Expression of interleukin-8 receptors on tumor cells and vascular endothelial cells in human breast cancer tissue

Anticancer Res. Jan-Feb 1998;18(1A):77-81.


Recently, we demonstrated the presence of Interleukin-8 (IL-8) in human breast cancer (HBC) tissue. We hypothesize that the IL-8 receptors are present and play a role in tumor cell and vascular endothelial cell (VEC) activation (e.g. proliferation and angiogenesis).

Materials and methods: Immunohistochemical analysis for IL-8 receptors (IL-8RA and IL-8RB) was performed on 43 malignant and 8 benign breast tissue samples.

Results: Tumor cells expressed IL-8RA and IL-8RB in all of the malignant specimens. Only 50% of the benign ductal epithelial cell (DEC) samples expressed these receptors. The majority of small vessel endothelial cells (SVEC) expressed IL-8RA and IL-8RB, while large vessel endothelial cells (LVEC) showed primarily IL-8RB expression.

Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that tumor and VEC express the IL-8 receptors and likely play a role in regulating tumor and VEC activation which controls proliferation, angiogenesis and metastasis in HBC.

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, CD / metabolism*
  • Breast Diseases / metabolism
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast / metabolism*
  • Endothelium, Vascular / metabolism*
  • Epithelial Cells / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic
  • Receptors, Interleukin / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Interleukin-8A


  • Antigens, CD
  • Receptors, Interleukin
  • Receptors, Interleukin-8A