Systemic short chain fatty acids limit antitumor effect of CTLA-4 blockade in hosts with cancer

Clélia Coutzac, Jean Mehdi Jouniaux, Angelo Paci, Julien Schmidt, Domenico Mallardo, Atmane Seck, Vahe Asvatourian, Lydie Cassard, Patrick Saulnier, Ludovic Lacroix, Paul Louis Woerther, Aurore Vozy, Marie Naigeon, Laetitia Nebot-Bral, Mélanie Desbois, Ester Simeone, Christine Mateus, Lisa Boselli, Jonathan Grivel, Emilie SoularuePatricia Lepage, Franck Carbonnel, Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Caroline Robert, Nathalie Chaput

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Gut microbiota composition influences the clinical benefit of immune checkpoints in patients with advanced cancer but mechanisms underlying this relationship remain unclear. Molecular mechanism whereby gut microbiota influences immune responses is mainly assigned to gut microbial metabolites. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) are produced in large amounts in the colon through bacterial fermentation of dietary fiber. We evaluate in mice and in patients treated with anti-CTLA-4 blocking mAbs whether SCFA levels is related to clinical outcome. High blood butyrate and propionate levels are associated with resistance to CTLA-4 blockade and higher proportion of Treg cells. In mice, butyrate restrains anti-CTLA-4-induced up-regulation of CD80/CD86 on dendritic cells and ICOS on T cells, accumulation of tumor-specific T cells and memory T cells. In patients, high blood butyrate levels moderate ipilimumab-induced accumulation of memory and ICOS + CD4 + T cells and IL-2 impregnation. Altogether, these results suggest that SCFA limits anti-CTLA-4 activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2168
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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