The role of myofibroblasts in upregulation of S100A8 and S100A9 and the differentiation of myeloid cells in the colorectal cancer microenvironment

Jae Hak Kim, Sun Hee OH, Eo Jin Kim, Soo Jung Park, Sung Pil Hong, Jae Hee Cheon, Tae Il Kim, Won Ho Kim

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

64 Citations (Scopus)


Background/aim: S100A8/A9 and myeloid cells in the tumor microenvironment play an important role in cancer invasion and progression, and the effect of tumor-infiltrated myofibroblasts on myeloid cells in the tumor microenvironment is relatively unknown. Accordingly, we investigated the role of myofibroblasts in the upregulation of S100A8/A9 as well as in the differentiation of myeloid cells in the colorectal cancer (CRC) microenvironment. Materials and methods: To investigate the interactions among cancer cells, myofibroblasts, and inflammatory cells in the microenvironment of CRC, we used 10 CRC cell lines, 18CO cells and THP-1 cells, which were co-cultured with each other or cultured in conditioned media (CM) of other cells. Expression of S100A8/A9 was evaluated via Western blot, immunohistochemical staining and immunofluorescence. The secreted factors from the cell lines were analyzed using cytokine antibody array. Flow cytometry analysis was performed to analyze the differentiation markers of myeloid cells. Results: 18CO CM induced increased expression of S100A8/A9 in THP-1 cells. Increased expression of S100A8/A9 was noted in inflammatory cells of the peri- and intra-tumoral areas, along with myofibroblasts in colon cancer tissue. S100A8/A9-expressing inflammatory cells also exhibited CD68 expression in colon cancer tissue, and 18CO CM induced differentiation of THP-1 cells into myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) or M2 macrophages expressing S100A8/A9. Significant amounts of IL-6 and IL-8 were detected in 18CO CM, compared to those in both controls and THP-1 CM, and tumor-infiltrated myofibroblasts expressed IL-8 in colon cancer tissue. Finally, neutralizing antibodies to IL-6 and IL-8 attenuated 18CO CM-induced increased expression of S100A8/A9. Conclusions: The upregulation of S100A8/A9 in tumor-infiltrated myeloid cells could be triggered by IL-6 and IL-8 released from myofibroblasts, and myofibroblasts might induce the differentiation of myeloid cells into S100A8/9-expressing MDSCs or M2 macrophages in the CRC microenvironment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a Grant of the Korea Healthcare technology R&D Project, Ministry for Health, Welfare & Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (A090898).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'The role of myofibroblasts in upregulation of S100A8 and S100A9 and the differentiation of myeloid cells in the colorectal cancer microenvironment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this