Interferon-induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats 1 (IFIT1) and interferon-induced transmembrane protein 3 (IFITM3) are commonly induced by type I interferon. The study aims to investigate the expression and clinical significance of IFIT1 and IFITM3 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).
Immunohistochemistry was applied on tissue microarray to reveal IFIT1 and IFITM3 expression in 275 HNSCC, 69 dysplasia, and 42 normal mucosa samples. The clinicopathologic features associated with IFIT1 and IFITM3 expression in HNSCC patients were analyzed.
IFIT1 and IFITM3 were highly expressed in HNSCC tissues. High expression of IFIT1 and IFITM3 predicts a negative prognosis for patients (P < .01). IFIT1 and IFITM3 expression was associated with programmed cell death ligand 1, B7-H4, V-domain Ig suppressor of T-cell activation, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase, and macrophage marker immunoreactivity.
IFIT1 and IFITM3 were overexpressed in HNSCC and indicated poor prognoses for patients with HNSCC. IFIT1 and IFITM3 expression was correlated with several immune checkpoint molecules and tumor-associated macrophage markers.

© American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2020. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: