Faculty Research 1990 - 1999


Differential in situ expansion and gene expression of CD4+ and CD8+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes following adoptive immunotherapy in a murine tumor model system.

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Antigens-CD4: an, Antigens-Differentiation-T-Lymphocyte: an, Gene-Expression, Immunotherapy-Adoptive, Interferon-Type-II: ge, Interleukin-2: bi, ge, Lymphocytes-Tumor-Infiltrating: im, Mice, Mice-Inbred-C57BL, Neoplasms-Experimental: im, th, Phenotype, Receptors-Interleukin-2: bi, ge, RNA-Messenger: an, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S

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Eur J Immunol 1991 Aug; 21(8):1815-9.




In previous reports, we demonstrated that adoptively transferred T cells homed to the tumor site (among other sites) and that amplification of immune responses occurred in situ leading to the generation of cytotoxic CD8+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) and macrophages. The present report extends these findings and shows that following adoptive immunotherapy (AIT) of mice bearing the immunogenic transplanted methylcholanthrene-induced rhabdomyosarcoma (MCA/76-9) there was a differential expansion of CD4+ and CD8+ TIL, the numbers peaking on days 6 and 8, respectively. At this time, CD8+ TIL accounted for the majority of Thy-1+ cells. Northern analyses of RNA extracted from positively selected (by panning) Thy-1+, CD8+ and CD4+ TIL isolated 8 days after AIT indicated the following: in five separate experiments, CD4+ cells expressed three- to sixfold more interleukin (IL)2 mRNA and six- to eightfold more IL6 mRNA than CD8+ cells, while CD8+ TIL expressed three- to sixfold more IL2 receptor (IL2R) mRNA and four- to sixfold more interferon-gamma mRNA than CD4+ cells. TIL cultured in 10% fetal bovine serum failed to release IL2 over a 24-h period, whereas both IL6 and interferon-gamma activities were demonstrable. The level of IL2R mRNA expression was reflected by a vigorous proliferative response of CD8+ TIL to exogenous recombinant IL2 and only a low response by CD4+ cells suggesting that most of the CD4+ TIL were in the resting stage. This was confirmed when it was shown that the incubation of panned CD4+ TIL with IL2 supplemented with irradiated spleen cells and "spent: 76-9 tumor culture supernatant (as a source of antigen) induced expansion of TIL resulting in a population consisting of greater than 90% CD4+ TIL. The overall data suggest that the relatively deactivated state of the CD4+ TIL at this particular time reflects the status of the rejection process in terms of the absence or low concentration of stimulating tumor-associated antigen.

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