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LAG3 (LAG-3, CD223) DNA methylation correlates with LAG3 expression by tumor and immune cells, immune cell infiltration, and overall survival in clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

Niklas Klümper, Damian J Ralser, Emma Grace Bawden, Jenny Landsberg, Romina Zarbl, Glen Kristiansen, Marieta Toma, Manuel Ritter, Michael Hölzel, Jörg Ellinger, Dimo Dietrich

J Immunother Cancer | BMJ Journals | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Lymphocyte activating 3 (LAG3, LAG-3, CD223) is a promising target for immune checkpoint inhibition in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (KIRC). The aim of this study was to investigate the epigenetic regulation of LAG3 in KIRC by methylation. METHODS: We correlated quantitative LAG3 methylation levels with transcriptional activity, immune cell infiltration, and overall survival in a cohort of n=533 patients with KIRC and n=160 normal adjacent tissue (NAT) samples obtained from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Furthermore, we analyzed LAG3 methylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and KIRC cell lines. We validated correlations between LAG3 expression, immune cell inf..

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