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Gene Ther. 2008 May;15(9):695-9. doi: 10.1038/sj.gt.3303099. Epub 2008 Feb 21.

Long-term phenotypic, functional and genetic stability of cancer-specific T-cell receptor (TCR) alphabeta genes transduced to CD8+ T cells.

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  • 1Department of Immuno-Gene Therapy, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Mie, Japan.


In adoptive T-cell transfer as an intervention for malignant diseases, retroviral transfer of T-cell receptor (TCR) genes derived from CD8(+) cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) clones provides an opportunity to generate a large number of T cells with the same antigen specificity. We cloned the TCR-alphabeta genes from a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A(*)2402-restricted CTL clone specific for MAGE-A4(143-151). The TCR-alphabeta genes were transduced to 99.2% of non-TCR expressing SupT1, a human T-cell line, and to 12.7-32.6% of polyclonally activated CD8(+) T cells by retroviral transduction. As expected, TCR-alphabeta gene-modified CD8(+) T cells showed cytotoxic activity and interferon-gamma production in response to peptide-loaded T2-A(*)2402 and tumor cell lines expressing both MAGE-A4 and HLA-A(*)2402. A total of 24 clones were established from TCR-alphabeta gene-transduced peripheral blood mononuclear cells and all clones were functional on a transduced TCR-dependent manner. Four clones were kept in culture over 6 months for analyses in detail. The transduced TCR-alphabeta genes were stably maintained phenotypically, functionally and genetically. Our results indicate that TCR-transduced alphabeta T cells by retroviral transduction represent an efficient and promising strategy for adoptive T-cell transfer for long term.

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