Anti-SIRPα + Rituximab Therapy for B-Cell Lymphoma - Study

Anti-SIRPα + Rituximab Therapy for B-Cell Lymphoma: The landscape of cancer immunotherapy is increasingly focusing on tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs). These versatile immune cells can swing like a pendulum, sometimes promoting tumor growth and sometimes suppressing it. Harnessing their anti-tumor potential holds immense promise, and targeting the CD47-SIRPα interaction has emerged as a promising strategy.

The Intriguing Dance of CD47 and SIRPα: Imagine tumor cells cloaked in an invisibility shield. That’s essentially what CD47, a protein expressed on their surface, does. It binds to SIRPα, a receptor on macrophages, sending a “don’t eat me” signal that hinders phagocytosis, the process by which macrophages engulf and destroy unwanted cells.

Anti-SIRPα and Rituximab: This study sheds light on a potential power couple in the fight against B-cell lymphoma – anti-SIRPα antibody (SE12C3) and rituximab, a monoclonal antibody already approved for lymphoma treatment.


To mimic the complex interplay between human immune cells and tumors, the researchers employed a sophisticated model – humanized immune system (HIS) mice with MISTRG (myeloid-restricted human cytokine and chemokine gene replacement). These mice harbor human immune cells alongside a humanized tumor microenvironment, providing a more accurate platform for testing human-targeted therapies.

The Synergistic Symphony

  1. Double Whammy for Tumor Cells: When SE12C3 and rituximab joined forces, they unleashed a two-pronged attack. SE12C3 ripped off the “don’t eat me” cloak by blocking the CD47-SIRPα interaction, while rituximab tagged the tumor cells for destruction.
  2. Macrophage Mobilization: This potent combo didn’t just sit back and watch. It actively recruited and reprogrammed human macrophages within the tumor, transforming them from bystanders to active killers. These reprogrammed TAMs, now sporting a pro-inflammatory phenotype, devoured tumor cells with newfound zeal.
  3. Beyond Raji Cell Lines: The researchers didn’t stop at lab-grown tumors. They tested the combo’s mettle against patient-derived xenografts, faithfully replicating the diversity and complexity of real-world B-cell lymphoma. And guess what? The magic persisted – the combined therapy effectively hampered patient-derived tumor growth.

A Glimpse into the Future

While this study paints a promising picture, the fight against cancer is never a one-shot deal. More research is needed to:

  • Fine-tune the HIS-MISTRG model: Understanding the mechanisms behind human myeloid cell-driven lymphoma formation in these mice will further strengthen their predictive power.
  • Validate the model for broader applications: Can HIS-MISTRG mice be used to test therapies targeting human macrophages in other types of cancer?
  • Clinical trials: Ultimately, the true test lies in human trials. If the SE12C3 and rituximab combo proves its worth in the clinic, it could offer a powerful new weapon in the arsenal against B-cell lymphoma.

In conclusion, this study paves the way for a future where harnessing the power of TAMs becomes a cornerstone of cancer treatment. By unlocking the secrets of the CD47-SIRPα interaction and wielding the combined might of SE12C3 and rituximab, we may inch closer to turning the tide against B-cell lymphoma and potentially other malignancies.

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Last Updated on December 19, 2023 by shalw

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