Adoptive immunotherapy: good habits instilled at youth have long-term benefits

Immunol Res. 2008;42(1-3):182-96. doi: 10.1007/s12026-008-8070-9.


Many recent advances in basic cell biology and immunology are a harbinger of progress in adoptive cell therapy (ACT) including (1) the finding that host lymphodepletion enhances engraftment and efficacy, (2) the recognition that in vitro T cell functions may not correlate with in vivo efficacy, and (3) the development of advanced ex vivo culture methods to expand lymphocytes to therapeutically effective numbers. In this article, we focus on the development of artificial antigen presenting cells (aAPCs) in our laboratory and their applicability to augment ACT protocols. We also describe how aAPCs can be used to broaden ACT to treat patients with a wide variety of cancers, chronic infectious diseases, and autoimmune manifestations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigen-Presenting Cells / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy, Adoptive / methods*
  • K562 Cells
  • Lymphocyte Activation / immunology
  • Neoplasms / immunology
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / cytology
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / immunology
  • T-Lymphocyte Subsets / transplantation
  • T-Lymphocytes / cytology
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes / transplantation*