In vivo antitumor effect of CD40L-transduced tumor cells as a vaccine for B-cell lymphoma

Cancer Res. 2002 Jun 1;62(11):3195-9.


CD40-CD40 ligand (CD40L) interactions play a critical role in the activationof cellular immunity. CD40L enhances the antigen presentation function of CD40-expressing B cells. We have used a murine B-cell lymphoma model (A20) to study the in vivo antitumor effect of the administration of tumor cells transduced with a recombinant adenovirus encoding CD40L (AdvCD40L). After infection with AdvCD40L, A20 tumor cells up-regulate several T-cell costimulatory molecules (CD80, CD86, ICAM-1, and LFA-3) and Fas expression. Animals vaccinated with irradiated tumor cells transduced with AdvCD40L are protected against a lethal dose of parental A20 tumor cells. Animals with pre-existing tumors treated with AdvCD40L-transduced tumor cells display inhibition of the tumor growth, and this treatment confers a survival advantage. In vivo depletion studies demonstrate that both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells mediate the antitumor immunity provided by AdvCD40L-transduced tumor cells. These results show that genetic modification of tumor B cells with CD40L can be a useful strategy to promote systemic immunity against B-cell malignancies and provide an in vivo system to allow for additional evaluation and refinement of this approach.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenoviridae / genetics
  • Animals
  • Antibody Formation / immunology
  • CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • CD40 Ligand / genetics
  • CD40 Ligand / immunology*
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Cancer Vaccines / genetics
  • Cancer Vaccines / immunology*
  • Cancer Vaccines / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Immunotherapy, Active
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / genetics
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / immunology*
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / therapy
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Transduction, Genetic
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Cancer Vaccines
  • CD40 Ligand