Research Paper Volume 13, Issue 7 pp 9679—9692
Expression and molecular profiles of the AlkB family in ovarian serous carcinoma
- 1 Department of Pathology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, Hunan, China
- 2 Department of Pharmacy, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, Hunan, China
- 3 National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric Disorders, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, Hunan, China
Received: January 5, 2021 Accepted: February 8, 2021 Published: March 19, 2021https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.202716
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AlkB family of Fe (II) and α-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenases plays essential roles in development of ovarian serous carcinoma (OV). However, the molecular profiles of AlkB family in OV have not been clarified. The results indicated that the expression of ALKBH1/3/5/8 and FTO was lower in OV patients while ALKBH2/4/6/7 expression was higher. There was a strong correlation between ALKBH5/7 and pathological stage of OV patients. Kaplan-Meier plotter revealed that OV patients with high ALKBH4 level showed longer overall survival (OS). However, patients with high levels of ALKBH5/6 and FTO showed shorter OS and progression-free survival (PFS). Genetic alterations using cBioPortal revealed that the alteration rates of FTO were the highest. We also found that the functions of AlkB family were linked to several cancer-associated signaling pathways, including chemokine receptor signaling. TIMER database indicated that the AlkB family had a strong relationship with the infiltration of six types of immune cells (macrophages, neutrophils, CD8+ T-cells, B-cells, CD4+ T-cells and dendritic cells). Next, DiseaseMeth databases revealed that the global methylation levels of ALKBH1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 and FTO were all lower in OV patients. Thus, our findings will enhance the understanding of AlkB family in OV pathology, and provide novel insights into AlkB-targeted therapy for OV patients.