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Supplementary Figures 1-4 from Inflammatory Breast Cancer Promotes Development of M2 Tumor-Associated Macrophages and Cancer Mesenchymal Cells through a Complex Chemokine Network

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posted on 2023-03-31, 01:45 authored by Amanda Valeta-Magara, Abhilash Gadi, Viviana Volta, Beth Walters, Rezina Arju, Shah Giashuddin, Hua Zhong, Robert J. Schneider

FS1: Four panels (A-D) demonstrating that SUM190 cells are enriched in cancer stem-like cells, shown by immunoblot analysis, cell flow cytometry and by increased cell invasion. FS2: Three panels (A-C) showing that co-culture of IBC cells with monocytes-macrophages increases IBC cell mesenchymal characteristics, shown by immunoblot analysis and invasion assays. FS3: Three immunoblot panels showing that addition of IL8 and GRO cytokines to the media of IBC cells promotes phosphorylation of STAT3 and cancer stem cell-like and mesenchymal characteristics. FS4: Four panels showing that IBC cells secrete attracting and type II polarization factors for monocytes and macrophages. Shown by function assays, cytokine sandwich blot assays, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry.


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Breast Cancer Research Foundation




Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a highly aggressive form of breast cancer that displays profound cancer stem cell (CSC) and mesenchymal features that promote rapid metastasis. Another hallmark of IBC is high infiltration of M2 tumor-associated (immune-suppressing) macrophages. The molecular mechanism that drives these IBC phenotypes is not well understood. Using patient breast tumor specimens, breast cancer cell lines, and a patient-derived xenograft model of IBC, we demonstrate that IBC strongly expresses IL8 and growth-regulated oncogene (GRO) chemokines that activate STAT3, which promotes development of high levels of CSC-like cells and a mesenchymal phenotype. We also show that IBC expresses high levels of many monocyte recruitment and macrophage polarization factors that attract and differentiate monocytes into tumor-promoting, immune-suppressing M2-like macrophages. The M2 macrophages in turn were found to secrete high levels of IL8 and GRO chemokines, thereby creating a feed-forward chemokine loop that further drives an IBC epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Our study uncovers an intricate IBC-initiated autocrine–paracrine signaling network between IBC cells and monocytes that facilitates development of this highly aggressive form of breast cancer. This study uncovers a signaling network in which IBC cells commandeer macrophages to become tumor-promoting, and they in turn drive IBC cells to be more cancer stem-like, mesenchymal, and aggressive.

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