B7-H4 expression identifies a novel suppressive macrophage population in human ovarian carcinoma

Ilona Kryczek, Linhua Zou, Paulo Rodriguez, Gefeng Zhu, Shuang Wei, Peter Mottram, Michael Brumlik, Pui Cheng, Tyler Curiel, Leann Myers, Andrew Lackner, Xavier Alvarez, Augusto Ochoa, Lieping Chen, Weiping Zou

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Abstract

Tumor-associated macrophages are a prominent component of ovarian cancer stroma and contribute to tumor progression. B7-H4 is a recently identified B7 family molecule. We show that primary ovarian tumor cells express intracellular B7-H4, whereas a fraction of tumor macrophages expresses surface B7-H4. B7-H4+ tumor macrophages, but not primary ovarian tumor cells, suppress tumor-associated antigen-specific T cell immunity. Blocking B7-H4-, but not arginase-, inducible nitric oxide synthase or B7-H1 restored the T cell stimulating capacity of the macrophages and contributes to tumor regression in vivo. Interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-10 are found in high concentrations in the tumor microenvironment. These cytokines stimulate macrophage B7-H4 expression. In contrast, granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor and IL-4, which are limited in the tumor microenvironment, inhibit B7-H4 expression. Ectopic expression of B7-H4 makes normal macrophages suppressive. Thus, B7-H4+ tumor macrophages constitute a novel suppressor cell population in ovarian cancer. B7-H4 expression represents a critical checkpoint in determining host responses to dysfunctional cytokines in ovarian cancer. Blocking B7-H4 or depleting B7-H4+ tumor macrophages may represent novel strategies to enhance T cell tumor immunity in cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-881
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Volume203
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 17 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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