Journal of neuro-oncology

High expression of CXCR3 is an independent prognostic factor in glioblastoma patients that promotes an invasive phenotype.

PMID 25527046


Chemokines are a superfamily of small heparin-binding cytokines that induce leukocytes to migrate to sites of inflammation or injury through interacting with specific transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors. Currently, attention is focused on chemokine/chemokine receptor pairs and their ability to promote tumor cell migration and angiogenesis. The chemokine receptor CXCR3 is involved in tumor metastasis and is used as a prognostic biomarker. However, its relationship with the clinicopathological features of primary glioblastoma multiforme (pGBM) and its potential prognostic value have yet to be investigated. Here, we report that high CXCR3 expression conferred poor survival in pGBM patients. Further analysis showed that CXCR3 served as an independent prognostic biomarker for pGBM patients. In addition, functional assays indicated that CXCR3 induced glioma cell invasion. Therefore, this evidence indicates CXCR3 is an independent prognostic factor for pGBM patients and promotes an invasive phenotype, which suggests a new potential biotarget for glioblastoma multiforme therapy.