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Supplementary Figure 2 from PD-1 Blockade Expands Intratumoral Memory T Cells

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posted on 2023-04-03, 23:06 authored by Antoni Ribas, Daniel Sanghoon Shin, Jesse Zaretsky, Juliet Frederiksen, Andrew Cornish, Earl Avramis, Elizabeth Seja, Christine Kivork, Janet Siebert, Paula Kaplan-Lefko, Xiaoyan Wang, Bartosz Chmielowski, John A. Glaspy, Paul C. Tumeh, Thinle Chodon, Dana Pe'er, Begoña Comin-Anduix

Activation status of T and B cells. (A) T cell gating strategy. T cells from Fig. S1, were split into CD4+ and CD4- (CD8+) T subsets, and subsequently analyzed for the activation markers CD25 and HLA-DR. (B) Percentage of activated CD4+ and CD8 (CD4-) T cell subsets. (C) B cell gating strategy. From B cells, the activation marker HLA-DR (black box) was quantified. (D) Percentage of activated B cells on therapy. Biexponential displaying was done for the dot plots. Mean and {plus minus} SD are provided. B = before treatment; P = on anti-PD-1 therapy; n = number of biopsies analyzed. Solid circles represent responders; open circles represent non-responders (n= 26 baseline; n= 22 on therapy).


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Tumor responses to programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) blockade therapy are mediated by T cells, which we characterized in 102 tumor biopsies obtained from 53 patients treated with pembrolizumab, an antibody to PD-1. Biopsies were dissociated, and single-cell infiltrates were analyzed by multicolor flow cytometry using two computational approaches to resolve the leukocyte phenotypes at the single-cell level. There was a statistically significant increase in the frequency of T cells in patients who responded to therapy. The frequency of intratumoral B cells and monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells significantly increased in patients' biopsies taken on treatment. The percentage of cells with a regulatory T-cell phenotype, monocytes, and natural killer cells did not change while on PD-1 blockade therapy. CD8+ memory T cells were the most prominent phenotype that expanded intratumorally on therapy. However, the frequency of CD4+ effector memory T cells significantly decreased on treatment, whereas CD4+ effector T cells significantly increased in nonresponding tumors on therapy. In peripheral blood, an unusual population of blood cells expressing CD56 was detected in two patients with regressing melanoma. In conclusion, PD-1 blockade increases the frequency of T cells, B cells, and myeloid-derived suppressor cells in tumors, with the CD8+ effector memory T-cell subset being the major T-cell phenotype expanded in patients with a response to therapy. Cancer Immunol Res; 4(3); 194–203. ©2016 AACR.

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