Combination therapy with tumor cell-pulsed dendritic cells and activated lymphocytes for patients with disseminated carcinomas

Mitsou Katano, Takahashi Morisaki, Kennichiro Koga, Mitsunari Nakamura, Hideya Onishi, Kotaro Matsumoto, Akira Tasaki, Hiroshi Nakashima, Takahashi Akiyoshi, Masafumi Nakamura

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This phase I study was performed to assess the safety and immune response of tumor cell-pulsed dendritic cell (DC) vaccine therapy against cancer patients with multiple metastases. DCs, generated from adherent cells of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) using interleukin-4 (IL-4) and granulocytelmonocyte colony-stimulating factor, were loaded with autologous necrotic whole tumor cells. Thereafter, the DCs were matured with culture supernatants of OK-432-stimulated PBMCs. Activated lymphocytes were also induced from non-adherent cells of PBMCs using OKT-3 and IL-2. Patients received a subcutaneous injection of DCs loaded with tumor cells every 2 weeks and received an intravenous injection of activated lymphocytes every 4 weeks. This combination therapy was named tumor-pulsed DC vaccine therapy. Tumor-pulsed DC vaccine therapy was continued as long as possible in 19 patients. No particular adverse reactions, except for low-grade fever, were found. The patients could be divided into two groups according to the survival time, i.e., 6 responders (long survival patients) and 13 non-responders (short survival patients). Based on the laboratory data of responders, eligibility criteria were determined. Using the eligibility criteria, a phase I/II study was recently performed with 15 patients. A delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction against tumor-pulsed DCs became positive in 13 of the 15 patients within 6 months after the therapy. This therapy was again safe, and no evidence of autoimmune disease was noted. The survival time of these 15 patients was significantly prolonged compared with that of the 13 non-responders of the phase I study (p<0.0001). This continuous tumor-pulsed DC vaccine therapy was well tolerated in patients with disseminated carcinomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3771-3776
Number of pages6
JournalAnticancer research
Issue number6 A
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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