Stimulator of interferon genes (STING) can promote tumor inflammation and antitumor immunity. STING activation can promote increased T-cell activation and inflammation in the tumor microenvironment.
- STING is an intracellular protein expressed in antigen-presenting cells (APCs), such as dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages, as well as other cell types1,2
- STING is an innate immune activator that stimulates APCs to drive cytotoxic T-cell activity2
- It is triggered when an intracellular-sensing protein detects DNA from pathogens or dying tumor cells3,4
- Activation of STING leads to the production and secretion of proinflammatory cytokines that increase antitumor immunity, such as interferons (IFNs) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα)3,5
- IFNs promote tumor inflammation by stimulating APCs to activate T cells, initiating
T-cellproliferation and trafficking to the tumor microenvironment6,8
- IFNs can also amplify the antitumor function of natural killer (NK) and cytotoxic T cells, as well as promote memory T-cell survival2,9,10
- STING can also stimulate activation of the NLRP3 (nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor family, pyrin domain-containing 3) inflammasome, leading to the production of additional cytokines11
- Preclinical data suggest that activation of STING can increase
T-cellpriming, leading to increased T-cellactivation and an inflamed tumor microenvironment4,6-8
- Furthermore, mouse models indicate that activation of STING along with blockade of immune checkpoint receptors may synergistically promote the antitumor immune response15,16
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