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Enhancing CD8+ T Cell Fatty Acid Catabolism within a Metabolically Challenging Tumor Microenvironment Increases the Efficacy of Melanoma Immunotherapy.

Cancer cell | Sep 11, 2017

How tumor-infiltrating T lymphocytes (TILs) adapt to the metabolic constrains within the tumor microenvironment (TME) and to what degree this affects their ability to combat tumor progression remain poorly understood. Using mouse melanoma models, we report that CD8+ TILs enhance peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-α signaling and catabolism of fatty acids (FAs) when simultaneously subjected to hypoglycemia and hypoxia. This metabolic switch partially preserves CD8+ TILs' effector functions, although co-inhibitor expression increases during tumor progression regardless of CD8+ TILs' antigen specificity. Further promoting FA catabolism improves the CD8+ TILs' ability to slow tumor progression. PD-1 blockade delays tumor growth without changing TIL metabolism or functions. It synergizes with metabolic reprogramming of T cells to achieve superior antitumor efficacy and even complete cures.

Pubmed ID: 28898698 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Animals | Antigens, CD | CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes | Cell Hypoxia | Disease Progression | Fatty Acids | Female | Gene Knockdown Techniques | Glucose | Humans | Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1, alpha Subunit | Immunotherapy | Lymphocyte Activation | Lymphocytes, Tumor-Infiltrating | Melanoma | Mice, Inbred C57BL | Oxygen | Programmed Cell Death 1 Receptor | Stress, Physiological | Treatment Outcome | Tumor Microenvironment

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Associated grants

  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P50 CA101942
  • Agency: NIH HHS, Id: S10 OD017998
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P30 CA010815
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P01 CA114046
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P50 CA174523
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P30 CA016520

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