Topotecan Decreases the Expression of Programmed Death-Ligand 1 in Glioblastoma Cell Lines; Implications for Immunotherapy

16 Feb 2018

´╗┐Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive primary brain tumor and thrives in a microenvironment of relative immunosuppression. The poor clinical outcome of these malignant tumors requires the development of novel treatment options/therapeutic regimens. Accordingly, numerous immunotherapies for GBM are currently being tested in ongoing clinical trials. Herein we have examined the ability of the FDA approved drug topotecan to suppress programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression. Our results suggest a role for topotecan as an adjuvant therapy in treatment regimens targeting certain GBM patient subpopulations in whom the expression of PD-L1 has been confirmed.