EPIGENETIC TRANSFER OF METASTATIC ACTIVITY BY UPTAKE OF HIGHLY METASTATIC B16 MELANOMA CELL-RELEASED EXOSOMES

Hao S., Ye Z., Li F., Meng Q., Qureshi M., Yang J., Xiang J.

Summary. Aim: To investigate potential role of highly metastatic BL6-10 tumor cell-released exosomes (EXO) in transfer of metastatic activity into poorly metastatic tumor cell line F1. Methods: The highly metastatic B16 melanoma cell line (BL6-10) was generated in our laboratory. EXO from this cell line were isolated and amount of exosomal recovered proteins was measured using Bradford assay. For phenotypic analysis BL6-10 and F1 melanoma cells were stained with FITC-conjugated anti-MHC I (H-2Kb), MHC II (Iab) and Met 72 antibodies and analyzed by flow cytometry. C57BL/6 mice (8 per group) were injected (i. v.) with 0.5 ? 106 F1, BL6-10 and F1EXO melanoma cells. Lungs were removed 4 weeks after tumor cell injection, fixed in 10% neutral buffered formaldehyde and embedded in paraffin for histological analysis. Results: Data revealed that BL6-10 cells expressed metastasis marker (Met 72 tumor antigen), while F1 cells did not display this cell surface marker. All mice inoculated with BL6-10 melanoma cells had numerous lung tumor colonies, while mice injected with F1 tumor cells were free of lung metastatic colonies. BL6-10 tumor cells-released EXO also expressed Met 72 tumor antigen as BL6-10 tumor cells, but in less amount. F1 tumor cells can uptake EXO from BL6-10 tumor cells and express acquired exosomal Met 72 tumor antigen. Conclusion: The metastatic activity of highly metastatic BL6-10 tumor cells can be transferred to poorly metastatic F1 tumor cells by uptake of highly metastatic BL6-10 tumor-released EXO.

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