Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN

Toulouse, France

Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN

Toulouse, France
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Tosolini M.,University Paul Sabatier | Tosolini M.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | Tosolini M.,Programme Hospitalo University en Cancerologie | Tosolini M.,Institut Universitaire de France | And 14 more authors.
OncoImmunology | Year: 2017

Most human blood γδ cells are cytolytic TCRVγ9Vδ2+ lymphocytes with antitumor activity. They are currently investigated in several clinical trials of cancer immunotherapy but so far, their tumor infiltration has not been systematically explored across human cancers. Novel algorithms allowing the deconvolution of bulk tumor transcriptomes to find the relative proportions of infiltrating leucocytes, such as CIBERSORT, should be appropriate for this aim but in practice they fail to accurately recognize γδ T lymphocytes. Here, by implementing machine learning from microarray data, we first improved the computational identification of blood-derived TCRVγ9Vδ2+ γδ lymphocytes and then applied this strategy to assess their abundance as tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (γδ TIL) in ∼10,000 cancer biopsies from 50 types of hematological and solid malignancies. We observed considerable inter-individual variation of TCRVγ9Vδ2+γδ TIL abundance both within each type and across the spectrum of cancers tested. We report their prominence in B cell-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), acute promyelocytic leukemia (M3-AML) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) as well as in inflammatory breast, prostate, esophagus, pancreas and lung carcinoma. Across all cancers, the abundance of αβ TILs and TCRVγ9Vδ2+ γδ TILs did not correlate. αβ TIL abundance paralleled the mutational load of tumors and positively correlated with inflammation, infiltration of monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells (DC), antigen processing and presentation, and cytolytic activity, in line with an association with a favorable outcome. In contrast, the abundance of TCRVγ9Vδ2+ γδ TILs did not correlate with these hallmarks and was variably associated with outcome, suggesting that distinct contexts underlie TCRVγ9Vδ2+ γδ TIL and αβ TIL mobilizations in cancer. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Laurent C.,Institut Universitaire de France | Charmpi K.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | Charmpi K.,Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann | Gravelle P.,Institut Universitaire de France | And 6 more authors.
OncoImmunology | Year: 2015

Follicular Lymphomas (FL) and diffuse large B cell lymphomas (DLBCL) must evolve some immune escape strategy to develop from lymphoid organs, but their immune evasion pathways remain poorly characterized. We investigated this issue by transcriptome data mining and immunohistochemistry (IHC) of FL and DLBCL lymphoma biopsies. A set of genes involved in cancer immune-evasion pathways (Immune Escape Gene Set, IEGS) was defined and the distribution of the expression levels of these genes was compared in FL, DLBCL and normal B cell transcriptomes downloaded from the GEO database. The whole IEGS was significantly upregulated in all the lymphoma samples but not in B cells or other control tissues, as shown by the overexpression of the PD-1, PD-L1, PD-L2 and LAG3 genes. Tissue microarray immunostainings for PD-1, PD-L1, PD-L2 and LAG3 proteins on additional biopsies from 27 FL and 27 DLBCL patients confirmed the expression of these proteins. The immune infiltrates were more abundant in FL than DLBCL samples, and the microenvironment of FL comprised higher rates of PD-1+ lymphocytes. Further, DLBCL tumor cells comprised a higher proportion of PD-1+, PD-L1+, PD-L2+ and LAG3+ lymphoma cells than the FL tumor cells, confirming that DLBCL mount immune escape strategies distinct from FL. In addition, some cases of DLBCL had tumor cells co-expressing both PD-1, PD-L1 and PD-L2. Among the DLBCLs, the activated B cell (ABC) subtype comprised more PD-L1+ and PD-L2+ lymphoma cells than the GC subtype. Thus, we infer that FL and DLBCL evolved several pathways of immune escape. © 2015 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Laurent C.,Institut Universitaire de France | Laurent C.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Laurent C.,University Paul Sabatier | Laurent C.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | And 9 more authors.
Medicine (United States) | Year: 2015

