Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

, Volume 140, Issue 7, pp 1117–1124 | Cite as

RETRACTED ARTICLE: SOX2 oncogenes amplified and operate to activate AKT signaling in gastric cancer and predict immunotherapy responsiveness

  • Yajun Tian
  • Xin Jia
  • Shengxiang Wang
  • Yongsheng Li
  • Peng Zhao
  • Da Cai
  • Zequan Zhou
  • Junmin Wang
  • Yi Luo
  • Maosheng DongEmail author
Original Article – Cancer Research



Gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in the world. Whether the oncogene, amplified on chromosome 3q26, SOX2, a master transcriptional regulator of stemness, operate to drive strong growth phenotype in gastric cancer were unknown.

Materials and methods

The gene expression changes of SOX2 in human gastric cancer tissues compared with non-cancerous tissues was detected using real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR) analysis and immunohistochemistry, which identified the gene overexpression of SOX2 in gastric cancer. Moreover, we discovered that SOX2 promoted cancer cell proliferation in vitro/vivo and SOX2 expression correlated with elevated AKT phosphorylation in gastric cancer, while the AKT phosphorylation was required for SOX2’s oncogenic effects. Next, our data point to the usefulness of SOX2 overexpression, as a new predictive marker for responsiveness to trastuzumab.


SOX2 is a commonly activated tumor promoter that activate AKT signaling in gastric cancer and a new predictive marker for targeted therapy.


SOX2 HER2 Phosphorylation Therapeutic antibody Oncogene 



We thank Ms. Min Ding, Dr. Yumin Chen, and Dr. Melissa Cruz, of Institute of Shanghai Springermedia, for the critical review of the manuscript. This work was supported by (Grant No. CN1299871A).

Conflict of interest

We declare that we have no financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that can inappropriately influence our work, and there is no professional or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, and/or company that could be construed as influencing the position presented in, or the review of, the manuscript entitled “SOX2 Oncogenes Amplified and Operate to Activate AKT Signaling in Gastric Cancer and Predicts Immunotherapy Responsiveness.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yajun Tian
    • 1
  • Xin Jia
    • 2
  • Shengxiang Wang
    • 1
  • Yongsheng Li
    • 1
  • Peng Zhao
    • 1
  • Da Cai
    • 1
  • Zequan Zhou
    • 1
  • Junmin Wang
    • 1
  • Yi Luo
    • 1
  • Maosheng Dong
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Hangzhou Sanatorium Health Management CenterHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryThe Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow UniversitySuzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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