An antitumor cellular vaccine based on a mini-membrane IgE

Elisa A. Nigro, Elisa Soprana, Anna T. Brini, Alessandro Ambrosi, Vijay A. Yenagi, David Dombrowicz, Antonio G. Siccardi, Luca Vangelista

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The IgE-mediated immune system activation can be redirected to combat tumors. Mouse and human IgE have been shown to provide a potent adjuvant effect in antitumor vaccination, with a crucial role played by FcεRI. This effect results from T cell-mediated adaptive immune response. Modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) has been used to infect IgE-loaded tumor cells. These results led to a shift toward a highly safe protocol employing membrane IgE (mIgE), thus eliminating any possible anaphylacto-genicity caused by circulating IgE. Evidence that human mIgE and a truncated version lacking IgE Fabs (tmIgE) bind and activate FcεRI has been fundamental and forms the core of this report. Human tmIgE has been engineered into a recombinant MVA (rMVA-tmIgE), and the expression of tmIgE and its transport to the surface of rMVA-tmIgE-infected cells has been detected by Western blot and cytofluorimetry, respectively. FcεRI activation by tmIgE has been confirmed by the release of β-hexosaminidase in a cell-to-cell contact assay using human FcεRI-transfected RBL-SX38 cells. The rMVA-tmIgE antitumor vaccination strategy has been investigated in FcεRIα -/- human FcεRIa + mice, with results indicating a level of protection comparable to that obtained using soluble human IgE tumor cell loading. The rMVA-tmIgE vector represents a device that suits safe IgE-based antitumor vaccines, harboring the possibility to couple tmIgE with other gene insertions that might enhance the antitumor effect, thus bringing the field closer to the clinics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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