PubMed 22546501

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Title: Nicotine stimulated bone marrow-derived dendritic cells could augment HBV specific CTL priming by activating PI3K-Akt pathway.

Authors: Hao Jie Jin, Hai Tao Li, Hua Xiu Sui, Mao Qiang Xue, Yi Nan Wang, Jia Xun Wang, Feng Guang Gao

Journal, date & volume: Immunol. Lett., 2012 Aug 30 , 146, 40-9

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Our previous studies have revealed that nicotine-treated immature dendritic cells (imDCs) have anti-tumor effects in murine lymphoma models. The present study is to explore HBV-specific CTL priming and its cytolytic activities of nicotine-treated murine DCs, the mechanism of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) up-regulation by nicotine and the efficiency of nicotine with other cytokines. To address these hypotheses, bone marrow-derived imDCs were stimulated by nicotine and expression of α7 nAChR was firstly determined by flow cytometry and Western blot. Then, DCs-dependent HBV-specific T cell proliferation and IL-12 secretion were secondly determined by BrdU cell proliferation assay and ELISA, respectively. The HBV-specific CTL priming and its activities were further explored by intraperitoneal transfer of nicotine treated imDCs. The mechanism of nicotine up-regulating α7 nAChR was finally explored by Western blot. The results showed that: first, the maximal activation of PI3K and Akt was reached at 30 and 60-120 min respectively after nicotine stimulation. Nicotine up-regulated the expression of α7 nAChR by activating PI3K-Akt pathway in murine DCs; secondly, nicotine stimulation could enhance DCs' ability of HBV-specific T cell proliferation and IL-12 secretion; thirdly, adoptive transfer of nicotine stimulated DCs could induce HBV specific CTL priming in vivo and those CTL had cytolytic activities; fourthly, nicotine had equal efficiencies to 2 ng/ml IFN-γ in DCs-mediated T cell proliferation. All these data presented here indicated that nicotine treated imDCs might be considered as a potential candidate for HBV immunotherapy.