MASPIN tumour-suppressing activity in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Emerging evidence and therapeutic perspectives
Source: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, Volume 129, Number 5, May 2009 , pp. 476-480(5)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Conclusions. A large series confirmation may suggest elective neck dissection in cN0 MASPIN-negative oral squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). Re-activated nuclear MASPIN in association with anti-angiogenic or cytotoxic drugs may be extremely effective in the treatment of laryngeal SCC. Objectives. MASPIN is a serpin showing a unique tumour-suppressing activity. Despite the significant incidence of head and neck SCC (HNSCC), a limited number of studies has considered MASPIN's role in these malignancies. This review focuses on the attempts to translate MASPIN's HNSCC suppressive properties toward a diagnostic/prognostic tool and a novel carcinoma therapy. Methods. A systematic literature review was performed to investigate available evidence about MASPIN subcellular localization and biological role in HNSCC. Results. Five studies have investigated MASPIN's expression in oral SCC. Most of them concluded that low or absent MASPIN cytoplasmic expression was more frequent in oral carcinomas with lymph node metastases. Only our group evaluated MASPIN's role in laryngeal SCC. Higher nuclear MASPIN expression was found in patients without SCC recurrence and was significantly associated with longer disease-free survival. Micro-vascular density was lower in laryngeal carcinomas with MASPIN nuclear staining. The relation between MASPIN and M30-assessed apoptosis in laryngeal SCC supports the hypothesis of an important apoptosis-sensitizing effect of nuclear MASPIN.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Medical and Surgical Specialties, Section of Otolaryngology, 2: Department of Medical/Diagnostic Sciences and Special Therapies, Section of Anatomic Pathology, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
Publication date: May 1, 2009