Identification of an Amino Acid Metabolism Signature Participating in Immunosuppression in Ovarian Cancer

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2022 Jun 22;2022:4525540. doi: 10.1155/2022/4525540. eCollection 2022.


Ovarian cancer is one of the most fatal gynecologic cancer types, and its heterogeneity in the microenvironment limited the efficacy of the current treatment. In this study, we aimed at building a risk score to predict patient survival based on the amino acid metabolic genes and TCGA RNA-seq dataset (n = 376). We first used univariate analysis and PCA to select and test the survival-related genes, and the LASSO regression was applied to build the risk score signature with prediction accuracy estimation by survival analysis and ROC. We then conducted GSEA and GSVA to investigate the biological roles of the signature and run ESTIMATE and 4 different immunocyte infiltration algorithms to investigate the immunological diversity between the risk groups. Furthermore, the immune checkpoint expression was compared. We finally explored the cMap and PRISM database to screen out sensitive drugs for high-risk patients and analyzed the oncogenic role of TPH1 by clone formation and transwell migration assays. As a result, the risk score predicted patients' survival and stage with high accuracy. We found that the signature mainly affected the extracellular activities and cancer immunity by functional enrichment. We further discovered that the high-risk OV harbored a high level of stromal cell infiltration and was associated with highly infiltrated fibroblasts and decreased CD8+ T cells. The immune checkpoint analyses showed that TGFB1 and CD276 were upregulated. Finally, we screened out 4 PRISM drugs with lower IC50 in the high-risk group and validated the oncogenic role of TPH1 in OV cancers. We believe this research offered a novel understanding of the interplay between amino acid metabolism and immunity in OV and will benefit patients with better prognostic management and therapeutic strategy development.