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Mini oral session - NETs and endocrine tumours

1101MO - Development of CAR T-cells for future treatment of NETs


20 Sep 2021


Mini oral session - NETs and endocrine tumours


Barbara Mandriani


Annals of Oncology (2021) 32 (suppl_5): S906-S920. 10.1016/annonc/annonc678


B. Mandriani1, E. Pelle'1, F. Mannavola2, G. Ingravallo1, G. Cazzato3, M.C. Ramello4, C.G. Porta1, J.R. Strosberg5, D. Abate-Daga4, M. Cives1

Author affiliations

  • 1 Department Of Biomedical Sciences And Human Oncology, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, 70123 - Bari/IT
  • 2 Medical Oncology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Consorziale Policlinico di Bari, 70124 - Bari/IT
  • 3 Pathology Unit, Policlinico Of Bari, Bari/IT
  • 4 Immunology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center University of South Florida, 33612 - Tampa/US
  • 5 Gi Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center University of South Florida, 33612 - Tampa/US


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Abstract 1101MO


Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) overexpress somatostatin receptors (SSTRs). We investigated the antitumor activity of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells directed against SSTRs.


A second-generation CAR-like construct containing two molecules of octreotide in the extracellular moiety and CD28 as costimulatory module was cloned in a pMSGV1-28Z retroviral vector and then transduced in human T cells. Luciferase+ (Luc+) BON1, CM, QGP1, CNDT2.5 and H727 NET cell lines were screened for membrane SSTR2/5 expression by Western blot (WB) and flow cytometry. Co-culture experiments were performed at effector:target (E:T) ratios ranging from 50:1 to 1:50 for up to 72 hrs. Tumor cell cytotoxicity was assessed by bioluminescence imaging. The release of IFN-γ and IL-2 by activated CAR T cells was investigated by ELISA. NSG female mice (n=11/group) were subcutaneously injected with 2x106 Luc+ BON1 or CM cells, and were then intravenously treated either with 7x106 anti-SSTR CAR T cells, or untransduced (UT) T cells. Excised tumors were subjected to PCR to assess the infiltration of CAR T cells. Potential on-target off-tumor toxicities of anti-SSTR CAR T cells were investigated by pathological analysis of mouse brain and pancreas.


All NET cell lines expressed SSTR2/5, although at variable levels. Following WB confirmation of the CAR expression by transduced lymphocytes, anti-SSTR CAR T cells were co-incubated with target cells. Tumor cell death was induced in approximately 40% (±8%) of CM and BON1 cells at E:T ratio of 1:1. The tumoricidal effect of CAR T cells was time-dependent and peaked at 72 hrs. Compared with UT T cells, CAR T cells secreted significantly higher levels (p<0.01) of IFN-γ and IL-2 after co-incubation with NET cells. Anti-SSTR CAR T cells effectively infiltrated tumors and significantly reduced the growth of subcutaneous CM (p=0.01) and BON1 xenografts (p=0.02) in mice by in vivo bioluminescence imaging. No pathological alterations were seen in the brain and pancreas of mice treated with CAR T cells.


Anti-SSTR CAR T cells exert antitumor activity against SSTR+ NET cell lines, both in vitro and in vivo.

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The authors.




D. Abate-Daga: Non-Financial Interests, Personal, Advisory Board: Anixa Biosciences; Financial Interests, Personal and Institutional, Funding: Intellia Therapeutics; Financial Interests, Personal and Institutional, Funding: Bluebird bio. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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