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Evaluation of multiple biologic parameters in cervical carcinoma: high macrophage infiltration in HPV-associated tumors
  1. M. E. Connor*,§,
  2. S. E. Davidson,,
  3. P. L Stern*,
  4. J. R. Arrand and
  5. C. M.L. West
  1. * Cancer Research Campaign Departments of Immunology,
  2. Experimental Radiation Oncology and
  3. Molecular Biology, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christie Hospital (NHS) Trust, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, UK.
  4. § Present address: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK.
  5. Present address: Department of Radiotherapy, Christie Hospital (NHS) Trust, Manchester, UK.
  1. Address for correspondence: Dr C. West, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christie Hospital, Manchester, M20 9BX, UK.


A number of diverse biologic parameters have been assessed prior to treatment in a series of patients with cervical carcinoma. Factors analyzed were HPV DNA presence, MHC class I expression, expression of the oncofetal antigen 5T4, the proportions of macrophages, lymphocytes and granulocytes in cell suspensions prepared from tumors, in vitro colony-forming efficiency (CFE) and a measure of intrinsic radiosensitivity, surviving fraction at 2 Gy. Several associations were found. First, HPV DNA-negative tumors contained a small, but significant, decreased number of tumor infiltrating macrophages compared with HPV DNA-positive tumors. Secondly, patients with HPV-positive tumors were significantly younger than those where no HPV was detected. Thirdly, loss of one or more specific alleles in MHC class I positive tumors resulted in higher numbers of tumor lymphocytes and CFEs. Finally, strong expression of the 5T4 antigen was related to a reduction in the proportion of macrophages in tumor cell suspensions. In addition, for stage I and II patients expression of the MHC class I molecule was associated with improved survival compared with patients with tumors where loss of expression was seen.

  • cervical carcinoma
  • colony-forming efficiency
  • HPV
  • macrophage
  • MHC
  • radiosensitivity.

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