Abstract

Myeloid cells are highly prevalent in glioblastoma (GBM), existing in a spectrum of phenotypic and activation states. We currently have limited knowledge of the tumour microenvironment (TME) determinants that influence the localisation and the functions of the diverse myeloid cell populations in GBM. Here we have utilised orthogonal imaging mass cytometry with single cell and spatial transcriptomics approaches to identify and map the various myeloid populations in the human GBM tumour microenvironment (TME). Our results show that different myeloid populations have distinct and reproducible compartmentalisation patterns in the GBM TME that is driven by tissue hypoxia, regional chemokine signalling, and varied homotypic and heterotypic cellular interactions. We subsequently identified specific tumour sub-regions in GBM, based upon composition of identified myeloid cell populations, that were linked to patient survival. Our results provide new insight into the spatial organisation of myeloid cell sub populations in GBM, and how this is predictive of clinical outcome.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience Advances
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Apr 2024

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