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The glioblastoma (GBM) immune microenvironment is highly heterogeneous, and microglia may represent 30-70% of the entire tumor. However, the role of microglia and other specific immune populations is poorly characterized. Activation of mTOR signaling occurs in numerous human cancers and has roles in microglia-glioma cell interactions. We now show in human tumor specimens (42 patients), that 39% of tumor-associated microglial (TAM) cells express mTOR phosphorylated at Ser-2448; and similar mTOR activation is observed using a human microglia-glioma interaction paradigm. In addition, we confirm previous studies that microglia express urea and ARG1 (taken as M2 marker) in the presence of glioma cells, and this phenotype is down-regulated in the presence of a mTOR inhibitor. These results suggest that mTOR suppression in GBM patients might induce a reduction of the M2 phenotype expression in up to 40% of all TAMs. Since the M2 profile of microglial activation is believed to be associated with tumor progression, reductions in that phenotype may represent an additional anti-tumor mechanism of action of mTOR inhibitors, along with direct anti-proliferative activities.
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Name: Neurochemistry international
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An adaptor protein, consisting of seven WD REPEATS along its length, that functions as a component of the MECHANISTIC TARGET OF RAPAMYCIN COMPLEX 1 and MTORC2 COMPLEX. It interacts directly with MTOR to enhance its kinase activity and stabilizes the MTOR-RPTOR PROTEIN interaction in nutrient-poor conditions, favoring RPTOR inhibition of MTOR activity.
The parent cells that give rise to both cells of the GRANULOCYTE lineage and cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage.
Receptors that bind and internalize the granulocyte-macrophage stimulating factor. Their MW is believed to be 84 kD. The most mature myelomonocytic cells, specifically human neutrophils, macrophages, and eosinophils, express the highest number of affinity receptors for this growth factor.
A mononuclear phagocyte colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) synthesized by mesenchymal cells. The compound stimulates the survival, proliferation, and differentiation of hematopoietic cells of the monocyte-macrophage series. M-CSF is a disulfide-bonded glycoprotein dimer with a MW of 70 kDa. It binds to a specific high affinity receptor (RECEPTOR, MACROPHAGE COLONY-STIMULATING FACTOR).
The third type of glial cell, along with astrocytes and oligodendrocytes (which together form the macroglia). Microglia vary in appearance depending on developmental stage, functional state, and anatomical location; subtype terms include ramified, perivascular, ameboid, resting, and activated. Microglia clearly are capable of phagocytosis and play an important role in a wide spectrum of neuropathologies. They have also been suggested to act in several other roles including in secretion (e.g., of cytokines and neural growth factors), in immunological processing (e.g., antigen presentation), and in central nervous system development and remodeling.