Host immune response index in gastric cancer identified by comprehensive analyses of tumor immunity.

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Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated/microsatellite-unstable (MSI) gastric carcinomas (GC) constitute immune-active principal cellular components of tumor microenvironment and contribute to better prognosis. With the remarkable success of cancer immunotherapies, there is an urgent need for a comprehensive understanding of tumor-immune interactions in patients with GC in the context of host immune response. To identify GC subtype-specific immune response gene set, we tested differentially expressed genes for MSI and EBV+ GC subtypes in randomly selected test set (n = 278) in merged ACRG-SMC microarray and TCGA RNA sequencing data set. We identified Host ImmunE Response index (HIERÏ) consisting of 29 immune genes classifying GC patients into robust 3 groups with prognostic significance. Immune-high cluster 1 was enriched with PD-L1High/EBV+/MSI/TILHigh with the best clinical outcome while immune-low cluster 3 displayed worst outcome and exemplified with PD-L1Low/EBV-/MSS. The results were validated in the same cohort (n = 279) and independent cohort (n = 181) with RNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. Unexpectedly, nearly half of GC in cluster 1 were EBV-/MSS and 10% of cluster 3 GC were EBV+/MSI GC patients, suggesting that in addition to EBV+/MSI GC subtypes, EBV-/MSS subtype also constitutes almost half of high immune cluster and would be a good candidate for immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. In contrary, almost 10% of EBV+/MSI GC patients may not respond to immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Thus, our HIERÏ gene signature demonstrates the potential to subclassify tumor immunity levels, predict prognosis and help immunotherapeutic decisions.

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Cited Authors

  • Park, C; Cho, J; Lee, J; Kang, SY; An, JY; Choi, MG; Lee, JH; Sohn, TS; Bae, JM; Kim, S; Kim, ST; Park, SH; Park, JO; Kang, WK; Sohn, I; Jung, SH; Kang, M-S; Kim, K-M

Published Date

  • 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 11

Start / End Page

  • e1356150 -

PubMed ID

  • 29147610

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5674954

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2162-4011

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/2162402X.2017.1356150


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States