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The role of PD-1 and PD-L1 in T-cell immune suppression in patients with hematological malignancies
Journal of Hematology & Oncologyvolume 6, Article number: 74 (2013)
T-cell activation and dysfunction relies on direct and modulated receptors. Based on their functional outcome, co-signaling molecules can be divided as co-stimulators and co-inhibitors, which positively and negatively control the priming, growth, differentiation and functional maturation of a T-cell response. We are beginning to understand the power of co-inhibitors in the context of lymphocyte homeostasis and the pathogenesis of leukemia, which involves several newly described co-inhibitory pathways, including the programmed death-1 (PD-1) and PD-1 ligand (PD-L1) pathway. The aim of this review is to summarize the PD-1 and PD-L1 biological functions and their alterative expression in hematological malignancies. The role of PD-1 and PD-L1 in T-cell immune suppression and the potential for immunotherapy via blocking PD-1 and PD-L1 in hematological malignancies are also reviewed.
Leukemia, particularly aggressive refractory hematological malignancies unresponsive to upfront therapy, remains a difficult condition to treat. The focus of therapy is to achieve complete disease remission. Therefore, alternative treatment options that utilize immunotherapy while minimizing toxicity are warranted [1–3]. It is well known that persistent immunodeficiency is a common feature in patients with leukemia. Moreover, T cell function becomes suppressed with disease progression. Such immune dysfunction may be due to a disorder in thymic output function (in particular in young patients), which results in a lower level of naive T-cells in the peripheral blood available for an immune response to the proliferation and abnormal expression of the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire. This condition results in an impaired specific antigen response and abnormal TCR signal transduction, which results in lower T cell activation for an immune response [4–9]. Moreover, increasing data have shown that peripheral T-cell tolerance is an essential property of the specific immune response to tumor cells. T-cell anergy is defined as the state in which T-cells fail to respond to previously encountered antigenic stimulation by functional APCs. Such T-cells lose the ability to autonomously produce IL-2 . In addition, the low cytotoxicity of T-cells may be related to the high expression level of inhibitory molecules including programmed death-1 (PD-1), LAG-3 and NKG2A in CD8+T cells . Moreover, it has been shown that the PD-1 ligand (PD-L1) is highly expressed in leukemia cells. In addition, PD-1/PD-L1 interactions contribute to functional T-cell impairment, which fails to elicit minimal residual disease and may be related to leukemia relapse. This phenomenon may be one of the reasons why immature leukemic progenitor cells escape the immune system i.e., by inhibiting T-cell function via the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway .
Structural features of PD-1 and PD-L1
The PD-1 gene is a CD28 family member that is a member of the immunoglobulin gene superfamily. Murine PD-1 mRNA expression has been shown to be correlated with activation-induced apoptosis in a mouse T-cell hybridoma cell line and murine thymocytes . PD-1 is expressed on activated T cells, B cells, and myeloid cells. Human PD-1 is a homolog of murine PD-1 (mPD-1), which was originally isolated by Ishida et al. from apoptotic T-cell hybridomas by subtractive hybridization . The human PD-1 gene is located on chromosome 2 at band q37, and the full length PD-1 cDNA is 2,106 nucleotides long and encodes a predicted protein of 288 amino acid residues. The human PD-1 and mPD-1 genes share 70% homology at the nucleotide level and 60% homology at the amino acid level. The PD-1 gene is encoded by five exons (EX1–EX5). EX1 (76 bp) encodes an L-region (25 aa) followed by an intron of 5,781 bp. EX2 (360 bp) encodes a short hydrophilic-region (6 aa) and an extracellular V-like domain (120 aa) and is separated from EX3 (156 bp) by an intron of 267 bp that encodes a connecting-region (23 aa), transmembrane-region (24 aa) and a portion of the C-like-domain (5 aa). The EX4 (35 bp) and EX5 intracytoplasmic regions (237 bp) are separated by an intron of 651 bp encoding most of the cytoplasmic-region (12 and 79 aa) (Figure 1) . Five human PD-1 isoforms have been identified [16, 17]. PD-1 is a 50–55 kDa type I transmembrane protein with a single IgV domain in the extracellular region. The cytoplasmic region of PD-1 contains an ITIM (immuno-receptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif) and an ITSM (immuno-receptor tyrosine-based switch motif), and the latter is essential for the inhibitory function of TCR signaling . PD-L1, which is also known as B7-H1 (CD274), is a cell surface protein of B7 family member. This protein is expressed on immune or non-hematopoietic cells. The human PD-L1 gene is located at 9p24, and the full length PD-L1 cDNA is 870 bp. The open reading frame of the PD-L1 gene encodes a putative type I transmembrane protein of 290 amino acids consisting of immunoglobulin V-like and C-like domains, a hydrophobic transmembrane domain and a cytoplasmic tail of 30 amino acids .
