High CD3D/CD4 ratio predicts better survival in muscle-invasive bladder cancer.

Background: Bladder cancer is a common malignancy that affects the human urinary tract. Muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) is aggressive and has poor prognosis. Previous studies have reported that the tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) were associated with MIBC outcome; however, inconsistency remains and mRNA level TIL markers' prognostic significance in MIBC is unclear.   Materials and methods: In the present study, we reanalyzed data from four public datasets (the Cancer Genome Atlas for investigation; and CIT, GSE5287, and GSE31684 for validation) to examine the prognostic significance of CD3D, CD4, CD8A, CD3D/CD4 and CD3D/CD8A in MIBC.  Results: We found that the CD3D/CD4 ratio was a stable independent prognostic factor in MIBC (beta = -0.87, P = 0.025); high CD3D/CD4 ratio predicted better survival in MIBC, and the power of this association was much stronger in basal-squamous tumors (beta = -4.73, P = 2.67E-06). We also noted that the CD4 expression was significantly higher than CD3D (P < 0.05), indicating the presence of CD3-CD4+ cells which could be immune-suppressing. Conclusion: The CD3D/CD4 ratio can be viewed as a prognostic marker and a rough measurement for the interaction between immune-effecting CD3+ TILs and immune-suppressing CD3-CD4+ cells in MIBC, and this interaction may play a particularly important role in anti-cancer immunity in basal-squamous tumors as it has a very strong association with survival in this subtype, and may be used to select potential responders to immunotherapy.

Cancer management and research. 2019 Apr 12*** epublish ***

Ming-Jun Shi, Xiang-Yu Meng, Qiu-Ji Wu, Xiong-Hui Zhou

Institut Curie, PSL Research University, CNRS, UMR 144, Paris F-75005, France., Hubei Key Laboratory of Agricultural Bioinformatics, College of Informatics, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, People's Republic of China., Department of Oncology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430071, People's Republic of China.