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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(21)2021 Nov 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1512381


Tumor-associated cell-free DNAs (cfDNA) play an important role in the promotion of metastases. Previous studies proved the high antimetastatic potential of bovine pancreatic DNase I and identified short interspersed nuclear elements (SINEs) and long interspersed nuclear elements (LINEs)and fragments of oncogenes in cfDNA as the main molecular targets of enzyme in the bloodstream. Here, recombinant human DNase I (commercial name Pulmozyme®), which is used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis in humans, was repurposed for the inhibition of lung metastases in the B16 melanoma model in mice. We found that Pulmozyme® strongly reduced migration and induced apoptosis of B16 cells in vitro and effectively inhibited metastases in lungs and liver in vivo. Pulmozyme® was shown to be two times more effective when administered intranasally (i.n.) than bovine DNase I, but intramuscular (i.m.) administration forced it to exhibit as high an antimetastatic activity as bovine DNase I. Both DNases administered to mice either i.m. or i.n. enhanced the DNase activity of blood serum to the level of healthy animals, significantly decreased cfDNA concentrations, efficiently degraded SINE and LINE repeats and c-Myc fragments in the bloodstream and induced apoptosis and disintegration of neutrophil extracellular traps in metastatic foci; as a result, this manifested as the inhibition of metastases spread. Thus, Pulmozyme®, which is already an approved drug, can be recommended for use in the treatment of lung metastases.

Cell-Free Nucleic Acids/blood , Deoxyribonuclease I/metabolism , Long Interspersed Nucleotide Elements/genetics , Lung Neoplasms/drug therapy , Melanoma, Experimental/drug therapy , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc/antagonists & inhibitors , Short Interspersed Nucleotide Elements/genetics , Animals , Cell Line, Tumor , Deoxyribonuclease I/pharmacology , Disease Models, Animal , Drug Repositioning , Lung Neoplasms/genetics , Lung Neoplasms/metabolism , Lung Neoplasms/secondary , Male , Melanoma, Experimental/genetics , Melanoma, Experimental/metabolism , Melanoma, Experimental/pathology , Mice , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc/blood , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc/genetics , Recombinant Proteins/pharmacology
J Immunol ; 207(2): 720-734, 2021 07 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1311404


Most shared resource flow cytometry facilities do not permit analysis of radioactive samples. We are investigating low-dose molecular targeted radionuclide therapy (MTRT) as an immunomodulator in combination with in situ tumor vaccines and need to analyze radioactive samples from MTRT-treated mice using flow cytometry. Further, the sudden shutdown of core facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented work stoppage. In these and other research settings, a robust and reliable means of cryopreservation of immune samples is required. We evaluated different fixation and cryopreservation protocols of disaggregated tumor cells with the aim of identifying a protocol for subsequent flow cytometry of the thawed sample, which most accurately reflects the flow cytometric analysis of the tumor immune microenvironment of a freshly disaggregated and analyzed sample. Cohorts of C57BL/6 mice bearing B78 melanoma tumors were evaluated using dual lymphoid and myeloid immunophenotyping panels involving fixation and cryopreservation at three distinct points during the workflow. Results demonstrate that freezing samples after all staining and fixation are completed most accurately matches the results from noncryopreserved equivalent samples. We observed that cryopreservation of living, unfixed cells introduces a nonuniform alteration to PD1 expression. We confirm the utility of our cryopreservation protocol by comparing tumors treated with in situ tumor vaccines, analyzing both fresh and cryopreserved tumor samples with similar results. Last, we use this cryopreservation protocol with radioactive specimens to demonstrate potentially beneficial effector cell changes to the tumor immune microenvironment following administration of a novel MTRT in a dose- and time-dependent manner.

Cryopreservation/methods , Flow Cytometry/methods , Leukocytes, Mononuclear/immunology , Melanoma, Experimental/pathology , Myeloid Cells/immunology , Animals , CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes/immunology , CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes/immunology , Cell Line, Tumor , Immunophenotyping/methods , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Natural Killer T-Cells/immunology , Pandemics , Signal Transduction/immunology , Tumor Microenvironment/immunology
Chem Commun (Camb) ; 57(4): 504-507, 2021 Jan 14.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-983835


A novel STING agonist, CDGSF, ipsilaterally modified with phosphorothioate and fluorine, was synthesized. The phosphorothioate in CDGSF might be a site for covalent conjugation. Injection of CDGSF generated an immunogenic ("hot") tumor microenvironment to suppress melanoma, more efficiently than dithio CDG. In particular, immunization with SARS-CoV-2 spike protein using CDGSF as an adjuvant elicited an exceptionally high antibody titer and a robust T cell response, overcoming the drawbacks of aluminum hydroxide. These results highlighted the therapeutic potential of CDGSF for cancer immunotherapy and the adjuvant potential of the STING agonist in the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for the first time.

Adjuvants, Immunologic/administration & dosage , COVID-19 Vaccines/administration & dosage , COVID-19/prevention & control , Melanoma, Experimental/drug therapy , Membrane Proteins/agonists , Nucleotides, Cyclic/administration & dosage , Skin Neoplasms/drug therapy , Adjuvants, Immunologic/chemical synthesis , Aluminum Hydroxide/administration & dosage , Aluminum Hydroxide/chemistry , Animals , Antibodies, Viral/biosynthesis , B-Lymphocytes/drug effects , B-Lymphocytes/immunology , B-Lymphocytes/virology , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/virology , COVID-19 Vaccines/chemistry , Enzyme-Linked Immunospot Assay , Humans , Immunotherapy/methods , Interferon-gamma/biosynthesis , Melanoma, Experimental/immunology , Melanoma, Experimental/mortality , Melanoma, Experimental/pathology , Membrane Proteins/genetics , Membrane Proteins/immunology , Mice , Nucleotides, Cyclic/chemical synthesis , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/pathogenicity , Skin Neoplasms/immunology , Skin Neoplasms/mortality , Skin Neoplasms/pathology , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/administration & dosage , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/chemistry , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/immunology , Survival Analysis , T-Lymphocytes/drug effects , T-Lymphocytes/immunology , T-Lymphocytes/virology , Tumor Burden/drug effects , Tumor Microenvironment/drug effects , Tumor Microenvironment/immunology , Vaccination/methods