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posted on 2022-05-20, 04:03 authored by Li Chen, Shaolong Huang, Qiang Liu, Xiangyi Kong, Zhaohui Su, Mengliu Zhu, Yi Fang, Lin Zhang, Xingrui Li, Jing Wang

This study aims to investigate the potential prognostic significance of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) protein expression in tumor cells of breast cancer patients received neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT).


Using semiquantitative immunohistochemistry, the PD-L1 protein expression in breast cancer tissues was analyzed. The correlations between PD-L1 protein expression and clinicopathologic characteristics were analyzed using Chi-square test or Fisher’s exact test. The survival curve was stemmed from Kaplan-Meier assay, and the log-rank test was used to compare survival distributions against individual index levels. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression models were accessed to analyze the associations between PD-L1 protein expression and survival outcomes. A predictive nomogram model was constructed in accordance with the results of multivariate Cox model. Calibration analyses and decision curve analyses (DCA) were performed for the calibration of the nomogram model, and subsequently adopted to assess the accuracy and benefits of the nomogram model.


A total of 104 breast cancer patients received NACT were enrolled into this study. According to semiquantitative scoring for IHC, patients were divided into: low PD-L1 group (61 cases) and high PD-L1 group (43 cases). Patients with high PD-L1 protein expression were associated with longer disease free survival (DFS) (mean: 48.21 months vs. 31.16 months; P=0.011) and overall survival (OS) (mean: 83.18 months vs. 63.31 months; P=0.019) than those with low PD-L1 protein expression. Univariate and multivariate analyses indicated that PD-L1, duration of neoadjuvant therapy, E-Cadherin, targeted therapy were the independent prognostic factors for patients’ DFS and OS. Nomogram based on these independent prognostic factors was used to evaluate the DFS and OS time. The calibration plots shown PD-L1 based nomogram predictions were basically consistent with actual observations for assessments of 1-, 3-, and 5-year DFS and OS time. The DCA curves indicated the PD-L1 based nomogram had better predictive clinical applications regarding prognostic assessments of 3- and 5-year DFS and OS, respectively.


High PD-L1 protein expression was associated with significantly better prognoses and longer DFS and OS in breast cancer patients. Furthermore, PD-L1 protein expression was found to be a significant prognostic factor for patients who received NACT.