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Immunotherapy based on dendritic cells pulsed with CTPFoxM1 fusion protein protects against the development of hepatocellular carcinoma

Huiting Su, Bing Li, Lan Zheng, Haixia Wang and Liping Zhang _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:48401-48411. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10269

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Huiting Su1,*, Bing Li1,*, Lan Zheng1, Haixia Wang1, Liping Zhang1

1Department of Laboratory Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, 400016, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Liping Zhang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: cytoplasmic transduction peptide, FoxM1, dendritic cells, hepatocellular carcinoma, immunotherapy

Received: November 05, 2015     Accepted: June 09, 2016     Published: June 24, 2016


Application of dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed with tumor-associated antigens is considered attractive in immunotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In order to efficiently prime tumor-associated antigens specific for cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), it is important that DCs present tumor-associated antigens on MHC class I. MHC class I generally present endogenous antigens expressed in the cytosol. In this study, we developed a new antigen delivery tool based on cross presentation of exogenous antigens in DCs by using cytoplasmic transduction peptide (CTP). CTP protein could transduce FoxM1 tumor antigen into the cytosol of DCs, and CTP-FoxM1 fusion protein could stimulate activation and maturation of DCs. DCs pulsed with CTP-FoxM1 could induce specific CTLs. More importantly, the immunity induced by DCs loaded with CTP-FoxM1 could significantly inhibit tumor growth and metastasis in HCC-bearing mice, which was more potent than that induced by DCs loaded with FoxM1 or CTP, alone. Our results indicate that DCs pulsed with CTP-FoxM1 might be a promising vaccine candidate for HCC therapy and provide new insight into the design of DC-based immunotherapy.

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