We read with great interest the article by Zhang et al 1 showing that CD8+ cell infiltration in pancreatic tumours can be enhanced by depletion of myeloid cells (CD11b+ macrophages and myeloid-derived suppressor cells) and that the depletion of CD11b+ cells resulted in decreased PD-L1 expression on cancer cells thus impairing the triggering of the inhibitory receptor PD-1 on T cells.1 Recruitment and activation of CD8+ lymphocytes in tumours are suppressed by mechanisms only partially understood and rescuing CD8+ cell infiltrate in tumours is one of the objectives of immunotherapies.1 2 Tumour-associated macrophages (TAMs) play a crucial role in the relation between tumour cells and their environment.3 Here, we confirm the interplay between macrophages and CD8+ cells in pancreatic cancer and identify a potential way to exploit this enhancing effect of anti-PD-1 treatment. Indeed, we show that reduction of macrophage infiltrate, through treatment with an anti-Bcl-2-Associated athanoGene 3 (BAG3) antibody,4 results in increased number of CD8+ cells in pancreatic tumours in a murine model.

Combined effect of anti-BAG3 and anti-PD-1 treatment on macrophage infiltrate, CD8(+) T cell number and tumour growth in pancreatic cancer. Turco MC: Corresponding Author

IORIO, VITTORIA;ROSATI, ALESSANDRA;D'AURIA, Raffaella;DE MARCO, MARGOT;MARZULLO, Liberato;BASILE, ANNA;FESTA, Michelina;PASCALE, Maria;REMONDELLI, Paolo;CAPUNZO, Mario;AMODIO, GIUSEPPINA;TURCO, Maria Caterina
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2018-01-01

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We read with great interest the article by Zhang et al 1 showing that CD8+ cell infiltration in pancreatic tumours can be enhanced by depletion of myeloid cells (CD11b+ macrophages and myeloid-derived suppressor cells) and that the depletion of CD11b+ cells resulted in decreased PD-L1 expression on cancer cells thus impairing the triggering of the inhibitory receptor PD-1 on T cells.1 Recruitment and activation of CD8+ lymphocytes in tumours are suppressed by mechanisms only partially understood and rescuing CD8+ cell infiltrate in tumours is one of the objectives of immunotherapies.1 2 Tumour-associated macrophages (TAMs) play a crucial role in the relation between tumour cells and their environment.3 Here, we confirm the interplay between macrophages and CD8+ cells in pancreatic cancer and identify a potential way to exploit this enhancing effect of anti-PD-1 treatment. Indeed, we show that reduction of macrophage infiltrate, through treatment with an anti-Bcl-2-Associated athanoGene 3 (BAG3) antibody,4 results in increased number of CD8+ cells in pancreatic tumours in a murine model.
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