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Beta-glucan-induced inflammatory monocytes mediate antitumor efficacy in the murine lung

Alexander, MP;Fiering, SN;Ostroff, GR;Cramer, RA;Mullins, DW;

-Glucan is a naturally occurring glucose polysaccharide with immunostimulatory activity in both infection and malignancy. -Glucan's antitumor effects have been attributed to the enhancement of complement receptor 3-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, as well as modulation of suppressive and stimulatory myeloid subsets, which in turn enhances antitumor T cell immunity. In the present study, we demonstrate antitumor efficacy of yeast-derived -glucan particles (YGP) in a model of metastatic-like melanoma in the lung, through a mechanism that is independent of previously reported -glucan-mediated antitumor pathways. Notably, efficacy is independent of adaptive immunity, but requires inflammatory monocytes. YGP-activated monocytes mediated direct cytotoxicity against tumor cells in vitro, and systemic YGP treatment upregulated inflammatory mediators, including TNF, M-CSF, and CCL2, in the lungs. Collectively, these studies identify a novel role for inflammatory monocytes in -glucan-mediated antitumor efficacy, and expand the understanding of how this immunomodulator can be used to generate beneficial immune responses against metastatic disease.