60P - Antitumor effects of EGF-pathway immunization in NSCLC (60P)

Date 08 December 2017
Event ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress 2017
Session Lunch & Poster Display session
Topics Palliative and Supportive Care
Presenter JORDI Codony-Servat
Citation Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_11): xi6-xi29. 10.1093/annonc/mdx711
Authors J. Codony-Servat1, S. García-Roman2, M.A. Molina-Vila2, J. Bertran-Alamillo2, A. Giménez-Capitán1, N. Karachaliou1, E. D'Hondt3, R. Rosell4
  • 1Laboratory Of Oncology - Pangaea Oncology, Quirón-Dexeus University Institute, 08028 - Barcelona/ES
  • 2Laboratory Of Oncology - Pangaea Oncology, Quirón-Dexeus University Institute, 08023 - Barcelona/ES
  • 3Oncology, Bioven, London/GB
  • 4Cancer Biology & Precision Medicine Program, Germans Trias I Pujol Science Inst., Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO Badalona), Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, 8916 - Badalona/ES



Immunization against Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) has demostrated clinical efficacy in a phase III trial including unselected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. We analyzed if anti-EGF antibodies generated by vaccination (anti-EGF VacAbs) showed antitumor activity in EGFR-mutant, Kras-mutant and Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK)-translocated NSCLC cell lines, alone or in combination with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI).


The EGFR-mutant NSCLC cell line H1975 and osimertinib-resistant cell line (PC9-OR4), Kras-mutant cells A549 and H23 and Alk-translocated cells H3122 and H2228 were treated with anti-EGF VacAbs and the EGFR-mut cells treated also in combination with EGFR TKIs Erlotinib or Afatinib. Cell viability was analyzed by MTT, and apoptosis and cell cycle by fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis (FACS). Changes of total and phosphorylated proteins were determined by Western blot.


Anti-EGF VacAbs suppressed EGF-induced cell viability and inhibited downstream EGFR signaling. In combination, in EGFR-mutant cells, the anti-EGF VacAbs significantly enhanced the antitumor activity of all EGFR-TKIs tested, suppressed Erk 1/2 phosphorylayion, blocked the activation of STAT3 and downregulated the expression of proteins related to EGFR resistance, such as AXL. Also, they arrested cell cycle progression and increased apoptosis. Finally, anti-EGF VacAbs significantly delayed the emergence in vitro of EGFR TKI resistant clones.


Anti-EGF VacAbs decreased cell viability and inhibited the expression of several EGFR-pathway related proteins. Also, they potentiate the effects of EGFR TKIs and prevent the emergence of resistance in EGFR-mut NSCLC cells. A Phase III clinical trial of anti-EGF vaccination in EGFR wt NSCLC patients is currently ongoing. In addition, a Phase I trial of the EGF vaccine, in combination with EGFR TKIs, will be initiated.

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Pangaea Oncology




All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.