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HIF1-Alpha Expression Predicts Survival of Patients with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity

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dos Santos, Marcelo [1, 2] ; da Cunha Mercante, Ana Maria [3] ; Louro, Iuri Drumond [4] ; Goncalves, Antonio Jose [1] ; de Carvalho, Marcos Brasilino [2] ; Tajara da Silva, Eloiza Helena [5] ; Alvares da Silva, Adriana Madeira [6]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Fac Ciencias Med Santa Casa Sao Paulo, Programa Pos Grad, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Hosp Heliopolis, Mol Biol Lab, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Hosp Heliopolis, Dept Anat Patol, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Espirito Santo, Dept Ciencias Biol, Nucleo Genet Humana & Mol, Vitoria, Espirito Santos - Spain
[5] Fac Med Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Dept Biol Mol, Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, SP - Brazil
[6] Univ Fed Espirito Santo, Dept Biol, Alegre, Espirito Santos - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: PLoS One; v. 7, n. 9 SEP 18 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 18

Background: Oral squamous cell carcinoma is an important cause of death and morbidity wordwide and effective prognostic markers are still to be discovered. HIF1 alpha protein is associated with hypoxia response and neovascularization, essential conditions for solid tumors survival. The relationship between HIF1 alpha expression, tumor progression and treatment response in head and neck cancer is still poorly understood. Patients and Methods: In this study, we investigated HIF1 alpha expression by immunohistochemistry in tissue microarrays and its relationship with clinical findings, histopathological results and survival of 66 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lower mouth. Results: Our results demonstrated that high HIF1 alpha expression is associated with local disease-free survival, independently from the choice of treatment. Furthermore, high expression of HIF1 alpha in patients treated with postoperative radiotherapy was associated with survival, therefore being a novel prognostic marker in squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth. Additionally, our results showed that MVD was associated with HIF1 alpha expression and local disease relapse. Conclusion: These findings suggest that HIF1 alpha expression can be used as a prognostic marker and predictor of postoperative radiotherapy response, helping the oncologist choose the best treatment for each patient. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 04/12054-9 - Markers of aggressive behavior in head and neck tumors
Grantee:Eloiza Helena Tajara da Silva
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants