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J Gene Med. 2006 Jan;8(1):3-17.

From pathogen to medicine: HIV-1-derived lentiviral vectors as vehicles for dendritic cell based cancer immunotherapy.

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Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Therapy, Department of Physiology-Immunology, Medical School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Laarbeeklaan 103/E, 1090 Brussels, Belgium.


Over the years, the unique capacity of dendritic cells (DC) for efficient activation of naive T cells has led to their extensive use in cancer immunotherapy protocols. In order to be able to fulfil their role as antigen-presenting cells, the antigen of interest needs to be efficiently introduced and subsequently correctly processed and presented by the DC. For this purpose, a variety of both viral and non-viral antigen-delivery systems have been evaluated. Amongst those, HIV-1-derived lentiviral vectors have been used successfully to transduce DC. This review considers the use of HIV-1-derived lentiviral vectors to transduce human and murine DC for cancer immunotherapy. Lentivirally transduced DC have been shown to present antigenic peptides, prime transgene-specific T cells in vitro and elicit a protective cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) response in animal models. Different parameters determining the efficacy of transduction are considered. The influence of lentiviral transduction on the DC phenotype and function is described and the induction of immune responses by lentivirally transduced DC in vitro and in vivo is discussed in detail. In addition, direct in vivo administration of lentiviral vectors aiming at the induction of antigen-specific immunity is reviewed. This strategy might overcome the need for ex vivo generation and antigen loading of DC. Finally, future perspectives towards the use of lentiviral vectors in cancer immunotherapy are presented.

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