High B7-H3 expression is linked to increased risk of prostate cancer progression


B7-H3 is a member of the B7 superfamily of immune checkpoint molecules. B7-H3 up regulation has been linked to cancer development and progression in many tumors including prostate cancer. To clarify the potential utility of B7-H3 as a prognostic biomarker, B7-H3 expression was analyzed by immunohistochemistry in more than 17 000 prostate cancers. Normal prostatic glands were largely B7-H3 negative, while membranous B7-H3 immunostaining was seen in 47.0% of analyzed cancers. B7-H3 immunostaining was weak in 12.3%, moderate in 21.1% and strong in 13.5% of cases. High B7-H3 expression was associated with pT, Gleason score, lymph node metastasis, high Ki67 labeling index and early prostate-specific antigen recurrence (P < 0.0001 each). High B7-H3 expression was also linked to high androgen receptor expression and TMPRSS2:V-ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog (ERG) fusions (P < 0.0001 each). Multivariate analyses showed a strong independent prognostic impact of high B7-H3 expression in all cancers and in the ERG negative subgroup. Comparison with previously analyzed frequent chromosomal deletions revealed a close association with Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog deletions. Analysis of B7-H3, alone or in combination with other markers, might be of clinical utility, especially in the subgroup of ERG negative prostate cancers.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10.2020
PubMed 32776718