Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has attracted great attention in cancer treatment. Porphyrin derivative with ethylene glycol chains linked to meta position of meso-tetraphenylporphyrin, mTPP(EG)4, is one of assumed compounds that can be used for treatment of cancer in photodynamic therapy (PDT). The aim of the study is to demonstrate the photodynamic efficacy in vitro and in vivo as well as to analyze its therapeutic mechanism. The cell viability, cell surface exposure of immunogenic molecules, maturation and phagocytic capacity of PDT-treated tumor cells were monitored by flow cytometry. The kinetics of key components of ER stress-mediated apoptotic pathway was analyzed by Western blotting. Our first results indicate a new and attractive possibility of immunogenic cell death induction. Initiation of immunogenic cell death by PDT was successfully demonstrated in vitro on human and mouse tumor cell lines. The effects of mTPP(EG)4 were compared with the effects of mTPP(EG)4 without subsequent photoactivation, hypericin-mediated PDT, and high hydrostatic pressure. In vivo assays evaluated immunogenicity of mTPP(EG)4 in mice and assessed the ability of PDT treated cells to induce effective immunity against transplanted syngeneic tumors (mouse TRAMP-C2, TC-1 and B16). The results obtained in this study will provide a basis for possible further preclinical experiments with mTPP(EG)4 or other derivatives, testing their potential in PDT and development of new antitumor therapies.

Citation Format: Sarka Vosahlikova, Irena Kusova Moserova, Jarmila Kralova, Milan Reinis, Romana Mikyskova, Jitka Palich Fucikova. Studies on photo-sensitivity of a glycol porphyrin derivative and its anti-tumor efficacy [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the AACR Special Conference on Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy; 2018 Nov 27-30; Miami Beach, FL. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Immunol Res 2020;8(4 Suppl):Abstract nr B35.