Release of endogenous danger signals from HIFU-treated tumor cells and their stimulatory effects on APCs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The effects of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) on the release of endogenous danger signals from tumor cells and subsequent activation of antigen-presenting cells (APCs) were evaluated in vitro. MC-38 mouse tumor cells were treated using a 1.1 MHz HIFU transducer under two different protocols (P-=6.7 MPa, 30% duty cycle, 5 s vs. P-=10.7 MPa, 3% duty cycle, 30 s) to produce either thermal necrosis or mechanical lysis of the tumor cells. Here, we report that HIFU treatment can cause the release of endogenous danger signals (ATP and hsp60) and exposure of dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages to the supernatants of HIFU-treated tumor cells leads to an increased expression of co-stimulatory molecules (CD80 and CD86) with enhanced secretion of IL-12 by the DCs and elevated secretion of TNF-alpha by the macrophages. The potency in APC activation produced by mechanical lysis is much stronger than thermal necrosis of the tumor cells. These findings suggest that optimization of treatment strategy may help to enhance HIFU-elicited anti-tumor immunity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hu, Z; Yang, XY; Liu, Y; Morse, MA; Lyerly, HK; Clay, TM; Zhong, P

Published Date

  • September 16, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 335 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 124 - 131

PubMed ID

  • 16055092

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1974850

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-291X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbrc.2005.07.071


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States