TRIM24 Expression as an Independent Biomarker for Prognosis and Tumor Recurrence in HNSCC

Luise Klapper, Christian Idel, Patrick Kuppler, Tobias Jagomast, Amelie von Bernuth, Karl Ludwig Bruchhage, Dirk Rades, Anne Offermann, Jutta Kirfel, Sven Perner, Julika Ribbat‐idel


Background: Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) are among the most common cancers in humans worldwide and have a rather poor prognosis. TRIM24 has various in-tracellular functions and was identified in other cancer entities as a poor prognostic factor for pa-tients. Methods: The expression of TRIM24 was evaluated by using immunohistochemistry. We used a large and representative cohort of 341 HNSCC patients. Data derived from immunohisto-chemistry evaluation was correlated with clinicopathological data from HNSCC patients. Results: The TRIM24 expression in HNSCC primary tumors is negatively correlated with the p16 status of the tumor tissues. Primary tumors of patients who developed a local recurrence were significantly more often positive for TRIM24. Kaplan–Meier analyses and Cox regression showed that patients with TRIM24 expressing tumors have significantly worse overall survival and progression‐free survival and that TRIM24 expression is independent of other established risk factors. Conclusions: TRIM24 might be a new prognostic biomarker for the survival prognosis and early detection of local recurrences in HNSCC patients. It could be used for risk stratification of HNSCC patients and to identify those patients who are more prone to develop a local recurrence and therefore could profit from more frequent follow‐up examinations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number991
JournalJournal of Personalized Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 06.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)
  • Centers: University Cancer Center Schleswig-Holstein (UCCSH)


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