Human gammadelta T cells from G-CSF-mobilized donors retain strong tumoricidal activity and produce immunomodulatory cytokines after clinical-scale isolation.


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Human gammadelta T cells are a small fraction of T cells that have been shown to exert major histocompatibility (MHC)-unrestricted natural cytotoxicity against a variety of solid tumors and some subsets of leukemias and lymphomas. They are also involved in the immune response to certain bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections and expand significantly in CMV- or HSV-infected organ allografts. They are able to mediate antibody-dependent cytotoxicity and are not alloreactive, which makes them attractive candidates for cell-based immunotherapy. However, their frequency in peripheral blood is low and ex vivo expansion of gammadelta T cells is labor-extensive, does not always yield cells with full innate cytotoxic power, and has the potential for microbial contamination. Therefore, the authors developed a clinical-scale, automated cell purification method for the efficient enrichment of gammadelta T cells from leukapheresis products. Six leukapheresis products were purified for gammadelta T cells using a single-step immunomagnetic method. Purity and phenotype were assessed by flow cytometry. A standard Europium release assay was performed to determine the cytotoxic capacity of the cells. Cytokine production was measured using a multiplex sandwich immunoassay. The mean percentage of gammadelta T cells in the final product was 91%, with an average recovery of 63%. The cells showed a high co-expression of CD8, CD56, CD28, and CD11b/CD18. In some products an unusually high proportion of Vgamma9Vdelta1 T cells was found. The isolated cells were cytotoxic against the neuroblastoma cell line NB1691 and the erythroleukemic line K562 in vitro. They were able to produce a variety of immunomodulatory cytokines such as IFNgamma, TNFalpha, and MIP-1beta, but also GM-CSF and G-CSF when co-incubated in culture with and without various stimuli. In summary, the authors describe a rapid, automated, and efficient method for the large-scale enrichment of human gammadelta T cells. The cytotoxic properties of the cells were preserved. This method yields sufficient purified gammadelta T cells for use in adoptive immunotherapy as well as laboratory investigations and animal studies.

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Cited Authors

  • Otto, M; Barfield, RC; Iyengar, R; Gatewood, J; Müller, I; Holladay, MS; Houston, J; Leung, W; Handgretinger, R

Published Date

  • January 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 73 - 78

PubMed ID

  • 15614047

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15614047

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-9557

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00002371-200501000-00009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States