Research Article

FAS ligand expression in inflammatory infiltrate lymphoid cells as a prognostic marker in oral squamous cell carcinoma

Published: September 22, 2015
Genet. Mol. Res. 14 (3) : 11145-11153 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4238/2015.September.22.8
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(2015). FAS ligand expression in inflammatory infiltrate lymphoid cells as a prognostic marker in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Genet. Mol. Res. 14(3): gmr5955. https://doi.org/10.4238/2015.September.22.8
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Abstract

Currently, the most important prognostic factor in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the presence of regional lymph node metastases, which correlates with a 50% reduction in life expectancy. We have previously observed that expression of hypoxia genes in the tumor inflammatory infiltrate is statistically related to prognosis in OSCC. FAS and FASL expression levels in OSCC have previously been related to patient survival. The present study analyzed the relationship between FASL expression in the inflammatory infiltrate lymphoid cells and clinical variables, tumor histology, and prognosis of OSCC. Strong FASL expression was significantly associated with lymph node metastases (P = 0.035) and disease-specific death (P = 0.014), but multivariate analysis did not confirm FASL expression as an independent death risk factor (OR = 2.78, 95%CI = 0.81-9.55). Disease-free and disease-specific survival were significantly correlated with FASL expression (P = 0.016 and P = 0.005, respectively). Multivariate analysis revealed that strong FASL expression is an independent marker for earlier disease relapse and disease-specific death, with approximately 2.5-fold increased risk compared with weak expression (HR = 2.24, 95%CI = 1.08-4.65 and HR = 2.49, 95%CI = 1.04-5.99, respectively). Our results suggest a potential role for this expression profile as a tumor prognostic marker in OSCC patients.

Currently, the most important prognostic factor in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the presence of regional lymph node metastases, which correlates with a 50% reduction in life expectancy. We have previously observed that expression of hypoxia genes in the tumor inflammatory infiltrate is statistically related to prognosis in OSCC. FAS and FASL expression levels in OSCC have previously been related to patient survival. The present study analyzed the relationship between FASL expression in the inflammatory infiltrate lymphoid cells and clinical variables, tumor histology, and prognosis of OSCC. Strong FASL expression was significantly associated with lymph node metastases (P = 0.035) and disease-specific death (P = 0.014), but multivariate analysis did not confirm FASL expression as an independent death risk factor (OR = 2.78, 95%CI = 0.81-9.55). Disease-free and disease-specific survival were significantly correlated with FASL expression (P = 0.016 and P = 0.005, respectively). Multivariate analysis revealed that strong FASL expression is an independent marker for earlier disease relapse and disease-specific death, with approximately 2.5-fold increased risk compared with weak expression (HR = 2.24, 95%CI = 1.08-4.65 and HR = 2.49, 95%CI = 1.04-5.99, respectively). Our results suggest a potential role for this expression profile as a tumor prognostic marker in OSCC patients.