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Differential expression profile of CXCR3 splicing variants is associated with thyroid neoplasia. Potential role in papillary thyroid carcinoma oncogenesis?

Soledad Urra, Martin C. Fischer, José R. Martínez, Loreto Véliz, Paulina Orellana, Antonieta Solar, Karen Bohmwald, Alexis Kalergis, Claudia Riedel, Alejandro H. Corvalán, Juan C. Roa, Rodrigo Fuentealba, C. Joaquin Cáceres, Marcelo López-Lastra, Augusto León, Nicolás Droppelmann and Hernán E. González _

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:2445-2467. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23502

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Abstract

Soledad Urra1, Martin C. Fischer1, José R. Martínez1, Loreto Véliz2, Paulina Orellana1, Antonieta Solar3, Karen Bohmwald4, Alexis Kalergis4,5, Claudia Riedel6, Alejandro H. Corvalán7, Juan C. Roa3, Rodrigo Fuentealba8, C. Joaquin Cáceres9, Marcelo López-Lastra9, Augusto León1, Nicolás Droppelmann1 and Hernán E. González1,5

1Department of Surgical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

2Department of Physiology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

3Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

4Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Faculty of Biological Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

5Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy, Department of Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

6Millennium Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Biological Science and Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile

7Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS), Department of Hematology and Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

8Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Santiago, Chile

9Laboratory of Molecular Virology, Millennium Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Immunology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Correspondence to:

Hernán E. González, email: hgonzale@med.puc.cl

Soledad Urra, email: msurra@med.puc.cl

Keywords: CXCR3; CXCL10; papillary thyroid cancer; inflammation; chemokine receptors

Received: February 01, 2017    Accepted: December 11, 2017    Published: December 20, 2017

ABSTRACT

Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is the most prevalent endocrine neoplasia. The increased incidence of PTC in patients with thyroiditis and the frequent immune infiltrate found in PTC suggest that inflammation might be a risk factor for PTC development. The CXCR3-ligand system is involved in thyroid inflammation and CXCR3 has been found upregulated in many tumors, suggesting its pro-tumorigenic role under the inflammatory microenvironment. CXCR3 ligands (CXCL4, CXCL9, CXCL10 and CXCL11) trigger antagonistic responses partly due to the presence of two splice variants, CXCR3A and CXCR3B. Whereas CXCR3A promotes cell proliferation, CXCR3B induces apoptosis. However, the relation between CXCR3 variant expression with chronic inflammation and PTC development remains unknown. Here, we characterized the expression pattern of CXCR3 variants and their ligands in benign tumors and PTC. We found that CXCR3A and CXCL10 mRNA levels were increased in non-metastatic PTC when compared to non-neoplastic tissue. This increment was also observed in a PTC epithelial cell line (TPC-1). Although elevated protein levels of both isoforms were detected in benign and malignant tumors, the CXCR3A expression remained greater than CXCR3B and promoted proliferation in Nthy-ori-3-1 cells. In non-metastatic PTC, inflammation was conditioning for the CXCR3 ligands increased availability. Consistently, CXCL10 was strongly induced by interferon gamma in normal and tumor thyrocytes.

Our results suggest that persistent inflammation upregulates CXCL10 expression favoring tumor development via enhanced CXCR3A-CXCL10 signaling. These findings may help to further understand the contribution of inflammation as a risk factor in PTC development and set the basis for potential therapeutic studies.


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