Cancer cell CCR2 orchestrates suppression of the adaptive immune response.

Fein, Miriam R, He, Xue-Yan, Almeida, Ana S, Bružas, Emilis, Pommier, Arnaud, Yan, Ran, Eberhardt, Anaïs, Fearon, Douglas T, Van Aelst, Linda, Wilkinson, John Erby, Dos Santos, Camila O, Egeblad, Mikala (October 2020) Cancer cell CCR2 orchestrates suppression of the adaptive immune response. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 217 (10). ISSN 0022-1007

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C-C chemokine receptor type 2 (CCR2) is expressed on monocytes and facilitates their recruitment to tumors. Though breast cancer cells also express CCR2, its functions in these cells are unclear. We found that Ccr2 deletion in cancer cells led to reduced tumor growth and approximately twofold longer survival in an orthotopic, isograft breast cancer mouse model. Deletion of Ccr2 in cancer cells resulted in multiple alterations associated with better immune control: increased infiltration and activation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and CD103+ cross-presenting dendritic cells (DCs), as well as up-regulation of MHC class I and down-regulation of checkpoint regulator PD-L1 on the cancer cells. Pharmacological or genetic targeting of CCR2 increased cancer cell sensitivity to CTLs and enabled the cancer cells to induce DC maturation toward the CD103+ subtype. Consistently, Ccr2-/- cancer cells did not induce immune suppression in Batf3-/- mice lacking CD103+ DCs. Our results establish that CCR2 signaling in cancer cells can orchestrate suppression of the immune response.

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Communities: CSHL labs > Beyaz lab
CSHL labs > Dos Santos lab
CSHL labs > Egeblad lab
CSHL labs > Fearon lab
CSHL labs > Van Aelst lab
CSHL Cancer Center Program > Cellular Communication in Cancer Program
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Date: 5 October 2020
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 16:33
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 15:52
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