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Impact of Cigarette Smoking and Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma on Circulating Inflammatory Biomarkers
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Department of Laboratory Medicine, Region Jönköping County.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Laboratory Medicine, Region Jönköping County.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Oncology, Region Jönköping County.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Futurum, Academy for Health and Care, Jönköping.
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2019 (English)In: Oncology, ISSN 0030-2414, E-ISSN 1423-0232, p. 1-6Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: Smoking induces inflammation and an immune response. A cancer-related inflammatory response has been seen in smoking and nonsmoking head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze the possible separated effects of smoking or HNSCC on 18 inflammatory or immune regulatory biomarkers.

METHODS: Fifty-one nonsmoking and 36 smoking pretreated HNSCC patients and 101 nonsmoking and 39 smoking controls were included in this study. The levels of 18 inflammatory or immune regulatory biomarkers were analyzed. A multivariable linear regression model was used to predict the impact of smoking and HNSCC on the levels of the biomarkers.

RESULTS: Smoking had the highest impact on total WBC, IFN-γ, and MCP-1 levels. The highest impact of HNSCC was found on neutrophils, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, HsCRP, MIP-1b, and TNF-α levels.

CONCLUSION: Identifying HNSCC or smoking-related inflammatory biomarkers might contribute to the understanding of the immune response in HNSCC patients. This study could provide information of inflammatory biomarkers in HNSCC patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. p. 1-6
Keywords [en]
Biomarkers, Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, Immune response, Inflammation, Smoking
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Cancer and Oncology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162093DOI: 10.1159/000502651PubMedID: 31437849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-162093DiVA, id: diva2:1371052
Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-11-19Bibliographically approved
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1. Circulating Biomarkers in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer and the Influence of Cigarette Smoking
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Circulating Biomarkers in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer and the Influence of Cigarette Smoking
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Head and neck cancer (HNC) is a collective name for heterogeneous tumors located in the head and neck regions for which smoking, alcohol and human papillomavirus (HPV) are documented risk factors. The survival of HNC patients has only improved marginally during the last decade. The most important prognostic factors are tumor size, local spread and distant metastases, tumor node metastasis (TNM) staging. Prognostic biomarkers are needed as a complement to TNM staging.

The aim for this thesis was to investigate rapid and low cost blood based biomarkers which could indicate the risk of HNC, recurrence of the disease or the survival of HNC patients. Furthermore, the aim was to examine how cigarette smoking influences the levels of biomarkers.

In paper I, a possible role of plasma cytokines or proteins associated with immune response or inflammation, as biomarkers for the survival of HNC patients was investigated. Higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) were detected in plasma of the patients compared with the levels in the controls. The elevated levels of these two biomarkers detected in patients were associated with decreased survival.

In paper II, the influence of 45 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located in 41 genes associated with cell cycle progression, cell death, DNA repair or immune response on cancer risk, tumor recurrence and survival in HNC patients were investigated. SNPs in immune response genes were associated with risk for HNC, an elevated risk for recurrence and a decreased survival in HNC patients.

In paper III, the influence of cigarette smoking on levels of inflammatory cells, proteins or cytokines/chemokines, microRNAs (miRNAs) and SNPs was analysed in healthy smokers and non-smokers. Higher levels of total white blood cells (WBCs), neutrophils, monocytes, lymphocytes, neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), CRP, monocyte chemoattractant protein- 1 (MCP-1) and interferon gamma (IFN-γ) were detected in smokers compared to non-smokers and indicate an inflammatory response. Also, a lower level of oncomiRNA miR-21was detected in smokers. This alteration, in combination with the elevated levels of IFN-γ in smokers could be a protective response to cigarette smoke. The higher levels of IFN-γ in smokers compared to non-smokers were however only detected in individuals with SNP rs2069705 genotype AG/GG. This indicates a genetic association of the levels of IFN-γ.

In paper IV, the separate effects of cigarette smoking and HNC on inflammatory or immune biomarkers and the impact of high risk human papillomavirus, age and gender were investigated. Comparisons of circulating levels of WBCs and its subpopulations, plasma proteins or cytokines/chemokines between smoking and non-smoking patients, smoking and non-smoking controls and between the patient and control groups were analysed. Smoking had highest impact on elevated levels of WBCs, IFN-γ and MCP-1, and HNC had highest impact on elevated levels of neutrophils, monocytes, NLR, CRP, macrophage inflammatory protein 1 beta and TNF-α.

