (DEGs) of included datasets, overlapped DEGs were identified and subsequently analyzed with Gene Ontology (GO), Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG), Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI) and hub genes identification. Hub genes were further analyzed with mRNA expression comparation in Oncomine and Gene Expression Profiling Interactive Analysis database, proteomics-based validation in The Human Protein Atlas and survival analysis in GEO and Oncolnc database.

RESULTS: We analyzed 5 eligible GEO datasets and identified 76 overlapped DEGs mapped into PPI network with 459 edges which were mainly enriched in cell cycle pathway and related terms in GO and KEGG analysis. Among 5 identified hub genes, which are Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 1 (CDK1), Ubiquitin-Conjugating Enzyme E2 C (UBE2C), Cell Division Cycle 20 (CDC20), Microtubule Nucleation Factor (TPX2) and Cell Division Cycle Associated 8 (CDCA8); CDC20 and CDCA8 were confirmed as significant in mRNA expression comparation and proteomics-based validation. However, only CDC20 was considered prognostically significant in both GEO and Oncolnc database.

CONCLUSIONS: CDC20 and CDCA8 were identified as candidate diagnostic biomarkers for BC in the presented study; however, only CDC20 was validated as prognostically valuable and may possibly serve as a candidate prognostic biomarker and potential therapeutic target. Still, further validation studies are essential and indispensable.