High rate of induction of human autologous cytotoxic T lymphocytes against renal carcinoma cells cultured with an interleukin cocktail

Jpn J Cancer Res. 1998 Nov;89(11):1195-201. doi: 10.1111/j.1349-7006.1998.tb00515.x.


A high rate of induction (9 of 10 cases) of human autologous cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) was achieved in vitro from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of renal carcinoma patients by applying an interleukin (IL)-cocktail consisting of IL-1, -2, -4, and -6. The CTL specifically lysed their own target carcinoma cells within 24 h but did not kill neighboring autologous normal kidney cells or allogeneic renal cancer cell lines. In the case of TUHR4TKB, for which autologous CTL were not induced, no expression of MHC class-I molecules was observed on the surface of these carcinoma cells, although they were sensitive to autologous natural killer cells. The results imply that adoptive immunotherapy for metastasized renal carcinoma will be feasible with autologous CTL in combination with natural killer cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Survival
  • Humans
  • Interleukins / therapeutic use*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / immunology
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology
  • Killer Cells, Natural / immunology
  • Recombinant Proteins / therapeutic use
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / drug effects*
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / transplantation
  • Transplantation, Autologous
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Interleukins
  • Recombinant Proteins