Expression of an antisense transforming growth factor-beta1 transgene reduces tumorigenicity of EMT6 mammary tumor cells.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is a potent immunosuppressive cytokine produced by many tumor cells. Secretion of TGF-beta by malignant cells may therefore be a mechanism by which tumor cells escape destruction by tumor-specific T lymphocytes. In order to evaluate the role of tumor-derived TGF-beta on tumor progression, we have inhibited the production of this cytokine by introducing a gene encoding antisense TGF-beta1 into the EMT6 murine mammary tumor cell line using a retroviral vector (Las-TGF-beta1SN). EMT6 cells transduced with this vector (EMT6as-TGF-beta1) stably expressed the antisense gene and secreted 52% less TGF-beta than did tumor cells transduced with the backbone vector alone. Supernatant fluid recovered from tumor cells expressing the antisense TGF-beta1 gene also exhibited a decreased capacity to inhibit alloantigen-specific cytotoxic T-cell responses in vitro. Furthermore, tumor growth in mice injected with EMT6as-TGF-beta1 tumor cells was inhibited compared to mice injected with control tumor cells. These results demonstrate that expression of antisense TGF-beta1 by transduced EMT6 cells decreases their tumorigenicity and suggest that this approach of eliminating immune suppression is a potentially useful strategy to enhance antitumor responses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Park, JA; Wang, E; Kurt, RA; Schluter, SF; Hersh, EM; Akporiaye, ET

Published Date

  • 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 42 - 50

PubMed ID

  • 9012450

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0929-1903


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England