Author(s): Liu C, Luo D, Streit WJ, Harrison JK
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Abstract Human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant form of human brain tumors. A characteristic of GBM is the marked presence of tumor infiltrated microglia/macrophages and lymphocytes. The goal of this study was directed toward understanding the role of the chemokine system CX3CL1 and its receptor CX3CR1 in the GL261 murine model of malignant glioma. In situ hybridization analysis identified CX3CL1 and CX3CR1 expression in GL261 tumors. The impact of CX3CR1 deletion on the growth of intracranial GL261 gliomas and associated immune cell infiltration was evaluated in CX3CR1 gene-disrupted C57BL/6 mice. A slight increase in the tumor growth rate in CX3CR1-/- mice was evident with similar numbers of microglia and CD4+, CD8+, FoxP3+, or Ly49G2+ lymphocytes within tumors established in CX3CR1 +/- and -/- mice. These data indicate that CX3CR1 has little or no effects on either gliomagenesis or the migration of microglia and lymphocytes into GL261 tumors.
This article was published in J Neuroimmunol
and referenced in Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy