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    Lunch & Poster Display session (ID 58)

    • Event: ELCC 2019
    • Type: Poster Display session
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    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 4/11/2019, 12:30 - 13:00, Hall 1
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      148P - KRAS and ERBB-family genetic alterations affect response to PD-1 inhibitors in metastatic non-squamous NSCLC (ID 368)

      12:30 - 13:00  |  Presenting Author(s): Marika Cinausero

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      Programmed cell death -1 (PD-1) PD-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitors represent a novel therapeutic option for advanced chemotherapy-pretreated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, leading to a significant improvement in median and long-term survival. However, about 50% patients do not benefit from therapy and experience rapid disease progression. PD-L1 expression and tumor mutational burden (TBM) have been proposed as biomarker of benefit to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy. However, PD-L1 is not an ideal biomarker and TMB calculation is hardly obtainable for all patients. Here, we planned to test specific NSCLC genetic alterations as potential predictive factors of response to immunotherapy.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Methods

      Tumor DNA was obtained from advanced NSCLC patients treated with anti PD-1 monoclonal antibody nivolumab (N = 44) or pembrolizumab (N = 3). The mutational status of 22 genes was assessed by targeted next-generation sequencing using Oncomine™ Solid Tumour DNA assay (Thermo Fisher).

      20c51b5f4e9aeb5334c90ff072e6f928 Results

      The most frequently mutated genes were TP53 (49%), KRAS (43%), ERBB2 (13%), SMAD4 (13%), DDR2 (13%), STK11(9%), ERBB4 (6%), EGFR (6%), BRAF (6%) and MET (6%). We observed that KRASmut patients have a better response to PD-1 inhibitors, showing a longer progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) than KRASwt patients. Additionally, we observed that patients with ERBB-family, including EGFR, ERBB2 and ERBB4, mutations all failed to respond to PD-1 blockers, independently from KRAS status.

      fd69c5cf902969e6fb71d043085ddee6 Conclusions

      These results suggest that the analysis of the mutational status of KRAS and ERBB-family genes is a potential molecular biomarker of response to PD-1 inhibitors that could be used in clinical practice.

      b651e8a99c4375feb982b7c2cad376e9 Legal entity responsible for the study

      The authors.

      213f68309caaa4ccc14d5f99789640ad Funding

      Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC).

      682889d0a1d3b50267a69346a750433d Disclosure

      M. Tiseo: Advisory boards, speakers’ fee: BMS, MSD. A. Ardizzoni: Grants, personal fees: BMS; Grants: Celgene; Personal fees: MSD, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, outside the submitted work. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.


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