Fei F.,Section of Molecular Carcinogenesis |
Fei F.,Saban Research Institute |
Lim M.,Section of Molecular Carcinogenesis |
Lim M.,Saban Research Institute |
And 12 more authors.
Leukemia | Year: 2015
Precursor B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (pre-B ALL) affects hematopoietic development and therefore is associated with immune deficiencies that can be further exacerbated by chemotherapy. It is unclear if and when monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that stimulate antibody-mediated cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) can be used for treatment because this depends on the presence of functional effector cells. Here, we used flow cytometry to determine that patient samples at diagnosis, post-induction and relapse contain detectable numbers of CD56+ cells. We were able to selectively expand CD56+ immune effector cells from bone marrow and peripheral blood samples at diagnosis and at various stages of treatment by co-culture with artificial antigen-presenting K562 clone 9.mbIL-21 cells. Amplified CD56+CD3- cells had spontaneous and anti-B cell-activating factor receptor mAb-stimulated ADCC activity against allogeneic ALL cells, which could be further enhanced by IL-15. Importantly, matched CD56+ effector cells also killed autologous ALL cells grown out from leukemia samples of the same patient, through both spontaneous as well as antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity. Since autologous cell therapy will not be complicated by graft-versus-host disease, our results show that expanded CD56+ cells could be applied for treatment of pre-B ALL without transplantation, or for purging of bone marrow in the setting of autologous bone marrow transplants. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited.