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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(11): 1733-1745, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31598757

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Tumors and their surrounding area represent spatially organized "ecosystems", where tumor cells and the immune contextures of the different compartments are in a dynamic interplay, with potential clinical impact. Here, we aimed to investigate the prognostic significance of peritumoral tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS) either alone or jointly with the intratumoral densities and spatial distribution of CD8 + and CD163 + cells in breast cancer (BCa) patients. TLS were identified peritumorally, within the area distancing up to 5 mm from the infiltrative tumor border, counted and further characterized as adjacent or distal, in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor tissue samples from a cohort of 167 patients, with histologically confirmed invasive ductal BCa. TLS and tumor-infiltrating immune cells were determined by H&E and immunohistochemistry. Clinical follow-up was available for 112 of these patients. Patients with peritumoral TLS exhibited worse disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) as compared to patients lacking TLS. Moreover, the density of peritumoral TLS was found to be crucial for prognosis, since patients with abundant TLS exhibited the worst DFS and OS. By combining the density of adjacent TLS (aTLS) with our recently published intratumoral signatures based on the differential distribution of CD8 + and CD163 + in the tumor center and invasive margin, we created two improved immune signatures with superior prognostic strength and higher patient population coverage. Our observations strengthen the notion for the fundamental role of the dynamic interplay between the immune cells within the tumor microenvironment (center/invasive margin) and the tumor surrounding area (peritumoral TLS) on the clinical outcome of BCa patients.


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Biomarcadores/análise , Neoplasias da Mama/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Estruturas Linfoides Terciárias/imunologia , Microambiente Tumoral/imunologia , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Prognóstico , Estudos Prospectivos , Estudos Retrospectivos , Taxa de Sobrevida , Estruturas Linfoides Terciárias/patologia
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(11): 1747-1757, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31602489

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BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy has become a powerful treatment option for several solid tumor types. The presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) is correlated with better prognosis in ovarian cancer, pointing at the possibility to benefit from harnessing their anti-tumor activity. This preclinical study explores the feasibility of adoptive cell therapy (ACT) with TIL using an improved culture method. METHODS: TIL from high-grade serous ovarian cancer were cultured using a combination of IL-2 with agonistic antibodies targeting 4-1BB and CD3. The cells were phenotyped using flow cytometry in the fresh tissue and after expansion. Tumor reactivity was assessed against HLA-matched ovarian cancer cell lines via IFN-γ ELISPOT. RESULTS: Ovarian cancer is highly infiltrated with CD8+ TIL that are preferentially and robustly expanded with the addition of the agonistic antibodies. With a 95% success rate, the TIL are grown to ≥ 100 × 106 cells in 2-3 weeks without over differentiation. In addition, the CD8+ TIL grown with this method showed HLA-restricted tumor recognition. CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate the viability of TIL ACT for refractory ovarian cancer by allowing for the large expansion of anti-tumor TIL in a short time and consistent manner.


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Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Quimiorradioterapia , Cistadenocarcinoma Seroso/terapia , Imunoterapia/métodos , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Neoplasias Ovarianas/terapia , Terapia de Salvação , Cistadenocarcinoma Seroso/imunologia , Cistadenocarcinoma Seroso/secundário , Citotoxicidade Imunológica/imunologia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Ativação Linfocitária , Neoplasias Ovarianas/imunologia , Neoplasias Ovarianas/patologia , Prognóstico
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(11): 1759-1767, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31616965

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Resistance to chemotherapy is widely recognized as one of the major factors limiting therapeutic efficacy and influences clinical outcomes in patients with cancer. Many studies on various tumor types have focused on combining standard-of-care chemotherapy with immunotherapy. However, for cervical cancer, the role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) on the local immune microenvironment is largely unexplored. We performed a pilot study on 13 primary cervical tumor samples, before and after NACT, to phenotype and enumerate tumor-infiltrating T-cell subpopulations using multiplex immunohistochemistry (CD3, CD8, FoxP3, Ki67, and Tbet) and automated co-expression analysis software. A significant decrease in proliferating (Ki67+) CD3+CD8- T cells and FoxP3+(CD3+CD8-) regulatory T cells was observed in the tumor stroma after cisplatin and paclitaxel treatment, with increased rates of cytotoxic CD8+ T cells, including activated and CD8+Tbet+ T cells. No effect was observed on the number of tumor-infiltrating T cells in the cervical tumor microenvironment after treatment with cisplatin only. Therefore, we conclude that patients treated with cisplatin and paclitaxel had more tumor-infiltrating T-cell modulation than patients treated with cisplatin monotherapy. These findings enhance our understanding of the immune-modulating effect of chemotherapy and warrant future combination of the standard-of-care therapy with immunotherapy to improve clinical outcome in patients with cervical cancer.


