Human splenic polymorphonuclear myeloid-derived suppressor cells (PMN-MDSC) are strategically located immune regulatory cells in cancer

Tavukcuoglu E., Horzum U., Yanik H., ÜNER A., Yoyen-Ermis D., NURAL S. K., ...More

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY, vol.50, no.12, pp.2067-2074, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/eji.202048666
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.2067-2074
  • Keywords: neutrophil, granulocyte, granulocytic MDSC, spleen, cancer, ACCUMULATION, SPLENECTOMY, SPLEEN
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


In contrast to the mouse, functional assets of polymorphonuclear myeloid-derived suppressor cells (PMN-MDSC) in the human spleen remain to be better elucidated. Here, we report that the spleen in gastric and pancreatic cancer adopts an immune regulatory character, harbors excessive amount of PMN-MDSC, and anatomically enables their interaction with T cells. Compared to the peripheral blood, the spleen from cancer patients contained significantly higher levels of low-density PMN-MDSC, but not early-stage MDSC (e-MDSC) and monocytic-MDSC (M-MDSC). Low-density fraction of polymorphonuclear (PMN) cells was enriched in immature myeloid cells and displayed higher levels of CD10, CD16, and ROS than their blood-derived counterparts. They were also positive for PD-L1, LOX-1, and pSTAT3. The white pulp and periarteriolar lymphoid sheath (PALS) were strategically surrounded by PMN cells that were in contact with T cells. Unlike those from the blood, both low-density and normal-density PMN cells from the human spleen suppressed T cell proliferation and IFN-gamma production. Independent of clinical grade, high PMN-MDSC percentages were associated with decreased survival in gastric cancer. In summary, our results outline the immune regulatory role of the spleen in cancer where neutrophils acquire MDSC functions and feasibly interact with T cells.