The Knl1-Mis12-Ndc80 (KMN) network genes (including KNL, MIS12 and NDC80 complexes) encode a highly conserved network of protein complexes that act in cell mitosis. In recent years, multiple studies revealed that KMN network genes also play a vital role in tumor appearance and growth. However, the role of the KMN gene network in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains unknown. In this study, we analyzed the effects of KMN genes expression and clinical phenotype in patients with lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD). The expression of KMN network genes and related clinical information was extracted from The Cancer Genome Atlas. The samples were classified into cluster I and II by consistent clustering. We analyzed the gene distribution by principal component analysis, and the potential risk characteristics were analyzed using the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator Cox regression algorithm. Univariate and multivariate Cox regression analyses were used to analyze the clinical information. The Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery, Gene MANIA and gene set enrichment analysis were used to analyze function and correlation among genes of the KMN network. The expression levels of nine out of ten KMN genes were significantly up-regulated in LUAD and were associated with poor overall survival (OS). Higher expression of NDC80 and KNL1 was related to low OS in both univariate and multivariate analyses. According to two independent prognostic KMN network genes (KNL1 and NDC80), a risk signature was established to predict the prognosis of patients with LUAD. Additionally, the genes NDC80 and KNL1 were considerably enriched in pathways associated with signaling pathways, biological processes, and the cell cycle. The results indicate that KMN network genes are intimately related to lung adenocarcinoma. KMN network genes are involved in the malignant process of LUAD. Assessment of NDC80 and KNL1 might be helpful for prognostic stratification and treatment strategy development.
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