Prognostic Significance of Cyclin D1 Expression in Renal Cell Carcinoma: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis


Previous studies indicated that cyclin D1 shown the potential as a tumor biomarker. However, the prognostic value of cyclin D1 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains controversial. This study investigated the correlation of cyclin D1 expression with the prognostic and clinicopathological features in RCC patients. We systematically searched the database of PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, and Web of Science updated on November 26, 2017. Eighteen studies with 2282 patients satisfied the inclusion criteria. Results demonstrated that cyclin D1 overexpression in RCC showed significant favorable prognostic impact on disease-free survival (DFS) (HR 0.57, 95% CI: 0.43–0.74) and disease-specific survival (DSS) (HR 0.59, 95% CI 0.41–0.85) without significant heterogeneity. In subgroup of clear cell RCC, the prognostic effect on DFS was robust and the pooled HR was 0.39 (95% CI: 0.27–0.57). However, no association between overall survival (OS) and cyclin D1 expression was observed. Stratified analysis in DFS studies by sample size, staining patterns race and metastasis status showed similar results. Otherwise, cyclin D1 overexpression predicted a reduced prevalence of high TNM stage (T3 + T4) (OR 0.63, 95% CI: 0.40–0.99), high-grade tumor (G3 + G4) (OR 0.51, 95% CI: 0.31–0.81) and large tumor size (OR 0.35, 95% CI: 0.19–0.62). Our meta-analysis indicated that cyclin D1 overexpression could predict the favorable prognosis in patients with RCC.

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We thank Dr. Lubomir Bodnar for providing the original data. This work was supported by grants of Science Foundation of Shandong Province (No.ZR2015HM046) and a grant of National Natural Science Foundation of China (81672522).

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Li, Z., Liu, J., Zhang, X. et al. Prognostic Significance of Cyclin D1 Expression in Renal Cell Carcinoma: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Pathol. Oncol. Res. 26, 1401–1409 (2020).

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  • Cyclin D1
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Prognosis
  • Meta-analysis