Anti-KIT designer T cells for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumor

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Title: Anti-KIT designer T cells for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumor
Author: Katz, Steven C; Burga, Rachel A; Naheed, Seema; Licata, Lauren A; Thorn, Mitchell; Osgood, Doreen; Nguyen, Cang T; Espat, N Joseph; Fletcher, Jonathan A.; Junghans, Richard P

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Citation: Katz, Steven C, Rachel A Burga, Seema Naheed, Lauren A Licata, Mitchell Thorn, Doreen Osgood, Cang T Nguyen, N Joseph Espat, Jonathan A Fletcher, and Richard P Junghans. 2013. Anti-kit designer t cells for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Journal of Translational Medicine 11:46.
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Abstract: Background: Imatinib mesylate is an effective treatment for metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). However, most patients eventually develop resistance and there are few other treatment options. Immunotherapy using genetically modified or designer T cells (dTc) has gained increased attention for several malignancies in recent years. The aims of this study were to develop and test novel anti-KIT dTc engineered to target GIST cells. Methods: Human anti-KIT dTc were created by retroviral transduction with novel chimeric immune receptors (CIR). The gene for stem cell factor (SCF), the natural ligand for KIT, was cloned into 1st generation (SCF-CD3ζ, 1st gen) and 2nd generation (SCF-CD28-CD3ζ, 2nd gen) CIR constructs. In vitro dTc proliferation and tumoricidal capacity in the presence of KIT+ tumor cells were measured. In vivo assessment of dTc anti-tumor efficacy was performed by treating immunodeficient mice harboring subcutaneous GIST xenografts with dTc tail vein infusions. Results: We successfully produced the 1st and 2nd gen anti-KIT CIR and transduced murine and human T cells. Average transduction efficiencies for human 1st and 2nd gen dTc were 50% and 42%. When co-cultured with KIT+ tumor cells, both 1st and 2nd gen dTc proliferated and produced IFNγ. Human anti-KIT dTc were efficient at lysing GIST in vitro compared to untransduced T cells. In mice with established GIST xenografts, treatment with either 1st or 2nd gen human anti-KIT dTc led to significant reductions in tumor growth rates. Conclusions: We have constructed a novel anti-KIT CIR for production of dTc that possess specific activity against KIT+ GIST in vitro and in vivo. Further studies are warranted to evaluate the therapeutic potential and safety of anti-KIT dTc.
Published Version: doi:10.1186/1479-5876-11-46
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