Association of FBXW11 levels with tumor development and prognosis in chondrosarcoma

Cancer Biomark. 2022;35(4):429-437. doi: 10.3233/CBM-210426.


Introduction: The E3 ubiquitin ligase FBXW11 exerts an oncogenic or tumor suppressive function in a cellular context-dependent manner. However, the clinical significance and biological role of FBXW11 in chondrosarcoma have not been clearly characterized. This study focuses on the expression profile, prognostic value and biological function of FBXW11 in chondrosarcoma.

Methods: FBXW11 expression was analyzed by qRT-PCR and Western blot in six cases of chondrosarcoma specimens and the matched adjacent non-tumor tissues. The expression profile and prognostic value of FBXW11 were investigated in sixty-three cases of chondrosarcoma patients. Cell viability, colony formation, migration, invasion and apoptosis assays were further detected in SW1353 chondrosarcoma cells with restored FBXW11 expression.

Results: Downregulation of FBXW11 was remarkably detected in human chondrosarcoma specimens compared with the corresponding non-tumor tissues and benign cartilage tumors. Downregulated FBXW11 expression significantly correlated with high-grade chondrosarcoma and poor prognosis. Furthermore, FBXW11 was identified as an independent prognostic factor for the overall survival of chondrosarcoma patients. Restored expression of FBXW11 significantly suppressed chondrosarcoma cell growth and induced apoptosis.

Conclusions: These findings establish that FBXW11 was markedly downregulated and recognized as an independent prognostic factor for patients with chondrosarcoma, and restored FBXW11 expression can suppress chondrosarcoma growth and induce apoptosis, highlighting a novel biological marker and potential therapeutic target against chondrosarcoma.

Keywords: FBXW11; biological marker; cell growth; chondrosarcoma development; therapeutic target.

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis / genetics
  • Bone Neoplasms* / metabolism
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation / genetics
  • Chondrosarcoma* / genetics
  • Chondrosarcoma* / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Prognosis
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / genetics
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / metabolism
  • beta-Transducin Repeat-Containing Proteins


  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
  • FBXW11 protein, human
  • beta-Transducin Repeat-Containing Proteins