[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by the production of monoclonal immunoglobulin and is associated with suppressed uninvolved immunoglobulins and dysfunctional T-cell responses. The biologic basis of this dysfunction remains ill defined. Because T regulatory (T(reg)) cells play an important role in suppressing normal immune responses, we evaluated the potential role of T(reg) cells in immune dysfunction in MM. We observed a significant increase in CD4+ CD25+ T cells in patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and in patients with MM compared with healthy donors (25% and 26%, respectively, vs 14%); however, T(reg) cells as measured by FOXP3 expression are significantly decreased in patients with MGUS and MM compared with healthy donors. Moreover, even when they are added in higher proportions, T(reg) cells in patients with MM and MGUS are unable to suppress anti-CD3-mediated T-cell proliferation. This decreased number and function of T(reg) cells in MGUS and in MM may account, at least in part, for the nonspecific increase in CD4+ CD25+ T cells, thereby contributing to dysfunctional T-cell responses.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We tested the in vitro and in vivo antitumor activity of the maytansinoid DM1 (N(2')-deacetyl-N(2')-(3-mercapto-1-oxopropyl)-maytansine), a potent antimicrotubule agent, covalently linked to the murine monoclonal antibody (mAb) B-B4 targeting syndecan-1 (CD138). We evaluated the in vitro activity of B-B4-DM1 against a panel of CD138(+) and CD138(-) cell lines, as well as CD138(+) patient multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Treatment with B-B4-DM1 selectively decreased growth and survival of MM cell lines, patient MM cells, and MM cells adherent to bone marrow stromal cells. We further examined the activity of B-B4-DM1 in 3 human MM models in mice: (1) severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice bearing subcutaneous xenografts; (2) SCID mice bearing green fluorescent protein-positive (GFP(+)) xenografts; and (3) SCID mice implanted with human fetal bone (SCID-hu) and subsequently injected with patient MM cells. Tumor regression and inhibition of tumor growth, improvement in overall survival, and reduction in levels of circulating human paraprotein were observed in mice treated with B-B4-DM1. Although immunohistochemical analysis demonstrates restricted CD138 expression in human tissues, the lack of B-B4 reactivity with mouse tissues precludes evaluation of its toxicity in these models. In conclusion, B-B4-DM1 is a potent anti-MM agent that kills cells in an antigen-dependent manner in vitro and mediates in vivo antitumor activity at doses that are well tolerated, providing the rationale for clinical trials of this immunoconjugate in MM.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: HuN901 is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds with high affinity to CD56, the neuronal cell adhesion molecule. HuN901 conjugated with the maytansinoid N(2')-deacetyl-N(2')-(3-mercapto-1-oxopropyl)-maytansine (DM1), a potent antimicrotubular cytotoxic agent, may provide targeted delivery of the drug to CD56 expressing tumors. Based on gene expression profiles of primary multiple myeloma (MM) cells showing expression of CD56 in 10 out of 15 patients (66.6%) and flow cytometric profiles of MM (CD38(bright)CD45(lo)) cells showing CD56 expression in 22 out of 28 patients (79%), we assessed the efficacy of huN901-DM1 for the treatment of MM. We first examined the in vitro cytotoxicity and specificity of huN901-DM1 on a panel of CD56(+) and CD56(-) MM cell lines, as well as a CD56(-) Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia cell line. HuN901-DM1 treatment selectively decreased survival of CD56(+) MM cell lines and depleted CD56(+) MM cells from mixed cultures with a CD56(-) cell line or adherent bone marrow stromal cells. In vivo antitumor activity of huN901-DM1 was then studied in a tumor xenograft model using a CD56(+) OPM2 human MM cell line in SCID mice. We observed inhibition of serum paraprotein secretion, inhibition of tumor growth, and increase in survival of mice treated with huN901-DM1. Our data therefore demonstrate that huN901-DM1 has significant in vitro and in vivo antimyeloma activity at doses that are well tolerated in a murine model. Taken together, these data provide the framework for clinical trials of this agent to improve patient outcome in MM.