Autoantibodies involved in primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency following treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors.


Primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency (AI) are commonly known immune-related adverse events following treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), and are clinically relevant due to their morbidity and potential mortality. For this reason, upfront identification of patients susceptible for ICI-induced AI could be a step in improving patient's safety. Multiple studies have focused on the identification of novel biomarkers for ICI-induced AI, including autoantibodies, which may be involved in ICI-induced AI as a result of the T-cell-mediated activation of autoreactive B cells. This review highlights the currently described autoantibodies that may be involved in either primary [e.g. anti-21-hydroxylase, anti-17α-hydroxylase, anti-P450scc, anti-aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC), anti-interferon (IFN)α and anti-IFNΩ] or secondary AI [e.g. anti-guanine nucleotide-binding protein G(olf) subunit alpha (GNAL), anti-integral membrane protein 2B (ITM2B), anti-zinc finger CCHC-type containing 8 (ZCCHC8), anti-pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC), anti-TPIT (corticotroph-specific transcription factor), anti-pituitary-specific transcriptional factor-1 (PIT-1) and others], and discusses the current evidence concerning their role as biomarker for ICI-induced AI. Standardized autoantibody measurements in patients (to be) treated with ICIs would be a clinically accessible and patient-friendly screening method to identify the patients at risk, and could change the management of ICI-induced AI.

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Immuno-oncology technology
  • Volume 17
  • Pages 100374
  • Publication date 01-03-2023

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