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Supplementary Figure 3 from Splenectomy Promotes Indirect Elimination of Intraocular Tumors by CD8+ T Cells That Is Associated with IFNγ- and Fas/FasL-Dependent Activation of Intratumoral Macrophages

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posted on 2023-04-03, 22:48 authored by Maxine R. Miller, Jonathan B. Mandell, Kelly M. Beatty, Stephen A.K. Harvey, Michael J. Rizzo, Dana M. Previte, Stephen H. Thorne, Kyle C. McKenna

Characterization of myeloid cells in Luc-E.G7 tumor bearing eyes.



Ocular immune privilege (IP) limits the immune surveillance of intraocular tumors as certain immunogenic tumor cell lines (P815, E.G7-OVA) that are rejected when transplanted in the skin grow progressively when placed in the anterior chamber of the eye. As splenectomy (SPLNX) is known to terminate ocular IP, we characterized the immune mechanisms responsible for rejection of intraocular tumors in SPLNX mice as a first step toward identifying how to restore tumoricidal activity within the eye. CD8+ T cells, IFNγ, and FasL, but not perforin, or TNFα were required for the elimination of intraocular E.G7-OVA tumors that culminated in destruction of the eye (ocular phthisis). IFNγ and FasL did not target tumor cells directly as the majority of SPLNX IFNγR1−/− mice and Fas-defective lpr mice failed to eliminate intraocular E.G7-OVA tumors that expressed Fas and IFNγR1. Bone marrow chimeras revealed that IFNγR1 and Fas expression on immune cells was most critical for rejection, and SPLNX increased the frequency of activated macrophages (Mφ) within intraocular tumors in an IFNγ- and Fas/FasL-dependent manner, suggesting an immune cell target of IFNγ and Fas. As depletion of Mφs limited CD8 T cell–mediated rejection of intraocular tumors in SPLNX mice, our data support a model in which IFNγ- and Fas/FasL-dependent activation of intratumoral Mφs by CD8+ T cells promotes severe intraocular inflammation that indirectly eliminates intraocular tumors by inducing phthisis, and suggests that immunosuppressive mechanisms that maintain ocular IP interfere with the interaction between CD8+ T cells and Mφs to limit the immunosurveillance of intraocular tumors. Cancer Immunol Res; 2(12); 1175–85. ©2014 AACR.

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