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Biography

Ravi P Sahu has obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Physics and Chemistry from Allahabad University at Allahabad and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Dr. R.M.L. Avadh University at Faizabad, India. His interest in studying the clinical aspects of human diseases began with his doctoral work at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences at Lucknow, India. He studied the role of genetic mutations in the transcription factor hepatocyte nuclear factor-1 alpha (HNF-1), mitochondrial genes and autoantibodies against islet antigens in the etiology of early onset type 2 diabetes mellitus. He began his postdoctoral career determining the role of natural compounds in cancer chemoprevention at University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh, PA and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo, TX. His second postdoctoral work at Indiana University was focused on investigating the impact of various pro-oxidative stressors in the pathogenesis of cutaneous immunity and non-melanoma skin cancer. In 2012, he began his independent research career as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Indianapolis and in 2015 he moved to Wright State University at Dayton, OH. His long term research goal is to understand the mechanisms of immunomodulatory effects of environmental and therapeutic pro-oxidative stressors in cancer growth and cancer therapeutic responses, particularly melanoma and lung cancer.

Abstract

The exposure of pro-oxidative stressors modulates host anti-tumor immunity against cancer. Studies from our group have demonstrated that pro-oxidative stressors both from environmental and therapeutic exposures generate the potent lipid mediator with platelet-activating factor (PAF) agonist activity. These PAF agonists mediate systemic immunosuppression and augment the growth of subcutaneously implanted Murine melanoma and Lewis lung carcinoma tumors in a PAF-receptor (PAF-R) dependent manner. Importantly, PAF-dependent enhanced growth of melanoma tumors was mediated via up-regulation of tumor microenvironment associated regulatory T-cells (Tregs) and myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). Notably, depleting antibodies against Tregs and MDSCs blocked PAF agonists mediated systemic immunosuppression and melanoma tumor growth. As various treatment modalities including chemotherapeutic agents can act as potent pro-oxidative stressors, we demonstrated that chemotherapy generate PAF and other oxidized PAF-R agonists from melanoma cells/tumors in a process blocked by antioxidants. In a murine dual tumor model, our studies demonstrate that intratumoral injection of chemotherapy to one tumor augments the growth of other (untreated) tumors in a PAF-R dependent manner. Importantly, this chemotherapy mediated enhanced growth of secondary tumors was attenuated via systemic supplementation of antioxidants, COX-2 inhibitors as well as depleting Tregs. Interestingly, we demonstrated that perfusates collected from melanoma patients’ post-chemotherapy exhibited significant PAF-R agonistic activity compared to perfusates obtained prior to chemotherapy. Altogether, our studies indicate the importance of the PAF-R mediated pathway in modulating tumor growth and treatment effectiveness and suggest it’s implication as a promising approach for cancer treatment.