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Br J Cancer. 2004 Jun 1;90(11):2210-8.

Low-dose interferon-gamma-producing human neuroblastoma cells show reduced proliferation and delayed tumorigenicity.

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Laboratory of Oncology, Gaslini Institute, Largo Gaslini 5, 16148 Genoa, Italy.


Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) directs T helper-1 cell differentiation and mediates antitumour effects in preclinical models. However, high-dose IFN-gamma is toxic in vivo, and IFN-gamma-transfected neuroblastoma (NB) cells secreting high amounts of the cytokine may be lost due to cell apoptosis or differentiation. Two human NB cell lines (ACN and SK-N-BE2(c)) differing as to genetic and phenotypic features were transfected with the human IFN-gamma gene and selected on the grounds of the low concentrations of IFN-gamma produced. In both IFN-gamma-transfected cell lines, autocrine and paracrine activation of IFN-gamma-mediated pathways occurred, leading to markedly reduced proliferation rate, to increased expression of surface HLA and CD40 molecules and of functional TNF binding sites. ACN/IFN-gamma cells showed a significantly delayed tumorigenicity in nude mice as compared to parental cells. ACN/IFN-gamma tumours were smaller, with extensive necrotic area as a result of a damaged and defective microvascular network. In addition, a significant reduction in the proliferation index was observed. This is the first demonstration that IFN-gamma inhibits in vivo proliferation of NB cell by acting on the tumour cell itself. This effect adds to the immunoregulatory and antiangiogenic activities operated by IFN-gamma in syngeneic tumour-bearing hosts.

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