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Clinical significance of circulating exosomal PD-L1 and soluble PD-L1 in extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal-type

American Journal of Cancer Research | December 1, 2020

Li JW, Wei P, Guo Y, Shi D, Yu BH, Su YF, Li XQ and Zhou XY

Am J Cancer Res. 2021;10:4498-4512

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Exosomal PD-L1 (exoPD-L1) is reported to be associated with immunosuppression in various cancers. However, its clinical value in extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma (ENKTL) has not been defined yet. We retrospectively evaluated the prognostic value of pretreatment circulating soluble PD-L1 (sPD-L1) and exosomal PD-L1 (exoPD-L1) in ENKTL patients treated with VIPD-containing chemotherapy. A total of 107 ENKTL patients, including 101 early stage and 6 advanced stage patients were enrolled in our study. ExoPD-L1 and sPD-L1 in the blood were measured by single molecule array (Simoa) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), respectively. Compared with the healthy individuals (n=16), the patients with ENKTL (n=107) exhibited significantly elevated exoPD-L1 and sPD-L1 levels in the blood. High pretreatment plasma exoPD-L1 concentration was associated with higher SUVmax level and recurrence rate. Similarly, high sPD-L1 group was also associated with some adverse clinical parameters, including advanced stage, elevated LDH levels, B symptoms, high IPI score and PINK score. The 5-year progression-free survival (PFS) rate and overall survival (OS) rates were 65.2% and 85.7% for the whole cohort, respectively. Patients with a low pretreatment exoPD-L1 level (simoa signal < 1.2) had 5-year OS and PFS rates of 88.1% and 86.1%, respectively, compared with 56.0%. (P=0.012) and 35.7% (P=0.007) in patients with high exoPD-L1 level (simoa signal > 1.2). The 5-year OS and PFS rates for patients with low sPD-L1 group (< 219 pg/mL) was significantly higher than high sPD-L1 group (≥ 219 pg/mL) (OS, 91.3% vs. 55.5%, P < 0.001; PFS, 68.9% vs. 34.6%, P=0.003). However, no correlation was found between circulating exoPD-L1 and sPD-L1 levels. This is the first study to measure plasma exoPD-L1 level on the Quanterix Simoa platform. Our results proved that circulating exoPD-L1 and sPD-L1 levels were significantly elevated in ENKTL and might be potential biomarkers for predicting the survival outcomes of ENKTL patients.

This study was performed using the Quanterix HD-1 Analyzer.