Value of large scale expansion of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in a compartmentalised gas-permeable bag: Interests for adoptive immunotherapy

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Background: Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) has emerged as an effective treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma. However, there are several logistical and safety concerns associated with large-scale ex vivo expansion of tumour-specific T lymphocytes for widespread availability of ACT for cancer patients. To address these problems we developed a specific compartmentalised bag allowing efficient expansion of tumour-specific T lymphocytes in an easy handling, closed system.Methods: Starting from lymph nodes from eight melanoma patients, we performed a side-by-side comparison of Tumour-Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL) produced after expansion in the compartmentalised bag versus TIL produced using the standard process in plates. Proliferation yield, viability, phenotype and IFNγ secretion were comparatively studied.Results: We found no differences in proliferation yield and cell viability between both TIL production systems. Moreover, each of the cell products complied with our defined release criteria before being administered to the patient. The phenotype analysis indicated that the compartmentalised bag favours the expansion of CD8+ cells. Finally, we found that TIL stimulated in bags were enriched in reactive CD8+ T cells when co-cultured with the autologous melanoma cell line.Conclusions: The stimulation of TIL with feeder cells in the specifically designed compartmentalised bag can advantageously replace the conventional protocol using plates. In particular, the higher expansion rate of reactive CD8+ T cells could have a significant impact for ACT. © 2011 Zuliani et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Zuliani, T., David, J., Bercegeay, S., Pandolfino, M. C., Rodde-Astier, I., Khammari, A., … Dréno, B. (2011). Value of large scale expansion of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in a compartmentalised gas-permeable bag: Interests for adoptive immunotherapy. Journal of Translational Medicine, 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5876-9-63

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