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J Immunother. 2016 Feb-Mar;39(2):81-9. doi: 10.1097/CJI.0000000000000111.

Expansion of Tumor-reactive T Cells From Patients With Pancreatic Cancer.

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Departments of *Laboratory Medicine, Division of Therapeutic Immunology ‡Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institute Departments of †Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology §Laboratory Medicine, Division of Pathology ∥Neurosurgery ¶CAST, Center for Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.


Generation of T lymphocytes with reactivity against cancer is a prerequisite for effective adoptive cellular therapies. We established a protocol for tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) from patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Tumor samples from 17 pancreatic cancer specimens were cultured with cytokines (IL-2, IL-15, and IL-21) to expand TILs. After 10 days of culture, TILs were stimulated with an anti-CD3 antibody (OKT3) and irradiated allogeneic peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Reactivity of TILs against tumor-associated antigens (mesothelin, survivin, or NY-ESO-1) was detected by intracellular cytokine production by flow cytometry. Cytotoxicity was measured using a Chromium 51 release assay, and reactivity of TILs against autologous tumor cells was detected by INF-[gamma] production (ELISA). TIL composition was tested by CD45RA, CCR7, 4-1BB, LAG-3, PD-1, TIM3, and CTLA-4 marker analysis. TCR V[beta] was determined by flow cytometry and TCR clonality was gauged measuring the CDR3 region length by PCR analysis and subsequent sequencing. We could reliably obtain TILs from 17/17 patients with a majority of CD8(+) T cells. CD3(+)CD8(+), CD3(+)CD4(+), and CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-)[double-negative (DN) T cells] resided predominantly in central (CD45RA(-)CCR7(+)) and effector (CD45RA-CCR7-) memory subsets. CD8(+) TILs tested uniformly positive for LAG-3 (about 100%), whereas CD4(+) TILs showed only up to 12% LAG-3(+) staining and PD-1 showed a broad expression pattern in TILs from different patients. TILs from individual patients recognized strongly (up to 11.9% and 8.2% in CD8(+)) NY-ESO-1, determined by ICS, or mesothelin, determined respectively by TNF-[alpha] and IFN-[gamma] production. Twelve of 17 of CD8(+) TILs showed preferential expansion of certain TCR V[beta] families (eg, 99.2% V[beta]13.2 in CD8(+) TILs, 77% in the V[beta]1, 65.9% in the V[beta]22, and 63.3% in the V[beta]14 family). TCR CDR3 analysis exhibited monoclonal or oligoclonal TCRs, some of them (eg, CD8(+) V[beta]13.2) reacting strongly against autologous tumor defined by INF-[gamma] production or by cytotoxicity. We have optimized methods for generating pancreatic cancer–specific TILs that can be used for adoptive cellular therapy of patients with pancreatic cancer.

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