Inflammatory cytokines, immune stimulants, chemokines, and tumor growth/growth suppressing factors are molecular messengers that circulate and have the capability to modify the tumor microenvironment and impact response to therapeutics. The characterization of soluble mediators as biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis is of interest in oncology. We utilize the cytokinome to characterize the response of colorectal tumor cell lines to selected small-molecules in oncology as a proof-of-concept dataset with immune synergy heat map rankings of analytes for drug and cell line combinations. We observed overall trends in drug-class effects with MEK-, BRAF-, PARP-inhibitors, and Imipridones in cytokine, chemokine, and growth factor responses that may help guide therapy selection. MEK-inhibitor treatment downregulated analytes VEGF, CXCL9/MIG, and IL-8/CXCL8 and upregulated CXCL14/BRAK, Prolactin, and CCL5/RANTES. BRAF-inhibitor treatment downregulated VEGF and IL-8/CXCL8, while increasing sTRAIL-R2. Treatment with PARP-inhibitors decreased CXCL9/MIG, IL-8/CXCL8, CCL3/MIP-1 alpha, VEGF, and CXCL14/BRAK, while treatment increased sTRAIL-R2 and prolactin. Treatment with Imipridones decreased CCL3/MIP-1 alpha, VEGF, CXCL14/BRAK, IL-8/CXCL8, and Prolactin and increased CXCL5/ENA-78. We also observed differential responses to therapeutics depending on the mutational profile of the cell line. In the future, a similar but larger data-set may be utilized in the clinic to aid in immune synergy prediction of a patient's response to therapy based on tumor genotype.

Citation Format: Kelsey E. Huntington, Anna Louie, Lanlan Zhou, Wafik S. El-Deiry. A high-throughput customized cytokinome screen of colon cancer cell responses to small-molecule oncology drugs [abstract]. In: Abstracts: AACR Virtual Special Conference: Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy; 2021 Oct 5-6. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Immunol Res 2022;10(1 Suppl):Abstract nr P036.