The tumor immunosuppressive microenvironment impairs the therapy of anti-HER2/neu antibody

Meng Xu, Xuexiang Du, Mingyue Liu, Sirui Li, Xiaozhu Li, Yang Xin Fu, Shengdian Wang

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It has been well established that immune surveillance plays critical roles in preventing the occurrence and progression of tumor. More and more evidence in recent years showed the host anti-tumor immune responses also play important roles in the chemotherapy and radiotherapy of cancers. Our previous study found that tumor- targeting therapy of anti-HER2/neu mAb is mediated by CD8+ T cell responses. However, we found here that enhancement of CD8+ T cell responses by combination therapy with IL-15R/IL-15 fusion protein or anti-CD40, which are strong stimultors for T cell responses, failed to promote the tumor therapeutic effects of anti-HER2/neu mAb. Analysis of tumor microenviornment showed that tumor tissues were heavily infiltrated with the immunosuppressive macrophages and most tumor infiltrating T cells, especially CD8+ T cells, expressed high level of inhibitory co-signaling receptor PD-1. These data suggest that tumor microenvironment is dominated by the immunosuppressive strategies, which thwart anti-tumor immune responses. Therefore, the successful tumor therapy should be the removal of inhibitory signals in the tumor microenvironment in combination with other therapeutic strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-449
Number of pages9
JournalProtein and Cell
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • anti-HER2/neu antibody
  • immune suppression
  • tumor microenvironment
  • tumor therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Cell Biology


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