Leukemia cell-rhabdovirus vaccine: personalized immunotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.


PURPOSE Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) remains incurable in most adults. It has been difficult to provide effective immunotherapy to improve outcomes for the majority of patients. Rhabdoviruses induce strong antiviral immune responses. We hypothesized that mice administered ex vivo rhabdovirus-infected ALL cells [immunotherapy by leukemia-oncotropic virus (iLOV)] would develop robust antileukemic immune responses capable of controlling ALL. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Viral protein production, replication, and cytopathy were measured in human and murine ALL cells exposed to attenuated rhabdovirus. Survival following injection of graded amounts of ALL cells was compared between cohorts of mice administered γ-irradiated rhabdovirus-infected ALL cells (iLOV) or multiple control vaccines to determine key immunotherapeutic components and characteristics. Host immune requirements were assessed in immunodeficient and bone marrow-transplanted mice or by adoptive splenocyte transfer from immunized donors. Antileukemic immune memory was ascertained by second leukemic challenge in long-term survivors. RESULTS Human and murine ALL cells were infected and killed by rhabdovirus; this produced a potent antileukemia vaccine. iLOV protected mice from otherwise lethal ALL by developing durable leukemia-specific immune-mediated responses (P < 0.0001), which required an intact CTL compartment. Preexisting antiviral immunity augmented iLOV potency. Splenocytes from iLOV-vaccinated donors protected 60% of naïve recipients from ALL challenge (P = 0.0001). Injecting leukemia cells activated by, or concurrent with, multiple Toll-like receptor agonists could not reproduce the protective effect of iLOV. Similarly, injecting uninfected irradiated viable, apoptotic, or necrotic leukemia cells with/without concurrent rhabdovirus administration was ineffective. CONCLUSION Rhabdovirus-infected leukemia cells can be used to produce a vaccine that induces robust specific immunity against aggressive leukemia.

DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-12-3199

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@article{Conrad2013LeukemiaCV, title={Leukemia cell-rhabdovirus vaccine: personalized immunotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.}, author={David P. Conrad and Jovian J Tsang and Meaghan Maclean and J Diallo and Fabrice Le Boeuf and Chantal G. Lemay and Theresa J. Falls and Kelley A. Parato and John Cameron Bell and Harold L Atkins}, journal={Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research}, year={2013}, volume={19 14}, pages={3832-43} }