International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2021-02-01)

Stromal CCL5 Promotes Breast Cancer Progression by Interacting with CCR3 in Tumor Cells

  • Mio Yamaguchi,
  • Kiyoshi Takagi,
  • Koki Narita,
  • Yasuhiro Miki,
  • Yoshiaki Onodera,
  • Minoru Miyashita,
  • Hironobu Sasano,
  • Takashi Suzuki

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 22, no. 1918
p. 1918


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Chemokines secreted from stromal cells have important roles for interactions with carcinoma cells and regulating tumor progression. C-C motif chemokine ligand (CCL) 5 is expressed in various types of stromal cells and associated with tumor progression, interacting with C-C chemokine receptor (CCR) 1, 3 and 5 expressed in tumor cells. However, the expression on CCL5 and its receptors have so far not been well-examined in human breast carcinoma tissues. We therefore immunolocalized CCL5, as well as CCR1, 3 and 5, in 111 human breast carcinoma tissues and correlated them with clinicopathological characteristics. Stromal CCL5 immunoreactivity was significantly correlated with the aggressive phenotype of breast carcinomas. Importantly, this tendency was observed especially in the CCR3-positive group. Furthermore, the risk of recurrence was significantly higher in the patients with breast carcinomas positive for CCL5 and CCR3 but negative for CCR1 and CCR5, as compared with other patients. In summary, the CCL5-CCR3 axis might contribute to a worse prognosis in breast cancer patients, and these findings will contribute to a better understanding of the significance of the CCL5/CCRs axis in breast carcinoma microenvironment.