CAR-iNKT cells targeting clonal TCRVβ chains as a precise strategy to treat T cell lymphoma

by | Mar 20, 2023 | Publications, Uncategorized

Front Immunol. 2023 Mar 2;14:1118681. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2023.1118681. eCollection 2023.


INTRODUCTION: Most T cell receptor (TCR)Vβ chain-expressing T cell lymphomas (TCL) including those caused by Human T cell leukaemia virus type-1 (HTLV-1) have poor prognosis. We hypothesised that chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-mediated targeting of the clonal, lymphoma-associated TCRβ chains would comprise an effective cell therapy for TCL that would minimally impact the physiological TCR repertoire.

METHODS: As proof of concept, we generated CAR constructs to target four TCRVβ subunits. Efficacy of the CAR constructs was tested using conventional T cells as effectors (CAR-T). Since invariant NKT (iNKT) cell do not incite acute graft-versus-host disease and are suitable for ‘off-the-shelf’ immunotherapy, we generated anti-TCRVβ CAR-iNKT cells.

RESULTS: We show that anti-TCRVβ CAR-T cells selectively kill their cognate tumour targets while leaving >90% of the physiological TCR repertoire intact. CAR-iNKT cells inhibited the growth of TCL in vivo, and were also selectively active against malignant cells from Adult T cell leukaemia/lymphoma patients without activating expression of HTLV-1.

DISCUSSION: Thus we provide proof-of-concept for effective and selective anti-TCRVβ CAR-T and -iNKT cell-based therapy of TCL with the latter providing the option for ‘off-the-shelf’ immunotherapy.

PMID:36936927 | PMC:PMC10019783 | DOI:10.3389/fimmu.2023.1118681

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