A vaccine directed to B cells and produced by cell-free protein synthesis generates potent antilymphoma immunity.
ABSTRACT Clinical studies of idiotype (Id) vaccination in patients with lymphoma have established a correlation between the induced anti-Id antibody responses and favorable clinical outcomes. To streamline the production of an Id vaccine, we engineered a small diabody (Db) molecule containing both a B-cell-targeting moiety (anti-CD19) and a lymphoma Id. This molecule (αCD19-Id) was designed to penetrate lymph nodes and bind to noncognate B cells to form an antigen presentation array. Indeed, the αCD19-Id molecule accumulated on B cells in vivo after s.c. administration. These noncognate B cells, decorated with the diabody, could then stimulate the more rare Id-specific B cells. Peptide epitopes present in the diabody linker augmented the response by activating CD4(+) helper T cells. Consequently, the αCD19-Id molecule induced a robust Id-specific antibody response and protected animals from tumor challenge. Such diabodies are produced in a cell-free protein expression system within hours of amplification of the specific Ig genes from the B-cell tumor. This customized product can now be available to vaccinate patients before they receive other, potentially immunosuppressive, therapies.
Article: Targeting of antigens to B cells augments antigen-specific T-cell responses and breaks immune tolerance to tumor-associated antigen MUC1.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: B cells are antibody (Ab)-secreting cells as well as potent antigen (Ag)-presenting cells that prime T-cell activation, which evokes great interest in their use for vaccine development. Here, we targeted ovalbumin (OVA) to B cells via CD19 and found that a single low dose of anti-CD19-OVA conjugates, but not isotype mAb-OVA, stimulated augmented CD4 and CD8 T-cell proliferation and expansion. Administration of TLR9 agonist CpG could significantly enhance long-term T-cell survival. Similar results were obtained when the tumor-associated Ag MUC1 was delivered to B cells. MUC1 transgenic (Tg) mice were previously found to lack effective T-cell help and produce low-titer of anti-MUC1 Abs after vaccination. Targeting MUC1 to B cells elicited high titer of anti-MUC1 Abs with different isotypes, predominantly IgG2a and IgG2b, in MUC1 Tg mice. The isotype switching of anti-MUC1 Ab was CD4 dependent. In addition, IFN-gamma-producing CD8 T cells and in vivo cytolytic activity were significantly increased in these mice. The mice also showed significant resistance to MUC1(+) lymphoma cell challenge both in the prophylactic and therapeutic settings. We conclude that Ags targeting to B cells stimulate CD4 and CD8 T-cell responses as well as Th-dependent humoral immune responses.Blood 08/2008; 112(7):2817-25. · 9.90 Impact Factor