The role of the proinflammatory interleukin (IL)-18 in cancer progression remains controversial; we thus examined the hypothesis that impaired antitumor immune response in pancreatic carcinoma patients is related to elevated levels of its natural inhibitor IL-18 binding protein (BP) and/or to alteration in the IL-18 receptor complex expression and function. IL-18 and IL-18 binding protein isoform a (BPa) was assessed in pancreatic carcinoma patients at various disease stages, and after surgery/chemotherapy; free bioactive IL-18 concentrations were calculated. IL-18 receptor complex expression in lymphocyte subsets was analyzed and signaling function was assessed versus healthy donors. Carcinoma cells exhibited below normal IL-18BPa expression and above normal IL-18 expression. Circulating IL-18BPa and IL-18 were above controls. Unexpectedly, free unbound IL-18 serum levels were correlated with disease severity and poor survival. IL-18BPa levels were unchanged by surgery but free IL-18 levels were elevated. Gemcitabine with 5-fluorouracil or oxaliplatin, but not alone, increased IL-18 and free IL-18 levels statistically significantly, without affecting IL-18BPa. Spontaneous/induced IL-18 receptor alpha and receptor beta expression in peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets from patients with advanced disease were near-normal, although CD4+ and CD8+ cells were fewer in percentage, and fully functional in inducing interferon-gamma. IL-18 is proposed as novel adjuvant cancer therapy, but free IL-18 levels are increased in the blood of pancreatic carcinoma patients, despite elevated IL-18BP levels, and are associated with poor survival; this highlights recent experimental insights into the prometastatic and proangiogenic effects of IL-18, and suggests that careful preclinical studies are needed to determine the proper application of IL-18 in cancer therapy.

IL-18 paradox in pancreatic carcinoma: elevated serum levels of free IL-18 are correlated with poor survival

VIZIO, Barbara;ROBINO, Carlo;PRATI, Adriana;CHIARLE, Roberto;BELLONE, Graziella
2009-01-01

Abstract

The role of the proinflammatory interleukin (IL)-18 in cancer progression remains controversial; we thus examined the hypothesis that impaired antitumor immune response in pancreatic carcinoma patients is related to elevated levels of its natural inhibitor IL-18 binding protein (BP) and/or to alteration in the IL-18 receptor complex expression and function. IL-18 and IL-18 binding protein isoform a (BPa) was assessed in pancreatic carcinoma patients at various disease stages, and after surgery/chemotherapy; free bioactive IL-18 concentrations were calculated. IL-18 receptor complex expression in lymphocyte subsets was analyzed and signaling function was assessed versus healthy donors. Carcinoma cells exhibited below normal IL-18BPa expression and above normal IL-18 expression. Circulating IL-18BPa and IL-18 were above controls. Unexpectedly, free unbound IL-18 serum levels were correlated with disease severity and poor survival. IL-18BPa levels were unchanged by surgery but free IL-18 levels were elevated. Gemcitabine with 5-fluorouracil or oxaliplatin, but not alone, increased IL-18 and free IL-18 levels statistically significantly, without affecting IL-18BPa. Spontaneous/induced IL-18 receptor alpha and receptor beta expression in peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets from patients with advanced disease were near-normal, although CD4+ and CD8+ cells were fewer in percentage, and fully functional in inducing interferon-gamma. IL-18 is proposed as novel adjuvant cancer therapy, but free IL-18 levels are increased in the blood of pancreatic carcinoma patients, despite elevated IL-18BP levels, and are associated with poor survival; this highlights recent experimental insights into the prometastatic and proangiogenic effects of IL-18, and suggests that careful preclinical studies are needed to determine the proper application of IL-18 in cancer therapy.
2009
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9
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931
IL-18; IL-18 binding protein; pancreatic carcinoma
Carbone A; Vizio B; Novarino A; Mauri FA; Geuna M; Robino C; Brondino G; Prati A; Giacobino A; Campra D; Chiarle R; Fronda GR; Ciuffreda L; Bellone G.
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