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1496 - PD1 and PDL1 expression, tumoral microenvironment (TME) characterization and clinical implication in localized osteosarcoma


10 Oct 2016




Emanuela Palmerini


Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 483-492. 10.1093/annonc/mdw388


E. Palmerini1, C. Agostinelli2, P. Picci3, S. Pileri4, P. Lollini5, K. Scotlandi1, M.S. Benassi1, S. Ferrari1

Author affiliations

  • 1 Muscoloskeletal Oncology, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, 40136 - Bologna/IT
  • 2 Hematology, Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna/IT
  • 3 Muscoloskeletal Oncology, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna/IT
  • 4 Haematopathology Unit, Bologna University School of Medicine, Bologna/IT
  • 5 Cancerology, Policlinico S.Orsola-Malpighi-"Giorgio Prodi" - C.I.R.C., Bologna/IT


Abstract 1496


PD1/PDL1 immune checkpoint blockade provides clinical benefits in a variety of solid tumors. Scarce are data on PD1/PDL1 pathway and immunological infiltrates in osteosarcoma. We hypothesized that immune infiltrates were associated with superior survival, and examined a primary osteosarcoma tissue microarrays (TMA) to test this hypothesis.


Biopsies from 129 pts, prospectively treated from 04/2001 to 11/2006 (protocol ISG-OS1), were analyzed. TMA from representative areas were assembled. Clinical and pathological characteristics at diagnosis, immunological characterization (CD8, CD4, CD3, FOXP3, CD20, CD68) of TME, PD-1 expression on TME, and PD-L1 both on tumor (t) cells and TME were correlated with pts outcome.


86/129 pts had adequate staining for all markers. Median age: 16 (range 4-39); high LDH: 36/86; high alkaline phosphatase (AP): 18/86. All pts underwent neoadjuvant chemotherapy and surgery. A good pathologic response (≥90% necrosis) was achieved by 45/86 pts. The IHC results are reported in the table.

Pos 0 19 12 74 77 28 25 85
Neg 86 67 74 12 9 56 61 1
With a median follow-up of 8 years (range 1-13), the 5-year overall survival (5-yr OS) was 74% (95% CI 64-85). Univariate analysis showed better 5-yr OS for: a) good responders (good 89% vs poor 57%, p = 0.0001); b) pts with CD8 tumoral infiltrates (CD8+ 78% vs CD8- 50%, p = 0.003); c) pts with normal AP (AP normal 85% vs AP high 44%, p = 0.04). A non-significant inferior 5-yr OS was found in PDL1 (TME) positive cases (PDL1+ 58% vs PDL1- 77%, p = 0.14). No statistically significant difference in 5-yr OS according to PD1, FOXP3, CD68, CD20, age, gender or LDH. After multivariate analysis, good histologic response (p = 0.002) and CD8 infiltration (p = 0.02) were independently correlated with better survival.


While this study confirms the importance of good pathologic response,our findings support the hypothesis that CD8+ T effector cells presence in TME at diagnosis confers superior survival for pts with localized osteosarcoma.

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Emanuela Palmerini


Bologna University


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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