Carpenito, C, Milone, MC, Hassan, R, Simonet, JC, Lakhal, M, Suhoski, MM et al.. Control of large, established tumor xenografts with genetically retargeted human T cells containing CD28 and CD137 domains. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106: 3360-3365

Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 03/2009; 106(9):3360-5. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0813101106
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Mesothelin is a cell-surface molecule over-expressed on a large fraction of carcinomas, and thus is an attractive target of immunotherapy. A molecularly targeted therapy for these cancers was created by engineering T cells to express a chimeric receptor with high affinity for human mesothelin. Lentiviral vectors were used to express a single-chain variable fragment that binds mesothelin and that is fused to signaling domains derived from T-cell receptor zeta, CD28, and CD137 (4-1BB). When stimulated by mesothelin, lentivirally transduced T cells were induced to proliferate, express the antiapoptotic gene Bcl-X(L), and secrete multiple cytokines, all features characteristic of central memory T cells. When transferred intratumorally or intravenously into NOD/scid/IL2rgamma(-/-) mice engrafted with large pre-established tumors, the engineered T cells reduced the tumor burden, and in some cases resulted in complete eradication of the tumors at low effector-to-target ratios. Incorporation of the CD137 signaling domain specifically reprogrammed cells for multifunctional cytokine secretion and enhanced persistence of T cells. These findings have important implications for adoptive immunotherapy of cancer, especially in the context of poorly immunogenic tumors. Genetically redirected T cells have promise of targeting T lymphocytes to tumor antigens, confer resistance to the tumor microenvironment, and providing immunosurveillance.

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    • "DNA was synthesized by BlueHeron (Bothell, WA), using an optimization algorithm for codon usage in humans, and cloned into NcoI and XhoI sites of pMSGV1-28Z and pMSGV1-28-BBZ vectors. A CD28- containing second-generation CAR against MSLN was generated based on previously published sequences (Li et al., 2004; Carpenito et al., 2009) and cloned into MSGV1 retroviral vector. Evaluation of interferon-gamma (IFNg) secretion by CAR-transduced T cells was performed as described. "
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    • "Several classes of PRRs have been reviewed, such as TLRs, retinoic-acid inducible gene (RIG)-like receptors (RLRs), nucleotide oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptors (NLRs), DNA receptors (cytosolic sensors for DNA), scavenger receptors, and C-type lectin receptors (CLRs) (Kumar et al., 2009; Carrillo-Conde et al., 2011; Shen et al., 2013; Silva et al., 2013). In mammals, the most studied PRR class is the TLRs class. "
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    • "As such, CAR-modified T cells targeted to TAAs may be more effective than mAbs in generating durable tumor responses. In addition, it has been demonstrated that new-generation CARs containing the costimulatory signal domain of CD28 and/or 4-1BB, or other costimulatory molecules, enhance the function of the gene-modified T cells [10,11]. "
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