Biological functions of PD-1 and PD-L1
As the main ligand for PD-1, PD-L1 induces a co-inhibitory signal in activated T-cells and promotes T-cell apoptosis, anergy and functional exhaustion [20, 21]. T cell activation requires a TCR-mediated signal in addition to TCR signaling, and the strength and duration of T-cell activation are mainly determined by the net effect of positive and negative co-stimulation and cytokines from antigen-presenting cells (APCs). However, the ability to shape the outcome of positive vs. negative co-stimulation relies, at least partially, on the temporal and spatial expression of stimulatory and inhibitory ligands for co-signaling receptors . Some molecular pairs attenuate the strength of the TCR signal, a process called co-inhibition [23, 24]. The effect of the PD-1 and PD-L1 interaction is thought to be important for co-inhibition during the T-cell initiation of an immune response. T-cell activation also induces the expression of PD-1, while cytokines such as INF-γ and IL-4, which are produced after T-cell activation, up regulate PD-1 ligands, establishing a feedback loop that attenuates immune responses and limits the extent of immune-mediated tissue damage unless the activation is overridden by strong co-stimulatory signals. In proximity to the TCR signaling complex, PD-1 delivers a co-inhibitory signal upon binding with either of its two ligands PD-L1 or PD-L2. Ligand engagement results in the tyrosine phosphorylation of the PD-1 cytoplasmic domain and the recruitment of phosphatases, particularly SHP2 . This recruitment results in dephosphorylation of the TCR proximal signaling molecules including ZAP70, PKCθ, and CD3ζ, leading to attenuation of the TCR/CD28 signal . The ligation of PD-L1 on T-cells by either specific monoclonal antibodies or immobilized PD-1 co-stimulates T-cell growth and cytokine secretion .
Expression characteristics of PD-1 and PD-L1
PD-1 is expressed in the thymus primarily on CD4-CD8- (double negative) T-cells late in the transition from double negative to double positive cells. Double negative γδ thymocytes express high levels of PD-1, and natural killer T-cells express low levels of PD-1. Moreover, interesting findings have shown that PD-L1 is expressed at high levels by activated CD4+T cells . Although PD-1 was not preferentially expressed in pro-B cells from human fetal bone marrow, treatment of isolated pro-B cells with IL-7 resulted in a dramatic increase in expression [16, 17, 27]. PD-L1 is expressed on almost all types of lymphohematopoietic cells at varying levels and is constitutively expressed on T-cells, B-cells, macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs). This ligand is further upregulated and strongly induced by mitogenic stimulation and IFN-γ, which is reminiscent of PD-1 receptor expression [28, 29]. Moreover, the PD-L1 splice variant expression pattern was variable in different individuals and different cellular statuses. PD-L1 expression may be regulated at the posttranscriptional level through alternative splicing, and modulation of PD-L1 isoform expression may influence the outcome of specific immune responses in peripheral tissues . The expression of PD-L1 is also detected on non-lymphoid cells e.g., endothelial cells in the heart, β cells in the pancreas, glial cells in inflamed brains and muscle cells [31–35]. Moreover, PD-L1 is abundant in human carcinomas of the lung, ovary and colon and in melanoma  and leukemic cells [28, 37, 38]. The latter finding appears to be important for cancer immunotherapy.
Alterative expression of PD-1 in T cells from patients with hematological malignancies
Increasing data have shown that PD-1 is expressed at a higher level in T cells from tumor patients . Recently, it was reported that CML-specific cytotoxic T-cells (CTLs) maintain only limited cytotoxic activity, do not produce interferon-γ or tumor necrosis factor-α, and do not expand after restimulation. These CTLs were characterized by the high expression of PD-1, and their target CML cells expressed higher levels of PD-L1 . This phenomenon was not only found in a CML mouse model but also in patients with CML . Thus, higher PD-1 expression in CTLs is related to inhibition of the effector phase of T-cell responses and reduced antitumor activity. It was more recently reported that PD-1 expression in CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells is significantly higher in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), while the levels of PD-1 expression on both CD4+CD25+ and CD4+CD25- T-cells were increased in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL), but not in CD8+T cells [41–43]. More importantly, PD-1 was markedly elevated in tumor-infiltrating and peripheral T-cells from patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) .
The PD-L1 expression pattern in leukemia and lymphoma cells and the tumor microenvironment
A higher expression of PD-L1 was found in the majority of different hematological malignant cells, including primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma, T-cell/histiocyte-rich B-cell lymphoma, EBV-positive and EBV-negative PTLD, EBV-associated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), plasmablastic lymphoma, extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma, HHV8-associated Kaposi sarcoma, B-cell leukemia, CML, AML cells, as well as in ATL cells in some patients [37, 38, 40, 41, 44, 45]. PD-L1 expression was also demonstrated in primary Hodgkin/Reed-Sternberg (H/RS) cells . Moreover, PD-L1 is highly expressed on tumor-infiltrating macrophages and the surface of tumor cells and antigen-presenting cells in the tumor microenvironment [30, 31]. It appears to be clear that PD-L1/PD-1 co-stimulation has to be targeted in the tumor microenvironment. Tumor cells upregulate PD-L1 to dampen CTL attack. This upregulation is possibly a consequence of pro-inflammatory cytokine production by tumor infiltrating immune cells. For example, the IFN-γ produced by inflammatory cells acts as a potent PD-L1 up-regulator .
