Human leukocyte antigen class I, MHC class I chain-related molecule A, and CD8+/regulatory T-cell ratio: Which variable determines survival of cervical cancer patients?

Ekaterina S. Jordanova, Arko Gorter*, Ouissam Ayachi, Frans Prins, Lindy G. Durrant, Gemma G. Kenter, Sjoerd H. Van Der Burg, Gert Jan Fleuren

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Purpose: To investigate the effect of intraepithelial tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (ieTIL) and their ligands expressed by cervical tumor cells on the outcome of cervical cancer patients. Experimental Design: The prognostic value of ieTILs was investigated in 115 cases of cervical cancer. T-cell subsets, CD57+ cells, and regulatory T cells (Treg) were enumerated. The associations of these different ieTIL subtypes with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I and MHC class I chain-related molecule A (MICA) expression were determined in relation to clinical variables and patient survival. Results: Survival analysis showed that a high number of intraepithelial Treg (FoxP3 +), a low CD8+/regulatory T-cell ratio, and a weak HLA-A expression were all associated with worse survival (P = 0.034, 0.025, and 0.033, respectively, log-rank test). Further stratification of patient groups based on HLA-A-MICA expression and HLA-A-MICA-CD8+/Treg ratio revealed an even poorer survival (P = 0.005). In a multivariate Cox analysis, low CD8 +/Treg ratio (P =0.047), weak HLA-A-MICA expression (P = 0.003), and weak HLA-A-MICA expression combined with low CD8+/Treg ratio (P = 0.002) were all found to be independent unfavorable prognostic predictors in cervical carcinoma (hazard ratios, 2.7, 4.0, and 4.9, respectively). Conclusion: Weak HLA-A-MICA expression combined with low CD8+/Treg ratio reveals a patient group with the poorest survival in cervical cancer. As a single variable, low CD8+/Treg ratio was a significant independent unfavorable prognostic factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2028-2035
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008

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