Drug-induced expansion and differentiation of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells in vivo: The role of exogenous IL-2

Rita Casetti, Gemma Perretta, Alessandra Taglioni, Maurizio Mattei, Vittorio Colizzi, Francesco Dieli, Gianpiero D'Offizi, Miroslav Malkovsky, Fabrizio Poccia

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Human Vγ9Vδ2 T cells recognize nonpeptidic Ags generated by the 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate (many eubacteria, algae, plants, and Apicomplexa) and mevalonate (eukaryotes, archaebacteria, and certain eubacteria) pathways of isoprenoid synthesis. The potent Vγ9Vδ2 T cell reactivity 1) against certain cancer cells or 2) induced by infectious agents indicates that therapeutic augmentations of Vγ9Vδ2 T cell activities may be clinically beneficial. The functional characteristics of Vγ9Vδ2 T cells from Macaca fascicularis (cynomolgus monkey) are very similar to those from Homo sapiens. We have found that the i.v. administration of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate or pyrophosphomonoester drugs into cynomolgus monkeys combined with s.c. low-dose (6 × 105 U/animal) IL-2 induces a large pool of CD27+ and CD27- effector/memory T cells in the peripheral blood of treated animals. The administration of these drugs in the absence of IL-2 is substantially less effective, indicating the importance of additional exogenous costimuli. Shortly after the costimulatory IL-2 treatment, only γδ (but not αβ) T cells expressed the CD69 activation marker, indicating that Vγ9Vδ2 T lymphocytes are more responsive to low-dose IL-2 than αβ T cells. Up to 100-fold increases in the numbers of peripheral blood Vγ9Vδ2 T cells were observed in animals receiving the γδ stimulatory drug plus IL-2. Moreover, the expanded Vγ9Vδ2 T cells were potent ThI effectors capable of releasing large amounts of IFN-γ. These results may be relevant for designing novel (or modifying current) immunotherapeutic trials with nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate or pyrophosphomonoester drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1593-1598
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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