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A Disintegrin and Metallopeptidase with Thrombospondin Type 1 Motif 12 (ADAMTS12), a member of the ADAMTS family of multidomain extracellular protease enzymes, is involved in the progression of many tumors. However, a pan-cancer analysis of this gene has not yet been performed. Its role in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PAAD) also remains unclear.Methods
The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and Genotype-Tissue Expression data (GTEx) databases were used to analyze ADAMTS12 expression in pan-cancer. We assessed the expression, clinical characteristics, prognostic significance, copy number alteration, methylation, and mutation of ADAMTS12 and its correlation with the tumor immune microenvironment. qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry assays were also performed to validate the expression of ADAMTS12 in PAAD.Results
Through bioinformatics analysis and preliminary experimental verification, ADAMTS12 was found to be substantially overexpressed in PAAD. High expression level of ADAMTS12 was correlated with worse survival rates in patients with PAAD and high infiltration levels of tumor-associated macrophages, cancer-associated fibroblasts, immune checkpoint proteins, and immunosuppressive genes.Conclusion
Our findings suggest ADAMTS12 as a potential prognostic biomarker in PAAD. Elevated ADAMTS12 expression may also indicate an immunosuppressive microenvironment.