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Milk fat globule-epidermal growth factor 8 (MFG-E8) is a glycoprotein secreted by the activated macrophages and acts as a bridge between apoptotic cells and phagocytes. Aside from macrophages, a variety of malignant cells also express MFG-E8. The objective of this study is to elucidate the clinical relevance and significance of MFG-E8 in the tumor microenvironment (TME) of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). We investigated MFG-E8 expression in 74 patients with OSCC by immunohistochemistry and evaluated the relationship between MFG-E8 expression and various clinicopathological factors including immune cell infiltration. MFG-E8 expression was detected in 34 of 74 (45.9%) patients with OSCC and a significant correlation was observed with levels of infiltrating T cells, macrophages, and immunosuppressive M2 macrophages. Furthermore, MFG-E8 expression was also associated with clinical stage, lymphatic/vascular invasion, and Ki-67+ tumor cells but not with survival. Our results suggest that MFG-E8 may play an important role in shaping the immune suppressive network in TME as well as tumor progression.


Ayako Okamoto, Koichi Sakakura, Hideyuki Takahashi, Sei-Ichiro Motegi, Kyoichi Kaira, Yuki Yokobori-Kuwabara, Osamu Ishikawa, Kazuaki Chikamatsu. Immunological and Clinicopathological Significance of MFG-E8 Expression in Patients with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Pathology oncology research : POR. 2020 Apr;26(2):1263-1268

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