Targeting the primary tumor to generate CTL for the effective eradication of spontaneous metastases

Ping Yu, Youjin Lee, Yang Wang, Xiaojuan Liu, Sogyong Auh, Thomas F. Gajewski, Hans Schreiber, Zhaoyang You, Campbell Kaynor, Xinzhong Wang, Yang Xin Fu

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Metastatic disease is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer. Although surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation can often control primary tumor growth, successful eradication of disseminated metastases remains rare. We have now tested whether direct targeting tumor tissues to generate antitumor immune response before surgical excision produces sufficient CTL against micrometastases. One unsolved problem is whether such response allows coming CTL to be educated and then exit the tumor site. Another unsolved problem is whether these CTL can then patrol and effectively eliminate spontaneously metastasized tumor cells in the periphery. In this study, we have shown that adenovirus-expressing TNFSF14 [LIGHT (name derived from homologous to lymphotoxins, shows inducible expression, and competes with herpes simplex virus glycoprotein D for herpes virus entry mediator, a receptor expressed by T lymphocytes); Ad-LIGHT] inoculated directly into primary 4T1 tumor, a highly aggressive, spontaneously metastasizing mammary carcinoma, followed by surgical removal of the primary tumor can eradicate established and disseminated metastatic tumor cells in the peripheral tissues. Furthermore, we clearly show with a fibrosarcoma model Ag104Ld that local treatment can generate plenty of tumor-specific CTL that exit the primary tumor and infiltrate distal tumors to completely eradicate distal tumors. Therefore, targeting the primary tumor with Ad-LIGHT before surgical excision is a new strategy to elicit better immune response for the eradication of spontaneous metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1960-1968
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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