Systemic antitumor immunity by PD-1/PD-L1 inhibition is potentiated by vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy of primary tumors Journal Article


Authors: O'Shaughnessy, M. J.; Murray, K. S.; La Rosa, S. P.; Budhu, S.; Merghoub, T.; Somma, A.; Monette, S.; Kim, K.; Corradi, R. B.; Scherz, A.; Coleman, J. A.
Article Title: Systemic antitumor immunity by PD-1/PD-L1 inhibition is potentiated by vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy of primary tumors
Abstract: Purpose: PD-1/PD-L1 pathway inhibition is effective against advanced renal cell carcinoma, although results are variable and may depend on host factors, including the tumor microenvironment. Vascular-targeted photodynamic (VTP) therapy with the photosensitizer WST11 induces a defined local immune response, and we sought to determine whether this could potentiate the local and systemic antitumor response to PD-1 pathway inhibition. Experimental Design: Using an orthotopic Renca murine model of renal cell carcinoma that develops lung metastases, we treated primary renal tumors with either VTP alone, PD-1/PD-L1 antagonistic antibodies alone, or a combination of VTP and antibodies and then examined treatment responses, including immune infiltration in primary and metastatic sites. Modulation of PD-L1 expression by VTP in human xenograft tumors was also assessed. Results: Treatment of renal tumors with VTP in combination with systemic PD-1/PD-L1 pathway inhibition, but neither treatment alone, resulted in regression of primary tumors, prevented growth of lung metastases, and prolonged survival in a preclinical mouse model. Analysis of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes revealed that treatment effect was associated with increased CD8þ:regulatory T cell (Treg) and CD4þFoxP3-:Treg ratios in primary renal tumors and increased T-cell infiltration in sites of lung metastasis. Furthermore, PD-L1 expression is induced following VTP treatment of human renal cell carcinoma xenografts. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate a role for local immune modulation with VTP in combination with PD-1/PD-L1 pathway inhibition for generation of potent local and systemic antitumor responses. This combined modality strategy may be an effective therapy in cancers resistant to PD-1/PD-L1 pathway inhibition alone. © 2017 American Association for Cancer Research.
Keywords: controlled study; unclassified drug; nonhuman; antineoplastic agent; cd8+ t lymphocyte; tumor associated leukocyte; mouse; animal tissue; animal experiment; animal model; tumor regression; tumor xenograft; renal cell carcinoma; survival time; lung metastasis; regulatory t lymphocyte; cd4+ t lymphocyte; lymphocytic infiltration; photodynamic therapy; programmed death 1 ligand 1; programmed death 1 receptor; tumor microenvironment; tumor necrosis; programmed death 1 ligand 1 antibody; programmed death 1 antibody; male; priority journal; article; padeliporfin
Journal Title: Clinical Cancer Research
Volume: 24
Issue: 3
ISSN: 1078-0432
Publisher: American Association for Cancer Research  
Date Published: 2018-02-01
Start Page: 592
End Page: 599
Language: English
DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.ccr-17-0186
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 28954788
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 March 2018 -- Source: Scopus
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