Neuro-Oncology, 2017, Vol. 19(suppl6), pp.vi200-vi200
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most frequent pediatric brain tumor. This single-pathway disease exhibits aberrant activation of the MAPK pathway driving the tumor into oncogene-induced senescence (OIS). OIS is proposed to be the source of the unstable however benign growth observed in PA patients. Senescence is thought to be regulated by the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) which comprises a variety of cytokines, growth factors and proteases. Markers of senescence have been detected in PA, but the functional relevance of the SASP and its relation to OIS in PA is unknown. The first patient-derived PA cell culture model DKFZ-BT66 was utilized for the characterization of OIS and the role of the SASP in PA. The model allows experimental switching between senescent and proliferating states by modulation of the p53/RB pathway. Both conditions were analyzed by gene-expression profiling (GEP), Western Blot, real-time qPCR, ELISA, cell counts and viability by automated trypan blue exclusion staining. A significant increase of the SASP could be detected by GEP in the OIS state of the PA cell line. Moreover, the OIS expression signature was associated with improved progression free survival in a cohort of n=112 PA patients. Upregulation of IL-6 and IL-1B, two representative SASP factors, could be demonstrated on mRNA and protein level in DKFZ-BT66 during OIS. Both cytokine receptors are expressed and activation of the respective pathways was confirmed. Activation of the IL-1 pathway led to decreased growth of proliferating PA cells. Overall, the novel primary PA tumor model provides functional evidence of the presence of OIS in PA and exhibits increased activity of the SASP during the senescent state. In order to find an explanation for the clinically observed spontaneous on/off growth behavior, current studies aim to investigate the disruption of the OIS-characteristic growth arrest by inhibition of inflammatory signaling pathways.
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