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Regression of mouse-derived renal cancer by adoptive transfer of tumor-reactive RNAi-induced TGF-beta-insensitive CD8<sup>+</sup> T cells

Bin Song
Wei-jun Qin
Zeng-yue Yang
Ting-yi Bao
Xia Yang
Fu-li Wang
Geng Zhang
An-gang Yang
He Wang


Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) is a potent immunosuppressant. The present study was conducted to develop a treatment strategy through adoptive transfer of tumor-reactive RNAi-induced TGF-beta-insensitive CD8+ T cells. BALB/c mice were primed with irradiated Renca cells. CD8+ T cells were isolated from the spleen of primed animals, expanded ex vivo and were rendered TGF-beta-insensitive by infecting with a retrovirus containing shRNA to mouse TGF-beta type II receptor gene (MSCV-shRNA-T). Control CD8+ T cells consist of those infected with retroviruses containing shRNA to non specific gene (MSCV-shRNA-N) and naive CD8+ T cells. The effect of all groups of CD8+ T cells on Renca cells were analyzed by semi-quantitative RT-PCR, Western-blot, in vitro and in vivo assay. MSCVshRNA-T group of CD8+ T cells were resistant to the antiproliferative effect of exogenous TGF-beta, while control groups were not. Results of Western blot showed the Smad pathway was disrupted in MSCV-shRNA-T group, which confirmed the blockade of the signal transduction pathway. In vitro cytotoxic assay revealed that these tumor-reactive, TGF-beta-insensitive CD8+ T cells killed Renca cells specifically and strongly. Adoptive transfer of these MSCV-shRNA-T CD8+ T cells to BALB/c tumorbearing mice showed strong tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses and antitumor immunity against Renca renal cancer. Based on these results, we predict that adoptive transfer of tumor-reactive RNAi-induced TGF-beta-insensitive CD8+ T cells may be effective to renal cancer therapy.

Keywords: Transforming growth factor beta, adoptive transfer, RNA interference, renal cancer, renca cells, immunotherapy

African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 9(33), pp. 5274-5283, 16 August, 2010

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