CCL5-mediated endogenous antitumor immunity elicited by adoptively transferred lymphocytes and dendritic cell depletion.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Adoptive transfer of antitumor T cells is a promisingly effective therapy for various cancers, but its effect on endogenous antitumor immune mechanisms remains largely unknown. Here, we show that the administration of naive T cells de novo primed for only 7 days against tumor antigens resulted in the durable rejection of otherwise lethal ovarian cancers when coupled with the depletion of tumor-associated immunosuppressive dendritic cells (DC). Therapeutic activity required tumor antigen specificity and perforin expression by the adoptively transferred T cells, but not IFN-gamma production. Importantly, these shortly primed T cells secreted large amounts of CCL5, which was required for their therapeutic benefit. Accordingly, transferred T cells recruited CCR5(+) DCs into the tumor, where they showed distinct immunostimulatory attributes. Activated CCR5(+) host T cells with antitumor activity also accumulated at tumor locations, and endogenous tumor-specific memory T cells remained elevated after the disappearance of transferred lymphocytes. Therefore, persistent, long-lived antitumor immunity was triggered by the administration of ex vivo activated T cells, but was directly mediated by immune cells of host origin. Our data unveil a CCL5-dependent mechanism of awakening endogenous antitumor immunity triggered by ex vivo expanded T cells, which is augmented by tumor-specific targeting of the cancer microenvironment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nesbeth, Y; Scarlett, U; Cubillos-Ruiz, J; Martinez, D; Engle, X; Turk, M-J; Conejo-Garcia, JR

Published Date

  • August 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 6331 - 6338

PubMed ID

  • 19602595

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2755640

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-7445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-4329


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States