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Activation of Toll-like receptor-2 by tumor associated matrix metalloproteinase-2 modulates dendritic cell function
  1. Emmanuelle Godefroy1 and
  2. Nina Bhardwaj2
  1. Aff1 grid.250415.70000000404422075New York Blood Center LFKRI New York NY USA
  2. Aff2 grid.59734.3c0000000106702351Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai NY NY USA

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are zinc-dependent endopeptidases which degrade extracellular matrix proteins and modulate cell proliferation, migration, differentiation and angiogenesis. MMP-2, a member of the gelatinase subfamily of MMPs, participates in the remodeling and resolution of tissue injury and tumorigenesis. We recently identified an unexpected new role for MMP-2 in the modulation of innate immune function and in the differentiation of inflammatory TH2 responses in the tumor microenvironment [1]. Pre-exposure to MMP-2 inhibits IL-12 function and up-regulates OX40L expression by human dendritic cells (DCs). Enzymatically active MMP-2 causes degradation of the IFNAR1 chain of the type-I IFN receptor, reducing the ability of IFN beta to enhance transcription of the IL-12p35 subunit through STAT1 phosphorylation. In the absence of IL-12, OX40L now functions as a key co-stimulatory molecule for the priming of TH2 cells. Indeed, we have identified TH2 cells within the TIL compartment of melanoma specimens that produce IL-4, TNF and IL-13. However, the TH2 mechanism by which MMP-2 up-regulates OX40L is not known and the role of MMP-2-driven TH2 cells in vivo has not been determined. In this study, we specifically investigated how MMP-2 up-regulates OX40L on DCs to drive type-2 polarization and the physiologic role of MMP-2 imprinted DC in driving TH2 cells. We identified a novel physiological receptor, namely TLR2, for MMP-2 on DCs that, upon activation, up regulates OX40L and induces the production of TNF and IL-6. Significantly, MMP-2 acted as an adjuvant to prime TH2 cells in vivo towards protein antigens. Therefore, extracellular MMP-2 including that derived from tumors has the potential to locally affect DCs leading to modulation of immune responses in malignant diseases.


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