Phenotypic dynamics of microglial and monocyte-derived cells in glioblastoma-bearing mice


  • Ricard Clément
  • Tchoghandjian Aurélie
  • Luche Hervé
  • Grenot Pierre
  • Figarella-Branger Dominique
  • Rougon Geneviève
  • Malissen Marie
  • Debarbieux Franck

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Inflammatory cells, an integral component of tumor evolution, are present in Glioblastomas multiforme (GBM). To address the cellular basis and dynamics of the inflammatory microenvironment in GBM, we established an orthotopic syngenic model by grafting GL261-DsRed cells in immunocompetent transgenic LysM-EGFP//CD11c-EYFP reporter mice. We combined dynamic spectral two-photon imaging with multiparametric cytometry and multicolor immunostaining to characterize spatio-temporal distribution, morphology and activity of microglia and blood-derived infiltrating myeloid cells in live mice. Early stages of tumor development were dominated by microglial EYFP + cells invading the tumor, followed by massive recruitment of circulating LysM-EGFP + cells. Fluorescent invading cells were conventional XCR1 + and monocyte-derived dendritic cells distributed in subpopulations of different maturation stages, located in different areas relative to the tumor core. The lethal stage of the disease was characterized by the progressive accumulation of EGFP + /EYFP + monocyte-derived dendritic cells. This local phenotypic regulation of monocyte subtypes marked a transition in the immune response.

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