Research Paper Advance Articles
Intratumoral levels and prognostic significance of Fusobacterium nucleatum in cervical carcinoma
- 1 Department of Gynecology, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangzhou, P. R. China
- 2 Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, P. R. China
- 3 Department of Gynecology, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, P. R. China
Received: February 20, 2020 Accepted: September 24, 2020 Published: November 14, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.104188
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Growing evidence suggests that microbes can influence the onset of cancer and its consequent development. By researching samples from patients afflicted by cervical cancer, we aimed to explore the associated dynamics and prognostic value of intratumoral levels of F. nucleatum. We used qPCR to analyze tumor tissues obtained from 112 cervical cancer patients in order to characterize the levels and influences of intratumoral levels of the F. nucleatum. Especially for recurrent tissues, there was a distinct observation of higher levels of F. nucleatum in cervical cancer. Patients with high burdens of F. nucleatum intratumoral infiltration exhibited correspondingly poor rates of both overall survival and progression-free survival. Measures of the levels of F. nucleatum were found to have been reliable independent prognostic factors that could predict rates of PFS for afflicted patients (HR = 4.8, 95%CI = 1.2-18.6, P = 0.024). Notably, the levels of F. nucleatum were positively correlated with tumor differentiation. Cancer cells from patients with relatively high levels of F. nucleatum were observed to possess the characteristics of cancer stem cells (CSCs). We propose that F. nucleatum might be one potential cervical cancer diagnostic and prognostic biomarker, and these findings will help to provide a sound rationale and merit for further study of this bacterium.
ANT: adjacent non-tumor tissues; FIGO: International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics; ROC: receiver operating characteristic; OS: overall survival; PFS: progression-free survival; IHC: immune histochemistry; HR: hazard ratio; CI: confidence interval; CSCs: cancer stem cells.