Supplementary Material for: Prognostic Significance of PD-1, PD-L1 and CD8 Gene Expression Levels in Gastric Cancer
datasetposted on 07.05.2020 by Ito S., Masuda T., Noda M., Hu Q., Shimizu D., Kuroda Y., Eguchi H., Tobo T., Utsunomiya T., Mimori K.
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Introduction: Anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) therapies have shown promising clinical activity against gastric cancer (GC). We evaluated the clinical significance of immune-related gene expression in GC tissues to better understand the tumor immune microenvironment. Methods: PD-1, PD-1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) and CD8 mRNA levels and clinicopathological factors, including survival, were examined by quantitative RT-PCR in 155 GC patients who underwent surgery. PD-1 and PD-L1 expression in tumor tissue from 24 GC patients was investigated by immunohistochemical analysis. Results: PD-1, PD-L1 and CD8 mRNA levels were significantly lower in tumor tissue than in normal tissue (p < 0.0001, p < 0.05, and p < 0.0001). GC patients with low PD-1, PD-L1 and CD8 mRNA levels had significantly poorer overall survival (OS) than those with high PD-1, PD-L1 and CD8 mRNA levels, respectively (p < 0.001, p < 0.01 and p < 0.05). Low PD-1, PD-L1 and CD8 mRNA levels were more significantly associated with poor prognosis in undifferentiated-type GC patients than in differentiated-type GC patients (PD-1: differentiated p = 0.0071 vs. undifferentiated p = 0.0024; PD-L1: p = 0.6527 vs. p < 0.0001; CD8: p = 0.4465 vs. p < 0.05). Multivariate analysis showed that lymph node metastasis, peritoneal dissemination, distant metastasis, low PD-1 mRNA levels and low CD8 mRNA levels were independent prognostic factors for worse OS (low PD-1 mRNA level: OR 2.16, 95% CI 1.10–4.58, p < 0.05; low CD8 mRNA level: OR 2.55, 95% CI 1.12–6.90, p < 0.05). PD-1 and PD-L1 mRNA levels in immune cells were significantly associated with PD-1 and PD-L1 protein levels (both p < 0.05), respectively. Conclusions: PD-1, PD-L1 and CD8 mRNA levels may reflect antitumor immunity in GC, and low PD-1 and CD8 mRNA levels are potential predictive biomarkers for poor prognosis in GC patients who underwent surgery.