PD-1 and PD-L1 relative immune suppression in hematological malignancies
Tumor-associated immune suppression can lead to defective T-cell-mediated antitumor immunity. Based on the finding that PD-L1 is up-regulated on HL cells, and PD-1 is markedly elevated in the tumor-infiltrating or peripheral T cells of HL patients, blockade of the PD-1 signaling pathway inhibits SHP-2 phosphorylation and restores the IFN-γ-producing function of HL-infiltrating T-cells . According to these results, the deficient cellular immunity observed in HL patients may be explained as "T-cell exhaustion," which is led by the activation of PD-1-PD-L1 signaling pathway. This finding provides a potentially effective immunologic strategy for the treatment of HL . Increasing data indicate that the PD-1-PD-L1 signaling pathway is related to immune suppression and disease progression. Zhou Q et al. demonstrated a unique phenotype i.e., co-expression of Tim-3 and PD-1 on CD8+ T cells increased during AML progression. Combined PD-1/PD-L1 and Tim-3/galectin-9 blockade could rescue mice from AML lethality , and this may be beneficial for preventing CD8+T-cell exhaustion in patients with hematological malignancies.
Moreover, data have shown cancer cell associated PD-L1 increases during the apoptosis of antigen-specific human T-cell clones in vitro. In CML patients, T cells may be under the control of different immune escape mechanisms. CML with Sokal high risk have an increase in the number of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), which are an important immunosuppressive cell population in the tumor microenvironment. These MDSCs upregulate the expression of PD-L1/PD-1, arginase 1 and soluble CD25. While PD-L1 blockade does not increase T-cell proliferation, it does upregulate IL-2 secretion . Therefore, combining anti-PD-1 therapy, which may re-educate MDSCs, to favor the recruitment of adoptively transferred, tumor-specific T-cells to lead to an improved antitumor response may be considered .
The role of PD-1 and PD-L1 targeted immunotherapy in hematological malignancies
Recently, target immunotherapy using PD-1 and PD-L1 monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) was demonstrated to significantly induce durable tumor regression and prolong disease stabilization in patients with selected advanced cancers, including non–small cell lung cancer, a tumor considered to be non-responsive to immunotherapy [39, 49]. These results have led to many studies evaluating the effects of the target inhibition of PD-1 and PD-L1 in different cancers including hematological malignancies.
The findings of PD-1 and PD-L1 expression characteristics in leukemia and lymphomas with defective T-cell immune responses have implications for the design of T-cell-based cancer immunotherapy, and blockade of the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway may be a clinically effective strategy [36, 41, 50]. For example, an anti-PD-L1 blocking antibody boosted the proliferation and IFN-γ secretion of allogeneic T-cells responding to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and DLBCL cells. In autologous cultures of primary ALCL and DLBCL cells, PD-L1 blockade enhanced the secretion of the inflammatory cytokines IFN-γ, granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor, IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, IL-13, TNF-α, and macrophage inflammatory protein-1α. In establishing cell lines from an aggressive PD-L1+mature B-cell lymphoma, it was also noted that PD-L1 expression could be lost under certain in vitro culture conditions . Moreover, the phase I clinical study showed the CT-011 which is a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody against PD1 to be safe and well tolerated in patients with AML, CLL, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), HL or multiple myeloma (MM) at an advanced stage of their disease and following chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplantation. Clinical benefit was observed in 33% of the patients with one complete remission. The elevated peripheral blood CD4+, CD8+, and CD69+T cells were detected in CT-011 treated patients. However, no change in the levels of IFN-γ or t TNF-α was noted in sera derived from hematologic malignancy patients following treatment with CT-011. And a phase II clinical study evaluating the safety and efficacy of CT-011 administered at the dose level of 1.5 mg/kg in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma following autologous bone marrow transplantation has been initiated .
The upregulation of PD-1 and PD-L1 is a common phenomenon in leukemia and lymphomas that leads to double T-cell immunodeficiency, low proliferation and activation effects, and higher immune suppression in patients. These findings further characterized the immune escape mechanisms and allowed understanding the lower effects of the T-cell immunotherapeutic efficacies in hematological malignancies. Moreover, the detection of PD-1 and PD-L1 may be considered a novel prognostic marker in these patients. Targeted inhibition of PD-1 and PD-L1 by different methods, such as MoAbs, small molecules or siRNAs, may significantly affect immunotherapeutic efficacies. Moreover, T-cell immunodeficiency in leukemia patients may be associated with different causes of immune suppression, such as alterative expression of TCR signaling pathway members and the immune negative feedback regulator A20 [5, 53]. The PD-1 and PD-L1 interaction may reduce the apoptosis of tumor cells by suppressing T-cell function; thus, they may share a common signal transduction, and the development of a comprehensive strategy for special immunotherapy targeting this different pathway is needed.
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The study was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 81100353, 91129720 and 81270604), the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, China (No. S2013020012863), the Guangdong Science & Technology Project (2012B050600023), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 21612116).
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
The concept of this paper was devised by YQL, LS, SHC, LJY and YQL contributed to the intellectual input of the paper. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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