Nuclear receptor NR2F6 inhibition potentiates responses to PD-L1/PD-1 cancer immune checkpoint blockade

Victoria Klepsch, Natascha Hermann-Kleiter, Patricia Do-Dinh, Bojana Jakic, Anne Offermann, Mirjana Efremova, Sieghart Sopper, Dietmar Rieder, Anne Krogsdam, Gabriele Gamerith, Sven Perner, Alexandar Tzankov, Zlatko Trajanoski, Dominik Wolf, Gottfried Baier*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Analyzing mouse tumor models in vivo, human T cells ex vivo, and human lung cancer samples, we provide direct evidence that NR2F6 acts as an immune checkpoint. Genetic ablation of Nr2f6, particularly in combination with established cancer immune checkpoint blockade, efficiently delays tumor progression and improves survival in experimental mouse models. The target genes deregulated in intratumoral T lymphocytes upon genetic ablation of Nr2f6 alone or together with PD-L1 blockade reveal multiple advantageous transcriptional alterations. Acute Nr2f6 silencing in both mouse and human T cells induces hyper-responsiveness that establishes a non-redundant T-cell-inhibitory function of NR2F6. NR2F6 protein expression in T-cell-infiltrating human NSCLC is upregulated in 54% of the cases (n = 303) and significantly correlates with PD-1 and CTLA-4 expression. Our data define NR2F6 as an intracellular immune checkpoint that suppresses adaptive anti-cancer immune responses and set the stage for clinical validation of targeting NR2F6 for next-generation immuno-oncological regimens.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1538
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2018


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