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Immunol Cell Biol. 2003 Dec;81(6):459-71.

Enhancing CTL responses to melanoma cell vaccines in vivo: synergistic increases obtained using IFNgamma primed and IFNbeta treated B7-1+ B16-F10 melanoma cells.

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Department Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Biomedical Science, Monash University, Clayton, Vic 3800, Australia.


Sequentially treating human melanoma cell lines by priming with interferon-gamma before adding interferon-beta was previously found to be the most efficient protocol for producing concurrently increased expression of the three surface antigens B7-1, intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and human histocompatibility leucocyte antigens Class I. The present study describes similar outcomes when the same sequential intercellular adhesion molecule-based protocol is applied to murine B16-F10 melanoma cells as well as preclinical studies using the B16-F10 model as a poorly immunogenic melanoma. Thus, treating B16-F10 cells or a highly expressing B7-1 transfected subline (B16-F10/B7-1 hi) by priming with interferon-gamma for 24 h before adding interferon-beta for a further 48 h (interferon-gamma 72/beta 48) increased expression of all three surface antigens, particularly major histocompatibility complex class I whose increased expression was sustained for several days. As a whole tumour cell vaccine, interferon-gamma 72/beta 48 treated B16-F10 cells produced greater levels of cytoxic T lymphocyte response compared to vaccines prepared from cells treated with a single type of interferon. Furthermore, B16-F10 cells expressing high levels of B7-1 and treated using the interferon-gamma 72/beta 48 protocol (interferon-gamma 72/beta 48-treated B16-F10/B7-1 hi) produced substantially increased cytoxic T lymphocyte responses with a fivefold greater synergy than the combined results of either interferon treated or B7-1 expressing cells tested individually. The resulting CD8+ cytoxic T lymphocyte showed greater specificity for B16-F10 cells with tenfold higher killing than for syngeneic EL-4 lymphoma cells. Killing proceeded via the perforin-mediated pathway. CTL responses were induced independent of CD4+ T helper cells. The majority of mice receiving interferon-gamma 72/beta 48-treated B16-F10/B7-1 hi vaccine in vivo remained tumour free after challenge with 5 x 105 live B16-F10 cells expressing intermediate B7-1 levels. The novel strategy described will help enhance vaccine potency when applied clinically to prepare whole cell based cancer vaccine therapies.

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