Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins Antagonist Induces T-cell Proliferation after Cross-Presentation by Dendritic Cells.


Cross-presentation of tumor antigens by dendritic cells (DC) is crucial to prime, stimulate and restimulate CD8+ T cells. This process is important in initiating and maintaining an antitumor response. Here, we show that the presence of conventional type 1 DCs (cDC1), a DC subtype that excels in cross-presentation, in the tumor correlated with response to neoadjuvant immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) in melanoma. This led us to hypothesize that patients failing to respond to ICB could benefit from enhanced cross-presentation of tumor antigens. We therefore established a cross-presentation assay to screen over 5,500 compounds for enhancers of DC cross-presentation using induced T-cell proliferation as the readout. We identified 145 enhancers, including AZD5582, an antagonist of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAP) cIAP1, cIAP2, and XIAP. AZD5582 treatment led to DC activation of the noncanonical NF-kB pathway, enhanced antigen import from endolysosomes into the cytosol, and increased expression of genes involved in cross-presentation. Furthermore, it upregulated expression of CD80, CD86, MHC class II, CD70 and secretion of TNF by DCs. This enhanced DC activation and maturation program was observed also in tumor-bearing mice upon AZD5582 treatment, culminating in an increased frequency of systemic tumor antigen-specific CD8+ T cells. Our results merit further exploration of AZD5582 to increase antigen cross-presentation for improving the clinical benefit of ICB in patients who are unlikely to respond to ICB.

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Cancer immunology research
  • Volume 11
  • Issue nr. 4
  • Pages 450-465
  • Publication date 03-04-2023

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