Th9 cells promote antitumor immune responses in vivo

Yong Lu, Sungyoul Hong, Haiyan Li, Jungsun Park, Bangxing Hong, Lijuan Wang, Yuhuan Zheng, Zhiqiang Liu, Jingda Xu, Jin He, Jing Yang, Jianfei Qian, Qing Yi

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Th9 cells are a subset of CD4+ Th cells that produce the pleiotropic cytokine IL-9. IL-9/Th9 can function as both positive and negative regulators of immune response, but the role of IL-9/Th9 in tumor immunity is unknown. We examined the role of IL-9/Th9 in a model of pulmonary melanoma in mice. Lack of IL-9 enhanced tumor growth, while tumor-specific Th9 cell treatment promoted stronger antitumor responses in both prophylactic and therapeutic models. Th9 cells also elicited strong host antitumor CD8 + CTL responses by promoting Ccl20/Ccr6-dependent recruitment of DCs to the tumor tissues. Subsequent tumor antigen delivery to the draining LN resulted in CD8+ T cell priming. In agreement with this model, Ccr6 deficiency abrogated the Th9 cell-mediated antitumor response. Our data suggest a distinct role for tumor-specific Th9 cells in provoking CD8+ CTL-mediated antitumor immunity and indicate that Th9 cell-based cancer immunotherapy may be a promising therapeutic approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4160-4171
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

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