immunoSCAPE leverages the high-dimensional immune profiling capabilities of mass cytometry combined with a unique technology for the identification of antigen-specific T-cells to support the development of immunotherapy strategies in cancer and immune-related diseases. In cancer, there is now strong evidence that immunotherapy-mediated tumor rejection can rely on tumor-specific (neoantigen-specific) CD8+ T-cells. Consequently, the discovery of neoantigens becomes valuable for personalized cancer immunotherapies. Although in silico pipelines exist, that are capable of predicting non-synonymous mutations potentially giving rise to tumor-specific neoantigens, it is not clear how accurate these methods are in identifying immunogenic and therapeutically relevant epitopes, since T-cell epitope usage can be influenced by many factors. Moreover, analysis of T-cells in cancer patients is challenging as it requires detecting rare antigen-specific T-cell populations in samples that are usually limited in volume and availability.
By applying cytometry by time of flight in conjunction with combinatorial peptide-MHC tetramer staining and high-performance dimensional analysis tools, we are able to map broadly MHC-class I epitope with a high sensitivity for rare antigen-specific T-cells and perform concurrently in-depth characterization of these cells.
We will show here the application of this technology in the context of immunotherapy, through the example of a murine in vivo tumor model responsive to checkpoint blockade inhibitors, as well as through the analysis of different human cancer samples.
Together, by providing insights into the nature of neoantigen-specific T-cells, immunoSCAPE’s unique target discovery and high-dimensional immune profiling platform is a valuable tool for the development of novel diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic strategies at different stages of drug development.
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Legal entity responsible for the study
A*STAR / Singapore Immunology Network and immunoSCAPE.
E. Newell: Board director and shareholder: immunoSCAPE Pte. Ltd. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.