PTPN2 elicits cell autonomous and non–cell autonomous effects on antitumor immunity in triple-negative breast cancer

Pei Kee Goh, Florian Wiede, Mara N. Zeissig, Kara L. Britt, Shuwei Liang, Tim Molloy, Nathan Goode, Rachel Xu, Sherene Loi, Mathias Muller, Patrick O. Humbert, Catriona McLean, Tony Tiganis

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The tumor-suppressor PTPN2 is diminished in a subset of triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs). Paradoxically, PTPN2-deficiency in tumors or T cells in mice can facilitate T cell recruitment and/or activation to promote antitumor immunity. Here, we explored the therapeutic potential of targeting PTPN2 in tumor cells and T cells. PTPN2-deficiency in TNBC associated with T cell infiltrates and PD-L1 expression, whereas low PTPN2 associated with improved survival. PTPN2 deletion in murine mammary epithelial cells TNBC models, did not promote tumorigenicity but increased STAT-1–dependent T cell recruitment and PD-L1 expression to repress tumor growth and enhance the efficacy of anti-PD-1. Furthermore, the combined deletion of PTPN2 in tumors and T cells facilitated T cell recruitment and activation and further repressed tumor growth or ablated tumors already predominated by exhausted T cells. Thus, PTPN2-targeting in tumors and/or T cells facilitates T cell recruitment and/or alleviates inhibitory constraints on T cells to combat TNBC.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereabk3338
Number of pages22
JournalScience Advances
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

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