Feasibility to generate monocyte-derived dendritic cell from coculture with melanoma tumor cells in the presence of granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and interleukin-4

Young T. Kim, Evan M. Hersh, Katrina T. Trevor

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Objective: We investigated how melanoma cells and membrane-bound granulocyte/macrophage colony stimulating factor (mbGM-CSF) melanoma cell lines affect the differentiation of dendritic cells (DC) from CD14+ monocytes. Method of study: The malignant melanoma cell lines (Conley and Jorp) and mbGM-CSF-positive cell lines (Conley B-F8 and Jorp C-E6) were cultured and cell-free supernatants were collected from each cell line cultures to assess the GM-CSF level. Adherent monocytes were cocultured for 6-7 days with irradiated mbGM-CSF and wild type melanoma cells (50 Gy) at each 1 : 1 and 0.1 : 1 ratio in six-well culture plates in ex vivo culture medium containing interleukin (IL)-4. Immunophenotyping was performed by triple color immunofluorescence staining with flow cytometry analysis. Results: GM-CSF was detected at low levels in the culture supernatants of Conley B-F8 (0.48 ng/106 cells/24 hr), whereas there was no detectable GM-CSF in that of Conley melanoma cell line. Monocytes cultured with GM-CSF/IL-4 generated the expression of high levels of HLA DR, CD la and CD86, while the expression of CD 14 and CD83 were in low amounts. However, the addition of GM-CSF to these cultures resulted in an increased expression of these markers and decreased that of CD14. Monocytes cocultured with Jorp C-E6 illustrated similar expression pattern of CD la, HLA DR and CD 14 in the presence or absence of GM-CSF as Conley B-F8 melanoma cell line. Monocytes cocultured with Conley B-F8 melanoma cells at 1 : 1 and 0.1 : 1 ratio showed no significant difference in expression of CD la, CD14 and CD83 between the two ratios. Conclusion: Our results illustrate the feasibility to generate monocyte-derived DC from coculture with melanoma tumor cells in the presence of GM-CSF and IL-4. However, mbGM-CSF tumor cells did not significantly enhance the DC differentiation through juxtacrine stimulation unless soluble GM-CSF was added in the culture media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-238
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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