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Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Terapia Neoadjuvante/métodos , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/imunologia , Adulto , Quimioterapia Adjuvante , Cisplatino/administração & dosagem , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Paclitaxel/administração & dosagem , Projetos Piloto , Prognóstico , Estudos Retrospectivos , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/patologia , Adulto Jovem
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(11): 1779-1790, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31620857

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Human leukocyte antigen class I (HLA I) molecules composed of alpha (heavy) chain, including HLA-A, -B, or -C encoded by HLA genes, and beta-2-microglobulin (ß2M) are membrane proteins on all nucleated cells that display peptide antigens for recognition by CD8-positive cytotoxic T cells. Here, we examined the clinicopathologic signification of HLA I expression in patients with gastric cancer (GC). Immunohistochemistry was performed to detect HLA A/B/C, ß2M, CD8, p53, and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) in the center and invasive margin of the tumor in 395 stage II and III GCs using tissue array method. Additionally, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and microsatellite instability (MSI) status were investigated. Negative expression of HLA A/B/C and ß2M was observed in 258 (65.3%) and 235 (59.5%) of 395 stage II and III GCs, respectively. Negative HLA I expression was significantly associated with aggressive clinicopathologic features. Furthermore, negative expression of HLA A/B/C and ß2M was inversely correlated with CD8-positive cytotoxic T cell infiltration, EBV-positivity, and PD-L1 expression (all p < 0.001). Patients with HLA A/B/C-negative GC had worse overall survival (OS) (p = 0.019) and combined analysis with both HLA A/B/C and ß2M expression status significantly predicted OS in univariate (p = 0.004) and multivariate survival analysis (p = 0.016). Negative expression of HLA A/B/C and ß2M was frequently observed in stage II and III GCs, particularly with the aggressive clinicopathologic features, and correlated with an unfavorable prognosis and host immune response status. These findings contribute to further development of immunotherapy.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Antígenos HLA/metabolismo , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Neoplasias Gástricas/patologia , Microambiente Tumoral/imunologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Antígeno B7-H1/imunologia , Antígeno B7-H1/metabolismo , Biomarcadores Tumorais/imunologia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Antígenos HLA/imunologia , Humanos , Masculino , Instabilidade de Microssatélites , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Neoplasias Gástricas/imunologia , Neoplasias Gástricas/metabolismo , Neoplasias Gástricas/cirurgia , Adulto Jovem , Microglobulina beta-2/imunologia , Microglobulina beta-2/metabolismo
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(11): 1805-1817, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31628526

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Antibodies targeting the T-cell immune checkpoint cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA4) enhance the effectiveness of radiotherapy for melanoma patients, but many remain resistant. To further improve response rates, we explored combining anti-CTLA4 blockade with antisense suppression of CD47, an inhibitory receptor on T cells that limit T-cell receptor signaling and killing of irradiated target cells. Human melanoma data from The Cancer Genome Atlas revealed positive correlations between CD47 mRNA expression and expression of T-cell regulators including CTLA4 and its counter receptors CD80 and CD86. Antisense suppression of CD47 on human T cells in vitro using a translational blocking morpholino (CD47 m) alone or combined with anti-CTLA4 enhanced antigen-dependent killing of irradiated melanoma cells. Correspondingly, the treatment of locally irradiated B16F10 melanomas in C57BL/6 mice using combined blockade of CD47 and CTLA4 significantly increased the survival of mice relative to either treatment alone. CD47 m alone or in combination with anti-CTLA4 increased CD3+ T-cell infiltration in irradiated tumors. Anti-CTLA4 also increased CD3+ and CD8+ T-cell infiltration as well as markers of NK cells in non-irradiated tumors. Anti-CTLA4 combined with CD47 m resulted in the greatest increase in intratumoral granzyme B, interferon-γ, and NK-cell marker mRNA expression. These data suggest that combining CTLA4 and CD47 blockade could provide a survival benefit by enhancing adaptive T- and NK-cell immunity in irradiated tumors.


