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Photochemical targeting of antigens to the cytosol for stimulation of MHC class-I-restricted T-cell responses


Waeckerle-Men, Ying; Mauracher, Andrea; Håkerud, Monika; Mohanan, Deepa; Kündig, Thomas M; Høgset, Anders; Johansen, Pål (2013). Photochemical targeting of antigens to the cytosol for stimulation of MHC class-I-restricted T-cell responses. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 85(1):34-41.

Abstract

Tumour chemotherapy with drugs is typically associated with severe systemic and local side effects for which reason immunotherapy represents a safer alternative. However, vaccination often fails to generate the required cytotoxic CD8 T-cell responses due to insufficient access of antigens to the cytosol and the MHC class I pathway of antigen presentation. One important issue of tumour research is therefore to develop strategies that allow cytosolic targeting or endosomal escape of tumour antigens. The objective of the current study was to test whether endocytosed antigen could be delivered to MHC class I by means of photochemical internalisation (PCI). Briefly, the antigen and the photosensitiser Amphinex were loaded in vitro onto bone-marrow-derived murine dendritic cells (DCs). After light activation, which is supposed to cause disruption of OVA- and Amphinex-containing endosomes, the DCs were cultured with OVA-specific CD8 T cells or used for immunisation of mice. PCI facilitated CD8 T-cell responses as measured by IFN-γ secretion in vitro and CD8 T-cell proliferation in vivo. In conclusion, the current proof-of-concept study is the first to describe PCI-mediated immunisation and the results revealed the feasibility of this novel technology in autologous vaccination for stimulation of CD8 T-cell responses.

Abstract

Tumour chemotherapy with drugs is typically associated with severe systemic and local side effects for which reason immunotherapy represents a safer alternative. However, vaccination often fails to generate the required cytotoxic CD8 T-cell responses due to insufficient access of antigens to the cytosol and the MHC class I pathway of antigen presentation. One important issue of tumour research is therefore to develop strategies that allow cytosolic targeting or endosomal escape of tumour antigens. The objective of the current study was to test whether endocytosed antigen could be delivered to MHC class I by means of photochemical internalisation (PCI). Briefly, the antigen and the photosensitiser Amphinex were loaded in vitro onto bone-marrow-derived murine dendritic cells (DCs). After light activation, which is supposed to cause disruption of OVA- and Amphinex-containing endosomes, the DCs were cultured with OVA-specific CD8 T cells or used for immunisation of mice. PCI facilitated CD8 T-cell responses as measured by IFN-γ secretion in vitro and CD8 T-cell proliferation in vivo. In conclusion, the current proof-of-concept study is the first to describe PCI-mediated immunisation and the results revealed the feasibility of this novel technology in autologous vaccination for stimulation of CD8 T-cell responses.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Dermatology Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:07 Feb 2014 09:00
Last Modified:16 Feb 2018 19:38
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0939-6411
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpb.2013.02.002
PubMed ID:23461859

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