Prophylactic Dendritic Cell Vaccination in Experimental Breast Cancer Controls Immunity and Hepatic Metastases
BACKGROUND/AIM: Liver metastases are among the principal mortality causes in cancer patients. Dendritic cell immunotherapies have shown promising results in some tumors by mediating immunological mechanisms that could be involved in liver metastases during primary tumor growth. The present study aimed to evaluate the impact of prophylactic dendritic cell vaccination on the liver of mice with 4T1 mouse breast carcinoma.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult female Balb/c mice were submitted or not to vaccination with dendritic cells before the induction of 4T1 tumor lineage. Liver tissues from mice were analyzed by flow cytometry (markers CD3, CD4, CD8, CD25, IL-10, IL-12, IL-17, TNF-α, IFN-γ, T-bet, GATA3, RORγt, and FoxP3) and hematoxylin-eosin. The dendritic cell vaccine was differentiated and matured ex vivo from the bone marrow.
RESULTS: Prophylactic vaccination reduced areas of liver metastases (p=0.0049), induced an increase in the percentage of total T and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (p<0.0001), as well as FoxP3 (p<0.0001). It also increased the levels of cytokines IL-10 and IL-17 in helper T lymphocytes (p<0.0001).
CONCLUSION: The prophylactic dendritic cell vaccine changed the cell phenotype in the immune response of liver, and it was able to reduce metastases. Cytotoxic T cells and regulatory T lymphocytes were more present, likewise, the production of IL-10 and IL-7 simultaneously, demonstrating that the vaccine can induce a state of control of pro-inflammatory responses, which can provide a less favorable environment for metastatic tumor growth.