Methylation and gene expression differences between ASC/TMS1 and MyD88 genes in healthy and cancer laryngeal tissue

Presentation: P050
Topic: Cancer Biology
Type: Poster
Authors: Mario Bilic1; Lana Kovac Bilic1; Jelena Knezevic2; Maja Sutic2
Institution(s): 1University Hospital Center Zagreb, Croatia; 2Ruder Boskovic Institute Zagreb, Croatia


There are no biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of patients with laryngeal carcinoma. Methylation changes of ASC/TMS1 and MyD88 genes, in healthy and cancer tissue, might be related with development and progression of cancer. The study explored is there a difference in gene’s methylation in healthy and tumor tissue and does it correlate with protein expression.


The total of 36 patients were enrolled in the study. Methylation of bisulphite converted DNA was quantified by pyrosequencing in fresh frozen cancer and adjacent non-malignant tissues.


The overall methylation of MyD88 gene is significantly higher in healthy tissue and this finding correlates with protein expression and the overall methylation of ASC/TMS1 gene is unchanged but the protein expression of ASC/TMS1 is significantly higher in cancer.


The methylation status of the ASC/TMS1 and MyD88 genes are promising prognostic biomarker candidates and may lead to earlier detection of laryngeal cancer.