One of the most fundamental and challenging questions in the cancer field is how immunity is transformed from tumor immunosurveillance to tumor-promoting inflammation. Here, we identify the tumor suppressor PDZ-LIM domain-containing protein 2 (PDLIM2) as a checkpoint of alveolar macrophages (AMs) important for lung tumor suppression. During lung tumorigenesis, PDLIM2 expression in AMs is down-regulated by reactive oxygen species (ROS)-activated transcription repressor BTB and CNC homology 1 (BACH1). PDLIM2 down-regulation leads to constitutive activation of the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), driving AM pro-tumorigenic polarization/activation and differentiation from monocytes attracted from the circulation to suppress cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and promote lung cancer. PDLIM2 down-regulation also decreases AM phagocytosis. These findings establish ROS/BACH1/PDLIM2/STAT3 as a signaling pathway driving AMs for lung tumor promotion.
Liwen Li, Fan Sun, Lei Han, Xujie Liu, Yadong Xiao, Alyssa D. Gregory, Steven D. Shapiro, Gutian Xiao, Zhaoxia Qu