Induction of tumor immunity and cytotoxic t lymphocyte responses using dendritic cells transduced by adenoviral vectors encoding HBsAg: comparison to protein immunization
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- Qiu, SJ., Lu, L., Qiao, C. et al. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol (2005) 131: 429. doi:10.1007/s00432-004-0616-1
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Dendritic cells (DC) are specialized antigen-presenting cells with powerful immunostimulatory properties. Their use for induction of anti-tumor immunity has been limited by several factors, including identification of appropriate tumor-associated antigens, delivery of antigens to DC, and maintaining DC in a highly activated state. Here, DC propagated in vitro were transduced with an adenoviral (Ad) vector to express hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), an antigen present in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Many patients with HCC demonstrate evidence of prior HBV exposure, suggesting that the presence of the virus in a quiescent state may promote tumorigenesis. Ad-HBsAg-transduced DC stimulated strong cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses to HBsAg-expressing tumor cells, and protected mice from lethal tumor challenge. Immunity was antigen-specific, as wild-type tumor (HBsAg -) grew normally. Furthermore, DC transduced with an irrelevant vector had no effect. Vaccination with HBsAg protein, a clinically utilized preparation that confers immunity to HBV infection, did not protect against tumor challenge even though it induced a strong antibody response. These studies describe for the first time the contributions of humoral and cellular immune responses to tumor immunity induced by Ad-transduced DC compared to protein vaccination.