Expression of the B7-Related Molecule B7-H1 by Glioma Cells: A Potential Mechanism of Immune Paralysis

Sabine Wintterle, Bettina Schreiner, Meike Mitsdoerffer, Dagmar Schneider, Lieping Chen, Richard Meyermann, Michael Weller, Heinz Wiendl

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Human glioblastoma is a highly lethal tumor that is known for its immune inhibitory capabilities B7-homologue 1 (B7-H1), a recently identired homologue of B71/2 (CD80/86), has been described to exert costimulatory and immune regulatory functions We investigated the expression and the functional activity of B7-H1 in human glioma cells in vitro and in vivo Although lacking B71/2 (CD80/86), all 12 glioma cell lines constitutively expressed B7-H1 mRNA and protein Exposure to IFN-γ strongly enhanced B7-H1 expression Immunohistochemical analysis of malignant glioma specimens revealed strong B7-H1 expression in all 10 samples examined, whereas no B7-H1 expression could be detected on normal brain tissues To elucidate the functional significance of glioma cell-related B7-H1 expression, we performed coculture experiments of glioma cells with alloreactive CD4+ and CD8+ T cells Glioma-related B7-H1 was identified as a strong inhibitor of CD4+ as well as CD8+ T-cell activation as assessed by increased cytokine production (IFN-γ, interleukin-2, and interleukin-10) and expression levels of the T-cell activation marker (CD69) in the presence of a neutralizing antibody against B7-H1 (mAb 5H1) B7-H1 expression may thus significantly influence the outcome of T-cell tumor cell interactions and represents a novel mechanism by which glioma cells evade immune recognition and destruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7462-7467
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Research
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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