STAT6 correlates with response to immune checkpoint blockade therapy and predicts worse survival in thyroid cancer.

Biomarkers in Medicine
Li WangYing Hao


Aim: The signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) family has been documented. However, the role of STATs in thyroid cancer was not fully studied. Materials & methods: A survival analysis of STATs was performed. The function modulated by STAT6 was examined. The role of STAT6 in cancer immune infiltrates and immune checkpoint blockade molecules was investigated. Results: Only low STAT6 expression correlated with worse survival. STAT6 is involved in cell cycle, cell adhesion, apoptosis and notch signaling pathways. STAT6 was significantly positively associated with immune infiltration of B cells, CD4+ T cells, neutrophils, macrophages, dendritic cells and the immune checkpoint blockade molecules programmed cell death-ligand 1, programmed cell death-ligand 2 and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4. Conclusion: STAT6 may act as a prognostic biomarker and provide useful information for immunotherapy in thyroid carcinoma.


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