, Volume 12, Issue 10, pp 800-807
Date: 09 Aug 2005

Interleukin 8 in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma Correlates With Cancer Cell Invasion of Vessels But Not With Tumor Angiogenesis

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Abstract

Background

Angiogenic factor seems necessary for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is a hypervascular malignancy. This study examined the expression of interleukin (IL)-8, a potent angiogenic factor, in HCC samples.

Methods

We measured IL−8 expression by using reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction in clinical HCC tissues from 45 patients who underwent surgical resection. We then assessed correlations between IL−8 expression and microvessel growth or clinicopathologic factors. We also elucidated the in vitro effect of IL−8 on HepG2 development by using fluorometric assays of proliferation, chemotaxis, and invasion.

Results

The expression of IL−8 did not significantly correlate with the microvessel count in HCC tissues, but the incidence of microscopic vessel invasion was significantly higher in IL−8–positive than in IL−8–negative tissues. Thus, more IL−8 was expressed in HCCs at pathologic stage III/IV than in those at stage I/II. Assays in vitro showed that IL−8 stimulates HepG2 chemotactic and invasive activities rather than cell proliferation.

Conclusions

The expression of IL−8 in human HCC has more relevance to metastatic potential, such as vessel invasion, than to angiogenesis or cell proliferation.