ASPM predicts poor prognosis and regulates cell proliferation in bladder cancer

Bladder Cancer

Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2020 Aug 6. doi: 10.1002/kjm2.12284. Online ahead of print.


Bladder cancer (BCa) is one of the most common malignancies with high morbidity and mortality worldwide. In recent years, it is of great importance to investigate the molecular etiology associated with of BCa. Abnormal spindle-like microcephaly associated gene (ASPM) is the human orthologous of the Drosophila abnormal spindle (asp) and the most commonly mutated gene of autosomal recessive primary microcephaly. ASPM is overexpressed in several types of cancer cell lines and affects the

progression and development of multiple types of cancers. However, its possible role in BCa progression is still unclear. Herein, we demonstrated the possible involvement of ASPM in the progression of BCa. We noticed that high expression of ASPM was positively associated with the poor prognosis. Its knockdown could significantly inhibit the proliferation of BCa cells in vitro and in mice. Therefore, we thought ASPM could act as a promising therapeutic target for BCa.