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High PD-L1/CD274 Expression of Monocytes and Blood Dendritic Cells Is a Risk Factor in Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment with PD1 Inhibitor Therapy

Authors
  • Riemann, Dagmar1
  • Schütte, Wolfgang2
  • Turzer, Steffi1
  • Seliger, Barbara1
  • Möller, Miriam2
  • 1 (B.S.)
  • 2 (M.M.)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cancers
Publisher
MDPI AG
Publication Date
Oct 13, 2020
Volume
12
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3390/cancers12102966
PMID: 33066260
PMCID: PMC7602055
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Simple Summary Tumor cells can evade destruction via immune cells by expressing coinhibitory membrane molecules, which suppress antitumoral immune responses. Immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy acts by blocking these inhibitory pathways. Although this type of immunotherapy has shown promising results for selected cancer patients during recent years, an important challenge remains to identify baseline characteristics of patients who will mostly benefit from such therapy. The aim of our study was to assess the expression of the coinhibitory molecule PD-L1/CD274 on different antigen-presenting cells (monocytes and dendritic cell subsets) in the peripheral blood of 35 patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer undergoing checkpoint inhibitor therapy. CD274 expression correlated with therapy response and the survival of patients. Tumor patients with high CD274 expression levels of antigen-presenting cells in blood rarely responded to checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Our results implicate that a high CD274 expression in monocytes and dendritic cell subsets is a risk factor for therapy response. Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of the coinhibitory molecule PD-L1/CD274 in monocytes and dendritic cells (DC) in the blood of lung cancer patients undergoing PD1 inhibitor therapy and to correlate data with patient’s outcome. PD-L1/CD274 expression of monocytes, CD1c+ myeloid DC (mDC) and CD303+ plasmacytoid DC (pDC) was determined by flow cytometry in peripheral blood at immunotherapy onset. The predictive value of the PD-L1/CD274-expression data was determined by patients’ survival analysis. Patients with a high PD-L1/CD274 expression of monocytes and blood DC subpopulations rarely responded to PD1 inhibitor therapy. Low PD-L1/CD274 expression of monocytes and DC correlated with prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) as well as overall survival (OS). The highest PD-L1/CD274 expression was found in CD14+HLA-DR++CD16+ intermediate monocytes. Whereas the PD-L1/CD274 expression of monocytes and DC showed a strong positive correlation, only the PD-L1/CD274 expression of DC inversely correlated with DC amounts and lymphocyte counts in peripheral blood. Our results implicate that a high PD-L1/CD274 expression of blood monocytes and DC subtypes is a risk factor for therapy response and for the survival of lung cancer patients undergoing PD1 inhibitor therapy.

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