YAP Activity is Not Associated with Survival of Uveal Melanoma Patients and Cell Lines

Yong Joon Kim, Sung Chul Lee, Sung Eun Kim, Seo Hee Kim, Sang Kyum Kim, Christopher Seungkyu Lee

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Recent experimental studies have demonstrated an essential role for the Hippo-Yes-associated protein (YAP) pathway in GNAQ/GNA11-induced tumorigenesis in uveal melanoma (UM). However, the association between YAP activity and clinical outcomes remains elusive. We investigated possible associations between YAP activity and clinicopathological features including survival outcomes in patients with UM using The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) cohort and our local cohort. We estimated YAP activity by mRNA expression levels, Gene Set Variation Analysis (GSVA) for the TCGA cohort, and immunohistochemical YAP staining for the local cohort. In the TCGA cohort, most clinicopathological features including tumor stage, mitotic counts, mutation of genes, and tumor sizes did not significantly differ between low and high YAP activity groups. In the local cohort, YAP nuclear-positive staining was observed in 30 (42%) of 72 patients with primary UM. UM-specific survival was not significantly different between tumors with low and high YAP activities. Unlike mesothelioma cells harboring a mutation of negative regulators of YAP, the survival of multiple UM cell lines was not significantly reduced by YAP/TAZ depletion. Our results suggest that the effect of YAP on development, growth, and invasion of UM in actual patients is less than previously demonstrated in experimental studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6209
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 1

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) under Grant NRF-2016R1D1A1B03931581 (S.K.K.), and NRF-2019R1A2C2002393 (C.S.L.). This study was also supported by a faculty research grant of Yonsei University College of Medicine (6-2016-0178) (C.S.L.). The funding organization had no role in the design or conduct of this research.

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