Survival association and cell cycle effects of B7H3 in neuroblastoma

Haibo Zhang, Jinsen Zhang, Chunjie Li, Hao Xu, Rui Dong, Clark C. Chen, Wei Hua

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Objective: The function of B7H3, a member of the B7 family of proteins, in neuroblastoma (NB) remains poorly characterized. Here we examine the expression pattern of B7H3 in clinical NB specimens and characterize the phenotype of B7H3 knock-down in NB cell line. Methods: Immunohistochemical (IHC) staining was carried out to assess the expression of B7H3 in clinical NB specimens. Survival association was analyzed using five Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) datasets (GSE85047, GSE45480, GSE62564, GSE16476, GSE49710). Clonogenic survival and flow cytometry were performed after B7H3 knockdown to assess the cellular proliferation and cell survival in vitro. Impact of B7H3 silencing on NB growth was examined in vivo using the SH-SY5Y xenograft model. Results: On IHC staining, B7H3 was widely expressed in clinical NB specimens. Analysis of the transcriptional profiles of five GEO datasets clinically annotated NB specimens revealed that decreased B7H3 expression was associated with improved overall survival. B7H3 knockdown suppressed the proliferation of the SH-SY5Y NB model in vitro and in vivo. Cell cycle analysis revealed that B7H3 silencing induced G1/S arrest. This arrest was associated with the suppression of E2F1 expression and induction of Rb expression. Conclusion: Our results demonstrate that B7H3 expression correlate with clinical survival in NB patients. Preliminary studies suggest that B7H3 may mediate the G1/S transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-716
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2020

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grand No. 81572483 and 81611130223), Program of International Science & Technology Cooperation of China (Grand No. 2014DFA31470), Shanghai Committee of Science and Technology, China (No.15441904500) and Natural Science Foundation and Major Basic Research Program of Shanghai, China (No. 16JC1420100). CCC is supported by 1RO1NS097649-01, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award, The Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award, the Kimmel Scholar Award, and BWF 1006774.01. These funders support authors in finance, not participating in the experimental or writing works.

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© 2020 The Korean Neurosurgical Society.


  • B7H3
  • Cell cycle
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Prognosis
  • Proliferation


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