Active immunotherapy with transiently transfected cytokine-secreting tumor cells inhibits breast cancer metastases in tumor-bearing animals.

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BACKGROUND: Metastatic disease remains the most frequent cause of treatment failure in the management of patients with breast cancer. A novel method that allows delivery of a gene into primary tumor cells was used to generate tumor cell vaccines to inhibit metastasis formation in tumor-bearing hosts. METHODS: Inoculation of 2.5 x 10(4) 4T1 murine breast cancer cells into the footpads of BALB/c mice reliably leads to tumor growth and pulmonary metastases. Interleukin-2 (IL-2)-secreting 4T1 cells (4T1-pMP6A/IL-2) and control transduced 4T1 cells (4T1-pMP6A) were generated by lipofection with a cationic liposome complexed to an adeno-associated viral plasmid bearing the IL-2 gene (pMP6A/IL-2). Unmodified 4T1 cells were inoculated into the footpads on day 0, and weekly immunization with phosphate-buffered saline solution or 2 x 10(6) irradiated 4T1, 4T1-pMP6A, or 4T1-pMP6A/IL-2 cells commenced on day 21. Hindlimb amputation was performed when tumors measured 6 mm in diameter. Mice were killed 24 days after amputation, and metastatic disease was determined by weighing lungs at time of harvest. RESULTS: A significant reduction was seen in the pulmonary metastatic load of mice receiving IL-2 gene-modified tumor cell immunization (4T1-pMP6A/IL2) when compared with mice given control immunizations. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that active immunization strategies with cytokine gene-modified tumor cells generated by clinically relevant gene delivery systems may prove useful in inhibiting the development of metastases from primary breast cancer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Coveney, E; Clary, B; Iacobucci, M; Philip, R; Lyerly, K

Published Date

  • August 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 120 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 265 - 272

PubMed ID

  • 8751592

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-6060

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0039-6060(96)80297-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States