Vaccination of dendritic cells loaded with interleukin-12-secreting cancer cells augments in vivo antitumor immunity: characteristics of syngeneic and allogeneic antigen-presenting cell cancer hybrid cells.
ABSTRACT Cancer immunotherapy by fusion of antigen-presenting cells and tumor cells has been shown to induce potent antitumor immunity. In this study, we characterized syngeneic and allogeneic, murine macrophage/dendritic cell (DC)-cancer fusion cells for the antitumor effects. The results showed the superiority of allogeneic cells as fusion partners in both types of antigen-presenting cells in an in vivo immunotherapy model. A potent induction of tumor-specific CTLs was observed in these immunized conditions. In addition, the immunization with DC-cancer fusion cells was better than that with macrophage-cancer fusion cells. Both syngeneic and allogeneic DC-cancer fusion cells induced higher levels of IFN-gamma production than macrophage-cancer fusion cells. Interestingly, allogeneic DC-cancer fusion cells were superior in that they efficiently induced Th1-type cytokines but not the Th2-type cytokines interleukin (IL)-10 and IL-4, whereas syngeneic DC-cancer fusion cells were powerful inducers of both Th1 and Th2 cytokines. These results suggest that allogeneic DCs are suitable as fusion cells in cancer immunotherapy. To further enhance the antitumor immunity in the clinical setting, we prepared DCs fused with IL-12 gene-transferred cancer cells and thus generated IL-12-secreting DC-cancer fusion cells. Immunization with these gene-modified DC-cancer fusion cells was able to elicit a markedly enhanced antitumor effect in the in vivo therapeutic model. This novel IL-12-producing fusion cell vaccine might be one promising intervention for future cancer immunotherapy.
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ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: The development of protocols for the ex vivo generation of dendritic cells (DCs) has led to intensive research into their potential use in immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. In this study, we examined the efficacy of dendritic cell-tumor cell fusion hybrid vaccines in eliciting an immune response against Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells, as compared to other types of tumor vaccines. In addition, we also tested whether the efficacy of the vaccines was affected by the route of administration. Four different tumor vaccines were compared: (1) HC (hybrid cell), consisting of DC/LLC hybrids; (2) DC+LLC (DCs pulsed with apoptotic LLCs); (3) DC without antigen loading/pulsing; (4) LLC (apoptotic/irradiated tumor cells). We also compared four different routes of administration for each vaccine: (1) Preimmunization; (2) Vaccination therapy; (3) Adoptive immunotherapy; (4) Vaccination therapy combined with adoptive immunotherapy. Anti-tumor immunity was assessed in vivo and the CTL (cytotoxic T lymphocyte) response as well as the expression of key cytokines, IFN-γ and IL-10 were further evaluated using in vitro assays. Results: Our data demonstrate that vaccination with HC hybrids provides more effective anti-tumor protective immunity and significantly greater therapeutic immunity than vaccination with DC+LLC, DC or LLC. Most remarkably, vaccination therapy with HC hybrids was more successful than combination (vaccination + adoptive) therapy for the induction of anti-tumor responses. Splenocytes harvested from mice immunized with HC hybrids demonstrated the greatest cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity and their production of IFN-γ was high, while their production of IL-10 was very low. Conclusions: Our results suggest that vaccination therapy with DC-tumor cell fusion hybrids provides more effective protection against lung cancer.Autoimmunity 11/2013; · 2.75 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI), 11.7-kDa serine protease inhibitor, is produced primarily in the respiratory tract, but it is often elevated in lung, head/neck, and ovarian cancers. SLPI expression in relation to cancer progression, metastasis, and invasion has been studied extensively in non-small cell lung cancer. However, the role of SLPI during the early stages of carcinogenesis remains unknown. We hypothesized that SLPI is required from the initiation and promotion to the progression of lung carcinogenesis. A skin allograft model using SLPI-knockout mice and shRNA-treated cells was used to demonstrate that SLPI expression in tumor cells is crucial for tumor formation. Moreover, lung tumorigenesis induced by urethane, a chemical lung carcinogen, was significantly suppressed in SLPI-knockout mice in association with decreased NF-κB activity. SLPI deficiency also resulted in decreased cell numbers and decreased production of inflammatory cytokines in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids. The suppression of NF-κB activation in SLPI-knockout mice was associated with lower expression of NF-κB-related survival genes and DNA repair genes. Our findings demonstrate that SLPI plays an important role from the initial stages of lung carcinogenesis to the progression of lung cancer in an NF-κB-dependent manner.Carcinogenesis 11/2013; · 5.27 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Introduction: In the past few decades, new methods for drug and gene delivery have been developed, among which electroporation and electrofusion have gained noticeable attention. Lately, advances in the field of immunotherapy have enabled new cancer therapies based on immune response, including monoclonal antibodies and cell vaccines. Efficient cell fusion is needed for both hybridoma production and cell vaccine preparation, and electrofusion is a promising method to achieve this goal. Areas covered: In the present review, we cover new strategies of cancer treatment related to antibody production and cell vaccines. In more detail, cell electroporation and electrofusion are addressed. We briefly describe principles of cell electroporation and focus on electrofusion and its influential factors, with special attention on the fusogenic state of the cell membrane, contact formation, the effect of electrofusion media and cell viability. We end the review with an overview of the very promising field of microfluidic devices for electrofusion. Expert opinion: In our opinion, electrofusion can be a very efficient method for hybridoma and cell vaccine production. Advances in the development of microfluidic devices and a better understanding of the underlying (biological) mechanisms will overcome the current limitations.Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery 07/2014; · 4.12 Impact Factor