Pathology & Oncology Research

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 345–353 | Cite as

Expression of ADAM10, Fas, FasL and Soluble FasL in Patients with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) and their Association with Clinical-Pathological Parameters

  • José Sergio Zepeda-Nuño
  • Celia Guerrero-Velázquez
  • Susana Del Toro-Arreola
  • Natali Vega-Magaña
  • Julián Ángeles-Sánchez
  • Jesse Haramati
  • Ana L. Pereira-Suárez
  • Miriam R. Bueno-TopeteEmail author
Original Article


ADAM10 has been implicated in the progression of various solid tumors. ADAM10 regulates the cleavage of the FasL ectodomain from the plasma membrane of different cell types, generating the soluble FasL fragment (sFasL). Currently, there are few studies in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) that correlate levels of ADAM10 and FasL in the tumor microenvironment with clinical parameters of the disease. To determine the expression of ADAM10, Fas, FasL and sFasL in patients with OSCC and its association with TNM stage. Twenty-five patients with OSCC and 25 healthy controls were included. Biopsies of tumor tissue from patients with OSCC and buccal mucosa in controls were obtained. ADAM10, Fas, and FasL were analyzed by Western blotting. sFasL was quantified by ELISA. ADAM10 and Fas decreased significantly in OSCC compared with controls. Relatedly, within the OSCC group, Fas and ADAM10 decreased in accordance with tumor disease stage; in stages I/II, as well as in tumors of smaller diameter (T1-T2), ADAM10 showed higher levels when compared to patients with T3-T4 tumors and in stage III-IV. FasL in the tumor microenvironment and serum FasL showed no significant differences between both groups. Levels of complete FasL and cleaved FasL were positively correlated in controls; this correlation is preserved in patients with tumors in early stages (I-II), but is lost in later stage (III-IV). The dysregulation of ADAM10, Fas and FasL could be useful indicators of the progression and severity of OSCC.


Oral cancer ADAM10 sFasL Fas FasL 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Sergio Zepeda-Nuño
    • 1
  • Celia Guerrero-Velázquez
    • 2
  • Susana Del Toro-Arreola
    • 3
  • Natali Vega-Magaña
    • 3
  • Julián Ángeles-Sánchez
    • 4
  • Jesse Haramati
    • 5
  • Ana L. Pereira-Suárez
    • 6
  • Miriam R. Bueno-Topete
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Patología, Departamento de Microbiología y Patología, Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad de GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMéxico
  2. 2.Instituto de Investigación en Odontología, Departamento de Clínicas Odontológicas Integrales, Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad de GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMéxico
  3. 3.Instituto de Investigación en Enfermedades Crónico Degenerativas, Departamento de Biología Molecular y Genómica, Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad de GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMéxico
  4. 4.Clínica de Tumores de Cabeza y CuelloInstituto Jalisciense de CancerologíaGuadalajaraMéxico
  5. 5.Laboratorio de Inmunología, Departamento de Biología Celular y Molecular, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Biológicas y AgropecuariasUniversidad de GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMéxico
  6. 6.Laboratorio de Inmunología, Departamento de Fisiología, Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad de GuadalajaraGuadalajaraMéxico

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