Inhibition of colony-stimulating factor-1 receptor enhances the efficacy of radiotherapy and reduces immune suppression in glioblastoma

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  • Aim: To use inhibition of colony-stimulating factor-1 receptor (CSF-1R) to target tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and improve the efficacy of radiotherapy in glioblastoma (GBM). Materials and Methods: The CSF-1R inhibitor BLZ-945 was used to examine the impact of CSF-1R inhibition on M2 polarization in vitro. Using an orthotopic, immunocompetent GBM model, mice were treated with vehicle, RT, BLZ-945, or RT plus BLZ-945. Results: BLZ-945 reduced M2 polarization in vitro. BLZ-945 alone did not improve median overall survival (mOS=29 days) compared to control mice (mOS=27 days). RT improved survival (mOS=45 days; p=0.02), while RT plus BLZ-945 led to the longest survival (mOS=not reached; p=0.005). Resected tumors had a relatively large population of M2 TAMs in GBM at baseline, which was increased in response to RT. BLZ-945 reduced RTinduced M2 infiltration. Conclusion: Inhibition of CSF-1R improved response to RT in the treatment of GBM and may represent a promising strategy to improve RT-induced antitumor immune responses.
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  • Almahariq MF; Quinn TJ; Kesarwani P; Kant S; Miller CR; Chinnaiyan P
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  • 119
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  • 129
  • Volume

  • 35
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  • 1