Exceptional response and multisystem autoimmune-like toxicities associated with the same T cell clone in a patient with uveal melanoma treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1107 Immunology

Suthee Rapisuwon, Benjamin Izar, Cory Batenchuk, Alexandre Avila, Shaolin Mei, Peter Sorger, Jerry M. Parks, Sarah J. Cooper, David Wagner, Jay C. Zeck, Aline Charabaty Pishvaian, Michael B. Atkins

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Balancing the potential for durable remissions with autoimmune-like toxicities is a key clinical challenge in the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI). Certain toxicities are associated with an increased response rate; however, the molecular underpinnings of this association are poorly understood. Here, we report a patient with wide spread uveal melanoma who had an exceptional response to treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab, but suffered severe immune-related sequelae, including central serous retinopathy with retinal detachment, tinnitus, and vitiligo resembling Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease, and refractory enteritis. TCR-sequencing of the primary tumor, a hepatic metastasis, duodenal biopsy and peripheral blood mononuclear cells, identified the identical T cell clone in all four tissues. This case provides preliminary evidence for cross-reactivity as a mechanism for the association between effect and toxicity of ICIs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number61
JournalJournal for immunotherapy of cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 2019
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research

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