Serum Amyloid A is a Novel Prognostic Biomarker in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

  • Ni, Xiao-Chun ;
  • Yi, Yong ;
  • Fu, Yi-Peng ;
  • He, Hong-Wei ;
  • Cai, Xiao-Yan ;
  • Wang, Jia-Xing ;
  • Zhou, Jian ;
  • Fan, Jia ;
  • Qiu, Shuang-Jian
  • Published : 2015.01.22


Purpose: To investigate the prognostic value of serum amyloid A (SAA) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) undergoing surgery. Materials and Methods: Preoperative serum samples of 328 patients with HCC who underwent curative resection and of 47 patients with benign liver lesion were assayed. Serum levels of SAA were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and its correlations with clinicopathological characteristics and survival were explored. Results: Levels of SAA were significantly higher in patients with HCC than those with benign liver lesion. There were strong correlations between preoperative serum SAA level and tumor size and more advanced BCLC stage. On univariate analysis, elevated SAA was associated with reduced disease-free survival and overall survival (p=0.001 and 0.03, respectively). Multivariate analyses showed that serum SAA level was an independent prognostic factor for overall survival (hazard ratio 2.80, p=0.01). Conclusions: High SAA serum level is a novel biomarker for the prognosis of HCC patients.


Serum amyloid A;hepatocellular carcinoma;prognosis


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