Double-negative (CD27 - IgD - ) B cells are expanded in NSCLC and inversely correlate with affinity-matured B cell populations

Sara M. Centuori, Cecil J. Gomes, Samuel S. Kim, Charles W. Putnam, Brandon T. Larsen, Linda L. Garland, David W. Mount, Jesse D. Martinez

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Background: The presence of B cells in early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is associated with longer survival, however, the role these cells play in the generation and maintenance of anti-tumor immunity is unclear. B cells differentiate into a variety of subsets with differing characteristics and functions. To date, there is limited information on the specific B cell subsets found within NSCLC. To better understand the composition of the B cell populations found in NSCLC we have begun characterizing B cells in lung tumors and have detected a population of B cells that are CD79A + CD27 - IgD - . These CD27 - IgD - (double-negative) B cells have previously been characterized as unconventional memory B cells and have been detected in some autoimmune diseases and in the elderly population but have not been detected previously in tumor tissue. Methods: A total of 15 fresh untreated NSCLC tumors and 15 matched adjacent lung control tissues were dissociated and analyzed by intracellular flow cytometry to detect the B cell-related markers CD79A, CD27 and IgD. All CD79A + B cells subsets were classified as either naïve (CD27 - IgD + ), affinity-matured (CD27 + IgD - ), early memory/germinal center cells (CD27 + IgD + ) or double-negative B cells (CD27 - IgD - ). Association of double-negative B cells with clinical data including gender, age, smoking status, tumor diagnosis and pathologic differentiation status were also examined using the logistic regression analysis for age and student's t-test for all other variables. Associations with other B cell subpopulations were examined using Spearman's rank correlation. Results: We observed that double-negative B cells were frequently abundant in lung tumors compared to normal adjacent controls (13 out of 15 cases), and in some cases made up a substantial proportion of the total B cell compartment. The presence of double-negative cells was also found to be inversely related to the presence of affinity-matured B cells within the tumor, Spearman's coefficient of - 0.76. Conclusions: This study is the first to observe the presence of CD27 - IgD - double-negative B cells in human NSCLC and that this population is inversely correlated with traditional affinity-matured B cell populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number30
JournalJournal of Translational Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 2018


  • B cells
  • CD27
  • Double-negative B cells
  • Lung cancer
  • Memory B cells
  • TIL-Bs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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