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J Immunother. 1999 Nov;22(6):473-80.

Characterization of a chimeric T-cell receptor with specificity for the Hodgkin's lymphoma-associated CD30 antigen.

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Klinik I für Innere Medizin, Universität zu Köln, Germany.


Recombinant receptors with antibody-like specificity for tumor-associated antigens were shown to direct specifically T cells to target tumor cells. Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells, the malignant cell population in Hodgkin's lymphoma, express high amounts of the cell surface antigen CD30. An anti-CD30 T-cell receptor with cellular activation properties is expected to graft T cells with specificity to Hodgkin cells. Here, the authors characterize a chimeric T-cell receptor with an extracellular domain consisting of the single-chain antibody fragment HRS3-scFv with specificity for the CD30 antigen and intracellular domain of the signal transducing part of the Fc-epsilon-I-gamma receptor. The HRS3-scFv was derived from the monoclonal anti-CD30 antibody HRS3 and retained specificity for the CD30 antigen. The recombinant HRS3-scFv-gamma receptor was expressed under control of the RSV-LTR after transfection into MD45 T-cells. The chimeric receptor protein is detected and analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and immunoprecipitation. Expression of the chimeric receptor converts MD45 T cells to specificity for CD30+ lymphoma cells. Specific cross-linking of the chimeric receptor with antigen resulted in cytolytic reactivity against CD30+ tumor cells in vitro. The results demonstrate that the chimeric receptor HRS3-scFv-gamma converts T cells to a specific MHC-unrestricted cytolytic response against CD30+ tumor cells offering an alternative strategy in cellular immunotherapy of Hodgkin's disease.

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