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) represent a heterogeneous group of malignant lymphoid tumors, which have distinct histological and/or biological characteristics with preferential nodal involvement. However, none of the previous studies have assessed the prevalence of common NHL and HL subtypes at each nodal site of involvement. The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence of HL and NHL subtypes depending on their nodal sites of involvement. We conducted a single-center retrospective study of 938 lymphoma cases diagnosed in the Pathology Department of Toulouse Purpan Hospital in France between 2001 and 2008, taking into account the site that corresponded to the diagnostic biopsy. The most frequent sites were cervical lymph nodes (36.8% of all cases), inguinal lymph nodes (16.4%), axillary lymph nodes (11.9%), and supraclavicular lymph nodes (11%). We found an unexpected association between intraparotid nodes and nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL) and between inguinal nodes and follicular lymphoma. The risk of having classical Hodgkin lymphoma (CHL) was 15 times greater in patients with mediastinal lymphoma compared to those with other sites of involvement. Regarding HL, nodal and extranodal mediastinal sites and supraclavicular nodes were more likely to be involved by nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma (NSCHL). In addition, intra-abdominal lymph nodes were more frequently involved by lymphocyte depleted Hodgkin lymphoma compared to inguinal nodes where NLPHL predominated. Our study shows that some lymph node sites have a disproportionate prevalence of specific subtypes of lymphoma. Identifying these sites may aid to diagnose and better elucidate the pathogenesis of these tumors. © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Charmpi K.,University Grenoble Alpes | Charmpi K.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Charmpi K.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | Ycart B.,University Grenoble Alpes | And 2 more authors.
Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology | Year: 2015

Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) is a basic tool for genomic data treatment. Its test statistic is based on a cumulated weight function, and its distribution under the null hypothesis is evaluated by Monte-Carlo simulation. Here, it is proposed to subtract to the cumulated weight function its asymptotic expectation, then scale it. Under the null hypothesis, the convergence in distribution of the new test statistic is proved, using the theory of empirical processes. The limiting distribution needs to be computed only once, and can then be used for many different gene sets. This results in large savings in computing time. The test defined in this way has been called Weighted Kolmogorov Smirnov (WKS) test. Using expression data from the GEO repository, tested against the MSig Database C2, a comparison between the classical GSEA test and the new procedure has been conducted. Our conclusion is that, beyond its mathematical and algorithmic advantages, the WKS test could be more informative in many cases, than the classical GSEA test. © 2015 by De Gruyter 2015.

Tosolini M.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Tosolini M.,University Paul Sabatier | Tosolini M.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Tosolini M.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | And 29 more authors.
Molecular and Cellular Biology | Year: 2015

Cyclic dinucleotides are important messengers for bacteria and protozoa and are well-characterized immunity alarmins for infected mammalian cells through intracellular binding to STING receptors. We sought to investigate their unknown extracellular effects by adding cyclic dinucleotides to the culture medium of freshly isolated human blood cells in vitro. Here we report that adenosine-containing cyclic dinucleotides induce the selective apoptosis of monocytes through a novel apoptotic pathway. We demonstrate that these compounds are inverse agonist ligands of A2a, a Gαs-coupled adenosine receptor selectively expressed by monocytes. Inhibition of monocyte A2a by these ligands induces apoptosis through a mechanism independent of that of the STING receptors. The blockade of basal (adenosine-free) signaling from A2a inhibits protein kinase A (PKA) activity, thereby recruiting cytosolic p53, which opens the mitochondrial permeability transition pore and impairs mitochondrial respiration, resulting in apoptosis. A2a antagonists and inverse agonist ligands induce apoptosis of human monocytes, while A2a agonists are antiapoptotic. In vivo, we used a mock developing human hematopoietic system through NSG mice transplanted with human CD34+ cells. Treatment with cyclic di-AMP selectively depleted A2a-expressing monocytes and their precursors via apoptosis. Thus, monocyte recognition of cyclic dinucleotides unravels a novel proapoptotic pathway: the A2a Gαs protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-driven tonic inhibitory signaling of mitochondrion-induced cell death. © 2015, American Society for Microbiology.

Gravelle P.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Gravelle P.,Institut Universitaire de France | Gravelle P.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | Gravelle P.,Program Hospitalo University en Cancerologie | And 43 more authors.
OncoImmunology | Year: 2016

Upregulation of T cell immunoglobulin-3 (TIM-3) has been associated with negative regulation of the immune response in chronic infection and cancer, including lymphoma. Here, we investigated the possible correlation between TIM-3 expression by ex vivo cytotoxic T cells (CTL) from follicular lymphoma (FL) biopsies and their functional unresponsiveness that could limit the favorable impact of CTL on disease progression. We report a high percentage of CD8+TIM-3+T cells in lymph nodes of FL patients. When compared to their CD8+TIM-3− counterparts, CD8+TIM-3+ T cells exhibited defective cytokine production following TCR engagement. Furthermore, CD8+TIM-3+ T cells display ex vivo markers of lytic granule release and remain unresponsive to further TCR-induced activation of the lytic machinery. Although confocal microscopy showed that TIM-3 expression on CD8+ T cells correlated with minor alterations of immunological synapse, a selective reduction of ERK signaling in CD8+TIM-3+T cells was observed by phospho-flow analysis. Finally, short relapse-free survival despite rituximab(R)-chemotherapy was observed in patients with high content of TIM-3+ cells and a poor infiltrate of granzyme B+ T cells in FL lymph nodes. Together, our data indicate that, besides selective TCR early signaling defects, TIM-3 expression correlates with unresponsiveness of ex vivo CD8+ T cells in FL. They show that scores based on the combination of exhaustion and cytolytic markers in FL microenvironment might be instrumental to identify patients at early risk of relapses following R-chemotherapy. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Tosolini M.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Tosolini M.,University Paul Sabatier | Tosolini M.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Tosolini M.,Institut Universitaire de France | And 22 more authors.
OncoImmunology | Year: 2016