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Antígeno CD47/antagonistas & inibidores , Antígeno CTLA-4/antagonistas & inibidores , Ipilimumab/administração & dosagem , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Melanoma Experimental/mortalidade , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/imunologia , Animais , Antígeno CD47/genética , Antígeno CD47/imunologia , Terapia Combinada , Humanos , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/efeitos da radiação , Melanoma Experimental/imunologia , Melanoma Experimental/patologia , Melanoma Experimental/terapia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Doses de Radiação , Taxa de Sobrevida , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/efeitos da radiação , Células Tumorais Cultivadas
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(39): e17311, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31574860

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Immune infiltration of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is closely associated with the patients' prognosis. However, previous studies have not interpreted the difference of infiltrating immune cells in NPC.We comprehensively analyzed the tumor-infiltrating immune cells present in NPC for the first time, which was based on a scientific deconvolution algorithm (CIBERSORT) and the gene expression data of GSE64634. The fractions of 22 immune cells were assessed to reveal the associations between normal samples and NPC samples.Profiles of immune infiltration vary significantly between normal samples and NPC samples, and the variation could characterize the individual differences. NPC samples contained a higher proportion for M1 macrophages, whereas memory B cells and CD4 memory resting T cells were relatively lower.Our data suggest that the differences in the infiltrating immune cells in NPC and these differences would probably facilitate patient consultation and individualized treatment.


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Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral , Carcinoma Nasofaríngeo , Neoplasias Nasofaríngeas , Adulto , Algoritmos , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Linfócitos B/patologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , China , Correlação de Dados , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Memória Imunológica , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/classificação , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Carcinoma Nasofaríngeo/diagnóstico , Carcinoma Nasofaríngeo/imunologia , Carcinoma Nasofaríngeo/patologia , Neoplasias Nasofaríngeas/diagnóstico , Neoplasias Nasofaríngeas/imunologia , Neoplasias Nasofaríngeas/patologia , Prognóstico , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes
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Anticancer Res ; 39(9): 4995-5001, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31519606

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Adoptive transfer of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) combined with non-myeloablative chemotherapy (NMA) has been shown to prolong survival in patients with metastatic disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Tissue harvesting was performed form a variety of sites. TILs were isolated, expanded and infused with bolus high-dose IL-2. RESULTS: Between 2008 and 2018, 242 lesions were resected for TILs harvesting from a range of sites form 196 patients without mortality and with minimal morbidity. Of those harvested, 75 were unable to complete therapy because of clinical deterioration during the wait period. Of 121 evaluable treated patients, there was no effect of metastatic site biopsied on the mean fold TIL expansion. Those receiving prior ipilimumab had a higher TIL fold expansion but a lower TIL fold expansion than those exposed to anti-PD1 therapy. CONCLUSION: Harvesting may be safely performed with successful TIL expansion from most sites. Prior check point inhibitory immunotherapy may potentially influence TIL fold expansion.


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Imunoterapia Adotiva , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Melanoma/imunologia , Melanoma/terapia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Antineoplásicos Imunológicos/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Biomarcadores Tumorais , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoterapia Adotiva/métodos , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/metabolismo , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Masculino , Melanoma/metabolismo , Melanoma/patologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Metástase Neoplásica , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/antagonistas & inibidores , Adulto Jovem
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Anticancer Res ; 39(9): 5009-5018, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31519608

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Interleukin (IL)-18, which belongs to the IL-1 superfamily of cytokines, is a known interferon-gamma (IFN-γ)-inducing factor. Since IFN-γ plays an essential role in anticancer immunity mediated through cytotoxic T cells, IL-18 may also contribute to the function of immunosurveillance. The aim of the study was to examine the association of IL-18 with the outcomes of patients with breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Serum IL-18 levels were determined at baseline in 270 patients operated for breast cancer, and the relapse-free survival (RFS) was compared between IL-18-high and -low groups. The relationships between IL-18 and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) or the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) were also investigated. RESULTS: The RFS of patients was significantly better in the IL-18-low group than in the IL-18-high group (p=0.032). According to the multivariate analysis, IL-18 was a significant and independent predictive factor for RFS (hazard ratio(HR)=0.336; 95% confidence interval(CI)=0.147-0.727; p=0.0053). No association was observed between the IL-18 levels and TILs or NLRs. CONCLUSION: IL-18 levels may be useful for predicting the prognosis of patients who have received surgical treatment for breast cancer.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais , Neoplasias da Mama/sangue , Neoplasias da Mama/mortalidade , Interleucina-18/sangue , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Neoplasias da Mama/terapia , Citocinas/sangue , Citocinas/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Contagem de Leucócitos , Contagem de Linfócitos , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/metabolismo , Gradação de Tumores , Metástase Neoplásica , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Neutrófilos/metabolismo , Prognóstico , Modelos de Riscos Proporcionais , Curva ROC , Valores de Referência , Estudos Retrospectivos , Carga Tumoral
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(10): 1635-1648, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31549214

