Prognostic values of excision repair cross-complementing genes mRNA expression in ovarian cancer patients

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Excision repair cross-complementing (ERCC) genes, key components of the nucleotide excision repair pathway, are regarded as crucial factors for DNA repair capacity. Previous studies have investigated prognostic values of ERCC genes in a number of malignancies. However, the relationship between ERCC genes and prognosis of ovarian cancer patients remains controversial. Therefore, in the current study, we systematically analyze the prognostic values of ERCC genes in ovarian cancer by the Kaplan-Meier plotter, which includes updated gene expression data and survival information of 1656 ovarian cancer patients. Our results showed that high expression of ERCC1 and ERCC8 mRNA was related to a worse overall survival among ovarian cancer patients, especially in late stage and poor differentiation serous ovarian patients. Increased ERCC4 mRNA expression indicated a better overall survival among serous ovarian cancer patients. The other ERCC genes were uncorrelated with prognosis in ovarian cancer. These results indicate that some ERCC genes have critical prognostic values in ovarian cancer.

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