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Drug response to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade: based on biomarkers

Authors Chen Q, Li T, Yue W

Received 15 March 2018

Accepted for publication 12 May 2018

Published 8 August 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 4673—4683


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Yao Dai

Qi Chen, Tianhe Li, Wentao Yue

Central Laboratory, Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100026, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: In recent years, immunotherapies targeting programmed death-1 (PD-1)/programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) have provided great hopes for patients with cancer. A successful anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy includes not only the elimination of immunosuppressive tumor cells but also the rejuvenation of exhausted T cells. Nevertheless, the efficacy of therapy is still low, so that biomarker-driven therapy has attracted more and more attention to identify patients who are likely to benefit from therapy and to reduce unnecessary disease progression. While many studies have focused on characteristics of tumor biopsies, biomarkers linked to T cell exhaustion and rejuvenation have just become new hot spots in drug response studies. However, no biomarker is perfect in drug response prediction currently, so there is an urgent need for other biomarkers to compensate for the deficiency. In this review, we summarize some approved and candidate biomarkers predictive of drug response before and during PD-1/PD-L1 blockade, including those characterizing responsive or suppressive tumor cells and those evaluating the T cell rejuvenation. Overall, we set up a comprehensive network of biomarkers of tumor characteristics and T cell rejuvenation, predicting drug response before and during anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapies.

PD-1, PD-L1, biomarker, network, tumor, T cell rejuvenation

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