Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin inhibits the development of triple negative breast cancer by enhancing antitumor immunity.

Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is regarded as one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) has been used as a therapeutic agent for Niemann-Pick disease Type C (NPC). However, the exact actions and mechanisms of HP-β-CD on TNBC are not fully understood. To examine the influence of HP-β-CD on the proliferation and migration of TNBC cell lines, particularly 4T1 and MDA-MB-231 cells, a range of assays, including MTT, scratch, cell cycle, and clonal formation assays, were performed. Furthermore, the effectiveness of HP-β-CD in the treatment of TNBC was assessed in vivo using a 4T1 tumor-bearing BALB/c mouse model. We demonstrated the anti-proliferation and anti-migration effect of HP-β-CD on TNBC both in vitro and in vivo. High cholesterol diet can attenuate HP-β-CD-inhibited TNBC growth. Mechanistically, HP-β-CD reduced tumor cholesterol levels by increasing ABCA1 and ABCG1-mediated cholesterol reverse transport. HP-β-CD promoted the infiltration of T cells into the tumor microenvironment (TME) and improved exhaustion of CD8+ T cells via reducing immunological checkpoint molecules expression. Additionally, HP-β-CD inhibited the recruitment of tumor associated macrophages to the TME via reducing CCL2-p38MAPK-NF-κB axis. HP-β-CD also inhibited the epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) of TNBC cells mediated by the TGF-β signaling pathway. In summary, our study suggests that HP-β-CD effectively inhibited the proliferation and metastasis of TNBC, highlighting HP-β-CD may hold promise as a potential antitumor drug.
AuthorsMengmeng Zhu, Qian Zhao, Wenwen Zhang, Hongmei Xu, Baotong Zhang, Shuang Zhang, Yajun Duan, Chenzhong Liao, Xiaoxiao Yang, Yuanli Chen
JournalInternational immunopharmacology (Int Immunopharmacol) Vol. 125 Issue Pt A Pg. 111168 (Dec 2023) ISSN: 1878-1705 [Electronic] Netherlands
PMID37939513 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
CopyrightCopyright © 2023 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Chemical References
  • 2-Hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin
  • NF-kappa B
  • Cholesterol
  • Mice
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • 2-Hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (therapeutic use, pharmacology)
  • Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms (pathology)
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes (metabolism)
  • NF-kappa B
  • Cholesterol (metabolism)
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition
  • Cell Movement
  • Tumor Microenvironment

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