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Hum Gene Ther. 1999 Mar 1;10(4):623-31.

Induction of anti-tumor immunity elicited by tumor cells expressing a murine LFA-3 analog via a recombinant vaccinia virus.

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  • 1Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.

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  • Hum Gene Ther 1999 May 1;10(7):1260.


T cell activation requires binding of the T cell receptor to the major histocompatibility molecule-peptide complex in the presence of adhesion and/or costimulatory molecules such as B7-1 (CD80), B7-2 (CD86), ICAM-1 (CD54), and LFA-3 [corrected]. The major ligand of CD2 is CD48, the murine analog of human leukocyte function-associated antigen 3 (LFA-3). To determine the effect of LFA-3 expression on the immunogenicity of tumor cells, we constructed a recombinant vaccinia virus containing the murine LFA-3 gene (designated rV-LFA-3). rV-LFA-3 was shown to be functional in vitro in terms of expression of LFA-3, T cell proliferation, adhesion, and cytotoxicity. Subcutaneous inoculation of rV-LFA-3-infected murine colon adenocarcinoma tumor cells (MC38) into immunocompetent syngeneic C57BL/6 mice resulted in complete lack of tumor growth. Inoculation of MC38 cells infected with equal doses of control wild-type vaccinia virus resulted in tumor growth in all animals. In addition, partial immunological protection was demonstrated against subsequent challenge with uninfected parental tumor cells up to 56 days after vaccination with rV-LFA-3-infected cells. Anti-tumor memory was also demonstrated by using gamma-irradiated MC38 cells and cells from another carcinoma model (CT26). These studies demonstrate that expression of LFA-3 via a poxvirus vector can be used to induce anti-tumor immunity.

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