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T cell-recruiting triplebody 19-3-19 mediates serial lysis of malignant B-lymphoid cells by a single T cell

Claudia C. Roskopf _, Christian B. Schiller, Todd A. Braciak, Sebastian Kobold, Ingo A. Schubert, Georg H. Fey, Karl-Peter Hopfner and Fuat S. Oduncu

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:6466-6483. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2238

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Claudia C. Roskopf1, Christian B. Schiller2, Todd A. Braciak1, Sebastian Kobold3, Ingo A. Schubert4, Georg H. Fey4, Karl-Peter Hopfner2, Fuat S. Oduncu1

1 Klinikum der Universität München, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV, Haematology/Oncology, Munich, Germany

2 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Department of Biochemistry/Gene Center, Munich, Germany

3 Klinikum der Universität München, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Munich, Germany

4 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Department of Biology, Erlangen, Germany

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Claudia C. Roskopf, e-mail: [email protected]

Key Words: immunotherapy, triplebody, cytolytic T cells, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, leukemia

Received: June 06, 2014     Accepted: July 15, 2014     Accepted: July 23, 2014


Triplebody 19-3-19, an antibody-derived protein, carries three single chain fragment variable domains in tandem in a single polypeptide chain. 19-3-19 binds CD19-bearing lymphoid cells via its two distal domains and primary T cells via its CD3-targeting central domain in an antigen-specific manner. Here, malignant B-lymphoid cell lines and primary cells from patients with B cell malignancies were used as targets in cytotoxicity tests with pre-stimulated allogeneic T cells as effectors. 19-3-19 mediated up to 95 % specific lysis of CD19-positive tumor cells and, at picomolar EC50 doses, had similar cytolytic potency as the clinically successful agent BlinatumomabTM. 19-3-19 activated resting T cells from healthy unrelated donors and mediated specific lysis of both autologous and allogeneic CD19-positive cells. 19-3-19 led to the elimination of 70 % of CD19-positive target cells even with resting T cells as effectors at an effector-to-target cell ratio of 1 : 10. The molecule is therefore capable of mediating serial lysis of target cells by a single T cell. These results highlight that central domains capable of engaging different immune effectors can be incorporated into the triplebody format to provide more individualized therapy tailored to a patient’s specific immune status.

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