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    OA03 - Advances in Lung Cancer Pathology (ID 897)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Pathology
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/24/2018, 10:30 - 12:00, Room 205 BD
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      OA03.05 - Characterization of the Immunologic Intra-Tumor Heterogeneity in Early Stages of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer by Multiplex Immunofluorescence (ID 13334)

      11:15 - 11:25  |  Author(s): Santhoshi N. Krishnan

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      Recurrence of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is associated with genetic and epigenetic intra-tumor heterogeneity (ITH). The interaction between malignant cells, stromal cells, and tumor-associated immune-cells (TAICs), such as T-cell lymphocytes (TCLs) and tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), is important for progression of NSCLC and the characterization of the immunologic ITH might be relevant to predict recurrence in surgically treated patients at early stages of NSCLC. The aim of this study was to characterize the immunologic ITH of primary NSCLC tumors at early stages using image analysis and multiplex immunofluorescence (mIF) approaches.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      Eight cases of stage IA and 8 cases of stage IB surgically resected NSCLC (11 adenocarcinomas, ADCs; and 5 squamous-cell carcinomas, SCCs) with a history of early recurrence were selected for this preliminary analysis. FFPE blocks were obtained and consecutive sections were stained with two panels of mIF for immune profiling, panel 1: pan-cytokeratin (AE1/AE3), PD-L1, PD-1, CD3, CD8, and CD68; panel 2: AE1/AE3, CD3, CD8, granzyme-B (GB), CD45RO, and FOXP3. Three not adjacent, intra-tumor regions (3mm2 each) per case were randomly selected after gridding the whole tumor section. A total of 41 intra-tumor regions were scanned by Vectra multispectral-microscope and analyzed using InForm-software. TAICs were quantified in epithelial and stromal compartments from each intra-tumor region. G-Cross AUC (area under the curve) was computed for specific intervals of distances between TAICs and malignant cells. Median distance between TAICs and malignant cells within each region was calculated.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      The median density of TCLs and TAMs were 1527 cells/mm2 and 635 cells/mm2, respectively, without significant differences between histologic subtypes. TCLs were predominantly concentered in stromal compartment (median, 2222 cells/mm2) compared with epithelial compartment (median, 332 cells/mm2). Percentage and density of TCLs and TAMs varied 4 and 8 times, respectively, between cases and regions. Non-cytotoxic T-cells and inactive cytotoxic T-cells were the most prevalent phenotypes. Higher density of TAMs and antigen-experienced TCLs were observed in stage IB than stage IA.

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      Characterization of immunologic ITH of NSCLC is able by mIF and image analysis with FFPE tumor tissue. There is variability of TAICs densities between regions from the same tumor and different subpopulations were observed. TAMs and exhausted T-cells were more prominent in stage IB (tumor >3cm) suggesting these cells may play an important role in recurrence. Ongoing studies with a larger cohort and comparison with non-recurrent surgically treated patients are warranted. Supported by CPRITRP160668 and UTLungSPORE grants


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