Immunization with two recombinant Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccines that combine the expression of multiple tandem repeats of mucin-1 and colony stimulating-factor suppress breast tumor growth in mice
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Mucin-1 (MUC1) is a breast tumor-associated antigen. However, clinical trials with MUC1 showed that, with respect to its expression levels, MUC1 is a relatively poor immunogen in human beings. Evidence showed that MUC1-specific immunodominant B and T cell epitopes are derived from the variable-number tandem repeat (VNTR) region. Therefore, immunotherapy that targets multiple VNTRs may induce anti-MUC1 immune responses. GM-CSF has been shown to increase the percentage and activity of antigen-presenting cells. In this study, we constructed two recombinant Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccines that combine the expression of multiple tandem repeats of MUC1 and CSF. The effect of two novel breast cancer vaccines (rBCG-MVNTR4-CSF and rBCG-MVNTR8-CSF) on the growth of breast tumor on hu-PBL-SCID mice was evaluated.
We coupled VNTRs (4 and 8) of MUC1 with GM-CSF (MVNTR4-CSF and MVNTR8-CSF). The MVNTR4-CSF and MVNTR8-CSF were inserted into the pDE22 plasmid and transformed into competent BCG by electroporation. The effect of both BCG vaccines on the growth of breast tumor on hu-PBL-SCID mice was evaluated.
The growth of MUC1-positive breast tumors from hu-PBL-SCID mice immunized with two vaccines was significantly inhibited.
rBCG-MVNTR4-CSF and rBCG-MVNTR8-CSF vaccines may be good candidates for breast tumor immunotherapy.
KeywordsMUC1 Variable-number tandem repeat Recombinant BCG vaccine Breast tumor Anti-tumor immunotherapy
Severe combined immunodeficient
Variable-number tandem repeat
American type culture collection
Peripheral blood lymphocyte
Granulocyte–macrophage colony stimulating factor
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