Send to

Choose Destination
Gene Ther. 1997 Aug;4(8):833-8.

A CD2/CD28 chimeric receptor triggers the CD28 signaling pathway in CTLL.2 cells.

Author information

Department of Molecular Biology, Targeted Genetics Corporation, Seattle, WA 98101, USA.


We are evaluating strategies to enhance the in vivo proliferation and function of adoptively transferred antigen-specific T cells. Although the CD28 costimulatory pathway is important for T cell activation and proliferation, the expression of the ligands for CD28 is highly restricted. We have generated a chimeric receptor composed of the signaling domains of CD28 and the extracellular domain of CD2 which binds the widely expressed ligand CD58. The CD2/CD28 chimeric receptor was introduced into CTLL.2 cells via retrovirus infection and was shown to be expressed on the cell surface. By monitoring early and late components of the CD28 signaling pathway, the chimeric receptor was demonstrated to trigger the CD28 pathway in response to CD2 cross-linking. The possible utility of the CD2/CD28 chimeric receptor for adoptive immunotherapy is discussed.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Nature Publishing Group
Loading ...
Support Center