Cargo from tumor-expressed albumin inhibits T-cell activation and responses

Michael W. Graner, Anna Likhacheva, Jane Davis, Amy Raymond, Jared Brandenberger, Angela Romanoski, Sylvia Thompson, Emmanuel Akporiaye, Emmanuel Katsanis

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In this study, we show that rodent albumin is expressed by and cell surface localized on at least some murine tumor cells. We have been able to purify this tumor-expressed albumin from in vivo grown tumor masses. The tumor-expressed albumin, unlike normal serum albumin purified from blood, is capable of inhibiting T-cell activation, proliferation, and function in both in vitro and in vivo settings. Tumor-expressed albumin does not appear to affect antigen processing or presentation by professional antigen-presenting cells. The activity appears to lie in relatively small, lipid-like moieties that are presumably cargo for tumor-expressed albumin, and that activity can be removed from the albumin by lipid removal or treatment with lipase. Thus, we herein report of a novel form of tumor-induced immune suppression attributable to lipid-like entities, cloaked by albumin produced by tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8085-8092
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Research
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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