Prognostic value of mitotic checkpoint protein BUB3, cyclin B1, and pituitary tumor-transforming 1 expression in prostate cancer

Mod Pathol. 2020 May;33(5):905-915. doi: 10.1038/s41379-019-0418-2. Epub 2019 Dec 4.


The mitotic checkpoint protein BUB3, cyclin B1 (CCNB1) and pituitary tumor-transforming 1 (PTTG1) regulates cell division, and are sparsely studied in prostate cancer. Deregulation of these genes can lead to genomic instability, a characteristic of more aggressive tumors. We aimed to determine the expression levels of BUB3, CCNB1, and PTTG1 as potential prognostic markers of recurrence after radical prostatectomy. Protein levels were determined by immunohistochemistry on three formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue sections from each of the 253 patients treated with radical prostatectomy. Immunohistochemistry scores were obtained by automated image analysis for CCNB1 and PTTG1. Recurrence, defined as locoregional recurrence, distant metastasis or death from prostate cancer, was used as endpoint for survival analysis. Tumors having both positive and negative tumor areas for cytoplasmic BUB3 (30%), CCNB1 (28%), or PTTG1 (35%) were considered heterogeneous. Patients with ≥1 positive tumor area had significantly increased risk of disease recurrence in univariable analysis compared with patients where all tumor areas were negative for cytoplasmic BUB3 (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.18, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.41-3.36), CCNB1 (HR = 2.98, 95% CI 1.93-4.61) and PTTG1 (HR = 1.91, 95% CI 1.23-2.97). Combining the scores of cytoplasmic BUB3 and CCNB1 improved risk stratification when integrated with the Cancer of the Prostate Risk Assessment post-Surgical (CAPRA-S) score (difference in concordance index = 0.024, 95% CI 0.001-0.05). In analysis of multiple tumor areas, prognostic value was observed for cytoplasmic BUB3, CCNB1, and PTTG1.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism*
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Cyclin B1 / biosynthesis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poly-ADP-Ribose Binding Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Prognosis
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Securin / biosynthesis*


  • BUB3 protein, human
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • CCNB1 protein, human
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Cyclin B1
  • Poly-ADP-Ribose Binding Proteins
  • Securin
  • pituitary tumor-transforming protein 1, human