SP142 PD-L1 Scoring Shows High Interobserver and Intraobserver Agreement in Triple-negative Breast Carcinoma But Overall Low Percentage Agreement With Other PD-L1 Clones SP263 and 22C3

Am J Surg Pathol. 2021 Aug 1;45(8):1108-1117. doi: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001701.


SP142 programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) status predicts response to atezolizumab in triple-negative breast carcinoma (TNBC). Prevalence of VENTANA PD-L1 (SP142) Assay positivity, concordance with the VENTANA PD-L1 (SP263) Assay and Dako PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx assay, and association with clinicopathologic features were assessed in 447 TNBCs. SP142 PD-L1 intraobserver and interobserver agreement was investigated in a subset of 60 TNBCs, with scores enriched around the 1% cutoff. The effect of a 1-hour training video on pretraining and posttraining scores was ascertained. At a 1% cutoff, 34.2% of tumors were SP142 PD-L1 positive. SP142 PD-L1 positivity was significantly associated with tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (P <0.01), and node negativity (P=0.02), but not with tumor grade (P=0.35), tumor size (P=0.58), or BRCA mutation (P=0.53). Overall percentage agreement (OPA) for intraobserver and interobserver agreement was 95.0% and 93.7%, respectively, among 5 pathologists trained in TNBC SP142 PD-L1 scoring. In 5 TNBC SP142 PD-L1-naive pathologists, significantly higher OPA to the reference score was achieved after video training (posttraining OPA 85.7%, pretraining OPA 81.5%, P<0.05). PD-L1 status at a 1% cutoff was assessed by SP142 and SP263 in 420 cases, and by SP142 and 22C3 in 423 cases, with OPA of 88.1% and 85.8%, respectively. The VENTANA PD-L1 (SP142) Assay is reproducible for classifying TNBC PD-L1 status by trained observers; however, it is not analytically equivalent to the VENTANA PD-L1 (SP263) Assay and Dako PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx assay.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • B7-H1 Antigen / analysis*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Observer Variation
  • Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms* / pathology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • B7-H1 Antigen
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • CD274 protein, human