Secretory IgM exacerbates tumor progression by inducing accumulations of MDSCs in mice

Chih Hang Anthony Tang, Shiun Chang, Ayumi Hashimoto, Yi Ju Chen, Chang Won Kang, Anthony R. Mato, Juan R. Del Valle, Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, Chih Chi Andrew Hu

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    Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells can secrete immunoglobulin M. However, it is not clear whether secretory IgM (sIgM) plays a role in disease progression.Wecrossed the Em-TCL1 mouse model of CLL, in which the expression of human TCL1 oncogene was driven by the V(H) promoter-Ig(H)-Em enhancer, with MD4 mice whose B cells produced B-cell receptor (membrane-bound IgM) and sIgM with specificity for hen egg lysozyme (HEL). CLL cells that developed in these MD4/Em-TCL1 mice reactivated a parental Ig gene allele and secreted IgM, and did not recognize HEL.The MD4/Em-TCL1 mice had reduced survival, increased myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), and decreased numbers of T cells. We tested whether sIgM could contribute to the accumulation of MDSCs by crossing mS-/- mice, which could not produce sIgM, with Em-TCL1 mice.The mS-/-/Em-TCL1 mice survived longer than Em-TCL1 mice and developed decreased numbers of MDSCs which were less able to suppress proliferation of T cells. We targeted the synthesis of sIgM by deleting the function of XBP-1s and showed that targeting XBP-1s genetically or pharmacologically could lead to decreased sIgM, accompanied by decreased numbers and reduced functions of MDSCs in MD4/Em-TCL1 mice.Additionally, MDSCs from mS-/- mice grafted with Lewis lung carcinoma were inefficient suppressors of T cells, resulting in slower tumor growth.These results demonstrate that sIgM produced by B cells can upregulate the functions of MDSCs in tumor-bearing mice to aggravate cancer progression. In a mouse model of CLL, production of secretory IgM led to more MDSCs, fewer T cells, and shorter survival times for the mice. Thus, secretory IgM may aggravate the progression of this cancer. Cancer Immunol Res; 6(6); 696-710.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)696-710
    Number of pages15
    JournalCancer immunology research
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Jun 2018

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Immunology
    • Cancer Research


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