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Pancreatic cancer has been termed a 'recalcitrant cancer' due to its relative resistance to chemotherapy and immunotherapy. This resistance is thought to be due in part to the dense fibrotic tumor microenvironment and lack of tumor infiltrating CD8 + T cells. The gastrointestinal peptide, gastrin, has been shown to stimulate growth of pancreatic cancer by both a paracrine and autocrine mechanism. Interruption of gastrin at the CCK receptor may reduce tumor-associated fibrosis and alter tumor immune cells. Polyclonal Ab Stimulator (PAS) is a vaccine that targets gastrin and has been shown to prolong survival of patients with pancreatic cancer. Here, we report that PAS vaccination monotherapy elicits both a humoral and cellular immune response when used in immune competent mice-bearing pancreatic tumors and that PAS monotherapy produced a marked T-cell activation and influx of CD8 + lymphocytes into pancreatic tumors. Isolated peripheral lymphocytes elicited cytokine release upon re-stimulation with gastrin in vitro demonstrating specificity of immune activation for the target peptide. Combination therapy with PAS and PD-1 Ab activated CD4 -/CD8 - TEMRA cells important in T-cell-mediated tumor death and memory. Tumors of mice treated with PAS (250 µg) or PAS (100 and 250 µg) in combination with a PD-1 Ab were significantly smaller compared to tumors from PBS or PD-1 Ab-treated mice. When PAS was given in combination with PD-1 Ab, tumors had less fibrosis, fewer inhibitory Treg lymphocytes, and fewer tumor-associated macrophages. These findings reveal a novel approach to improve treatment strategies for pancreatic cancer.


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Vacinas Anticâncer/imunologia , Gastrinas/imunologia , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/terapia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/imunologia , Microambiente Tumoral , Vacinação , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Memória Imunológica , Ativação Linfocitária , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/imunologia , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/patologia , Linfócitos T/imunologia
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Cancer Invest ; 37(9): 463-477, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31490702

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The associations of the immunological status of the pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) microenvironment with prognosis were assessed. A high tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) density was associated with a better prognosis. Importantly, even with a high density of TILs, the PDA cells with programed cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression showed a worse prognosis than the patients with negative PD-L1 expression. A significant association between a better prognosis and a tumor microenvironment with a high TIL density/negative PD-L1 expression was observed. Assessments of a combined immunological status in the tumor microenvironment may predict the prognosis of PDA patients following surgical resection.


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Antígeno B7-H1/metabolismo , Carcinoma Ductal Pancreático/cirurgia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/cirurgia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Carcinoma Ductal Pancreático/imunologia , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/imunologia , Prognóstico , Análise de Sobrevida , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Microambiente Tumoral
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(9): 1429-1441, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31428800

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MHC class I-related chain A (MICA) is one of the major ligands for natural killer group 2 member D (NKG2D), which is an activating NK receptor. MICA is expressed on the surface of human epithelial tumor cells, and its shedding from tumor cells leads to immunosuppression. To activate immune response in the tumor microenvironment, we designed an anti-VEGFR2-MICA bispecific antibody (JZC01), consisting of MICA and an anti-VEGFR2 single chain antibody fragment (JZC00) and explored its potential anti-tumor activity. JZC01 targeted vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) and inhibited tumorigenesis by blocking the VEGFR2 signaling pathway. Additionally, JZC01 promoted NK and CD8+ T cells to release IFN-γ and engaged activated lymphocytes to lysis of VEGFR2-expressing tumor cells. The in vivo anti-tumor activity of JZC01 was investigated by establishing a Lewis lung cancer cell-transplanted mouse model. It effectively reduced the tumor vascular density and increased the infiltration and activation of NK and CD8+ T cells in the tumor microenvironment. Thus, JZC01 functions in anti-tumor angiogenesis and anti-tumor immune activation, and showed improved anti-tumor efficacy combined with docetaxel, which provides a new insight into anti-tumor therapy.


