CD1b-autoreactive T cells recognize phospholipid antigens and contribute to antitumor immunity against a CD1b+ T cell lymphoma

Sreya Bagchi, Sha Li, Chyung Ru Wang*

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Adoptive immunotherapy for cancer treatment is an emerging field of study. Till now, several tumor-derived, peptide-specific T cell responses have been harnessed for treating cancers. However, the contribution of lipid-specific T cells in tumor immunity has been understudied. CD1 molecules, which present self- and foreign lipid antigens to T cells, are divided into group 1 (CD1a, CD1b, and CD1c) and group 2 (CD1d). Although the role of CD1d-restricted natural killer T cells (NKT) in several tumor models has been well established, the contribution of group 1 CD1-restricted T cells in tumor immunity remains obscure due to the lack of group 1 CD1 expression in mice. In this study, we used a double transgenic mouse model expressing human group 1 CD1 molecules (hCD1Tg) and a CD1b-restricted, self-lipid reactive T cell receptor (HJ1Tg) to study the potential role of group 1 CD1-restricted autoreactive T cells in antitumor response. We found that HJ1 T cells recognized phospholipids and responded more potently to lipid extracted from tumor cells than the equivalent amount of lipids extracted from normal cells. Additionally, the autoreactivity of HJ1 T cells was enhanced upon treatment with various intracellular toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists, including CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN), R848, and poly (I:C). Interestingly, the adoptive transfer of HJ1 T cells conferred protection against the CD1b-transfected murine T cell lymphoma (RMA-S/CD1b) and CpG ODN enhanced the antitumor effect. Thus, this study, for the first time, demonstrates the antitumor potential of CD1b-autoreactive T cells and their potential use in adoptive immunotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1213932
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Autoreactive T cells
  • CD1
  • CpG
  • self-lipids
  • tumor immunity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Oncology


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