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      PD-1 Blockade and OX40 Triggering Synergistically Protects against Tumor Growth in a Murine Model of Ovarian Cancer

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          The co-inhibitory receptor Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) curtails immune responses and prevent autoimmunity, however, tumors exploit this pathway to escape from immune destruction. The co-stimulatory receptor OX40 is upregulated on T cells following activation and increases their clonal expansion, survival and cytokine production when engaged. Although antagonistic anti-PD-1 or agonistic anti-OX40 antibodies can promote the rejection of several murine tumors, some poorly immunogenic tumors were refractory to this treatment. In the present study, we evaluated the antitumor effects and mechanisms of combinatorial PD-1 blockade and OX40 triggering in a murine ID8 ovarian cancer model. Although individual anti-PD-1 or OX40 mAb treatment was ineffective in tumor protection against 10-day established ID8 tumor, combined anti-PD-1/OX40 mAb treatment markedly inhibited tumor outgrowth with 60% of mice tumor free 90 days after tumor inoculation. Tumor protection was associated with a systemic immune response with memory and antigen specificity and required CD4 + cells and CD8 + T cells. The anti-PD-1/OX40 mAb treatment increased CD4 + and CD8 + cells and decreased immunosuppressive CD4 +FoxP3 + regulatory T (Treg) cells and CD11b +Gr-1 + myeloid suppressor cells (MDSC), giving rise to significantly higher ratios of both effector CD4 + and CD8 + cells to Treg and MDSC in peritoneal cavity; Quantitative RT-PCR data further demonstrated the induction of a local immunostimulatory milieu by anti-PD-1/OX40 mAb treatment. The splenic CD8 + T cells from combined mAb treated mice produced high levels of IFN-γ upon tumor antigen stimulation and exhibited antigen-specific cytolytic activity. To our knowledge, this is the first study testing the antitumor effects of combined anti-PD-1/OX40 mAb in a murine ovarian cancer model, and our results provide a rationale for clinical trials evaluating ovarian cancer immunotherapy using this combination of mAb.

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              Mouse ovarian surface epithelial cells (MOSEC) were obtained from virgin, mature mice by mild trypsinization and were repeatedly passaged in vitro. Early passage cells (<20 passages) exhibited a cobblestone morphology and contact inhibition of growth. After approximately 20 passages in vitro, cobblestone morphology and contact inhibition of growth was lost. Tumor forming potential was determined by s.c. and i.p. injection of early and late passage cells into athymic and syngeneic C57BL6 mice. Subcutaneous tumors formed in approximately 4 months and were present only at the injection site. Intraperitoneal injection of late passage MOSEC into athymic and syngeneic mice resulted in growth of tumor implants throughout the abdominal cavity, and production of hemorrhagic ascitic fluid. Early passage MOSEC did not form tumors in vivo. Histopathologic analysis of tumors revealed a highly malignant neoplasm containing both carcinomatous and sarcomatous components. Late passage MOSEC expressed cytokeratin and did not produce ovarian steroids in response to gonadotropin stimulation in vitro. Ten clonal lines were established from late passage MOSEC. Each clone formed multiple peritoneal tumors and ascitic fluid after i.p. injection into C57BL6 mice. Three cell lines examined cytogenetically were polyploid with near-tetraploid modal chromosome numbers. Common clonal chromosome gains and losses included +5, +15, +19 and -X, -3, -4. One cell line had a clonal translocation between chromosomes 15 and 18 and another had a small marker chromosome; common structural abnormalities were not observed. These data describe the development of a mouse model for the study of events related to ovarian cancer in humans. The ability of the MOSEC to form extensive tumors within the peritoneal cavity, similar to those seen in women with Stage III and IV cancer, and the ability of the MOSEC to produce tumors in mice with intact immune systems, makes this model unique for investigations of molecular and immune interactions in ovarian cancer development.

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                27 February 2014
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                [1 ]Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Shengjing Hospital, China Medical University, ShenYang, China
                [2 ]Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, No. 306 Hospital of PLA, Beijing, China
                [3 ]Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, The First Affiliated Hospital, China Medical University, Shen Yang, China
                Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
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                Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

                Conceived and designed the experiments: ZQG SLZ. Performed the experiments: ZQG XW DLC. Analyzed the data: ZQG ZJX SLZ. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: ZJX. Wrote the paper: ZQG ML SLZ.


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                This work was supported by the Free Researcher Project of Shengjing Hospital (No.200806). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
                Research Article
                Molecular genetics
                Clinical immunology
                Immune activation
                Immune suppression
                Clinical research design
                Animal models of disease
                Obstetrics and gynecology
                Gynecologic cancers
                Cancer treatment
                Cancers and neoplasms
                Gynecological tumors
                Ovarian cancer



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