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Anticorpos Biespecíficos/uso terapêutico , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Classe I/imunologia , Imunoterapia/métodos , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Neoplasias Pulmonares/terapia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Receptor 2 de Fatores de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Biespecíficos/genética , Apoptose , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Lewis , Citotoxicidade Imunológica , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Humanos , Tolerância Imunológica , Interferon gama/metabolismo , Neoplasias Pulmonares/imunologia , Ativação Linfocitária , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Microambiente Tumoral
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(9): 1443-1454, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31444607

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Immunotherapy is effective in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), but only a minority of patients responds to immune checkpoint blockade (ICB). To contribute to a better understanding of the underlying immune biology, we combined histomorphological evaluation and molecular analysis of the HNSCC immune microenvironment in the TCGA cohort. Analyzing digital HE-stained slides, a method for classification of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in the intra-epithelial compartment (ieTILs, present vs. absent) and the stromal compartment (strTILs, high vs. low) was established. We also analyzed the abundance of eight immune cell populations (estimated from RNAseq data) and PD-L1 mRNA expression. Status of ieTILs and status of strTILs were concordant for 61%, but discordant for 39% of tumors. In univariate survival analysis, ieTILs were a positive prognostic marker for DFS in the study cohort (HR = 0.66, p = 0.015) and in the HPV- subcohort (HR = 0.68, p = 0.04), but not in the HPV + subcohort. T cells were a positive prognostic marker for DFS in the study cohort (HR = 0.80, p = 0.03) and in the HPV + subcohort (HR = 0.20, p = 0.001), but not in the HPV- subcohort. In univariate survival analysis, PD-L1 mRNA expression was neither associated with DFS nor with OS. However, in bivariate and multivariate analyses including both PD-L1 mRNA levels and T cells, PD-L1 was a negative prognostic marker of DFS and OS, while T cells remained a positive prognostic marker. In conclusion, ieTILs and strTILs were non-redundant biomarkers in HNSCC and should be evaluated separately. The identified prognostic markers should be evaluated for predictivity in ICB-treated patients.


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Antígeno B7-H1/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/imunologia , Células Epiteliais/patologia , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/imunologia , Imunoterapia/métodos , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Células Estromais/patologia , Antígeno B7-H1/genética , Biomarcadores Tumorais , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/diagnóstico , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/mortalidade , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/diagnóstico , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/mortalidade , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Análise de Sobrevida , Resultado do Tratamento , Microambiente Tumoral
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J Nanobiotechnology ; 17(1): 87, 2019 Aug 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31387604

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BACKGROUND: Adoptive T cell-transfer (ATC) therapy is a highly promising cancer-treatment approach. However, in vivo-administered T cells tend to disperse, with only a small proportion reaching the tumour. To remedy this, magnetic targeting of T cells has been recently explored. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) functionalised with antibodies were attached to effector T cells and magnetically recruited to tumour sites under MRI guidance. In this study, we investigated whether 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APS)-coated MNPs directly attached to CD8+ T cell membranes could also magnetically target and accumulate tumour-specific CD8+ T cells in solid tumours using an external magnetic field (EMF). As it has been shown that T cells associated with APS-coated MNPs are retained in lymph nodes (LNs), and tumour-draining LNs are the most common sites of solid-tumour metastases, we further evaluated whether magnetic targeting of APS-MNP-loaded CD8+ T cells could cause them to accumulate in tumour-draining LNs. RESULTS: First, we show that antigen-specific CD8+ T cells preserve their antitumor activity in vitro when associated with APS-MNPs. Next, we demonstrate that the application of a magnetic field enhanced the retention of APS-MNP-loaded OT-I CD8+ T cells under flow conditions in vitro. Using a syngeneic mouse model, we found similar numbers of APS-MNP-loaded OT-I CD8+ T cells and OT-I CD8+ T cells infiltrating the tumour 14 days after cell transfer. However, when a magnet was placed near the tumour during the transfer of tumour-specific APS-MNP-loaded CD8+ T cells to improve tumour infiltration, a reduced percentage of tumour-specific T cells was found infiltrating the tumour 14 days after cell transfer, which was reflected in a smaller reduction in tumour size compared to tumour-specific CD8+ T cells transferred with or without MNPs in the absence of a magnetic field. Nonetheless, magnet placement near the tumour site during cell transfer induced infiltration of activated tumour-specific CD8+ T cells in tumour-draining LNs, which remained 14 days after cell transfer. CONCLUSIONS: The use of an EMF to improve targeting of tumour-specific T cells modified with APS-MNPs reduced the percentage of these cells infiltrating the tumour, but promoted the retention and the persistence of these cells in the tumour-draining LNs.


