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Supplementary Figure 3 from Dual Blockade of PD-1 and CTLA-4 Combined with Tumor Vaccine Effectively Restores T-Cell Rejection Function in Tumors

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posted on 2023-03-30, 21:29 authored by Jaikumar Duraiswamy, Karen M. Kaluza, Gordon J. Freeman, George Coukos

Supplementary Figure 3 - PDF file 26K, in vivo depletion of total CD8+ and CD4+ T cells totally abolished CT26 tumor regression. Survival of mice inoculated with 0.5 x 106 CT26 tumor cells and injected i.p. with �CD4 (GK1.5, 500 �g) or �CD8 antibodies (19/178, 500 �g) day -1 and 0 (resulting in >90% of CD4+ or CD8+ T-cell depletion, respectively). Tumor size of >200mm3 was defined as lack of survival. Each curve is representative of 3 independent experiments of 12 mice per group



Tumor progression is facilitated by regulatory T cells (Treg) and restricted by effector T cells. In this study, we document parallel regulation of CD8+ T cells and Foxp3+ Tregs by programmed death-1 (PD-1, PDCD1). In addition, we identify an additional role of CTL antigen-4 (CTLA-4) inhibitory receptor in further promoting dysfunction of CD8+ T effector cells in tumor models (CT26 colon carcinoma and ID8-VEGF ovarian carcinoma). Two thirds of CD8+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) expressed PD-1, whereas one third to half of CD8+ TIL coexpressed PD-1 and CTLA-4. Double-positive (PD-1+CTLA-4+) CD8+ TIL had characteristics of more severe dysfunction than single-positive (PD-1+ or CTLA-4+) TIL, including an inability to proliferate and secrete effector cytokines. Blockade of both PD-1 and CTLA-4 resulted in reversal of CD8+ TIL dysfunction and led to tumor rejection in two thirds of mice. Double blockade was associated with increased proliferation of antigen-specific effector CD8+ and CD4+ T cells, antigen-specific cytokine release, inhibition of suppressive functions of Tregs, and upregulation of key signaling molecules critical for T-cell function. When used in combination with GVAX vaccination (consisting of granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor–expressing irradiated tumor cells), inhibitory pathway blockade induced rejection of CT26 tumors in 100% of mice and ID8-VEGF tumors in 75% of mice. Our study indicates that PD-1 signaling in tumors is required for both suppressing effector T cells and maintaining tumor Tregs, and that PD-1/PD-L1 pathway (CD274) blockade augments tumor inhibition by increasing effector T-cell activity, thereby attenuating Treg suppression. Cancer Res; 73(12); 3591–603. ©2013 AACR.

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