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Poster Display session 3

5211 - Potential role of a clinical, taxonomical classification and RNA expression integrated signature to predict response to neoadjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy in muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) patients


30 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 3


Tumour Site

Urothelial Cancer


Albert Font


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v356-v402. 10.1093/annonc/mdz249


A. Font1, M. Domenech2, J.L. Ramirez3, J. Gago4, C. Carrato5, B. Cadenas6, R. Benítez7, T. Lobato8, S. Pineda7, V. Ruiz de Porras8, M.L. Calle9, N. Malats7, F.X. Real10

Author affiliations

  • 1 Medical Oncology Department, Institut Català d'Oncologia Badalona - B·ARGO group, 08916 - Badalona/ES
  • 2 Medical Oncology Department, Fundació Althaia, Manresa/ES
  • 3 Molecular Biology And Hematology Unit, Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), 08916 - Badalona/ES
  • 4 Urology Department, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, 08916 - Badalona/ES
  • 5 Pathology Department, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, 08916 - Badalona/ES
  • 6 Experimental Sciences And Technology, Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, Vic/ES
  • 7 Genetic And Molecular Epidemiology Group, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO), Madrid/ES
  • 8 Urologic Tumors Unit; Badalona-applied Research Group In Oncology (b·argo), Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute, 08916 - Badalona/ES
  • 9 Biosciences Department, Faculty Of Science And Technologys, Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, Vic/ES
  • 10 Molecular Oncology Programme, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO), 28029 - Madrid/ES


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Abstract 5211


Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) followed by cystectomy is the standard of care in MIBC patients, although a limited survival benefit has been obtained compared with cystectomy alone. Pathologic response has been associated with survival, but, unfortunately, neither baseline clinical or pathological variables have demonstrated ability to predict which patients will benefit from NAC, pointing to the need of predictive biomarkers of NAC response to guide treatment decisions. The objective of this retrospective study was to identify a NAC response prediction signature integrating baseline clinical features, taxonomic subtypes, and RNA expression profile in MIBC patients.


Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded pre-treatment tumor samples were collected by transurethral resection from 112 patients with MIBC stage T2-4N0/+M0 treated with NAC followed by cystectomy. Immunohistochemical-based taxonomic subtypes (BASQ-like, luminal-like, mixed) were established. Gene expression analysis was performed on the Nano String nCounter platform. A custom code set of a 41-gene panel involved in the DNA damage repair (DDR) and immune response pathways was used. Lasso and elastic net penalized logistic regression were performed to identify a predictive signature. Calculation of the area under the ROC curve (AUC) was used to assess the predictive ability of the signature.


A nine-gene RNA expression signature (RAD51, CXCL9, PARP, 53BP1, HERC2, ERCC2, CHEK1, Ku80 and RNF 168 genes) was associated with pathologic response. The highest predictive ability was observed with the integrated clinical-taxonomical-RNA signature with an AUC of 0.66, in comparison to the clinical-taxonomical classification (AUC=0.58) or the clinical signature alone (AUC=0.52). Furthermore, the integrated signature was significantly associated with overall survival (p = 0.013).


We have identified a nine-gene RNA expression signature that can help to predict response in MIBC patients treated with NAC. Prospective studies are warranted to validate these results.

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Editorial acknowledgement

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All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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