T-cell receptor repertoire in matched MART-1 peptide-stimulated peripheral blood lymphocytes and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes

David J. Cole, Michael C. Wilson, Licia Rivoltini, Mary Custer, Michael I. Nishimura

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Characterization of tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) recognized by CTLs makes the consideration of therapeutic strategies based on peptide stimulation of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) feasible. Several such approaches are adoptive transfer of peptide-stimulated PBLs, ex vivo peptide stimulation of dendritic cells, and direct vaccination with TAA-derived peptides. A critical component of any of these peptide-based strategies is the requirement that the patient's PBLs are able to react productively against the presented TAA. The purpose of this study, through the study of T- cell receptor (TCR) usage, was to evaluate the T-cell response in matched MART-1((27-35)) peptide-stimulated PBLs and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). MART-1((27-35))-reactive PBL and TIL cultures were generated from three patients by in vitro stimulation with an immunodominant peptide of MART-1 (MART-1((27-35)). All cultures had a human leukocyte antigen A2- restricted, MART-1((27-35))-specific CTL response. The TCR usage of each was assessed by the DNA sequence analysis of 50 TCR β clones obtained by rapid amplification of cDNA ends per culture. TCR analysis suggests a TCR reportoire that differed from patient to patient (8-16 subfamilies were used) and a predominant usage of different variable β chain (BV) by each of these MART-reactive T cells. These predominant BV rearrangements were derived from multiple clonotypes because different variable, diversity, and junctional regions were observed. However, a similar pattern of expansion was present for both PBLs and TILs; the relative usage of each prevailing BV was more marked in TILs (36, 50, and 78% of TILs versus 26, 20, and 24% of PBLs, respectively) a broader TCR repertoire was used by PBLs (P > 0.05), and similar TCR subfamily usage was noted when TIL and PBL cultures from the same patient were compared (8 of 11, 7 of 9, and 7 of 8 for patients 1, 2, and 3, respectively). Furthermore, the exact same clonotypes derived from predominant TCR subfamilies in the PBLs and TILs were present in each patient, suggesting peptide-stimulated expansion in both biological compartments. These studies suggest that there will not be a limited and predictable TCR subfamily response to a specific TAA, although reproducible patterns of PBL and TIL expansion are present from patient to patient. Additionally, identical T-cell clonotypes having the same potential for antigen-driven expansion were present in a patient's PBLs and TILs. As such, our data support the conceptualization of approaches using adoptive transfer or vaccination based on TAA-derived peptide stimulation of PBLs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5320-5327
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Research
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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