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Lunch & Poster Display session

38P - Obtaining tumour-specific T cells in a mouse melanoma model


12 Dec 2019


Lunch & Poster Display session


Diana Yuzhakova


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_11): xi12-xi15. 10.1093/annonc/mdz448


D.V. Yuzhakova1, A. Izosimova1, L. Barbashova1, E. Zagaynova1, G. Sharonov1, D. Chudakov2

Author affiliations

  • 1 Institute Of Experimental Oncology And Biomedical Technologies, Privolzhsky Research Medical University, 603005 - Nizhny Novgorod/RU
  • 2 Laboratory Of Immunosequencing Methods, Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, 117997 - Moscow/RU


Abstract 38P


One of most promising strategies for cancer immunotherapy is adoptive T cell therapy (ACT). In the frame of this approach, tumor-specific lymphocytes (TSL) are infused into patients to recognize and destroy tumor cells. The key step of ACT is identification of TSL within the tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). However, current procedures of obtaining TSL are very labor-intensive and expensive or have not demonstrated the sufficient clinical benefits. The purpose of this study was to develop an effective and simple method for TSL identification in a mouse melanoma model.


The experiments were carried out on C57BL/6 mice bearing B16F0 mouse melanoma model. TILs were obtained by disaggregation of tumor nodules, and mouse spleen T-cells were harvested by magnetic separation. Tumor reactivity of T-lymphocytes was assessed by IFNγ secretion assay or intracellular staining. IFNγ+ T-cells were collected by BD FACSAria III cell sorter (BD Biosciences, USA).


To obtain melanoma specific T-cells we isolated TILs from tumor nodules and sorted live activated IFNγ+ T-cells. We identified 1-6% CD4+ and 3-8% CD8+ IFNγ+ activated T-lymphocytes. With bioinformatic analysis of T-cell receptor repertoires we detected the clusters of cells that recognize the same antigens and are enriched in IFNγ+ cell fraction compared to IFNγ- cells. This fact is an additional evidence of tumor specify of these cells. To check tumor specificity of bioinformatically identified T-cells we have used one of the common approaches for TSL identification – in vitro stimulation of T-cells by APCs loaded with tumor antigen. First, we established mice with stable immunity against B16F0 and harvested T-cells from spleen. Then T-cells were cocultured with B16F0-loaded APCs. To improve the efficiency, we have optimized several parameters, such as additional immunization of the mice and co-cultivation conditions. As a result, we registered 1% of B16F0-specific CD4+ T-lymphocytes against the background of non specifically activated cells.


We have developed a new method to obtain potential TSL from tumor nodules. Future experiments will be directed to compare their repertoires with B16F0-specific T-cells.

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Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

The authors.


Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (grant No 14.W03.31.0005).


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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