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Prognostic significance of circulating PD-1, PD-L1, pan-BTN3As, BTN3A1 and BTLA in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma

  • Autori: Bian, Benjamin; Fanale, Daniele; Dusetti, Nelson; Roque, Julie; Pastor, Sonia; Chretien, Anne-Sophie; Incorvaia, Lorena; Russo, Antonio; Olive, Daniel; Iovanna, Juan*
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2019
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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PDAC is one of the most heterogeneous cancers with low chemotherapeutic sensitivity due to a dense stroma, a weak vasculature and significant biological aggressivity. In cancer, suppressive immune checkpoints are often hyper-activated to ensure an effective evasion of tumor cells from immune surveillance. These immune checkpoints include in part, the B7/butyrophilin-like receptors such as butyrophilin sub-family 3A/CD277 receptors (BTN3A), the B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) belonging to the B7-like receptors and the programmed death protein (PD-1) with its ligand PD-L1. We evaluated the plasma level of these markers in 32 PDAC patients (learning cohort) by ad hoc developed ELISA’s and showed that there are highly correlated. We used ROC curves and univariate analysis to characterize their prognostic relevance in these patients and showed that their plasma level can serve as survival predictor. Plasma level thresholds that correlate with less than six months survival were established for sPD-1 (>8.6 ng/ml), sPD-L1 (>0.36 ng/ml), sBTLA (>1.91 ng/ml), sBTN3A1 (>6.98 ng/ml) and pan-sBTN3A (>6.92 ng/ml). These thresholds were applied in independent validation cohort composed by 27 new samples and could efficiently discriminate short versus long PDAC survivors. Our study reveals that monitoring the concentration of soluble forms of inhibitory immune checkpoints in plasma can help predict survival in PDAC patients and therefore improve their treatments.