T cell infiltrate and outcome following resection of intermediate-grade primary neuroendocrine tumours and liver metastases


Journal Article

Background: Tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have been shown to predict survival in numerous malignancies. The importance of TILs in primary pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) and NET liver metastases (NETLMs) has not been defined. Methods: We identified 87 patients with NETs and 39 with NETLMs who had undergone resection. Immunohistochemistry was performed to determine TIL counts. Recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) were determined using the log-rank test. Results: The median follow-up time was 62 months in NET patients and 48 months in NETLM patients. Vascular invasion and histologic grade were the only independent predictors of outcome for NETs and NETLMs, respectively. Analysis of intermediate-grade NETs indicated that a dense T cell (CD3+) infiltrate was associated with a median RFS of 128 months compared with 61 months for those with low levels of intratumoral T cells (P= 0.05, univariate analysis). Examination of NETLMs revealed that a low level of infiltrating regulatory T cells (Treg, FoxP3+) was a predictor of prolonged survival (P < 0.01, univariate analysis). Conclusions: A robust T cell infiltrate is associated with improved RFS following resection of intermediate-grade NETs, whereas the presence of more Treg correlated with shorter OS after treatment of NETLMs. Further study of the immune response to intermediate-grade NETs and NETLMs is warranted. © 2010 International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Katz, SC; Donkor, C; Glasgow, K; Pillarisetty, VG; Gönen, M; Espat, NJ; Klimstra, DS; D'Angelica, MI; Allen, PJ; Jarnagin, W; Dematteo, RP; Brennan, MF; Tang, LH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 674 - 683

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1477-2574

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1365-182X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1477-2574.2010.00231.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus