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The Association Between Immune Characteristic and Clinical Pathology in Chinese Patients with Adenocarcinoma of Esophagogastric Junction

Authors Wang Y, Wang S, Zhu C, Cao H, Zhang Z, Zhao E

Received 23 October 2019

Accepted for publication 9 April 2020

Published 11 May 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 3259—3269


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Antonella D'Anneo

Yangyang Wang,1,2,* Shuchang Wang,1,* Chunchao Zhu,1 Hui Cao,1 Zizhen Zhang,1 Enhao Zhao1

1Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Ren Ji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200127, People’s Republic of China; 2State Key Laboratory for Oncogenes and Related Genes, Shanghai Cancer Institute, Ren Ji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Zizhen Zhang; Enhao Zhao
Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Ren Ji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 160 Pujian Road, Shanghai 200127, People’s Republic of China
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Purpose: Adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG) patient immune characteristics were analyzed in this study, and these features were compared with patient clinical pathology and prognosis.
Patients and Methods: The clinicopathological data and prognostic information of 96 AEG patients who were admitted to Ren Ji Hospital between December 2008 and December 2015 were collected. PD-1/PD-L1, Tim-3/Gal-9, and CD3/CD8/Foxp3 expression in these patients, as well as the correlation of the expression of these molecules with clinicopathological data and survival time, were analyzed. Comparisons of count data were performed using the chi-square test or Fisher’s exact test. The survival rate and survival curves were calculated and drawn, respectively, with the Kaplan–Meier method, and the Log rank test was used for survival analysis.
Results: The positive rate for PD-L1 and Gal-9 in these AEG patients was 30.21% and 31.25%, respectively. Tim-3 positivity had a close relationship with patient Siewert type. CD8+ T cell infiltration and patient TNM stage, as well as CD3+CD8+ T cell infiltration and patient Lauren type, had a close relationship based on analysis of the correlation between immune factor expression and clinicopathological data. The group with high CD8+ T cell infiltration had an improved survival rate, while the combined analysis of Tim-3 and Gal-9 expression showed that the double-positive group had a significantly poorer prognosis than groups with other Tim-3 and Gal-9 expression patterns. The PD-L1 expression level had a close relationship with T cell infiltration in AEG patients, especially CD3+ and CD8+ T cell infiltration.
Conclusion: Tim-3 expression was higher in patients with Siewert type I tumors than in patients with tumors of other Siewert types. Patients with high CD8+ T cell infiltration had a better prognosis than patients with low CD8+ T cell infiltration, and CD8+ T cell infiltration was closely related to AEG patient TNM stage. The Tim-3 and Gal-9 double-positive group showed poor prognosis, and immune therapy could be recommended for these AEG patients.

Keywords: AEG, adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction, Siewert type, immune characteristic, survival prognosis

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