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Blood. 2002 Apr 1;99(7):2512-7.

Immunization against murine multiple myeloma with fusions of dendritic and plasmacytoma cells is potentiated by interleukin 12.

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  • 1Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

Abstract

Fusions of cancer cells and dendritic cells (DCs) are effective in the treatment of animal tumor models and patients with metastatic renal carcinoma. In this study, we have fused DCs with mouse 4TOO plasmacytoma cells. The results demonstrate that vaccination of mice with the fusion cells (FC/4TOO) is associated with induction of antitumor humoral and cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses. Immunization with FC/4TOO cells protected mice against tumor challenge. In addition, treatment of established multiple myeloma with FC/4TOO cells was associated with prolongation of survival but not with eradication of disease. As interleukin (IL)-12 potentiates the induction of immune responses, recombinant mouse IL-12 was administered with the FC/4TOO vaccine. Treatment of mice with FC/4TOO and IL-12 was associated with increased CTL activity and T-cell proliferation responses. Treatment with FC/4TOO and IL-12 also resulted in eradication of established disease. These findings demonstrate that immunization with FC/4TOO fusion cells and IL-12 potentiates antitumor immunity and the treatment of murine multiple myeloma.

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