Whole tumor cell vaccine with irradiated S180 cells as adjuvant

Vaccine. 2009 Jan 22;27(4):558-64. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.11.014. Epub 2008 Nov 21.


Whole tumor cell vaccines have been widely studied and remain promising cancer immunotherapies. In the present study, we discovered that vaccination with irradiated mouse sarcoma S180 tumor cells stimulated robust antitumor immunity to autologous tumor cells in both syngenic and allogenic mice. The antitumor activity requires both T and B cells, but not NK cells. When a mouse lung carcinoma (TC-1) whole tumor cell vaccine was combined with the S180 vaccine, the antitumor immunity against live TC-1 tumor cells is significantly enhanced compared to a TC-1 whole cell vaccine alone. This antitumor immunity not only prevents live tumor challenge but also eradicates existing tumor cells. A similar phenomenon was also observed when S180 vaccine was combined with LL2 Lewis lung carcinoma tumor cells. Therefore, S180 vaccine may serve as an adjuvant for other whole tumor cell vaccines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Animals
  • Cancer Vaccines / genetics
  • Cancer Vaccines / immunology*
  • Cancer Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • Cell Line, Tumor / radiation effects*
  • Female
  • Immunotherapy / methods*
  • Killer Cells, Natural / immunology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Nude
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Neoplasms / immunology
  • Sarcoma 180 / genetics
  • Sarcoma 180 / immunology*
  • Vaccines, Synthetic / immunology


  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Cancer Vaccines
  • Vaccines, Synthetic