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J Transl Med. 2003 Oct 10;1(1):7.

Interferon-gamma Added During Bacillus Calmette-Guerin Induced Dendritic Cell Maturation Stimulates Potent Th1 Immune Responses.

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Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc, 21720-23rd Dr, SE, Suite 100, Bothell, WA, U,S,A. gshanka3@cntus.jnj.com

Abstract

Dendritic cells (DC) are increasingly prepared in vitro for use in immunotherapy trials. Mature DC express high levels of surface molecules needed for T cell activation and are superior at antigen-presentation than immature DC. Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is one of several products known to induce DC maturation, and interferon (IFN)-gamma has been shown to enhance the activity of DC stimulated with certain maturation factors. In this study, we investigated the use of IFN-gamma in combination with the powerful maturation agent, BCG. The treatment of immature DC with IFN-gamma plus BCG led to the upregulation of CD54, CD80, and CD86 in comparison with BCG treatment alone. In MLR or recall immune responses, the addition of IFN-gamma at the time of BCG-treatment did not increase the number of antigen-specific T cells but enhanced the development of IFN-gamma-producing Th1 cells. In primary immune responses, on the other hand, BCG and IFN-gamma co-treated DC stimulated higher proportions of specific T cells as well as IFN-gamma secretion by these T cells. Thus the use of IFN-gamma during BCG-induced DC maturation differentially affects the nature of recall versus naïve antigen-specific T-cell responses. IFN-gamma co-treatment with BCG was found to induce IL-12 and, in some instances, inhibit IL-10 secretion by DC. These findings greatly enhance the potential of BCG-matured dendritic cells for use in cancer immunotherapy.

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