Combined focal radiation and anti-mCTLA-4 antibody therapy modulates myeloid subset phospho-stat3 levels in the 4T1 tumor microenvironment, and results in tumor growth inhibition

Date: 2018

Authors: David W Draper, Hillary Evens, Alden Wong, Scott Wise, and Maryland Rosenfeld Franklin

AACR Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy

POSTER | Combined Focal Radiation and Anti-mCTLA-4 Antibody Therapy Modulates Myeloid Subset Phospho-STAT3 Levels in the 4T1 Tumor Microenvironment, and Results in Tumor Growth Inhibition

Introduction and Background

  • Signaling through signal transducer and activator of transcription factor 3 (STAT3) in myeloid subsets triggers gene expression that has direct and indirect suppressive effects on several immune subsets.
  • Selective targeting of STAT3 in myeloid cells has become an attractive therapeutic approach as it can prevent adverse effects that may otherwise be triggered by broad inhibition of the pathway.
  • To facilitate development of drugs with selectivity for phospho-protein targets like STAT3, we have developed a phospho-flow panel that can measure phosphoprotein states in distinct myeloid subsets simultaneously.
  • The 4T1 syngeneic breast cancer model was used due to its high prevalence of granulocytic (G) MDSCs, as well as other immunosuppressive myeloid subsets.
  • Our results demonstrate that phospho-STAT3 (pSTAT3) levels were differentially regulated in MDSC and tumor-associated macrophage (TAM) subsets following in vivo treatment with focal radiation, anti-mCTLA-4, or the combination.

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