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    PD-L1 expression on tumor-infiltrating immune cells is highly associated with M2 TAM and aggressive malignant potential in patients with resected non-small cell lung cancer. Sumitomo Ryota,Hirai Tatsuya,Fujita Masaaki,Murakami Hiroaki,Otake Yosuke,Huang Cheng-Long Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) OBJECTIVES:PD-L1 expression on tumor cells (TCs) and tumor-infiltrating immune cells (ICs) plays important roles in regulating the antitumor T cell response. However, the mechanistic and clinical significance of the effect of PD-L1 on TCs versus ICs remains unclear. On the other hand, tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), M2 macrophages in particular, can promote tumor progression. METHODS:We evaluated PD-L1 expression on TCs and ICs using Ventana SP263 assay and the stromal M2 TAM distribution using CD163 staining in 160 consecutive patients with resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). RESULTS:PD-L1 expression on TCs and ICs was significantly higher in stromal M2 TAM-high group than in stromal M2 TAM-low group (p < 0.001 and p < 0.001, respectively). Regarding the clinical significance of PD-L1, PD-L1 expression on TCs was significantly associated with histology (p = 0.001), tumor differentiation (p < 0.001) and nodal status (p = 0.029). Furthermore, PD-L1 expression on ICs was significantly associated with histology (p < 0.001), tumor differentiation (p < 0.001), tumor status (p = 0.024), nodal status (p = 0.016), and pathologic stage (p = 0.004). The disease-free survival rate was significantly lower in patients with PD-L1-positive TC than in those with PD-L1-negative TC (p = 0.023), as well as in patients with PD-L1-positive IC than in those with PD-L1-negative IC (p < 0.001). Furthermore, the overall survival rate was significantly lower in patients with PD-L1-positive IC than in those with PD-L1-negative IC (p = 0.023). CONCLUSIONS:During tumor progression in NSCLC, the presence of M2 TAMs might affect PD-L1 expression both on TCs and ICs. In patients with NSCLC, PD-L1 expression both on TCs and ICs was associated with malignant behaviors, which was more in case of ICs. 10.1016/j.lungcan.2019.08.023
    Immune Cell Composition in Human Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Stankovic Branislava,Bjørhovde Heidi Anine Korsmo,Skarshaug Renate,Aamodt Henrik,Frafjord Astri,Müller Elisabeth,Hammarström Clara,Beraki Kahsai,Bækkevold Espen S,Woldbæk Per Reidar,Helland Åslaug,Brustugun Odd Terje,Øynebråten Inger,Corthay Alexandre Frontiers in immunology Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the world. Immunological analysis of the tumor microenvironment (immunoscore) shows great promise for improved prognosis and prediction of response to immunotherapy. However, the exact immune cell composition in NSCLC remains unclear. Here, we used flow cytometry to characterize the immune infiltrate in NSCLC tumors, non-cancerous lung tissue, regional lymph node, and blood. The cellular identity of >95% of all CD45 immune cells was determined. Thirteen distinct immune cell types were identified in NSCLC tumors. T cells dominated the lung cancer landscape (on average 47% of all CD45 immune cells). CD4 T cells were the most abundant T cell population (26%), closely followed by CD8 T cells (22%). Double negative CD4CD8 T cells represented a small fraction (1.4%). CD19 B cells were the second most common immune cell type in NSCLC tumors (16%), and four different B cell sub-populations were identified. Macrophages and natural killer (NK) cells composed 4.7 and 4.5% of the immune cell infiltrate, respectively. Three types of dendritic cells (DCs) were identified (plasmacytoid DCs, CD1c DCs, and CD141 DCs) which together represented 2.1% of all immune cells. Among granulocytes, neutrophils were frequent (8.6%) with a high patient-to-patient variability, while mast cells (1.4%), basophils (0.4%), and eosinophils (0.3%) were less common. Across the cohort of patients, only B cells showed a significantly higher representation in NSCLC tumors compared to the distal lung. In contrast, the percentages of macrophages and NK cells were lower in tumors than in non-cancerous lung tissue. Furthermore, the fraction of macrophages with high HLA-DR expression levels was higher in NSCLC tumors relative to distal lung tissue. To make the method readily accessible, antibody panels and flow cytometry gating strategy used to identify the various immune cells are described in detail. This work should represent a useful resource for the immunomonitoring of patients with NSCLC. 10.3389/fimmu.2018.03101
