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Zoledronate stimulates gamma delta T cells in prostate cancer patients - Abstract

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Division of Urology, Showa University, Tokyo, Japan.

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Androgen deprivation therapy is the mainstay of treatment for prostate cancer. Given its frequent failure, new therapy that reduces prostate cancer progression would be a breakthrough in treating this disease. Bisphosphonates are well-established agents for treating skeletal-related events (SREs) in prostate cancer patients with bone metastases. Exposure to bisphosphonates may not only reduce the incidence of SREs, but also have anticancer effects by modulating a patient's immunity. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of zoledronate (ZOL) on gamma delta T cells, serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, and velocities. The effect of ZOL, with and without IL-2, on gamma delta T cell activation was examined in vitro. Furthermore, the activated state and the number of gamma delta T cells and changes in serum PSA levels were examined for patients who received ZOL infusion for the prevention of SREs. We found that ZOL activated gamma delta T cells, and the number of gamma delta T cell was increased when IL-2 was administered with ZOL in vitro. Comparisons before and after the first ZOL infusion revealed that gamma delta T cells in peripheral blood were activated by ZOL. Moreover, after the first ZOL treatment, reduction in serum PSA was observed in 3 of 11 patients, and reduction in PSA velocity was observed in 5 of 10 patients. Our findings indicate that ZOL stimulates gamma delta T cells in vivo and in vitro. This study provides further insight into the ability of gamma delta T cells to induce an antitumor immune response.

Written by:

Naoe M, Ogawa Y, Takeshita K, Morita J, Shichijo T, Fuji K, Fukagai T, Iwamoto S, Terao S

Reference: Oncol Res. 2010;18(10):493-501.

PubMed Abstract

PMID: 20681408 Forum: Other prostate cancer topics including radiation Title: Zoledronate stimulates immune response in blood, lowers PSA in some

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