2018 Volume 41 Issue 12 Pages 1866-1869
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are immunosuppressive myeloid cells found in patients with cancer and in mouse tumor models. They suppress anti-tumor immunity, resulting in the promotion of tumor growth. The relationship between nutrition and cancer has recently been reported by several research groups. Tumor cells rely on glutaminolysis, in which glutamine is metabolized into glutamate for energy production, and hence, glutamate levels are elevated in tumor-bearing hosts. However, the mechanism of regulation of tumor progression by glutamate still remains unclear. In this study, we found that the metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) 2/3 was expressed on MDSCs, and an mGluR2/3 antagonist LY341495 attenuated the immunosuppressive activity of MDSCs. Furthermore, we observed that LY341495 treatment inhibited B16-F10 melanoma growth in vivo. Taken together, our data suggest that glutamate signaling promotes tumor growth by increasing the potency of immune suppression.