Tumor Biology

, Volume 37, Issue 7, pp 8973–8978 | Cite as

Prognostic value of preoperative peripheral monocyte count in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma after liver transplantation

  • Qing-Qi Ren
  • Shun-Jun Fu
  • Qiang Zhao
  • Zhi-Yong Guo
  • Fei Ji
  • Mao-Gen Chen
  • Lin-Wei Wu
  • Xiao-Shun He
Original Article


Prognostic value of peripheral monocyte, as a member of inflammatory cells, was widely being investigated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of preoperative peripheral blood monocyte count for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients who underwent liver transplantation (LT) and the relationship between monocyte count and tumor-related characteristics. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 101 HCC patients after LT. Preoperative monocyte count and demographic, clinical, and pathologic data were analyzed. The optimal cutoff value of monocyte count was 456/mm3, with the sensitivity and specificity of 69.4 and 61.5 %, respectively. Elevated preoperative peripheral blood monocyte count was significantly associated with large tumor size. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) (80.9, 70.1, and 53.3 % vs 55.1, 38.7, and 38.7 %, P = 0.007) and overall survival (OS) rates (95.7, 76.6, and 64.8 % vs 72.2, 44.1, and 36.1 %, P = 0.002) of HCC patients in the peripheral blood monocyte count ≤456/mm3 group were higher than those in the peripheral blood monocyte count >456/mm3 group. In conclusion, elevated preoperative peripheral blood monocyte count was significantly associated with advanced tumor stage and it can be considered as a prognostic factor for HCC patients after LT.


Peripheral blood monocyte count Hepatocellular carcinoma Liver transplantation Prognosis 



This study was supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program) (2012AA021007 and 2012AA021008), the Key Clinical Project from the Ministry of Health (2010159), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81373156 and 81471583), the Special Fund for Science Research by Ministry of Health (201302009), and the Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory Construction Projection on Organ Donation and Transplant Immunology (2013A061401007). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Authors’ contributions

QQR, SJF, LWW, and XSH were the main authors of the manuscript. They were involved in the conception, design, and coordination of the study as well as in data analysis, interpretation of results, and drafting the manuscript. LWW and XSH were in charge of all experimental procedures. QZ, ZYG, FJ, and MGC participated in the experimental procedures and revised critically the content of the manuscript. All authors contributed to the interpretation of data and critically revised the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qing-Qi Ren
    • 1
  • Shun-Jun Fu
    • 1
  • Qiang Zhao
    • 1
  • Zhi-Yong Guo
    • 1
  • Fei Ji
    • 1
  • Mao-Gen Chen
    • 1
  • Lin-Wei Wu
    • 1
  • Xiao-Shun He
    • 1
  1. 1.Organ Transplant Center, the First Affiliated HospitalSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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