Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Expressing ErbB-2/neu Elicit Protective Antibreast Tumor Immunity In vivo, Which Is Paradoxically Suppressed by IFN-γ and Tumor Necrosis Factor-α Priming Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Abstract It is unknown whether mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) can regulate immune responses targeting tumor autoantigens of low immunogenicity. We tested here whether immunization with MSC could break immune tolerance towards the ErbB-2/HER-2/neu tumor antigen and the effects of priming with IFN-γ and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) on this process. BALB/c– and C57BL/6-derived MSC were lentivirally transduced to express a kinase-inactive rat neu mutant (MSC/Neu). Immunization of BALB/c mice with nontreated or IFN-γ–primed allogeneic or syngeneic MSC/Neu induced similar levels of anti-neu antibody titers; however, only syngeneic MSC/Neu induced protective neu-specific CD8+ T cell responses. Compared to immunization with nontreated or IFN-γ–primed syngeneic MSC/Neu, the number of circulating neu-specific CD8+ T cells and titers of anti-neu antibodies were observed to be decreased after immunizations with IFN-γ– plus TNF-α–primed MSC/Neu. In addition, syngeneic MSC/Neu seemed more efficient than IFN-γ–primed MSC/Neu at inducing a protective therapeutic antitumor immune response resulting in the regression of transplanted neu-expressing mammary tumor cells. In vitro antigen-presenting cell assays performed with paraformaldehyde-fixed or live MSC showed that priming with IFN-γ plus TNF-α, compared to priming with IFN-γ alone, increased antigen presentation as well as the production of immunosuppressive factors. These data suggest that whereas MSC could effectively serve as antigen-presenting cells to induce immune responses aimed at tumor autoantigens, these functions are critically regulated by IFN-γ and TNF-α. Cancer Res; 70(20); 7742–7. ©2010 AACR.


  • Romieu-Mourez, Raphaëlle
  • François, Moïra
  • Abate, Amanda
  • Boivin, Marie-Noëlle
  • Birman, Elena
  • Bailey, Dana
  • Bramson, Jonathan
  • Forner, Kathy
  • Young, Yoon-Kow
  • Medin, Jeffrey A
  • Galipeau, Jacques

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  • October 15, 2010

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