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Transferência Adotiva , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/transplante , Linfonodos/patologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Nanopartículas de Magnetita/química , Neoplasias Experimentais/terapia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Permeabilidade da Membrana Celular , Proliferação de Células , Sobrevivência Celular , Feminino , Linfonodos/imunologia , Ativação Linfocitária , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Transplante de Neoplasias , Neoplasias Experimentais/imunologia , Neoplasias Experimentais/patologia , Propilaminas/química , Silanos/química
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Cancer Sci ; 110(10): 3244-3254, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31368625

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We retrospectively investigated the impact of the tumor microenvironment (TME) on the efficacy of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) as first-line treatment in 70 patients with advanced EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer and who were seen at Osaka City University Hospital (Osaka, Japan) between August 2013 and December 2017. Using immunohistochemical staining with 28-8 and D7U8C Abs, the tumor proportion score was assessed for programmed cell death-1 ligand-1 (PD-L1), as high (50% or more) or low (less than 50%), and ligand-2 (PD-L2) expression, respectively. The extent of CD8+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes was evaluated on a scale of 0-3, with 0-1 as low and 2-3 as high. The TME of the 52 evaluable pretreatment specimens was categorized into 4 subtypes, according to the respective PD-L1 tumor proportion and CD8+ scores, as follows: (a) high/high (13.5%, n = 7); (b) low/low (42.3%, n = 22); (c) high/low (17.3%, n = 9); and (d) low/high (26.9%, n = 14). Expression of PD-L2 was significantly the highest in type 1 (57.1% vs 4.5% vs 11.1% vs 7.1%, respectively; P = .0090). Response rate was significantly the lowest in type 1 (14.3% vs 81.8% vs 66.7% vs 78.6%, respectively; P = .0085). Progression-free survival was the shortest in type 1 and the longest in type 4 (median, 2.4 vs 11.3 vs 8.4 vs 17.5 months, respectively; P = .00000077). The efficacy of EGFR-TKIs differed according to the TME, and the phenotype with high PD-L1 and CD8+ expression might be the subset that would poorly benefit from such treatment.


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Antígeno B7-H1/metabolismo , Antígenos CD8/metabolismo , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias Pulmonares/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Proteína 2 Ligante de Morte Celular Programada 1/metabolismo , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/uso terapêutico , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/genética , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/imunologia , Receptores ErbB/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Japão , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/farmacologia , Estudos Retrospectivos , Análise de Sobrevida , Resultado do Tratamento , Microambiente Tumoral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Cancer Sci ; 110(10): 3038-3048, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31385405

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Retroperitoneal liposarcoma (RLPS) is one of the most common subtypes of retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcomas and lacks effective treatment. This study aimed to provide a thorough profile of immune characteristics of RLPS. This study included 56 RLPS patients. Multisite tumor tissues were collected from 16 patients. Immunohistochemistry was carried out to identify CD4+ , CD8+ , FoxP3+ , CD20+ , or programmed cell death-1 (PD-1)+ tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and  Programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression in tumor tissues. Ultradeep sequencing of T-cell receptor (TCR) ß-chain gene was carried out in 42 tumor samples as well as peripheral blood samples collected from 6 patients. In RLPS, TILs were distributed in 3 patterns and T cells were more prevalent than B cells. Generally, the proportion of TILs decreased and PD-L1 expression increased with tumor progression. Patients with higher PD-1/PD-L1 expression tended to have poorer prognosis, whereas patients with tertiary lymphoid structure tended to have a favorable disease-free survival. Although T-cell clones in tumors were quite different from those in peripheral blood, TCR sequencing showed low TCR repertoire reads as well as polyclonal status within tumors, which indicated limited T cell response in the tumors. Both TILs distribution and TCR repertoires suggested spatial immune heterogeneity in RLPS. Our research described the immune landscape of RLPS, and suggested RLPS might be a kind of tumor with low T cell infiltration as well as great immune heterogeneity. Therefore, strategies that can facilitate lymphocytic infiltration and immune reactivity need to be developed in the future to improve the efficacy of immunotherapy.


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Antígeno B7-H1/metabolismo , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala/métodos , Lipossarcoma/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/metabolismo , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T alfa-beta/genética , Neoplasias Retroperitoneais/imunologia , Adulto , Idoso , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Intervalo Livre de Doença , Regulação para Baixo , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Lipossarcoma/genética , Lipossarcoma/mortalidade , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Neoplasias Retroperitoneais/genética , Neoplasias Retroperitoneais/mortalidade , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Regulação para Cima
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Nat Med ; 25(8): 1251-1259, 2019 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31359002

