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Supplementary Figure S1 from Prognostic Impact of Natural Killer Cell Count in Follicular Lymphoma and Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Patients Treated with Immunochemotherapy

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posted on 2023-03-31, 21:10 authored by Magdalena Klanova, Mikkel Z. Oestergaard, Marek Trněný, Wolfgang Hiddemann, Robert Marcus, Laurie H. Sehn, Umberto Vitolo, Alexandra Bazeos, Valentin Goede, Harald Zeuner, Andrea Knapp, Deniz Sahin, Nathalie Spielewoy, Christopher R. Bolen, Andres Cardona, Christian Klein, Jeffrey M. Venstrom, Tina Nielsen, Günter Fingerle-Rowson

Distribution of baseline peripheral blood NKCCa in FL and DLBCL patients for the GALLIUM and GOYAb ITT populations (A) and by COO subtype in DLBCL (B).


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Janis Noonan



Natural killer (NK) cells are key effector cells for anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies (mAb), such as obinutuzumab and rituximab. We assessed whether low pretreatment NK-cell count (NKCC) in peripheral blood or tumor tissue was associated with worse outcome in patients receiving antibody-based therapy. Baseline peripheral blood NKCC was assessed by flow cytometry (CD3−CD56+ and/or CD16+ cells) in 1,064 of 1,202 patients with follicular lymphoma treated with obinutuzumab or rituximab plus chemotherapy in the phase III GALLIUM trial (NCT01332968) and 1,287 of 1,418 patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with obinutuzumab or rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (G-CHOP or R-CHOP) in the phase III GOYA trial (NCT01287741). The prognostic value of tumor NK-cell gene expression, as assessed by whole-transcriptome gene expression using TruSeq RNA sequencing, was also analyzed. The association of baseline variables, such as treatment arm, was evaluated using multivariate Cox regression models using a stepwise approach. In this exploratory analysis, low baseline peripheral blood NKCC was associated with shorter progression-free survival (PFS) in both follicular lymphoma [hazard ratio (HR), 1.48; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.02–2.14; P = 0.04] and DLBCL (HR, 1.36; 95% CI, 1.01–1.83; P = 0.04), and overall survival in follicular lymphoma (HR, 2.20; 95% CI, 1.26–3.86; P = 0.0058). Low tumor NK-cell gene expression was associated with shorter PFS in G-CHOP–treated patients with DLBCL (HR, 1.95; 95% CI, 1.22–3.15; P < 0.01). These findings indicate that the number of NK cells in peripheral blood may affect the outcome of patients with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma receiving anti-CD20–based immunochemotherapy.

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