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    MA11 - Biomarkers of IO Response (ID 912)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Immunooncology
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/25/2018, 10:30 - 12:00, Room 203 BD
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      MA11.07 - Expression of LAG-3 and NY-ESO-1 In Tumor Cells is Promising Biomarker Predicting Durable Clinical Benefit of PD-1 Blockade in Advanced NSCLC (ID 12403)

      11:10 - 11:15  |  Author(s): Se Hyun Kim

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      Anti-PD-1 antibodies are currently used in treating advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PD-L1 expression in tumor cell or immune cell is the only available predictive biomarker in the clinic. Lymphocyte activation gene-3 (LAG-3) is an inhibitory checkpoint in immune cells and NY-ESO-1 is an antigen expressed in tumor cells. We investigated LAG-3 and NY-ESO-1 protein expression and its relationship to response to anti-PD-1 therapy in NSCLC.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 38 patients with advanced NSCLC who were enrolled in prospective clinical trials of nivolumab or pembrolizumab monotherapy (NCT01295827, NCT01905657, and NCT02175017) between October 2013 and April 2016 at Seoul National University Hospital and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. Immunohistochemial staining (IHC) of NY-ESO-1(E978, Invitrogen), and PD-L1 (22C3, Dako) in tumor cell and LAG-3(EPR4392, Abcam) in immune cell was performed to determine protein expression.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      LAG-3 and NY-ESO-1 protein expression were assessed in 38 patients. LAG-3, NY-ESO-1 and PD-L1 were expressed in 76.3% (29/38), 50% (19/38) and 18.5% (7/36, 50% cut-off value), respectively. Sixteen patients with durable clinical benefit (DCB, anti-PD-1 therapy more than 6-month) were grouped as responder. NY-ESO-1 expression (DCB 11/19 vs 5/19, p= .05) and LAG-3 expression (DCB 16/29 vs 0/9, p= .003) were significantly correlated with the DCB to Anti-PD-1 therapy, while PD-L1 expression was identified in 5 patients with DCB (5/7 vs 11/29, p= .12). Patients with both NY-ESO-1 and LAG-3 expression had high rate of DCB (73.3%, 11/15 pts). With the results of the interaction with DCB, the calculation of positive predictive value and negative predictive value about durable clinical benefit is assessed and the significance of each measurement was proven by Fisher’s exact test. As a result, NPV of LAG-3 expression in tumor cell was 100% and PPV of each protein expression was LAG-3 (55.17%), NY-ESO-1(57.89%) and PD-L1 (71.43%) respectively. In survival analysis, LAG-3 expression was a significant predictor for PFS (HR 0.170; CI 0.066-0.437; p< .0001) and OS (HR 0.250; CI 0.140-0.599; p= .002).

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      NY-ESO-1 expression on tumor tissue and LAG-3 expression on tumor microenvironment may be useful for identifying advanced NSCLC patients for the treatment of anti-PD-1 therapy. These protein markers seem quite promising and warrant further investigation in large sample size.


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