In conclusion, host immune response associated parameters could be suitable as biomarkers for the risk of HNC, risk of recurrence or in predicting survival of HNC patients. This thesis show that HNC are associated with systemic inflammatory response and upregulated CRP and TNF-α is related to shorter survival in HNC patients. Additionally, SNPs in immune response genes such as rs1800629 in the TNF-α gene indicates a risk for HNC or an elevated risk for recurrence and a decreased survival in HNC patients. These rapid and low cost blood based biomarkers could be used in combination or as a supplement to established biomarkers in the clinic for a more personalized treatment modality.

Abstract [sv]

Huvud- och halscancer (HH-cancer) innefattar tumörer belägna i huvud och halsområdet. Tobaksrökning ökar risken dramatiskt för olika sjukdomar. Knappt hälften av rökande patienter dör i de av rökning orsakade sjukdomarna. Cancer är orsaken till en tredjedel av de rökrelaterade dödsfallen av vilka HH-cancer är en. En andel av patienterna med HH-cancer dör på grund av att tumören varit för stor redan vid diagnos eller att tumören har spridit sig till övriga delar av kroppen. Men för många patienter är det mycket oklart vad som bestämmer behandlingsresultatet. Tumörerna är till synes lika och behandlingen standardiserad.

Målet med denna doktorsavhandling var att undersöka billiga och lättillgängliga biologiska markörer som kan indikera risk för att drabbas av HH-cancer eller om dessa markörer kan förutspå behandlingsresultat och överlevnad hos de drabbade patienterna. Dessutom undersöktes hur cigarettrökning påverkade nivåerna av markörerna.

I studie I, undersöktes om molekyler i blodet (biomarkörer), förknippade med immunförsvaret, kunde förutsäga överlevnaden hos HH-cancerpatienter. I jämförelse med friska individer sågs högre nivåer av molekylerna TNF-α och CRP hos patienterna och dessa förhöjningar var relaterade till förkortad överlevnad hos patienterna.

I studie II, var målet att undersöka om variationer i gener, förknippade med immunförsvaret, celldelning, celldöd eller enzymer som reparerar skadat DNA, kunde påverka risk och prognos för HH-cancer. Resultatet visade framför allt att små ärftliga variationer i gener som reglerar immunförsvaret kunde påverkade risk för HH-cancer, risk för återfall i sjukdomen samt överlevnaden hos patienterna.

I studie III, jämfördes inflammatoriska och immunförknippade biomarkörer som kunde påverkas av cigarettrökning mellan friska rökare och friska icke-rökare. Rökarna hade en högre inflammatorisk aktivitet med högre nivåer av totalt antal vita blodkroppar och tre av dess olika undergrupper (neutrofiler, monocyter och lymfocyter) samt av biomarköerna CRP, MCP-1 och IFN-γ. De funna lägre nivåerna av den cancerförknippade biomarkören miR-21 och högre nivåer av den förmodat skyddande biomarkören IFN-γ hos rökarna, kan vara ett uttryck för kroppens försvar mot den cancerframkallade cigarettröken. Ärftliga faktorer tycks kunna påverka de högre nivåerna av IFN-γ hos rökarna, eftersom ökningen endast fanns i en grupp individer med viss typ av genetisk uppsättning.

Eftersom både rökning och HH-cancer ger upphov till inflammation, undersöktes i studie IV hur dessa var för sig påverkade nivåerna av inflammatoriska biomarkörer. Detta för en bättre förståelse hur immunförsvaret reagerar på rökning och HH-cancer. Jämförelser av inflammatoriska markörer från rökande och icke-rökande patienter, och rökande och ickerökande friska individer genomfördes. Rökning hade störst påverkan på de högre nivåerna av totalt antal vita blodkroppar och signalmolekylerna MCP-1 och IFN-γ. HH-cancer hade störst påverkan på högre nivåerna av neutrofiler, monocyter, kvoten mellan neutrofiler och lymfocyter, CRP, MIP-1b och TNF-α.

Uppkomsten av HH-cancer, behandlingsresultat och överlevnad bland patienterna kan antas inte bara bero på tumörens egenskaper, utan även på värdfaktorer hos patienten. Dessa kan vara ärftliga, eller bero på reglering av gener eller tumörens omgivning av t.ex. immunceller och inflammatoriska molekyler och hur dessa samverkar med miljöfaktorer som tobaksrökning. I denna avhandling presenteras biomarkörer som kan bidra med information om risk och prognos för HH-cancer samt hur tobaksrökning påverkar dessa markörer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019. p. 59
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1719
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Cancer and Oncology
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162097 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-162097 (DOI)9789179299538 (ISBN)
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2019-12-13, Originalet, Qulturum, Länssjukhuset Ryhov, Jönköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-11-19Bibliographically approved

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