Characterization of the pathophysiological role of CD47 in uveal melanoma

Maria Cristina Petralia, Emanuela Mazzon, Paolo Fagone, Andrea Russo, Antonio Longo, Teresio Avitabile, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Michele Reibaldi, Maria Sofia Basile

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Uveal melanoma (UM) represents the most frequent primary intraocular tumor, however, limited therapeutic options are still available. We have previously shown that cluster of differentiation 47 (CD47) is significantly upregulated in UM cells following inflammatory stimuli and that it represents a predictor of disease progression. Here, we aimed to better characterize the pathophysiological role of CD47 in UM. We show that CD47 is not modulated at different cancer stages, although patients with the lowest expression of CD47 show significant better progression-free survival, after correcting for the presence of BAP1, GNAQ, and GNA11 mutations. By stratifying patients based on the expression of CD47 in the tumor, we observed that patients with high levels of CD47 have a significant increase in immune score as compared to patients with low levels of CD47. In particular, deconvolution analysis of infiltrating immune cell populations revealed that a significantly higher number of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells can be found in patients with high CD47 levels, with the most enriched populations being the Th2, Treg, and CD8+ Tcm cells. We also show that a large number of transcripts are significantly modulated between the groups of patients with high and low levels of CD47, with a significant enrichment of interferon IFN-alpha regulated genes. The results from this study may propel the development of anti-CD47 therapies for UM patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2450
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • CD47
  • Immune checkpoints
  • Immunotherapy
  • Uveal melanoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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