Behind the Study: Molecular Characterization of Lung Carcinomas Expressing KK-LC-1



July 11, 2022

Dr. Robert Hsu from the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, University of Southern California, describes a recent research paper he co-authored that was published by Oncotarget, entitled, “Molecular characterization of Kita-Kyushu lung cancer antigen (KK-LC-1) expressing carcinomas.” DOI - Correspondence to - Jorge J. Nieva - Abstract Cancer/testis antigens (CTAs) are strongly expressed in some solid tumors but minimally expressed in normal tissue, making them appealing therapeutic targets. KK-LC-1 (CXorf61) has cytoplasmic expression in gastric, breast, and lung cancer. We characterized the molecular subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) expressing KK-LC-1 to inform rational clinical trials of T-cell receptor therapy (TCR-T) targeting KK-LC-1. 9790 NSCLC tumors that underwent whole transcriptome sequencing (Illumina NovaSeq) and NextGen DNA sequencing (NextSeq, 592 Genes and NovaSEQ, WES) at Caris Life Sciences (Phoenix, AZ) were analyzed. Tumors were split into quartiles based on KK-LC-1 expression and pathological and molecular differences were investigated. Adenocarcinoma had significantly higher KK-LC-1 expression than squamous cell carcinoma (median, 3.25 vs. 1.17 transcripts per million (TPM), p < 0.0001). Tumors with the highest quartile of KK-LC-1 expression had a greater proportion of tumors with high tumor mutation burden (TMB) (≥10 mutations per megabase; 44% vs. 28% in Q1, p < 0.001). Increased KK-LC-1 expression was associated with increased M1 macrophage abundance. Higher levels of KK-LC-1 expression were seen in pan-wild type and KRAS mutated tumors and associated with high TMB. TCR-T therapy directed against KK-LC-1 should be considered in patients whose clinical features reflect these characteristics. Sign up for free Altmetric alerts about this article - Press release - Keywords - lung cancer, tumor microenvironment, diagnostic biomarkers, biomarkers for immunotherapy, cancer testis antigen About Oncotarget Oncotarget is a peer-reviewed, open access biomedical journal covering research on all aspects of oncology. To learn more about Oncotarget, please visit and connect with us: SoundCloud - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube - LinkedIn - Pinterest - Reddit - Oncotarget is published by Impact Journals, LLC: Media Contact MEDIA@IMPACTJOURNALS.COM 18009220957

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