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Chemotherapy Sensitizes Colon Cancer Initiating Cells to Vc9Vd2 T Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity

  • Authors: Todaro, M; Orlando, V; Cicero, G; Caccamo, N; Meraviglia, S; Stassi, G; Dieli, F
  • Publication year: 2013
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Colon cancer comprises a small population of cancer initiating stem cells (CIC) that is responsible for tumor maintenance and resistance to anti-cancer therapies, possibly allowing for tumor recapitulation once treatment stops. Combinations of immune-based therapies with chemotherapy and other anti-tumor agents may be of significant clinical benefit in the treatment of colon cancer. However, cellular immune-based therapies have not been experimented yet in the population of colon CICs. Here, we demonstrate that treatment with low concentrations of commonly used chemotherapeutic agents, 5- fluorouracyl and doxorubicin, sensitize colon CICs to Vc9Vd2 T cell cytotoxicity. Vc9Vd2 T cell cytotoxicity was largely mediated by TRAIL interaction with DR5, following NKG2D-dependent recognition of colon CIC targets. We conclude that in vivo activation of Vc9Vd2 T cells or adoptive administration of ex-vivo expanded Vc9Vd2 T cells at suitable intervals after chemotherapy may substantially increase anti-tumor activities and represent a novel strategy for colon cancer immunotherapy.