Clinical & Experimental Metastasis

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 277–287 | Cite as

Interferon-mediated enhancement of metastasis. Are MHC antigens involved?

  • Pier-Luigi Lollini
  • Carla De Giovanni
  • Brunella Del Re
  • Giordano Nicoletti
  • Giorgio Prodi
  • Patrizia Nanni

The relationship between major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigens and metastasis was investigated on B16 melanoma variants. B16 cell lines express low amounts of murine MHC (H-2) antigens. A high expression can be induced in line B16-A by in vitro treatment with immune interferon (IFN-gamma) or by in vivo transplant in allogeneic mice. The increase of H-2 antigens correlated with an enhancement of lung colonization in young syngeneic mice. The higher metastatic capacity of B16-A cells with induced high levels of H-2 antigens was observed also in adult mice and in young mice pretreated with cyclophosphamide. These results were confirmed investigating the behaviour of a mutant B16 clone (B78H1) which was selectively resistant to the H-2-inducing action of IFN-gamma: lung colonization ability was not increased by IFN pretreatment. The study of variants derived from individual B16-A lung colonies revealed a wide range of H-2 levels. Variants with a low expression had a low colonization ability; one out of two variants with a high H-2 expression also was poorly colonizing. IFN-gamma-mediated H-2 expression appeared to act as an enhancer, rather than a determinant of B16 metastatic capacity.


Major Histocompatibility Complex Metastatic Capacity Colonization Ability Major Histocompatibility Complex Antigen Lung Colonization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pier-Luigi Lollini
    • 1
  • Carla De Giovanni
    • 1
  • Brunella Del Re
    • 1
  • Giordano Nicoletti
    • 1
  • Giorgio Prodi
    • 1
  • Patrizia Nanni
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di CancerologiaUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly

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