Inhibition of autophagy potentiated the anti-tumor effects of VEGF and CD47 bispecific therapy in glioblastoma

Date:2022-03-25 Views:99

Zhang X, Wang S, Nan Y, Fan J, Chen W, Luan J, Wang Y, Liang Y, Li S, Tian W, Ju D. (2018). Inhibition of autophagy potentiated the anti-tumor effects of VEGF and CD47 bispecific therapy in glioblastoma. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 102(15):6503-6513.

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Glioblastoma, characterized by extensive microvascular proliferation and invasive tumor growth, is one of the most common and lethal malignancies in adults. Benefits of the conventional anti-angiogenic therapy were only observed in a subset of patients and limited by diverse relapse mechanism. Fortunately, recent advances in cancer immunotherapy have offered new hope for patients with glioblastoma. Herein, we reported a novel dual-targeting therapy for glioblastoma through simultaneous blockade of VEGF and CD47 signaling. Our results showed that VEGFR1D2-SIRPαD1, a VEGF and CD47 bispecific fusion protein, exerted potent anti-tumor effects via suppressing VEGF-induced angiogenesis and activating macrophage-mediated phagocytosis. Meanwhile, autophagy was activated by VEGFR1D2-SIRPαD1 through inactivating Akt/mTOR and Erk pathways in glioblastoma cells. Importantly, autophagy inhibitor or knockdown of autophagy-related protein 5 potentiated VEGFR1D2-SIRPαD1-induced macrophage phagocytosis and cytotoxicity against glioblastoma cells. Moreover, suppression of autophagy led to increased macrophage infiltration, angiogenesis inhibition, and tumor cell apoptosis triggered by VEGF and CD47 dual-targeting therapy, thus eliciting enhanced anti-tumor effects in glioblastoma. Our data revealed that VEGFR1D2-SIRPαD1 alone or in combination with autophagy inhibitor could effectively elicit potent anti-tumor effects, highlighting potential therapeutic strategies for glioblastoma through disrupting angiogenetic axis and CD47-SIRPα anti-phagocytic axis alone or in combination with autophagy inhibition.