Nanoparticulate vaccine inhibits tumor growth via improved T cell recruitment into melanoma and huHER2 breast cancer

Nanomedicine. 2018 Apr;14(3):835-847. doi: 10.1016/j.nano.2017.12.011. Epub 2018 Jan 3.


Nanoparticulate vaccines are promising tools to overcome cancer immune evasion. However, a deeper understanding on nanoparticle-immune cell interactions and treatments regime is required for optimal efficacy. We provide a comprehensive study of treatment schedules and mode of antigen-association to nanovaccines on the modulation of T cell immunity in vivo, under steady-state and tumor-bearing mice. The coordinated delivery of antigen and two adjuvants (Monophosphoryl lipid A, oligodeoxynucleotide cytosine-phosphate-guanine motifs (CpG)) by nanoparticles was crucial for dendritic cell activation. A single vaccination dictated a 3-fold increase on cytotoxic memory-T cells and raised antigen-specific immune responses against B16.M05 melanoma. It generated at least a 5-fold increase on IFN-γ cytokine production, and presented over 50% higher lymphocyte count in the tumor microenvironment, compared to the control. The number of lymphocytes at the tumor site doubled with triple immunization. This lymphocyte infiltration pattern was confirmed in mammary huHER2 carcinoma, with significant tumor reduction.

Keywords: Breast cancer; Cancer vaccine; Cytotoxic T cells; Melanoma; Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Breast Neoplasms / immunology
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • Cancer Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Cancer Vaccines / chemistry
  • Carcinogenesis / drug effects*
  • Carcinogenesis / metabolism
  • Carcinogenesis / pathology
  • Female
  • Lymphocyte Activation
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Nanoparticles / administration & dosage*
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / immunology*
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Cancer Vaccines