The architecture of normal and diseased tissues strongly influences the development and progression of disease as well as responsiveness and resistance to therapy. We describe a tissue-based cyclic immunofluorescence (t-CyCIF) method for highly multiplexed immuno-fluorescence imaging of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens mounted on glass slides, the most widely used specimens for histopathological diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. t-CyCIF generates up to 60-plex images using an iterative process (a cycle) in which conventional low-plex fluorescence images are repeatedly collected from the same sample and then assembled into a high dimensional representation. t-CyCIF requires no specialized instruments or reagents and is compatible with super-resolution imaging; we demonstrate its application to quantifying signal transduction cascades, tumor antigens and immune markers in diverse tissues and tumors. The simplicity and adaptability of t-CyCIF makes it an effective method for pre-clinical and clinical research and a natural complement to single-cell genomics.
All data generated or analyzed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting files. Intensity data used to generate figures is available in supplementary materials and can be downloaded from the HMS LINCS Center Publication Page (http://lincs.hms.harvard.edu/lin-elife-2018/) (RRID:SCR_016370). The images described are available at http://www.cycif.org/ (RRID:SCR_016267) and via and OMERO server as described at the LINCS Publication Page.
- Peter K Sorger
- Benjamin Izar
- Peter K Sorger
- Peter K Sorger
- Benjamin Izar
- Benjamin Izar
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Human subjects: Formalin fixed and paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissues from were retrieved from the archives of the Brigham and Women's Hospital as part of discarded/excess tissue protocols or obtained from commercial vendors. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine last reviewed the research described in this paper on 2/16/2018 (under IRB17-1688) and judged it to 'involve no more than minimal risk to the subjects' and thus eligible for a waiver of the requirement to obtain consent as set out in 45CFR46.116(d). Tumor tissue and FFPE specimens were collected from patients under IRB-approved protocols (DFCI 11-104) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The consent waiver described above also covers these tissues and specimens.
- Arjun Raj, University of Pennsylvania, United States
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Hyperactivation of oncogenic pathways downstream of RAS and PI3K/AKT in normal cells induces a senescence-like phenotype that acts as a tumor-suppressive mechanism that must be overcome during transformation. We previously demonstrated that AKT-induced senescence (AIS) is associated with profound transcriptional and metabolic changes. Here, we demonstrate that human fibroblasts undergoing AIS display upregulated cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS) expression and enhanced uptake of exogenous cysteine, which lead to increased hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and glutathione (GSH) production, consequently protecting senescent cells from oxidative stress-induced cell death. CBS depletion allows AIS cells to escape senescence and re-enter the cell cycle, indicating the importance of CBS activity in maintaining AIS. Mechanistically, we show this restoration of proliferation is mediated through suppressing mitochondrial respiration and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by reducing mitochondrial localized CBS while retaining antioxidant capacity of transsulfuration pathway. These findings implicate a potential tumor-suppressive role for CBS in cells with aberrant PI3K/AKT pathway activation. Consistent with this concept, in human gastric cancer cells with activated PI3K/AKT signaling, we demonstrate that CBS expression is suppressed due to promoter hypermethylation. CBS loss cooperates with activated PI3K/AKT signaling in promoting anchorage-independent growth of gastric epithelial cells, while CBS restoration suppresses the growth of gastric tumors in vivo. Taken together, we find that CBS is a novel regulator of AIS and a potential tumor suppressor in PI3K/AKT-driven gastric cancers, providing a new exploitable metabolic vulnerability in these cancers.
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