Effects of interleukin-18 on natural killer cells: Costimulation of activation through Fc receptors for immunoglobulin

Shivani Srivastava, David Pelloso, Hailin Feng, Larry Voiles, David Lewis, Zdenka Haskova, Margaret Whitacre, Stephen Trulli, Yi Jiun Chen, John Toso, Zdenka L. Jonak, Hua Chen Chang, Michael J. Robertson

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Abstract

The antitumor activity of monoclonal antibodies is mediated by effector cells, such as natural killer (NK) cells, that express Fc receptors for immunoglobulin. Efficacy of monoclonal antibodies, including the CD20 antibody rituximab, could be improved by agents that augment the function of NK cells. Interleukin (IL)-18 is an immunostimulatory cytokine that has antitumor activity in preclinical models. The effects of IL-18 on NK cell function mediated through Fcγ receptors were examined. Human NK cells stimulated with immobilized IgG in vitro secreted IFN-γ as expected; such IFN-γ production was partially inhibited by blocking CD16 with monoclonal antibodies. IL-18 augmented IFN-γ production by NK cells stimulated with immobilized IgG or CD16 antibodies. NK cell IFN-γ production in response to immobilized IgG and/or IL-18 was inhibited by chemical inhibitors of Syk and several other kinases involved in CD16 signaling pathways. IL-18 augmented antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) of human NK cells against rituximab-coated Raji cells in vitro. IL-18 and rituximab acted synergistically to promote regression of human lymphoma xenografts in SCID mice. Inasmuch as IL-18 costimulates IFN-γ production and ADCC of NK cells activated through Fc receptors in vitro and augments antitumor activity of rituximab in vivo, it is an attractive cytokine to combine with monoclonal antibodies for treatment of human cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1073-1082
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Immunology, Immunotherapy
Volume62
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

Keywords

  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Cytokines
  • Lymphoma
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Rituximab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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    Srivastava, S., Pelloso, D., Feng, H., Voiles, L., Lewis, D., Haskova, Z., Whitacre, M., Trulli, S., Chen, Y. J., Toso, J., Jonak, Z. L., Chang, H. C., & Robertson, M. J. (2013). Effects of interleukin-18 on natural killer cells: Costimulation of activation through Fc receptors for immunoglobulin. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy, 62(6), 1073-1082. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00262-013-1403-0