The PDGF-BB-SOX7 axis-modulated IL-33 in pericytes and stromal cells promotes metastasis through tumour-associated macrophages

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  • Yunlong Yang
  • Patrik Andersson
  • Kayoko Hosaka
  • Yin Zhang
  • Renhai Cao
  • Hideki Iwamoto
  • Xiaojuan Yang
  • Masaki Nakamura
  • Jian Wang
  • Rujie Zhuang
  • Hiromasa Morikawa
  • Yuan Xue
  • Harald Braun
  • Rudi Beyaert
  • Nilesh Samani
  • Susumu Nakae
  • Emily Hams
  • Padraic G Fallon
  • Robert Langer
  • Yihai Cao
Signalling molecules and pathways that mediate crosstalk between various tumour cellular compartments in cancer metastasis remain largely unknown. We report a mechanism of the interaction between perivascular cells and tumour-associated macrophages (TAMs) in promoting metastasis through the IL-33-ST2-dependent pathway in xenograft mouse models of cancer. IL-33 is the highest upregulated gene through activation of SOX7 transcription factor in PDGF-BB-stimulated pericytes. Gain- and loss-of-function experiments validate that IL-33 promotes metastasis through recruitment of TAMs. Pharmacological inhibition of the IL-33-ST2 signalling by a soluble ST2 significantly inhibits TAMs and metastasis. Genetic deletion of host IL-33 in mice also blocks PDGF-BB-induced TAM recruitment and metastasis. These findings shed light on the role of tumour stroma in promoting metastasis and have therapeutic implications for cancer therapy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Communications
Pages (from-to)11385
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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