Regeneration of Tumor-Antigen-Specific Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes from iPSCs Transduced with Exogenous TCR Genes

Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2020 Sep 20:19:250-260. doi: 10.1016/j.omtm.2020.09.011. eCollection 2020 Dec 11.


In the current adoptive T cell therapy, T cells from a patient are given back to that patient after ex vivo activation, expansion, or genetic manipulation. However, such strategy depends on the quality of the patient's T cells, sometimes leading to treatment failure. It would therefore be ideal to use allogeneic T cells as "off-the-shelf" T cells. To this aim, we have been developing a strategy where potent tumor-antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are regenerated from T-cell-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (T-iPSCs). However, certain issues still remain that make it difficult to establish highly potent T-iPSCs: poor reprogramming efficiency of T cells into iPSCs and high variability in the differentiation capability of each T-iPSC clone. To expand the versatility of this approach, we thought of a method to produce iPSCs equivalent to T-iPSCs, namely, iPSCs transduced with exogenous T cell receptor (TCR) genes (TCR-iPSCs). To test this idea, we first cloned TCR genes from WT1-specific CTLs regenerated from T-iPSCs and then established WT1-TCR-iPSCs. We show that the regenerated CTLs from TCR-iPSCs exerted cytotoxic activity comparable to those from T-iPSCs against WT1 peptide-loaded cell line in in vitro model. These results collectively demonstrate the feasibility of the TCR-iPSC strategy.

Keywords: CD8αβT cells; TCR; WT1; adoptive T cell therapy; iPSCs.