Clinical and prognostic significance of PD-1 and PD-L1 expression in sarcomas


MEDICAL ONCOLOGY, vol.33, no.8, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12032-016-0807-z
  • Title of Journal : MEDICAL ONCOLOGY


Programmed death-1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) are new targets in cancer immunotherapy in recent years. The aim of this study is to evaluate the PD-1/PD-L1 expressions in sarcomas and to determine association between PD-1/PD-L1 expressions and clinical/pathological properties in some sarcoma subtypes. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples from 65 cases with sarcomas were analyzed. Immunohistochemical staining was performed to detect the PD-1 and PD-L1 expressions in tumor tissue and microenvironment, separately. PD-1 expression in tumor tissue and microenvironment was detected in 11 (17 %) and 8 (12 %) cases, respectively. PD-L1 expression in tumor tissue and microenvironment was detected in 19 (29 %) and 20 cases (30 %), respectively. None of the 5 Ewing sarcomas involving bone showed PD-1/PD-L1 expression, while 2 of 3 cases with Ewing sarcomas involving soft tissue showed PD-1 and PD-L1 expression. Among 5 cases with Kaposi sarcoma, four showed PD-1 and/or PD-L1 expression in tumor or microenvironment. PD-1/PD-L1 expressions were detected 3 of 6 cases with pleomorphic sarcoma, 2 of 4 cases with peripheral nerve sheath tumors and 1 of 4 cases with synovial sarcoma. Interestingly, strongest PD-1/PD-L1 expressions in our study group were detected in 2 sarcoma cases with the history of giant cell tumor. PD-1 and PD-L1 expressions are up to 30 % of the cases with sarcomas. It may be rational to target programmed death pathway in Kaposi sarcoma, pleomorphic sarcoma and peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Strong expression of PD-1/PD-L1 in cases with previous giant cell bone tumor has been found to be interesting and must be studied in giant cell tumor samples.