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High Functional CD70 Expression on α-Type 1-Polarized Dendritic Cells from Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

Journal article
Authors Katarina Junevik
Olle Werlenius
Linda Fogelstrand
Alex Karlsson-Parra
Per-Ola Andersson
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
Volume 79
Issue 6
Pages 415-422
ISSN 0300-9475
Publication year 2014
Published at Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Clinical Chemistry and Transfusion Medicine
Sahlgrenska Cancer Center
Institute of Medicine
Pages 415-422
Language en
Keywords CD70, CLL, aDC
Subject categories Tumour immunology


Antigen-loaded dendritic cells (DCs) used as anticancer vaccine holds promise for therapy, but needs to be optimized. The most frequently described DC vaccine is being matured with a cocktail containing prostaglandin E2 (PGE2DC). However, even though PGE2DCs express both costimulatory and migratory receptors, their IL-12p70-prodcution is low, leading to an insufficient Th1 immune response. As an alternative, α-type-1 polarized DCs (αDC1s) have shown a superior production of IL-12p70 and subsequent activation of effector cells. From chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) patients, αDC1s can be generated to induce a functional Th1-immune response. Yet, another costimulatory receptor, CD70, appears to be essential for optimal DC function by promotion of T cell survival and function. So far, PGE2 is suggested as one of the most important factors for the induction of CD70 expression on DCs. Therefore, we wanted to investigate whether αDC1s have the ability to express functional CD70. We found that CD70 expression on αDC1s could be upregulated in the same manner as PGE2DCs. In an allogeneic mixed leucocyte reaction, we found that antibody-blocking of CD70 on αDC1s from controls reduced effector cell proliferation although this could not be found when using CLL αDC1s. Nevertheless, CD70-blocking of αDC1s from both controls and patients with CLL had a negative influence on the production of both IL-12p70 and the Th1 cytokine IFN-γ, while the production of the Th2 cytokine IL-5 was enhanced. Together, this study further suggests that αDC1s should be considered as a suitable candidate for clinical antitumour vaccine strategies in patients with CLL.

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