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Biochemistry - Immunology - Oncology - Surgery

Immune Sculpting of Norepinephrine on MHC-I, B7-1, IDO and B7-H1 Expression and Regulation of Proliferation and Invasion in Pancreatic Carcinoma Cells
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Author: Liancai Wang et al.

by Liancai Wang, Han Liu, Xiangli Chen, Min Zhang, Keping Xie, Qingyong Ma

Background

The sympathetic neurotransmitter Norepinephrine (NE) contributes to tumorigenesis and cancer progression. This study aims to investigate the role of NE in modulating the immune phenotype and allowing pancreatic carcinoma (PC) cells to escape the immune response.

Methods

Varied concentrations of NE and interferon-gamma (IFN-?) were administrated to MIA PaCa-2 and BxPC-3 cell lines for 48 hours. Proliferation and invasion were then investigated using an MTT assay and a membrane invasion culture system respectively. MHC-I, B7-1, IDO and B7-H1 expression were measured using real-time quantitative RT-PCR, western blotting and immunocytochemistry. The synergistic and time-dependent effects of NE/IFN-? were also investigated. Adrenergic antagonists were used to identify the relevant target receptor of NE.

Results

The results showed that NE had dose-dependent and time-dependent effects on cell biological processes as well as on the expression of MHC-I, B7-1, IDO and B7-H1. These effects occurred mainly via the ß2-adrenergic receptor. Long-term NE treatment was able to antagonize some of the effects of IFN-? (after 2 weeks of treatment), but NE and IFN-? had significant synergistic stimulatory effects on IDO and B7-H1 expression. The residual effects on biological activities lasted for 2 weeks, while the immunophenotypic changes decreased at early time points after treatment.

Conclusions

NE plays important roles in modulating PC cell biological activities and affecting MHC-I, B7-1, IDO and B7-H1 expression in vitro, mainly via the ß2-adrenergic receptor (ß2-AR) in a time- and dose-dependent fashion. Only at extended treatment durations could NE affect PC cell progression and immune evasion.

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