Selenium nanoparticles as new strategy to potentiate γδ T cell anti-tumor cytotoxicity through upregulation of tubulin-α acetylation

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Abstract

Immune cell therapy presents a paradigm for the treatment of malignant tumors. Human Vγ9Vδ2 T cells, a subset of peripheral γδ T cells, have been shown to have promising anti-tumor activity. However, new methodology on how to achieve a stronger anti-tumor activity of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells is under continuous investigation. In this work, we used selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) to strengthen the anti-tumor cytotoxicity of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells. We found SeNPs pretreated γδ T cells had significantly stronger cancer killing and tumor growth inhibition efficacy when compared with γδ T cells alone. Simultaneously, SeNPs pretreatment could significantly upregulate the expression of cytotoxicity related molecules including NKG2D, CD16, and IFN-γ, meanwhile, downregulate PD-1 expression of γδ T cells. Importantly, we observed that SeNPs promoted tubulin acetylation modification in γδ T cells through interaction between microtubule network and lysosomes since the latter is the primary resident station of SeNPs shown by confocal visualization. In conclusion, SeNPs could significantly potentiate anti-tumor cytotoxicity of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells, and both cytotoxicity related molecules and tubulin acetylation were involved in fine-tuning γδ T cell toxicity against cancer cells. Our present work demonstrated a new strategy for further enhancing anti-tumor cytotoxicity of human Vγ9Vδ2 T cells by using SeNPs-based nanotechnology, not gene modification, implicating SeNPs-based nanotechnology had a promising clinical perspective in the γδ T cell immunotherapy for malignant tumors.

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Hu, Y., Liu, T., Li, J., Mai, F., Li, J., Chen, Y., … Wu, Y. (2019). Selenium nanoparticles as new strategy to potentiate γδ T cell anti-tumor cytotoxicity through upregulation of tubulin-α acetylation. Biomaterials, 222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119397

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