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Interleukin-22 promotes tumor angiogenesis.

  • Author(s): Protopsaltis, Nicholas J;
  • Liang, Wei;
  • Nudleman, Eric;
  • Ferrara, Napoleone
  • et al.
Abstract

TH17 cells play important yet complex roles in cancer development and progression. We previously reported that TH17 cells and IL-17 mediate resistance to anti-VEGF therapy by inducing recruitment of immunosuppressive and proangiogenic myeloid cells to the tumor microenvironment. Here, we demonstrate that IL-22, a key effector cytokine expressed by TH17 cells, directly acts on endothelial cells to promote tumor angiogenesis. IL-22 induces endothelial cell proliferation, survival, and chemotaxis in vitro and neovascularization in an ex vivo mouse choroid explant model. Blockade of IL-22, with a neutralizing antibody, significantly inhibits tumor growth associated with reduced microvascular density. No synergistic effect of IL-22 with VEGF was observed. These results identify IL-22 as a potential therapeutic target for blocking tumor angiogenesis.

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