Table 1.

Assessment of levels and distribution of IL6 mRNA expression in prostatectomy tissues

PatientIL6 epitheliumIL6 stroma
Patient #Gleason scoreClinical stageTumorNormalAtrophyNoninflamedInflamedAcute inflammation present?
13+3 = 6T2N0MX++++++++Yes
23+4 = 7T2N0MX+++Yes
34+5 = 9T2N0MX+No
43+4 = 7T2N0MX++No
53+3 = 6T2N0MX+No
63+4 = 7aT2N0MX++No
73+3 = 6bT2N0MX++++No
83+4 = 7T2N0MX++++Yes
95+4 = 9T2N0MX++No
103+3 = 6bT2N0MXNo
113+4 = 7aT2N0MXNo
123+4 = 7T2N0MX+++No
133+4 = 7T3AN0MXNo
143+4 = 7T2N0MX++++No
153+3 = 6T2N0MX+++No
163+4 = 7T2N0MX+++++++++Yes
173+3 = 6T2N0MX+++Yes
184+3 = 7aT3AN0MX++No
193+4 = 7T3AN0MXNo
204+3 = 7T3BN0MX+++No
213+4 = 7aT2N0MX+++No

−, No cells positive for IL6 expression; +, areas with 5 to 10 positive cells per 20× field; ++, areas with 11 to 25 positive cells per 20× field; +++, areas with 26 to 50 positive cells per 20× field; ++++, areas of >50 positive cells per 20× field.

  • aTertiary pattern 5.

  • bTertiary pattern 4.