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Jan 2017 Oncoimmunology

BTN3A is a prognosis marker and a promising target for Vγ9Vδ2 T cells based-immunotherapy in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).


Benyamine A, Loncle C, Foucher E, Blazquez JL, Castanier C, Chrétien AS, Modesti M, Secq V, Chouaib S, Gironella M, Vila-Navarro E, Montalto G, Dagorn JC, Dusetti N, Iovanna J, Olive D


Vγ9Vδ2 T cells are anti-tumor immune effectors of growing interest in cancer including Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC), an especially aggressive cancer characterized by a hypoxic and nutrient-starved immunosuppressive microenvironment. Since Butyrophilin 3 A (BTN3A) isoforms are critical activating molecules of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells, we set out to study BTN3A expression under both basal and stress conditions in PDAC primary tumors, and in novel patient-derived xenograft and PDAC-derived cell lines. BTN3A2 was shown to be the most abundant isoform in PDAC and was stress-regulated. Vγ9Vδ2 T cells cytolytic functions against PDAC required BTN3A and this activity was strongly enhanced by the agonist anti-BTN3A 20.1 mAb even under conditions of hypoxia. In PDAC primary tumors, we established that BTN3A expression and high plasma levels of soluble BTN3A were strongly associated with a decreased survival. These findings may have important implications in the design of new immunotherapeutic strategies that target BTN3A for treating PDAC.

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