Tumor-specific, cytotoxic T-lymphocyte response after idiotype vaccination for B-cell, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Edward L. Nelson*, Xioabin Li, Frank J. Hsu, Larry W. Kwak, Ronald Levy, Carol Clayberger, Alan M. Krensky

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Patients with non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphoma who received an antitumor vaccine of idiotypic Ig protein showed humoral and proliferative immune responses. Because immunity to some antigens, including tumor antigens and human pathogenic viruses, may be better correlated with the cytolytic cellular immune response, we evaluated 16 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients immunized with autologous idiotypic Ig molecules for changes in tumor- specific cytotoxic T-lymphocyte precursor (CTLp) frequency using limiting dilution analysis. Eleven patients bad a significant increase in tumor- specific CTLp. Eight of these 11 patients remain without evidence of disease or with stable minimal disease. In contrast, all five patients who did not have a significant change in tumor-specific CTLp have developed progressive disease. Patient vaccination with tumor-associated protein antigens can increase tumor-specific CTLp frequencies. The correlation of increased tumor- specific CTLp with freedom from progression is significant at P = .002. This study indicates that measurement of CTLp frequencies are relevant to the clinical evaluation of human tumor vaccines and suggests that cell-mediated cytolytic immune responses may be an important determinant of vaccine efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-589
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 15 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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