Lymphokine-activated tumor inhibition in vivo. I. The local administration of interleukin 2 triggers nonreactive lymphocytes from tumor-bearing mice to inhibit tumor growth

G. Forni, M. Giovarelli, A. Santoni

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Abstract

CE-2 is a chemically induced tumor of low immunogenicity in syngeneic BALB/c mice. Nylon wool columns eluting lymphocytes from the spleen of mice bearing clinically evident (5-mm mean diameter) CE-2 tumors (CE-2 TB lymphocytes) do not react with CE-2 cells in vitro, nor are they able to affect their growth in vivo in a Winn-type neutralization assay at 5:1 lymphocyte:tumor cell ratio. However, they become able to inhibit CE-2 tumor growth when 20 U of interleukin 2 (IL 2) in 0.4 ml are injected daily for 10 days at the challenge site. In contrast, mice injected with CE-2 cells and IL 2 only display tumor takes and growth that are not significantly different from those in controls challenged with CE-2 cells alone. This lymphokine-activated tumor inhibition (LATI) is not a peculiarity of the CE-2 tumor-host combination, because different tumors can be inhibited in this way and various TB lymphocytes can initiate it. In these experiments, IL 2-rich 25,000 to 30,000 m.w. fractions were obtained routinely from the culture supernatants of a clone of EL-4 thymoma stimulated with phorbol myristic acetate. Equally active IL 2-rich preparations were obtained from rat spleen cells stimulated with concanavalin A, or from MLA 144 gibbon lymphosarcoma spontaneously releasing IL 2. Treatment of CE-2 TB lymphocytes with various antibody and C, with 2000 rad γ-irradiation, or fractionation on Percoll density gradients suggested that radioresistant functions of Thy-1.2+, Lyt-1.2, Lyt-2.2- and of asialo GM1+ cells are independently involved in LATI induction. These lymphocytes inhibit tumor growth by recruiting the radiosensitive effector mechanisms of the recipient mice required for ultimate tumor destruction. CE-2 tumor inhibition by LATI leaves a specific delayed-type hypersensitivity and an immunologic memory, resulting in rejection of a second lethal CE-2 challenge in a significant number of mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1305-1311
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume134
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology

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