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Zhang J.,Key Laboratory of Protein and Peptide Pharmaceuticals | Zhang J.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | Chen L.,Key Laboratory of Protein and Peptide Pharmaceuticals | Chen L.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | And 7 more authors.
Cancer Research | Year: 2013

Stromal restraints to cancer are critical determinants of disease but they remain incompletely understood. Here, we report a novel mechanism for host surveillance against cancer contributed by fibroblast-specific protein 1 (FSP1)+/ S100A4+ fibroblasts. Mechanistic studies of fibrosarcoma formation caused by subcutaneous injection of the carcinogen methylcholanthrene (MCA) had suggested that IFN-g receptor signaling may restrict MCA diffusion by inducing expression of collagen (foreign body reaction). We tested the hypothesis that this reaction encapsulated MCA and limited carcinogenesis by determining whether its ability to induce fibrosarcomas was impaired in the absence of proliferating fibroblasts. We found that FSP1+/S100A4+ fibroblasts accumulated around the carcinogen where they produced collagens, encapsulating MCA and protecting epithelial cells from DNA damage. Ablation of these cells at the site of MCA injection by local administration of ganciclovir in FSP-TK transgenic mice altered tumor morphology to an epithelial phenotype, indicating that, in the absence of encapsulating fibroblasts, MCA targeted epithelial cells. Notably, we showed that destruction of the fibrous capsule around the MCA by local injection of collagenase induced rapid tumor development in mice that were otherwise durably tumor free. Our findings demonstrate that the FSP1 +/S100A4+ fibroblasts prevent epithelial malignancy and that collagen encapsulation of carcinogens protects against tumor development. Together, this study provides a novel mechanism for host surveillance against cancer. Cancer Res; 73(9); 2770-81. © 2013 AACR.


Wang C.,Key Laboratory of Protein and Peptide Pharmaceuticals | Wang C.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | Xiao M.,Key Laboratory of Protein and Peptide Pharmaceuticals | Xiao M.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | And 9 more authors.
Cancer Research | Year: 2013

Nonresolving inflammation is a hallmark of many types of tumors and the molecular mechanisms maintaining this inflammation are still largely unknown. In a two-stage carcinogenesis model, we observed here that the lack of IFN-γ receptor or neutralization of IFN-γ accelerated spontaneous papilloma regression in mice. The impaired maintenance of local inflammation was associated with reduced IFN-γ and enhanced biosynthesis of proresolution lipid mediator lipoxin A4 (LXA4). Interestingly, blocking LXA4 eliminated the effect of anti-IFN-γ, whereas treatment of mice with a therapeutic dose of LXA4 accelerated papilloma regression in an IFN-γ-independent manner. These results link for the first time a cytokine-dependent maintenance of inflammation with a downregulated production of proresolution lipid mediators. Strategies promoting spontaneous resolution of chronic inflammation by blocking IFN-γ and/or increasing LXA4 may be useful for the treatment of inflammation-associated tumors. ©2012 American Association for Cancer Research.

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