Sialylation of 3-methylcholanthrene-induced fibrosarcoma determines antitumor immune responses during immunoediting Academic Article uri icon


  • Sialylation of tumor cells is involved in various aspects of their malignancy (proliferation, motility, invasion, and metastasis); however, its effect on the process of immunoediting that affects tumor cell immunogenicity has not been studied. We have shown that in mice with impaired immunoediting, such as in IL-1α−/− and IFNγ−/− mice, 3-methylcholanthrene– induced fibrosarcoma cells are immunogenic and concomitantly bear low levels of surface sialylation, whereas tumor cells derived from wild type mice are nonimmunogenic and bear higher levels of surface sialylation. To study immune mechanisms whose interaction with tumor cells involves surface sialic acid residues, we used highly sialylated 3- methylcholanthrene–induced nonimmunogenic fibrosarcoma cell lines from wild type mice, which were treated with sialidase to mimic immunogenic tumor cell variants. In vivo and in …

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  • November 15, 2010