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Immunotherapies that block inhibitory checkpoint receptors on T cells have transformed the clinical care of patients with cancer1. However, whether the T cell response to checkpoint blockade relies on reinvigoration of pre-existing tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes or on recruitment of novel T cells remains unclear2-4. Here we performed paired single-cell RNA and T cell receptor sequencing on 79,046 cells from site-matched tumors from patients with basal or squamous cell carcinoma before and after anti-PD-1 therapy. Tracking T cell receptor clones and transcriptional phenotypes revealed coupling of tumor recognition, clonal expansion and T cell dysfunction marked by clonal expansion of CD8+CD39+ T cells, which co-expressed markers of chronic T cell activation and exhaustion. However, the expansion of T cell clones did not derive from pre-existing tumor-infiltrating T lymphocytes; instead, the expanded clones consisted of novel clonotypes that had not previously been observed in the same tumor. Clonal replacement of T cells was preferentially observed in exhausted CD8+ T cells and evident in patients with basal or squamous cell carcinoma. These results demonstrate that pre-existing tumor-specific T cells may have limited reinvigoration capacity, and that the T cell response to checkpoint blockade derives from a distinct repertoire of T cell clones that may have just recently entered the tumor.


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Carcinoma Basocelular/tratamento farmacológico , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/antagonistas & inibidores , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Carcinoma Basocelular/imunologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/tratamento farmacológico , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/imunologia , Humanos , Imunoterapia , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T/fisiologia , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Fator 1 de Transcrição de Linfócitos T/fisiologia
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(8): 1273-1286, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31243491

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Therapeutic cancer vaccines have met limited clinical success. In the setting of cancer, the immune system is either tolerized and/or has a limited tumor-specific T cell repertoire. In this study, we explore whether intratumoral (IT) vaccination with an HPV vaccine can elicit quantitative and qualitative differences in immune response as compared to intramuscular (IM) vaccination to overcome immune resistance in established tumors. We report that IT administration of an HPV-16 E7 peptide vaccine formulated with polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)] generated an enhanced antitumor effect relative to IM delivery. The elicited anti-tumor effect with IT vaccination was consistent among the vaccinated groups and across various C57BL/6 substrains. IT vaccination resulted in an increased frequency of PD-1hi TILs, which represented both vaccine-targeted and non-vaccine-targeted tumor-specific CD8+ T cells. Overall, the CD8+/Treg ratio was increased within the tumor microenvironment using IT vaccination. We also assessed transcriptional changes in several immune-related genes in the tumor microenvironment of the various treated groups, and our data suggest that IT vaccination leads to upregulation of a broad complement of immunomodulatory genes, including upregulation of interferon gamma (IFNγ) and antigen presentation and processing machine (APM) components. IT vaccine delivery is superior to traditional IM vaccination routes with the potential to improve tumor immunogenicity, which has potential clinical application in the setting of accessible lesions such as head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs).


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Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/terapia , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/terapia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Neoplasias Experimentais/imunologia , Proteínas E7 de Papillomavirus/imunologia , Vacinas contra Papillomavirus/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia , Animais , Apresentação do Antígeno/genética , Vacinas Anticâncer/imunologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/imunologia , Células Cultivadas , Citotoxicidade Imunológica , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Neoplasias de Cabeça e Pescoço/imunologia , Humanos , Imunidade Celular/genética , Injeções Intramusculares , Interferon gama/genética , Ativação Linfocitária , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Poli I-C/imunologia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/metabolismo , Vacinação
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(8): 1287-1301, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31253998

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Patchy infiltration of tumors by cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) predicts poorer prognosis for cancer patients. The factors limiting intratumoral CTL dissemination, though, are poorly understood. To study CTL dissemination in tumors, we histologically examined human melanoma samples and used mice to image B16-OVA tumors infiltrated by OT-I CTLs using intravital two-photon microscopy. In patients, most CTLs concentrated around peripheral blood vessels, especially in poorly infiltrated tumors. In mice, OT-I CTLs had to cluster around tumor cells to efficiently kill them in a contact-and perforin-dependent manner and cytotoxicity was strictly antigen-specific. OT-I CTLs as well as non-specific CTLs concentrated around peripheral vessels, and cleared the tumor cells around them. This was also the case when CTLs were injected directly into the tumors. CTLs crawled rapidly only in areas within 50 µm of flowing blood vessels and transient occlusion of vessels immediately, though reversibly, stopped their migration. In vitro, oxygen depletion and blockade of oxidative phosphorylation also reduced CTL motility. Taken together, these results suggest that hypoxia limits CTL migration away from blood vessels, providing immune-privileged niches for tumor cells to survive. Normalizing intratumoral vasculature may thus synergize with tumor immunotherapy.


