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    MA06 - PDL1, TMB and DNA Repair (ID 903)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Biology
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/24/2018, 13:30 - 15:00, Room 206 AC
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      MA06.06 - An Ex-Vivo Patient-Derived, Immunocompetent (PDI) Culture System to Evaluate Immunotherapeutic Agents’ Anti-Tumor Efficacy (ID 14299)

      14:05 - 14:10  |  Presenting Author(s): Zachary E. Tano

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      Anti-tumor efficacy of human immunotherapeutic agents, such as antibodies, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T-cell receptor transduced T cells, are currently being investigated in immunodeficient mice prior to clinical translation. We developed and optimized an ex-vivo culture system utilizing malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) to compliment these investigations in a human, immunocompetent, tumor-like environment. We hypothesized that CAR T cells’ cytotoxicity will vary by the different immune compositions in each MPE, which are conditions unavailable in current efficacy assays.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      Mesothelin-targeted CAR T cells from multiple donors were exposed to MPEs derived from non-small cell lung cancer patients (n=15) and RPMI culture medium. Influence of the MPEs on CAR T-cell efficacy was evaluated by viability and phenotype (flow cytometry), cytotoxicity (chromium release assay), and gene expression (NanoString). Group-based trajectory modeling was used to stratify the inhibitory effect of MPEs. MPE composition (ELISA and Luminex assays) was evaluated to interpret its influence on CAR T cells.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      With the incorporation of our optimized protocols, T cells retain their viability, phenotype (CD4/CD8), and percentage of CAR expression when cultured in MPEs. MPE soluble factor levels remained stable over multiple freeze/thaw cycles. CAR T cells co-cultured in MPE exhibited variable antigen-specific cytotoxicity (Fig. A). MPE-induced T-cell inhibition was stratified into groups of strong, mild, or no inhibition. (Fig. B). Compared to MPEs with either mild or no inhibition, MPEs with strong inhibition had significantly higher levels of TGFβ-2 (average TGFβ-2 level in strong vs. mild inhibition: 402 vs. 50 pg/mL, p<0.05) (Fig. C), IL-6, RANTES, and IL-5.

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      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      We present the first human immunocompetent culture system that can be used to evaluate immunotherapeutic agents’ efficacy prior to their clinical translation. Furthermore, analyses of the culture system’s soluble factors sheds light on their relative influence on T-cell efficacy.


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