T-CELL RECOGNITION OF OVARIAN-CANCER 54TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOC OF UNIVERSITY SURGEONS Peoples, G. E., Schoof, D. D., ANDREWS, J. V., NORTON, J. A., Kim, B., Alexander, H. R., Goedegebuure, P. S., Eberlein, T. J. MOSBY-YEAR BOOK INC. 1993: 227–34


The existence of a tumor-specific T-cell immune response to human malignant melanoma has been well documented. In contrast, the existence of tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte to ovarian cancer remains controversial despite the abundant lymphocytic infiltrates in the malignant ascites and solid tumor of these patients.Tumor-associated lymphocytes (TAL) from the malignant ascites and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) from the solid tumors were isolated from six untreated patients with ovarian cancer. TAL and TIL were grown with initial anti-cluster of differentiation of T cells (CD3), low-dose interleukin-2, and tumor stimulation. T-cell lines were analyzed in functional studies.At 5 weeks, TAL and TIL from five of six patients were > 50% CD8+, and one of six was > 70% CD4+. In all five pairs of CD8 positive cultures, both TAL and TIL exhibited high levels of tumor-specific cytotoxicity for ascite and solid tumor, respectively. T-cell recognition of tumor was mediated through the T-cell receptor-CD3 complex and was human leukocyte antigen class I restricted. TAL and TIL lysed autologous ascitic tumor equally well; however, TAL-mediated tumoricidal activity against autologous solid tumor was consistently and significantly poorer than TIL-mediated killing.Tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes can be expanded from both TAL and TIL. However, TAL do not kill solid tumor as efficiently as TIL. This suggests the requirement of TIL, or a combination of TIL and TAL, for effective immunotherapy.

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