Transcriptional profiling of the pediatric tumor microenvironment

  • 10:30 am (PDT)
Speakers: Troy McEachron, PhD, Assistant Professor of Research, Translational Genomics, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

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Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common bone tumor in pediatric and adolescent/young adult patients. Over the past three decades, significant improvements in the survival rates or therapeutic approaches for these patients have not been made, especially in the context of metastatic disease. While immune checkpoint blockade has revolutionized the therapeutic landscape of various adult malignancies, its impact in OS has been largely underwhelming. Currently, it is unknown whether the lack of therapeutic benefit of immune checkpoint inhibition observed in patients with OS is truly due to treatment inefficacy rather than a limited understanding of the tumor microenvironment that supports this aggressive disease. To address this knowledge gap, we have profiled metastatic and non-metastatic osteosarcoma specimens using NanoString’s PanCancer IO360™ Gene Expression Panel. Our results show that metastatic specimens exhibit lymphocyte exclusion and immunohistochemistry confirms that T cells are confined to the periphery of the pulmonary lesions. Our data also provides evidence of vascular dysfunction in metastatic OS indicated by increased expression of VEGFA, an increased ANGPT2:ANGPT1 gene expression ratio, and decreased expression of SELE. Correlation analyses show an inverse relationship between lymphocyte abundance and markers of vascular dysfunction exclusively in the metastatic specimens. Together, our data shows that the non-metastatic OS specimens expressed increased levels of various immunotherapeutic targets in comparison metastatic specimens and identifies vascular dysfunction and lymphocyte exclusion as important processes for therapeutic intervention in metastatic disease.

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