Non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma (B-NHL) are aggressive lymphoid malignancies that develop in patients due to oncogenic activation, chemo-resistance, and immune evasion. Tumor biopsies show that B-NHL frequently uses several immune escape strategies, which has hindered the development of checkpoint blockade immunotherapies in these diseases. To gain a better understanding of B-NHL immune editing, we hypothesized that the transcriptional hallmarks of immune escape associated with these diseases could be identified from the meta-analysis of large series of microarrays from B-NHL biopsies. Thus, 1446 transcriptome microarrays from seven types of B-NHL were downloaded and assembled from 33 public Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) datasets, and a method for scoring the transcriptional hallmarks in single samples was developed. This approach was validated by matching scores to phenotypic hallmarks of B-NHL such as proliferation, signaling, metabolic activity, and leucocyte infiltration. Through this method, we observed a significant enrichment of 33 immune escape genes in most diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and follicular lymphoma (FL) samples, with fewer in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) samples. Comparing these gene expression patterns with overall survival data evidenced four stages of cancer immune editing in B-NHL: non-immunogenic tumors (stage 1), immunogenic tumors without immune escape (stage 2), immunogenic tumors with immune escape (stage 3), and fully immuno-edited tumors (stage 4). This model complements the standard international prognostic indices for B-NHL and proposes that immune escape stages 3 and 4 (76% of the FL and DLBCL samples in this data set) identify patients relevant for checkpoint blockade immunotherapies. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Ycart B.,Joseph Fourier University | Ycart B.,CNRS Jean Kuntzmann Laboratory | Ycart B.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | Pont F.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Biomedical Informatics | Year: 2014

Fisher's exact test is widely used in biomedical research, particularly in genomic profile analysis. Since in most databases, the frequency distribution of genes is right skewed, we show here that its use can lead to excessive false-positive discoveries. We propose to apply Zelen's exact test on a stratification of the gene set; this solves the false discovery problem, and should avoid misleading interpretations of lists of genes produced by various genome-wide analysis technologies. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Tosolini M.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Tosolini M.,University Paul Sabatier | Tosolini M.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Tosolini M.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | And 10 more authors.
European Journal of Immunology | Year: 2015

Cyclic dinucleotides, a class of microbial messengers, have been recently identified in bacteria, but their activity in humans remains largely unknown. Here, we have studied the function of cyclic dinucleotides in humans. We found that c-di-AMP and cGAMP, two adenosine-based cyclic dinucleotides, activated T lymphocytes in an unusual manner through monocyte cell death. c-di-AMP and cGAMP induced the selective apoptosis of human monocytes, and T lymphocytes were activated by the direct contact with these dying monocytes. The ensuing T-cell response comprised cell-cycle exit, phenotypic maturation into effector memory cells and proliferation arrest, but not cell death. This quiescence was transient since T cells remained fully responsive to further restimulation. Together, our results depict a novel activation pattern for human T lymphocytes: a transient quiescence induced by c-di-AMP- or cGAMP-primed apoptotic monocytes. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Decaup E.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Decaup E.,University Paul Sabatier | Decaup E.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Decaup E.,Laboratoire dExcellence TOUCAN | And 24 more authors.
Immunology Letters | Year: 2014

Human γδ cells expressing TCRVγ9 are T lymphocytes with great potential for cancer immunotherapy and unconventional pattern of antigen specificity. These HLA-unrestricted lymphocytes are specifically reactive to non-peptide metabolites (phosphoantigens) and to the butyrophilin 3A (BTN3A/CD277) protein. Whether recognition of such highly different structures trigger the same activation signaling pathway remains unclear, however. Here we combined fluorescent cell barcoding and phosphoflow analysis of TCRVγ9+ T lymphocytes to compare simultaneously the level of several signaling phosphoproteins after activation by phosphoantigen (BrHPP) or by anti-BTN3A (monoclonal antibody 20.1). This approach shows that the same pathways involving ZAP70, PLCγ2, Akt, NFκB p65, MAPK p38 and Erk1, were induced by either of these stimuli. These data strongly suggest the TCRVγ9+ T lymphocytes detect phosphoantigens and butyrophilin A3 by the same recognition process. © 2014 .

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