DOI: 10.1101/512681Jan 6, 2019Paper

Splicing inhibition enhances the antitumor immune response through increased tumor antigen presentation and altered MHC-I immunopeptidome

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Alison PiersonSebastien Apcher


The success of cancer immunotherapy relies on the induction of an immunoprotective response targeting tumor antigens (TAs) presented by tumor cells on MHC class I molecules. Alternative translation events emerged as a rich source of TAs and generate the so-called Pioneer Translation Products (PTPs), which are peptides generated from unspliced mRNA. We demonstrated in vitro and in vivo that the splicing inhibitor isoginkgetin and a derived water-soluble and less toxic molecule, IP2, act at the production stage of the PTPs. We showed that IP2 increases PTP-derived antigen presentation in cancer cells in vitro and decreases tumor growth in vivo in an immune-dependent manner. Furthermore, IP2 treatment induces a long-lasting antitumor response. Finally, we observed that the epitope repertoire displayed on MHC-I molecules is altered upon treatment with IP2 with the modulation of pre-existing peptides and the emergence of novel antigens derived from both coding and allegedly non-coding sequences.

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Histocompatibility Antigens Class I
RNA Splicing
RNA, Messenger
Tumor Antigens
Inositol-1,4-bisphosphate 1-phosphatase
Immunotherapy for Cancer

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