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Supplementary Figure Legends 1-2 from Stat3 Inhibition Augments the Immunogenicity of B-cell Lymphoma Cells, Leading to Effective Antitumor Immunity

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posted on 2023-03-30, 21:02 authored by Fengdong Cheng, Hongwei Wang, Pedro Horna, Zi Wang, Bijal Shah, Eva Sahakian, Karrune V. Woan, Alejandro Villagra, Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, Said Sebti, Mitchell Smith, Jianguo Tao, Eduardo M. Sotomayor

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Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is an aggressive and incurable subtype of B-cell non–Hodgkin lymphomas. Although patients often respond initially to first-line treatment with chemotherapy plus monoclonal antibodies, relapse and decreased response to further lines of treatment eventually occurs. Harnessing the immune system to elicit its exquisite specificity and long-lasting protection might provide sustained MCL immunity that could potentially eradicate residual malignant cells responsible for disease relapse. Here, we show that genetic or pharmacologic disruption of Stat3 in malignant B cells augments their immunogenicity leading to better activation of antigen-specific CD4+ T cells and restoration of responsiveness of tolerized T cells. In addition, treatment of MCL-bearing mice with a specific Stat3 inhibitor resulted in decreased Stat3 phosphorylation in malignant B cells and anti-lymphoma immunity in vivo. Our findings therefore indicate that Stat3 inhibition may represent a therapeutic strategy to overcome tolerance to tumor antigens and elicit a strong immunity against MCL and other B-cell malignancies. Cancer Res; 72(17); 4440–8. ©2012 AACR.

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