Interleukin-10 inhibits ovarian cancer cells growth via down regulation of inflammatory cytokine production

American Journal of BioMedicine  Volume 2, Issue 8, pages 940-951, August 2014

Xi Wang; Shuhe Yang; Erin Zheng; Paul Xiao; Zheng-Yu Li


Ovarian cancer is the most lethal type of gynecologic cancer in the Western world. The high case fatality rate is due in part because most ovarian cancer patients present with advanced stage disease which is essentially incurable. Unfortunately, only a quarter of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed as stage I. For this reason, considerable efforts have been devoted to the search of novel ovarian cancer markers. Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is a broadly acting immune inhibitory cytokine that is generally thought to support tumor growth. Here, we investigated the regulation of IL-10 expression in normal and cancer ovarian surface epithelial cells. A total of 1 × 293 ovarian cancer cells were inoculated subcutaneously into the left flank of IL-10−/−, IL-10+/+ C57BL/6 background mice. Ovarian cancer cells had accelerated growth in IL-10−/− mice as compared with IL-10+/+ mice as shown by tumor volume measurement. Further, the percentages of intratumoral Treg cells during the course of tumor development were higher in IL-10−/− mice as compared with their wild-type counterparts beginning on day 12. In addition, presenting data showed that myeloid cells from tumor-free mice expressed higher levels of IL-1α and IL-1β in IL-10−/− than IL-10+/+ mice. While the roles of IL-10 in ovarian malignant transformation remain unclear, we propose that IL-10 may represent alternative targets for diagnosis and therapy and of this deadly disease.

Keywords: Ovarian cancer; Treg cells; IL-10; Inflammatory cytokine

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