Modulation of actin dynamics as potential macrophage subtype-targeting anti-tumour strategy


Tumour-associated macrophages mainly comprise immunosuppressive M2 phenotypes that promote tumour progression besides anti-tumoural M1 subsets. Selective depletion or reprogramming of M2 may represent an innovative anti-cancer strategy. The actin cytoskeleton is central for cellular homeostasis and is targeted for anti-cancer chemotherapy. Here, we show that targeting G-actin nucleation using chondramide A (ChA) predominantly depletes human M2 while promoting the tumour-suppressive M1 phenotype. ChA reduced the viability of M2, with minor effects on M1, but increased tumour necrosis factor (TNF)alpha release from M1. Interestingly, ChA caused rapid disruption of dynamic F-actin filaments and polymerization of G-actin, followed by reduction of cell size, binucleation and cell division, without cellular collapse. In M1, but not in M2, ChA caused marked activation of SAPK/JNK and NFkappaB, with slight or no effects on Akt, STAT-1/-3, ERK-1/2, and p38 MAPK, seemingly accounting for the better survival of M1 and TNFalpha secretion. In a microfluidically-supported human tumour biochip model, circulating ChA-treated M1 markedly reduced tumour cell viability through enhanced release of TNFalpha. Together, ChA may cause an anti-tumoural microenvironment by depletion of M2 and activation of M1, suggesting induction of G-actin nucleation as potential strategy to target tumour-associated macrophages in addition to neoplastic cells.


PubMed ID: 28134280

Projects: A4, Total ChemBioSys

Journal: Sci Rep

Citation: Sci Rep. 2017 Jan 30;7:41434. doi: 10.1038/srep41434.

Date Published: 31st Jan 2017

Authors: C. Pergola, K. Schubert, Simona Pace, J. Ziereisen, F. Nikels, O. Scherer, S. Huttel, S. Zahler, A. M. Vollmar, C. Weinigel, S. Rummler, R. Muller, M. Raasch, A. Mosig, Andreas Koeberle, Oliver Werz

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