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J Immunother. 2006 Jan-Feb;29(1):41-52.

Monoclonal antibodies targeted against melanoma and ovarian tumors enhance dendritic cell-mediated cross-presentation of tumor-associated antigens and efficiently cross-prime CD8+ T cells.

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Immunology Department, Timisoara Medical University, Timisoara, Romania.


Dendritic cells (DCs) constitute very attractive vectors for cancer immunotherapy due to their ability to efficiently capture and present tumor antigens, which initiates tumor-directed T-cell responses. Because the initiation of cytotoxic anti-tumor immune responses requires the cross-presentation mechanism, antigen targeting to DCs represents a very important step in the chain of events that constitutes the cross-priming immune process. In the current study, we explored the ability of DCs loaded with antibody-coated melanoma and ovarian carcinoma tumor cells to cross-present tumor antigens to CD8+ T cells and elicit in vitro anti-tumor immune responses. Coating melanoma and ovarian cancer cells with monoclonal antibodies against different surface antigens (CD44, ME491, LFA-3, and CD24) expressed by the tumor cells promoted the cross-presentation of the tumor-associated antigens as MART-1, gp100, tyrosinase, and NY-ESO-1 by DCs to CD8+ T. These tumor antigen-specific CD8+ T-cell populations resulting from the DC-mediated cross-priming process were identified using specific immune tetramers and were a few fold larger than the ones generated using peptide-pulsed or apoptotic tumor cell-loaded DCs. The CD8+ T cells generated by DCs loaded with monoclonal antibody-coated tumor cells were cytotoxic against the primary melanoma and ovarian carcinoma cells. Thus, targeting monoclonal antibody-coated tumor cells to DCs is a novel method that opens new perspectives for immunotherapy strategies.

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