Aurora-B expression and its correlation with cell proliferation and metastasis in oral cancer

Virchows Arch. 2007 Mar;450(3):297-302. doi: 10.1007/s00428-006-0360-9. Epub 2007 Jan 19.


Aurora-B kinase is a chromosomal passenger protein and is essential for chromosome segregation and cytokinesis. Aurora-B overexpression in various cancer cells induces chromosomal number instability to produce multinuclearity and relates to metastasis. Here, we examined the expression of Aurora-B in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) to elucidate the relationship between Aurora-B expression and clinico-pathological findings by immunohistochemistry. Aurora-B expression was observed in normal oral squamous epithelia and OSCC cases, but the number of positive cells was significantly higher in OSCC than in normal squamous epithelium (p < 0.01). The labeling index of Aurora-B was significantly correlated with lymph node metastasis (p < 0.01) and histological grades of differentiation (p < 0.01). We also compared Aurora-B expression with Ki-67 expression and a positive correlation was found (p < 0.0001). Moreover, Aurora-B expression is significantly more frequent in multinuclear tumor cells than in total tumor cells. In summary, we found that Aurora-B expression was well correlated with cell proliferation, induction of multinuclear cells, histological differentiation, and metastasis in OSCC. These findings suggest that Aurora-B may be involved in tumor progression and that Aurora-B can be a new diagnostic and therapeutic target for OSCC.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aurora Kinase B
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / metabolism*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / secondary
  • Cell Count
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Epithelium / metabolism
  • Epithelium / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Ki-67 Antigen / metabolism
  • Lymph Nodes / metabolism
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mouth Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Mouth Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism*
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism*


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Ki-67 Antigen
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • AURKB protein, human
  • Aurora Kinase B
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases