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Title: Mast cell phenotype, TNFα expression and degranulation status in non-small cell lung cancer.
Authors: Shikotra, A.
Ohri, C. M.
Green, R. H.
Waller, D. A.
Bradding, P.
First Published: 6-Dec-2016
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Scientific Reports, 2016, 6:38352
Abstract: Mast cell infiltration of tumour islets represents a survival advantage in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The phenotype and activation status of these mast cells is unknown. We investigated the mast cell phenotype in terms of protease content (tryptase-only [MCT], tryptase + chymase [MCTC]) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNFα) expression, and extent of degranulation, in NSCLC tumour stroma and islets. Surgically resected tumours from 24 patients with extended survival (ES; mean survival 86.5 months) were compared with 25 patients with poor survival (PS; mean survival 8.0 months) by immunohistochemistry. Both MCT and MCTC in tumour islets were higher in ES (20.0 and 5.6 cells/mm(2) respectively) compared to PS patients (0.0 cells/mm(2)) (p < 0.0001). Both phenotypes expressed TNFα in the islets and stroma. In ES 44% of MCT and 37% of MCTC expressed TNFα in the tumour islets. MCT in the ES stroma were more degranulated than in those with PS (median degranulation index = 2.24 versus 1.73 respectively) (p = 0.0022), and ES islet mast cells (2.24 compared to 1.71, p < 0.0001). Since both MCT and MCTC infiltrating tumour islets in ES NSCLC patients express TNFα, the cytotoxic activity of this cytokine may confer improved survival in these patients. Manipulating mast cell microlocalisation and functional responses in NSCLC may offer a novel approach to the treatment of this disease.
DOI Link: 10.1038/srep38352
ISSN: 2045-2322
eISSN: 2045-2322
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
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