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Supplementary Figures from A Five-MicroRNA Signature Predicts Survival and Disease Control of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Negative for HPV Infection

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posted on 2023-03-31, 21:11 authored by Julia Hess, Kristian Unger, Cornelius Maihoefer, Lars Schüttrumpf, Ludmila Wintergerst, Theresa Heider, Peter Weber, Sebastian Marschner, Herbert Braselmann, Daniel Samaga, Sebastian Kuger, Ulrike Pflugradt, Philipp Baumeister, Axel Walch, Christine Woischke, Thomas Kirchner, Martin Werner, Kristin Werner, Michael Baumann, Volker Budach, Stephanie E. Combs, Jürgen Debus, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Mechthild Krause, Annett Linge, Claus Rödel, Martin Stuschke, Daniel Zips, Horst Zitzelsberger, Ute Ganswindt, Michael Henke, Claus Belka

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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research project ZiSStrans



Human papillomavirus (HPV)–negative head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is associated with unfavorable prognosis, while independent prognostic markers remain to be defined. We retrospectively performed miRNA expression profiling. Patients were operated for locally advanced HPV-negative HNSCC and had received radiochemotherapy in eight different hospitals (DKTK-ROG; n = 85). Selection fulfilled comparable demographic, treatment, and follow-up characteristics. Findings were validated in an independent single-center patient sample (LMU-KKG; n = 77). A prognostic miRNA signature was developed for freedom from recurrence and tested for other endpoints. Recursive-partitioning analysis was performed on the miRNA signature, tumor and nodal stage, and extracapsular nodal spread. Technical validation used qRT-PCR. An miRNA–mRNA target network was generated and analyzed. For DKTK-ROG and LMU-KKG patients, the median follow-up was 5.1 and 5.3 years, and the 5-year freedom from recurrence rate was 63.5% and 75.3%, respectively. A five-miRNA signature (hsa-let-7g-3p, hsa-miR-6508-5p, hsa-miR-210-5p, hsa-miR-4306, and hsa-miR-7161-3p) predicted freedom from recurrence in DKTK-ROG [hazard ratio (HR) 4.42; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.98−9.88, P < 0.001], which was confirmed in LMU-KKG (HR 4.24; 95% CI, 1.40−12.81, P = 0.005). The signature also predicted overall survival (HR 3.03; 95% CI, 1.50−6.12, P = 0.001), recurrence-free survival (HR 3.16; 95% CI, 1.65−6.04, P < 0.001), and disease-specific survival (HR 5.12; 95% CI, 1.88−13.92, P < 0.001), all confirmed in LMU-KKG data. Adjustment for relevant covariates maintained the miRNA signature predicting all endpoints. Recursive-partitioning analysis of both samples combined classified patients into low (n = 17), low-intermediate (n = 80), high-intermediate (n = 48), or high risk (n = 17) for recurrence (P < 0.001). The five-miRNA signature is a strong and independent prognostic factor for disease recurrence and survival of patients with HPV-negative HNSCC.See related commentary by Clump et al., p. 1441

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