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Loss of Rb1 by epigenetic modification regulates expansion of MDSC in cancer
  1. Je-In Youn1,
  2. Kyungwha Lee1,
  3. Hai-Chon Lee1 and
  4. Dmitry I Gabrilovich2
  1. Aff1 grid.31501.360000000404705905Wide River Institute of ImmunologySeoul National University Republic of Korea
  2. Aff2 grid.251075.40000000119566678The Wistar Institute Philadelphia PA USA

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Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are a heterogeneous group of cells with potent immune suppressive activity in cancer and many other pathologic conditions. MDSCs consist of two major subsets: monocytic MDSCs (M-MDSCs) and polymorphonuclear MDSCs (PMN-MDSCs). Each subset of MDSCs is thought to be developed through the separate differentiation pathways. Here, we demonstrated that in a tumor environment a large proportion of M-MDSCs acquired phenotypic, morphological and functional features of PMN-MDSCs while the normal counterpart of M-MDSCs-Ly6ChiLy6G- inflammatory monocytes (Mon) from tumor-free mice differentiate to macrophages (MΦ) and dendritic cells (DCs). This process was mediated by loss of the retinoblastoma (Rb1) protein in MDSCs. Inhibition of Rb1 expression in PMN-MDSCs correlated with the level of histone acetylation of Rb1 promoter. Treatment of PMN-MDSCs with inhibitors of histone deacetylases (HDAC) resulted in the increase in Rb1 expression. In addition, inhibition of HDAC abrogated differentiation of M-MDSCs to PMN-MDSCs, and restored M-MDSCs differentiation towards DCs and MΦ. These results suggest that down-regulation of Rb1 by epigenetic modification plays a major role in expansion of MDSCs in cancer by regulating PMN-MDSCs differentiation from M-MDSCs. Therefore, inhibition of MDSCs accumulation by treatment of HDAC inhibitors may be considered as a potential therapeutic tool in cancer immunotherapy.