Cytotoxic γδ T-cells recognize antigens directly without the need for antigen processing and presentation. Recently, it was reported that they can also present antigens and proliferate in vitro. In this study, we examined whether γδ T-cells isolated from patients with advanced cancer can be used for immunotherapy. Twenty-two inoperable patients with multiple cancer metastases were enrolled in the study. There was no significant difference in the ratio of γδ T-cells within the peripheral blood mononuclear cell population isolated from healthy volunteers and cancer patients. γδ T-Cells isolated from cancer patients were expanded 2- to 5-fold using zoledronic acid or 2-methyl-3butenyl-1-pyrophosphate and IL-2. Autologous CD8+ T-cells cocultured with expanded CEA peptide-pulsed γδ T-cells from cancer patients with HLA-A24 killed more CEA-positive HLA-A24-matched gastric cancer cells and secreted higher levels of interferon-γ. These results suggest that γδ T-cells from cancer patients may be ideal candidates for adoptive immunotherapy.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research