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Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2013-03-06

Provided herein are methods for cell therapy by modifying transfused cells to express an inducible caspase 9 protein, so that the cells may be selectively killed if the patient experiences dangerous side effects. Provided also within relates in part to methods for preventing or treating Graft versus Host Disease by modifying T cells before administration to a patient, so that they may be selectively killed if GvHD develops in the patient.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2014-06-04

The technology relates in part to methods for inducing partial apoptosis of cells that express an inducible caspase polypeptide. The technology further relates in part to methods for inducing partial apoptosis of cells that express an inducible modified caspase polypeptide, having a modified dose response curve to the multimeric ligand inducer. The technology also relates in part to methods for cell therapy using cells that express the inducible caspase polypeptide or the inducible modified caspase polypeptide, where the proportion of caspase polypeptide-expressing cells eliminated by apoptosis is related to the administered amount of the multimeric ligand inducer.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2015-03-06

The technology relates in part to compositions comprising modified caspase-9 polypeptides, compositions comprising nucleic acids coding for modified caspase-9 polypeptides, chimeric modified caspase-9 polypeptides, and methods of use thereof, including methods for cell therapy. Methods for cell therapy include modifying transfused cells to express an inducible modified caspase-9 protein, with reduced basal activity in the absence of the inducer.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2015-12-14

The technology relates in part to methods for controlling the activity or elimination of therapeutic cells using multimerization of proteins to manipulate individual protein-protein interactions in therapeutic cells, for example, by activating or eliminating cells used to promote engraftment, to treat diseases or condition, or to control or modulate the activity of therapeutic cells that express chimeric antigen receptors or recombinant T cell receptors.


Provided are methods for activating an antigen-presenting cell and eliciting an immune response by inducing an inducible pattern recognition receptor adapter, or adapter fragment, and CD40 activity. Also provided are nucleic acid compositions comprising sequences coding for chimeric proteins that include an inducible CD40 peptide and an inducible pattern recognition receptor adapter or adapter fragment.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2016-07-29

The technology relates in part to compositions comprising modified Caspase-9 polypeptides, compositions comprising nucleic acids coding for modified Caspase-9 polypeptides, chimeric modified Caspase-9 polypeptides, and methods of use thereof, including methods for cell therapy. Methods for cell therapy include modifying transfused cells to express an inducible modified Caspase-9 protein, with reduced basal activity in the absence of the inducer.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2015-09-01

The technology relates generally to the field of immunology and relates in part to methods for activating T cells and other cells resulting in an immune response against a target antigen. The technology also relates to costimulation of therapeutic cells that express chimeric antigen receptors that recognize target antigens using chimeric MyD88- and CD40-derived polypeptides. The technology further relates in part to therapeutic cells that express chimeric antigen receptors, wherein the chimeric antigen receptors have an endodomain that includes MyD88- and CD40-derived polypeptides, and methods for treating patients using the modified therapeutic cells.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2015-02-13

The technology relates generally to the field of immunology and relates in part to methods for activating cells, including for example T cells and T cells that express chimeric antigen receptors, using an inducible chimeric polypeptide including CD40, MyD88, or CD40 and MyD88 polypeptides. The technology further relates in part to therapeutic methods for inducing an immune response and treating tumors in a patient.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2014-03-13

The technology relates generally to the field of immunology and relates in part to compositions and methods for controlling the proliferation of T cells, for example, therapeutic T cells. The methods further relate to compositions and methods for inducing an immune response in a subject.


Patent
Bellicum Pharmaceuticals | Date: 2015-12-14

The technology relates in part to methods for controlling elimination of therapeutic cells, for example, cells that express a chimeric antigen receptor. The technology further relates to a two-step method of controlling destruction of therapeutic cells in a patient following an adverse event. The two-step system may include a rapamycin or rapamycin analog-based level of control and a second, rimiducid, level of control. The technology also relates in part to methods for cell therapy using cells that express the inducible caspase polypeptide and the rapamycin-sensitive polypeptide, where the proportion of therapeutic cells eliminated by apoptosis is related to the choice and amount of the administered ligand.

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