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Cell Immunol. 1999 Mar 15;192(2):122-32.

Critical role of CD11a (LFA-1) in therapeutic efficacy of systemically transferred antitumor effector T cells.

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Center for Surgery Research, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA.


The systemic adoptive transfer of activated T cells, derived from tumor-draining lymph nodes (LNs), mediates the regression of established tumors. In this study, the requirement of cell adhesion molecules, CD11a/CD18 (LFA-1), CD54 (ICAM-1), CD49d/CD29 (VLA-4), and CD106 (VCAM-1), for T cell infiltration into tumors and antitumor function was investigated. Administration of anti-CD11a mAb completely abrogated the efficacy of adoptive immunotherapy for both intracranial and pulmonary metastatic MCA 205 fibrosarcomas. In contrast, adoptive immunotherapy was effective in animals treated with anti-CD49d mAb, anti-CD106 mAb, anti-CD54 mAb, or in CD54 knockout recipients. Trafficking of transferred cells to the intracranial tumor was not affected by any of the mAb. However, the tumor-specific secretion of IFN-gamma by activated LN T cells was suppressed by anti-CD11a mAb or anti-CD54 mAb. To account for the different effects of CD11a and CD54 blockade in vivo, an additional CD11a/CD18 ligand, CD102 (ICAM-2), was demonstrated on tumor-associated macrophages but not on tumor cells. These results show that CD11a mediates a critical function in interactions between effector T cells, tumor cells, and host accessory cells in situ leading to tumor regression.

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