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The prognostic significance of CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocytes in patients with newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Ho-Young Yhim, Jeong-A Kim, Sun-Hye Ko, Youngrok Park, Eunjung Yim, Hee Sun Kim and Jae-Yong Kwak _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:92289-92299. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.21241

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Ho-Young Yhim1,2,*, Jeong-A Kim3,4,*, Sun-Hye Ko3, Youngrok Park5, Eunjung Yim3, Hee Sun Kim6 and Jae-Yong Kwak1

1Department of Internal Medicine, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Republic of Korea

2Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, Chonbuk National University-Biomedical Research Institute of Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Republic of Korea

3Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

4Leukemia Research Institute, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

5Tumor Biology Training Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

6College of Nursing, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Republic of Korea

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Jae-Yong Kwak, email: [email protected]

Keywords: angiogenesis, CD11b, CX3CR1, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, immunosuppression

Received: May 14, 2017     Accepted: August 17, 2017     Published: September 23, 2017


Despite their critical roles in angiogenesis and host immunosuppression within the tumor microenvironment, the prognostic significance of myeloid-lineage cells expressing CD11b and CX3CR1 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has not been well studied. We prospectively enrolled newly-diagnosed DLBCL patients at two Korean institutions between May 2011 and Aug 2015. CD11b+CX3CR1+ cells were analyzed by flow cytometry using peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) aspirate samples before treatments. Eighty-nine patients (52 males) were enrolled. The median age was 65 years (range, 19–88 years). Thirty-seven patients (42%) were classified as high-intermediate or high risk according to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network International Prognostic Index (NCCN-IPI). Patients were categorized into either high or low PB-/BM-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte group according to the cutoffs identified by the receiver-operating-characteristics analysis (PB, 3.68%; BM, 3.45%). The high PB-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte group was significantly associated with high-intermediate and high risk NCCN-IPI group (P = 0.004). With a median follow-up of 27.7 months (range, 1.7-60.4 months), the low PB-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte group showed significantly better overall survival (OS) than the high PB-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte group (3-year, 92.3% vs. 51.2%, respectively; P < 0.001). In contrast, no significant difference was observed between the high and low BM-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte groups. Among patients with high-intermediate to high risk NCCN-IPI, the high PB-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte group showed significantly worse OS than the low PB-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte group (3-year, 29.3% vs. 80.2%, respectively; P = 0.008). Taken together, PB-CD11b+CX3CR1+ monocyte percentage correlates with the NCCN-IPI risk stratification, which enables identification of subgroups with extremely poor clinical outcomes.

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