Jun 5, 2016

Celecoxib promotes degranulation of CD8(+) T cells in HPV-induced lesions of K14-HPV16 transgenic mice

Life Sciences
Carlos SantosRui M Gil da Costa


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a known biologic carcinogen which is commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse. CD8(+) T cells are known effectors against tumour cells and an important prognostic marker in HPV-induced cancers. COX-2 inhibitors enhance CD8(+) T cell activity against some cancers. In this work, we sought to study the presence and activation of CD8(+) T lymphocytes in lesions from K14-HPV16 transgenic mice and the immunomodulatory effect of celecoxib (CXB) over these cells. Skin samples of CXB-treated and untreated HPV16(-/-) and HPV16(+/-) mice were enzymatically digested and analysed by flow cytometry to assess CD8(+) and CD8(+)CD107a(+) T cell infiltrates. Matched skin samples were classified histologically. HPV16(+/-) mice presented higher CD8(+) T cell infiltration than HPV16(-/-) animals (P<0.001). Older HPV16(+/-) animals showed epidermal dysplasia and increased percentages of CD8(+)CD107a(+) T cells compared with younger animals with hyperplasia (P<0.001), validating this model for testing the effects of celecoxib on CD8(+) T cells. CXB-treated HPV16(+/-) mice showed higher percentages of CD8(+)CD107a(+) T cells compared with untreated HPV16(+/-) animals (P<0.01), but no differences were observed conce...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Biological Markers
Tumor Cells, Uncertain Whether Benign or Malignant
Immune Response
KRT14 protein, human
Flow Cytometry
Immune System
Human Papillomavirus
Epithelial Hyperplasia of Skin

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