1O - Role of PDL1 expression and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in glioblastoma (GBM) and brain metastases (BM)

Date 21 November 2014
Event ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014
Session Best Abstracts Session
Topics Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy
Central Nervous System Malignancies
Translational Research
Presenter Anna Berghoff
Authors A.S. Berghoff1, A.W. Wöhrer2, G. Widhalm3, F. Oberndorfer4, K. Dieckmann5, M. Filipits1, C. Marosi1, C. Höller6, W. Wick7, M. Preusser1
  • 1Department Of Medicine I, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna/AT
  • 2Institute Of Neurology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna/AT
  • 3Department Of Neurosurgery, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna/AT
  • 4Clinical Institute Of Pathology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna/AT
  • 5Department Of Radiotherapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna/AT
  • 6Department Of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna/AT
  • 7Neurology Clinic And National Center For Tumor Disease, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg/DE



Background: Differences in the adaptive immune response to various kinds of brain tumors have been poorly characterized.

Methods: We immunostained 287 neurosurgical specimens: 170 BM (lung cancer: 77 (45.3%); breast cancer: 17 (10.0%); melanoma 44 (25.9%); renal cell carcinoma 10 (5.9%) others 22 (7.7%)) and 117 GBM for CD3 (n = 287), CD8 (n = 287), PD1 (n = 287) and PDL1 (n = 234) and used previously published semiquantitative evaluation criteria.

Results: TIL infiltration of variable density (sparse to dense) was found in 161/170 (94.7%) BM and 78/117 (66.6%) GBM. TILs were predominantly present in the tumor stroma and perivascular areas in BM and in perivascular area in GBM. Dense infiltration with CD3+ TILs (p < 0.001), CD8+ TILs (p < 0.001) and PD1+ TILs (p < 0.001) was observed more frequently in BM than GBM. Among BM, we found significant differences in the composition of immune infiltrates with renal cell carcinoma BM showing the highest density of CD3+ and PD1+ TILs. Membranous PDL1 expression on tumor cells was evident in 25/117 (21.4%) BM and 44/117 (37.6%) GBM. Expression of PDL1 in over 5% of tumor cells was more frequently observed in GBM than in BM (p = 0.006). Dense infiltration of CD3+ TILs (9 vs. 12 months; p = 0.015) correlated with favorable survival prognosis in BM patients, while no prognostic impact of TIL infiltration was evident in GBM. Expression of PDL1 in over 5% of tumor cells was not associated with survival prognosis in BM (11 vs. 11 months; p = 0.395) or GBM (15 vs. 14 months; p = 0.859).

Conclusion: We found high TIL densities and prognostic impact of CD3+ immune infiltrates in BM. GBM was characterized by sparse TIL infiltrates, higher expression of PDL1 and lack of prognostic impact of immune infiltrates. Our results indicate clinically relevant differences in the immune response to brain tumor types and may be of interest for studies with immunomodulatory agents.