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Vasos Sanguíneos/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Melanoma/imunologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/imunologia , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/imunologia , Animais , Antígenos de Neoplasias/imunologia , Movimento Celular , Citotoxicidade Imunológica , Humanos , Melanoma/irrigação sanguínea , Melanoma Experimental , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Neoplasias Experimentais , Neovascularização Patológica , Fosforilação Oxidativa , Perforina/metabolismo , Neoplasias Cutâneas/irrigação sanguínea
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Int J Mol Sci ; 20(11)2019 May 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31151151

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Estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer (BC), the most abundant BC subtype, is notorious for poor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). The androgen receptor (AR) was reported to support estradiol-mediated ER activity in an in vitro system. Recently, ER-positive BC with fewer tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) was shown to have a better prognosis, opposite to the trend seen with ER-negative BC. We hypothesized that ER-positive BC with high expression of AR will have fewer TILs and an inferior response to NAC, but with a better prognosis. In both TCGA and METABRIC cohorts, AR expression was significantly higher in ER-positive BCs compared to ER-negatives (p < 0.001, p < 0.001, respectively) and it correlated with ER expression (R = 0.630, R = 0.509, respectively). In ER-positive tumors, AR high tumors enriched UV response down (NES = 2.01, p < 0.001), and AR low tumors enriched DNA repair (NES = -2.02, p < 0.001). AR high tumors were significantly associated with procancer regulatory T-cells, and AR low tumors were associated with anticancer immune cells, such as CD4, CD8, and Gamma-Delta T-cells and memory B-cells in ER-positive BC (p < 0.01). Further, cytolytic activity was significantly lower in AR high BC in both cohorts. Finally, AR high tumors had a significantly lower rate of attaining pathological complete response to NAC (GSE22358), but better survival. In conclusion, our results demonstrated that high AR has fewer tumor infiltrating lymphocytes as well as cytolytic activity and an inferior response to NAC, but better survival in ER-positive BC.


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Neoplasias da Mama/etiologia , Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Citotoxicidade Imunológica , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Receptores Androgênicos/genética , Receptores Estrogênicos/metabolismo , Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/efeitos adversos , Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias da Mama/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias da Mama/mortalidade , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Reparo do DNA , Feminino , Humanos , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/metabolismo , Terapia Neoadjuvante , Prognóstico , RNA Mensageiro , Receptores Androgênicos/metabolismo , Receptores Estrogênicos/genética , Resultado do Tratamento
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J Cancer Res Ther ; 15(3): 631-637, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31169232

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Background: According to Darwin's theory of evolution, complex creatures evolve from more simplistic ancestors. Dollo's law of irreversibility states that evolution is irreversible. However, cancer cells tend to follow anti-Dollo's law. Unfavorable conditions such as hypoxia, acidic pH and low nutrients cause the cancer cells to switch their lifestyle atavistically in order to survive. They start behaving like a unicellular organism. There is a switch from normal metabolism to Warburg effect and finally cannibalism. Cannibalism is a cell eating cell phenomenon. It is defined as a large cell enclosing a smaller one within its cytoplasm and is known by odd names such as "bird's eye cells" or "signet ring cells." Smaller tumor cells are found in the cytoplasm of larger tumor cells with crescent-shaped nucleus. Cannibalistic cells (CCs) are a feature of aggressive tumors. These cell types are vulnerable to metastasis. Aim: The aim of this study is to identify CCs in various histological grades of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and to relate them with the pattern of invasion, lymphocytic response (LR), and mitotic figures (Mfs). The purpose of the article is to establish it as a marker of aggressiveness and metastasis and as an evidence of de-evolution and retroversion of multicellularity. Materials and Methods: Sixty-five histologically confirmed cases of OSCC were studied. Pattern of invasion, LR, number of CCs, and Mfs were recorded on 5 µ hematoxylin and eosin-stained tissue sections. ANOVA and t-test were applied; P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: CCs were more in sections with patchy LR, increased Mfs, and grade IV pattern of invasion. Conclusion: With increase in dedifferentiation, tumor cells start behaving like unicellular organisms with cell eating cell characteristics.


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Citofagocitose , Neoplasias Bucais/patologia , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Análise de Variância , Biomarcadores Tumorais , Progressão da Doença , Metabolismo Energético , Feminino , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/metabolismo , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neoplasias Bucais/etiologia , Neoplasias Bucais/metabolismo , Gradação de Tumores , Invasividade Neoplásica , Metástase Neoplásica , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Infiltração de Neutrófilos/imunologia
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