A single hyperthermic treatment (44.5° for 20 min) which results in successful local control of a 7-day intradermally growing fibrosarcoma in intact mice fails to permanently control tumor growth in immunodeficient nu/nu (BALB/c) or immunosuppressed (whole-body radiation, 500 rads) mice. Studies were designed to determine whether humoral or cellular-mediated factors were responsible. Nude mice were reconstituted with either heterozygotic (nu/+) sensitized or nonsensitized splenic T-cells. Similarly, semi-syngeneic immunosuppressed BALB/c × C57BL/6 F1 hybrids were reconstituted with homologous sensitized and nonsensitized T-cells or sera prior to hyperthermic treatment of a 7-day intradermal Meth-A implant. Successful local tumor control by hyperthermia was effected in those animals reconstituted with ≥1.8 × 107 splenic T-cells but not in those with sera. The inhibition of macrophage activity (chronic silica, i.p.) could substitute for whole-body radiation immunosuppression. These studies indicate that a thermally induced tumor cure would appear to be mediated by an activated macrophage-antigen-T-cell interaction which may be dependent on the initial expression of cell-mediated antitumor immunity that may be generated only in response to immunogenic tumors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research