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Nat Med. 2005 Nov;11(11):1244-9. Epub 2005 Oct 16.

A crucial role for antigen-presenting cells and alloantigen expression in graft-versus-leukemia responses.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Cancer Center, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0942, USA.


Graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) response after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) represents one of the most potent forms of immunotherapy against malignant diseases. Antigen-presenting cells (APCs) are crucial for the induction of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), the most serious complication of allogeneic BMT, but their role in GVL responses is unclear. Using a series of clinically relevant mouse GVL tumor models, we found that APCs and alloantigen expression on tumors are crucial for GVL. Moreover, APCs of host origin predominated in GVL responses although donor APCs contributed as the acuity of tumor burden decreased.

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