CCL2/CCR2-dependent recruitment of functional antigen-presenting cells into tumors upon chemotherapy

Yuting Ma, Stephen R. Mattarollo, Sandy Adjemian, Heng Yang, Laetitia Aymeric, Dalil Hannani, João Paulo Portela Catani, Helene Duret, Michele W L Teng, Oliver Kepp, Yidan Wang, Antonella Sistigu, Joachim L. Schultze, Gautier Stoll, Lorenzo Galluzzi, Laurence Zitvogel, Mark J. Smyth, Guido Kroemer

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The therapeutic efficacy of anthracyclines relies, at least partially, on the induction of a dendritic cell- and T-lymphocyte-dependent anticancer immune response. Here, we show that anthracycline-based chemotherapy promotes the recruitment of functional CD11b CD11c+ Ly6Chigh Ly6G - MHCII+ dendritic cell-like antigenpresenting cells (APC) into the tumor bed, but not into lymphoid organs. Accordingly, draining lymph nodes turned out to be dispensable for the proliferation of tumor antigen-specific T cells within neoplastic lesions as induced by anthracyclines. In addition, we found that tumors treated with anthracyclines manifest increased expression levels of the chemokine Ccl2. Such a response is important as neoplasms growing in Ccl2-/- mice failed to accumulate dendritic cell-like APCs in response to chemotherapy. Moreover, cancers developing in mice lacking Ccl2 or its receptor (Ccr2) exhibited suboptimal therapeutic responses to anthracycline-based chemotherapy. Altogether, our results underscore the importance of the CCL2/CCR2 signaling axis for therapeutic anticancer immune responses as elicited by immunogenic chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-445
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Ma, Y., Mattarollo, S. R., Adjemian, S., Yang, H., Aymeric, L., Hannani, D., Catani, J. P. P., Duret, H., Teng, M. W. L., Kepp, O., Wang, Y., Sistigu, A., Schultze, J. L., Stoll, G., Galluzzi, L., Zitvogel, L., Smyth, M. J., & Kroemer, G. (2014). CCL2/CCR2-dependent recruitment of functional antigen-presenting cells into tumors upon chemotherapy. Cancer Research, 74(2), 436-445.