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Construction of a new anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor and the anti-leukemia function study of the transduced T cells

Na An, Zhongfei Tao, Saisai Li, Haiyan Xing, Kejing Tang, Zheng Tian, Qing Rao, Min Wang and Jianxiang Wang _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:10638-10649. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.7079

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Na An1, Zhongfei Tao1, Saisai Li1, Haiyan Xing1, Kejing Tang1, Zheng Tian1, Qing Rao1, Min Wang1, Jianxiang Wang1

1State Key Laboratory of Experimental Hematology, Institute of Hematology and Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin, China

Correspondence to:

Jianxiang Wang, e-mail: [email protected]

Min Wang, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: chimeric antigen receptor, T cell, CD19, lentivirus, cellular immunotherapy

Received: October 01, 2015    Accepted: January 23, 2016    Published: January 30, 2016


Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) transduced T cells have been used to efficiently kill the target tumor cells depending on the single chain variable fragment (scFv) against the specific tumor associated antigen. Here we show the high specific cytotoxicity of the CAR-T cells with very low effector to target cell (E:T) ratio owing to the CD19-scFv, which was constructed in our laboratory and proved to be highly effective in our previous study. Four plasmids containing three generation of CAR were constructed by cloning the CD19-CAR fragment into the lentiviral vector pCDH. CD3 positive T cells were successfully transduced and the CAR protein expression was confirmed by flow cytometry and Western blot. When cocultured with CD19 positive leukemia cell line Nalm-6 cells, CAR-T cells showed specific cytotoxicity: the percentage of target cells decreased to 0 in 24 hours; IL-2, IFN-γ and TNF-α produced in cocultured supernatants increased obviously; and the cytotoxicity reached more than 80%, still remarkable even when the E:T ratio was as low as 1:4. Dynamic change of cell interaction between CAR-T and leukemia cells was visually tracked by using living cells workstation for the first time. A NOD/SCID B-ALL murine model was established using Nalm-6 cells inoculation with a morbidity rate of 100%, and the survival time was prolonged statistically with CAR-T cell treatment. These data demonstrate that the CAR-T cells we prepared could be a promising treatment strategy for CD19 positive tumor diseases.

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