    Distribution of M1 and M2 macrophages in tumor islets and stroma in relation to prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer. Jackute Jurgita,Zemaitis Marius,Pranys Darius,Sitkauskiene Brigita,Miliauskas Skaidrius,Vaitkiene Simona,Sakalauskas Raimundas BMC immunology BACKGROUND:Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains the most common cause of cancer related death worldwide. Tumor-infiltrating macrophages are believed to play an important role in growth, progression, and metastasis of tumors. In NSCLC, the role of macrophages remains controversial; therefore, we aimed to evaluate the distribution of macrophages (M1 and M2) in tumor islets and stroma and to analyze their relations to patients' survival. METHODS:Lung tissue specimens from 80 NSCLC patients who underwent surgical resection for NSCLC (pathological stage I-III) and 16 control group subjects who underwent surgery because of recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax were analyzed. Immunohistochemical double staining of CD68/iNOS (markers for M1 macrophages) and CD68/CD163 (markers for M2 macrophages) was performed and evaluated in a blinded manner. The numbers of M1 and M2 macrophages in tumor islets and stroma were counted manually. RESULTS:Predominant infiltration of M1 and M2 macrophages was observed in the tumor stroma compared with the tumor islets. M2 macrophages predominated over M1 macrophages in the tumor tissue. Tumor islets-infiltrating M1 macrophages and the number of total tumor-infiltrating M2 macrophages were independent predictors of patients survival: high infiltration of M1 macrophages in tumor islets was associated with increased overall survival in NSCLC (P < 0.05); high infiltration of total M2 macrophages in tumor (islets and stroma) was associated with reduced overall survival in NSCLC (P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS:This study demonstrated that high infiltration of M1 macrophages in the tumor islets and low infiltration of total tumor-infiltrating M2 macrophages were associated with improved NSCLC patients' survival. TRIAL REGISTRATION:ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01955343 , registered on September 27, 2013. 10.1186/s12865-018-0241-4
    The intratumoral distribution influences the prognostic impact of CD68- and CD204-positive macrophages in non-small cell lung cancer. Li Zhuo,Maeda Daichi,Yoshida Makoto,Umakoshi Michinobu,Nanjo Hiroshi,Shiraishi Kouya,Saito Motonobu,Kohno Takashi,Konno Hayato,Saito Hajime,Minamiya Yoshihiro,Goto Akiteru Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) OBJECTIVE:Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are believed to influence tumor progression and the prognosis of patients. The purpose of this study was to clarify the correlation between the TAM density or location and the clinicopathological features of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as well as to explore the prognostic impact of TAMs in NSCLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS:CD68- and CD204-positive macrophages were detected in tumor islets, tumor stroma and alveolar space in 297 patients with NSCLC using immunochemistry. The clinicopathological and genetic factors surveyed were the disease-free survival, age, gender, smoking status, histological type, disease stage, histological grade, pleural invasion, lymph node metastasis, EGFR gene mutations and ALK rearrangements. RESULTS:There were significantly more CD68-positive macrophages than CD204-positive macrophages in each location of the tumor islets, tumor stroma and alveolar spaces, and they were strongly correlated (P < 0.0001 each). Factors such as male gender, being a smoker, an advanced disease stage and histological grade, positive pleural invasion and node status and wild-type EGFR gene status were significantly correlated with a higher density of CD68- and CD204-positive TAMs in tumor stroma (P < 0.05 each). In contrast, the age of patients was not correlated with CD68- and CD204-positive TAMs (P > 0.05 each). Furthermore, survival analysis revealed that a high number of CD68- and CD204-positive TAMs in tumor stroma, but not in tumor islets or alveolar space, was a significant prognostic factor for the disease-free survival time of NSCLC (P < 0.05, respectively). Moreover, both univariate and multivariate analyses confirmed that higher numbers of CD204-positive TAMs in tumor stroma were an independent worse prognostic predictor for adenocarcinoma. CONCLUSION:The tumor stroma is the most suitable intratumoral area for the evaluation of TAMs in the setting of the prognostic prediction of NSCLC patients. CD204-positive TAMs are the preferable marker for prognostic prediction in NSCLC, especially in lung adenocarcinoma. 10.1016/j.lungcan.2018.07.015