Use of anti-CD3 x anti-HER2/neu bispecific antibody for redirecting cytotoxicity of activated T cells toward HER2/neu+ tumors.
ABSTRACT Relapse after adjuvant chemotherapy or high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant for high-risk breast cancer remains high and new strategies that provide additional antitumor effects are needed. This report describes methods to generate highly effective HER2/neu-specific cytotoxic T cells by arming activated T cells with anti-CD3 x anti-HER2/neu bispecific antibody (BsAb). OKT3 and 9184 (anti-HER2) monoclonal antibodies (mAb) were conjugated and used to arm T cells that were subsequently tested in binding, cytotoxicity, and cytokine secretion assays. Armed T cells aggregated and specifically killed HER2/neu(+) breast cancer cells. Cytotoxicity emerged after 6 days of culture, was higher in armed T cells than unarmed T cells at all effector to target ratios (E/T) tested, and increased as the arming dose was increased. At an E/T of 20:1, the mean cytotoxicity of armed activated T cells (ATC) from 10 normal subjects increased by 59 +/- 11% (+/-SD) over that seen in unarmed ATC (p < 0.001) and the mean cytotoxicity of armed ATC from 6 cancer patients increased by 32 +/- 9% above that seen for unarmed ATC (p < 0.0004). After arming, the BsAb persisted on ATC up to 72 h and armed ATC continued to be cytotoxic up to 54 h. The amount of interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) secreted was 1699, 922, and 3092 pg/ml/10(6) cells per 24 h, respectively, when armed T cells were exposed to a HER2/neu(+) breast carcinoma cell line. These studies show the feasibility and clinical adaptability of this approach for generating large numbers of anti-HER2-specific, cytotoxic T cells for clinical trials.
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ABSTRACT: Background Redirection of T lymphocytes against tumor antigens can induce dramatic regression of advanced stage malignancy. The use of bispecific antibodies (BsAbs) that bind both the T-cell receptor (TCR) and a target antigen is one promising approach to T-cell redirection. However, BsAbs indiscriminately bind all CD3+ T-cells and trigger TCR activation in the absence of parallel costimulatory signals required to overcome T-cell unresponsiveness or anergy.Methods To address these limitations, a combination platform was designed wherein a unique BsAb referred to as frBsAb exclusively engages T-cells engineered to express a novel chimeric receptor comprised of extracellular folate receptor fused to intracellular TCR and CD28 costimulatory signaling domains in tandem; a BsAb-binding immune receptor (BsAb-IR). As a surrogate TCR, the BsAb-IR allows for concomitant TCR and costimulatory signaling exclusively in transduced T-cells upon engagement with specific frBsAbs, and can therefore redirect T-cells on command to desired antigen. Human primary T-cells were transduced with lentiviral vector and expanded for 14¿18 days. BsAb-IRs were harvested and armed with frBsAbs to test for redirected cytotoxicity against CD20 positive cancer cell lines.ResultsUsing frBsAbs specific for CD20 or HER2, the lytic activity of primary human T-cells expressing the BsAb-IR was specifically redirected against CD20+ leukemic cells or HER2+ epithelial cancer cells, respectively, while non-engineered T-cells were not activated. Notably, elimination of the CD28 costimulatory domain from the BsAb-IR construct significantly reduced frBsAb-redirected antitumor responses, confirming that frBsAbs are capable of delivering simultaneous TCR activation and costimulatory signals to BsAb-IR T-cells.Conclusion In summary, our results establish the proof of concept that the combination of BsAbs with optimized gene-engineered T-cells provides the opportunity to specify and augment tumor antigen-specific T-cell activation and may improve upon the early success of conventional BsAbs in cancer immunotherapy.Journal of Translational Medicine 12/2014; 12(1):347. DOI:10.1186/s12967-014-0347-2 · 3.99 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Chemical crosslinking is the most straightforward method to produce bispecific antibodies (BsAb) for arming ex vivo activated cytotoxic T lymphocytes. However, heterogeneous polymers are produced by chemical crosslinking. Currently, it is not known under what circumstances or to what extent further purification is needed. In this study, we purified Traut's Reagent-Sulfo-SMCC crosslinked anti-CD3 × anti-HER2 by size-exclusion column chromatography and compared the capacity of the crude and the purified forms of the BsAb in enhancing cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cell-mediated cytotoxicity in vitro. We found that the purified BsAb assisted CIK cells more efficiently than the crude form only when the spontaneous cytotoxicity of the CIK cells was relatively low; otherwise, the two forms performed almost identically. For the CIK cells of low spontaneous cytotoxicity, purified BsAb is a more powerful substitute for crude BsAb in enhancing their killing efficacy. However, that purification of BsAb is not necessary for robust CIK cells. This phenomenon also corroborates that CIK-mediated cytotoxicity is highly dependent on cell contact.01/2014; 4(1):70. DOI:10.1186/2045-3701-4-70
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ABSTRACT: Monoclonal antibodies have demonstrated enormous potential as new classes of drugs that confer great benefits to patients, and more than 40 therapeutic antibodies have already been approved for clinical use. In particular, the past 5 years might be recognized as the period guiding the new era for “engineered antibodies,” with the successful approval of numerous antibody–drug conjugates, bispecific antibodies, and glyco-engineered antibodies for clinical applications. In this review, we summarize the development of antibody engineering technologies that are proving their concepts in the clinic, mainly focusing on the latest trends in defucosylated antibody technologies. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm SciJournal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 01/2015; 104(3). DOI:10.1002/jps.24316 · 3.13 Impact Factor