Abstract

Background: T cell immunoglobulin and immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM) domain (TIGIT) and programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) are important inhibitory receptors that associate with T cell exhaustion in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In this study, we aimed to determine the underlying transcriptional mechanisms regulating these inhibitory pathways. Specifically, we investigated the role of transcription factor B lymphocyte-induced maturation protein 1 (Blimp-1) in T cell response and transcriptional regulation of TIGIT and PD-1 in AML. Methods: Peripheral blood samples collected from patients with AML were used in this study. Blimp-1 expression was examined by flow cytometry. The correlation of Blimp-1 expression to clinical characteristics of AML patients was analyzed. Phenotypic and functional studies of Blimp-1-expressing T cells were performed using flow cytometry-based assays. Luciferase reporter assays and ChIP assays were applied to assess direct binding and transcription activity of Blimp-1. Using siRNA to silence Blimp-1, we further elucidated the regulatory role of Blimp-1 in the TIGIT and PD-1 expression and T cell immune response. Results: Blimp-1 expression is elevated in T cells from AML patients. Consistent with exhaustion, Blimp-1 + T cells upregulate multiple inhibitory receptors including PD-1 and TIGIT. In addition, they are functionally impaired manifested by low cytokine production and decreased cytotoxicity capacity. Importantly, the functional defect is reversed by inhibition of Blimp-1 via siRNA knockdown. Furthermore, Blimp-1 binds to the promoters of PD-1 and TIGIT and positively regulates their expression. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates an important inhibitory effect of Blimp-1 on T cell response in AML; thus, targeting Blimp-1 and its regulated molecules to improve the immune response may provide effective leukemia therapeutics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number124
JournalJournal of Hematology and Oncology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 19 2017

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Acute Myeloid Leukemia
B-Lymphocytes
Up-Regulation
T-Lymphocytes
Proteins
Programmed Cell Death 1 Receptor
Small Interfering RNA
Flow Cytometry
Regulatory B-Lymphocytes
Luciferases
Tyrosine
Immunoglobulins
Leukemia
Transcription Factors
Cytokines

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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AU - Ehmann, W. Christopher

AU - Rybka, Witold B.

AU - Palmisiano, Neil D.

AU - Wang, Ming

AU - Jia, Bei

AU - Bayerl, Michael

AU - Schell, Todd D.

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