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Dynamics in Circulating y -55Proinflammatory Biomarkers for Prognostic Assessment of Patients With Advanced HCC – A Substudy From the SORAMIC Trial

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Schütte, Kerstin 
Kupčinskas, Juozas 
Morkunas, Egidijus 
Öcal, Osman 
Schinner, Regina 


jats:secjats:titleIntroduction</jats:title>jats:pPrediction of response to treatment in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may assist in the selection of personalized management.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleObjective</jats:title>jats:pThis exploratory analysis of the palliative arm of the SORAMIC trial ( NCT01126645) evaluated the prognostic potential of basal and dynamic changes in systemic levels of interleukin 6 (IL-6), interleukin 8 (IL-8), systemic vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and lipopolysaccharide (LPS).</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleMethods</jats:title>jats:pWe evaluated the correlations between overall survival (OS) and concentrations of IL-6, IL-8, VEGF, and LPS at follow-up approximately 7-9 weeks after treatment initialization (FU) compared to baseline (BL) in 90 patients treated either with jats:sup90</jats:sup>Yttrium (jats:sup90</jats:sup>Y) microspheres combined with sorafenib (n = 44) or with sorafenib (n = 46) alone.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleResults</jats:title>jats:pChanges in IL-6 concentration during treatment showed correlations with the outcome. An increase in IL-6 concentration of less than 16.8 pg/mL over baseline readings was associated with better survival [median OS 16.3 months compared with 8.9 months (p = 0.0354)]. Correlations with survival were not observed for VEGF or LPS concentrations at baseline, at FU, or changes between these time points.</jats:p></jats:sec>jats:secjats:titleConclusions</jats:title>jats:pChanges in IL 6 serum levels at 7-9 weeks after treatment initialization but not in IL 8, VEGF, or LPS add important information on the outcome of advanced HCC patients treated palliatively within the SORAMIC trial.</jats:p></jats:sec>



Gastroenterology, IL-8, IL-6, biomarker, prognosis, HCC, LPS, VEGF

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Frontiers in Gastroenterology

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