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The prognostic relevance of tumour-infiltrating plasma cells and immunoglobulin kappa C indicates an important role of the humoral immune response in non-small cell lung cancer.
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2013 (English)In: Cancer Letters, ISSN 0304-3835, E-ISSN 1872-7980, Vol. 333, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A prognostic impact of immunoglobulin kappa C (IGKC) expression has been described in cancer. We analysed the influence of B-cell and plasma cell markers, as well as IGKC expression, in non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) using immunohistochemistry on a tissue microarray. IGKC protein expression was independently associated with longer survival, with particular impact in the adenocarcinoma subgroup. Moreover, a correlation was seen with CD138+ cells, but not with CD20. CD138 expression revealed a comparable association with survival. In conclusion, IGKC expression in stroma-infiltrating plasma cells is a prognostic marker in NSCLC, supporting emerging treatment concepts that exploit the humoral immune response.

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2013. Vol. 333, no 2
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120034DOI: 10.1016/j.canlet.2013.01.036PubMedID: 23370224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120034DiVA, id: diva2:926222
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