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Oncogenic properties of apoptotic tumor cells in aggressive B cell lymphoma

Ford, Catriona A., Petrova, Sofia, Pound, John D., Voss, Jorine J.L.P., Melville, Lynsey, Paterson, Margaret, Farnworth, Sarah L., Gallimore, Awen Myfanwy ORCID:, Cuff, Simone, Wheadon, Helen, Dobbin, Edwina, Ogden, Carol Anne, Dumitriu, Ingrid E., Dunbar, Donald R., Murray, Paul G., Ruckerl, Dominik, Allen, Judith E., Hume, David A., van Rooijen, Nico, Goodlad, John R., Freeman, Tom C. and Gregory, Christopher D. 2015. Oncogenic properties of apoptotic tumor cells in aggressive B cell lymphoma. Current Biology 25 (5) , pp. 577-588. 10.1016/j.cub.2014.12.059

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Background Cells undergoing apoptosis are known to modulate their tissue microenvironments. By acting on phagocytes, notably macrophages, apoptotic cells inhibit immunological and inflammatory responses and promote trophic signaling pathways. Paradoxically, because of their potential to cause death of tumor cells and thereby militate against malignant disease progression, both apoptosis and tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are often associated with poor prognosis in cancer. We hypothesized that, in progression of malignant disease, constitutive loss of a fraction of the tumor cell population through apoptosis could yield tumor-promoting effects. Results Here, we demonstrate that apoptotic tumor cells promote coordinated tumor growth, angiogenesis, and accumulation of TAMs in aggressive B cell lymphomas. Through unbiased “in situ transcriptomics” analysis—gene expression profiling of laser-captured TAMs to establish their activation signature in situ—we show that these cells are activated to signal via multiple tumor-promoting reparatory, trophic, angiogenic, tissue remodeling, and anti-inflammatory pathways. Our results also suggest that apoptotic lymphoma cells help drive this signature. Furthermore, we demonstrate that, upon induction of apoptosis, lymphoma cells not only activate expression of the tumor-promoting matrix metalloproteinases MMP2 and MMP12 in macrophages but also express and process these MMPs directly. Finally, using a model of malignant melanoma, we show that the oncogenic potential of apoptotic tumor cells extends beyond lymphoma. Conclusions In addition to its profound tumor-suppressive role, apoptosis can potentiate cancer progression. These results have important implications for understanding the fundamental biology of cell death, its roles in malignant disease, and the broader consequences of apoptosis-inducing anti-cancer therapy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Publisher: Elsevier (Cell press)
ISSN: 0960-9822
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 December 2014
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 21:59

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