Background Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab for patients (pts) with PD-L1-pos- itive metastatic gastric cancer (MGC) based on 22C3 immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay. However, little is known about detailed clinicopathological features of 22C3 PD-L1 expression in MGC. Patients and methods Pts with histologically confirmed MGC were eligible for this prospective observational study. PD-L1 expression (22C3) on tumor cell (TC) or immune cell (IC) and mismatch repair (MMR) were analyzed by IHC. Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) was detected by in situ hybridization. The expressions of tyrosine kinase receptors (RTKs) and cancer genome alterations were evaluated by IHC or next-generation sequencing. Results A total of 225 pts were analyzed in this study. PD-L1 expression on TC, PD-L1 on IC, MMR-deficient (D-MMR), and EBV positivity were identified in 8.4, 65.3, 6.2, and 6.2% cases, respectively. PD-L1 expression in TC was more frequently observed in pts with D-MMR (P < 0.001), PIK3CA mutation (P = 0.020), and KRAS mutation (P = 0.002), and PD-L1 on IC was associated with EBV positivity (P = 0.034), and lymph-node metastasis (P < 0.001). PD-L1 expression on either IC or TC was less frequently observed in pts with peritoneal metastasis and Borrmann Type 4. A significant
Gastric Cancer – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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