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Mesenchymal stem cells derived from low risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients promote NK cell antitumor activity



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Entrena, Ana and Varas, Alberto and Vázquez, Miriam and Melen, Gustavo J. and Fernández Sevilla, Lidia M. and García Castro, Javier and Ramírez, Manuel and Zapata González, Agustín Gregorio and Vicente, Ángeles (2015) Mesenchymal stem cells derived from low risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients promote NK cell antitumor activity. Cancer Letters, 363 (2). pp. 156-165. ISSN 0304-3835

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Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are key components of the bone marrow microenvironment which contribute to the maintenance of the hematopoietic stem cell niche and exert immunoregulatory functions in innate and adaptive immunity. We analyze the immunobiology of MSCs derived from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients and their impact on NK cell function. In contrast to the inhibitory effects on the immune response exerted by MSCs from healthy donors (Healthy-MSCs), we demonstrate that MSCs derived from low/intermediate risk ALL patients at diagnosis (ALL-MSCs) promote an efficient NK cell response including cytokine production, phenotypic activation and most importantly, cytotoxicity. Longitudinal studies indicate that these immunostimulatory effects of ALL-MSCs are progressively attenuated. Healthy-MSCs adopt ALL-MSC-like immunomodulatory features when exposed to leukemia cells, acquiring the ability to stimulate NK cell antitumor function. The mechanisms underlying to these functional changes of ALL-MSCs include reduced production of soluble inhibitory factors, differential expression of costimulatory and coinhibitory molecules, increased expression of specific TLRs and Notch pathway activation. Collectively our findings indicate that, in response to leukemia cells, ALL-MSCs could mediate a host beneficial immunomodulatory effect by stimulating the antitumor innate immune response.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mesenchymal stem cells; Acute lymphoblastic leukemia; NK cells; Tumor microenvironment
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Cytology
ID Code:42007
Deposited On:29 Mar 2017 14:47
Last Modified:03 Apr 2017 12:00

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