An in vivo immunotherapy screen of costimulatory molecules identifies Fc-OX40L as a potent reagent for the treatment of established murine gliomas

Katherine A. Murphy, Melissa G. Lechner, Flavia E. Popescu, Jessica Bedi, Stacy A. Decker, Peisheng Hu, Jami R. Erickson, M. Gerard O'Sullivan, Lauryn Swier, Andres M. Salazar, Michael R. Olin, Alan L. Epstein, John R. Ohlfest

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Abstract

Purpose: Wetested the combination of a tumor lysate vaccine with a panel of costimulatory molecules to identify an immunotherapeutic approach capable of curing established murine gliomas. Experimental Design: Glioma-bearing mice were primed with a tumor lysate vaccine, followed by systemic administration of the following costimulatory ligands: OX40L, CD80, 4-1BBL, and GITRL, which were fused to the Fc portion of human immunoglobulin. Lymphocytes and mRNA were purified from the brain tumor site for immune monitoring studies. Numerous variations of the vaccine and Fc-OX40L regimen were tested alone or in combination with temozolomide. Results: Lysate vaccinations combined with Fc-OX40L led to the best overall survival, yielding cure rates of 50% to 100% depending on the timing, regimen, and combination with temozolomide. Cured mice that were rechallenged with glioma cells rejected the challenge, showing immunologic memory. Lymphocytes isolated from the draining lymph nodes of vaccine/Fc-OX40L-treated mice had superior tumoricidal function relative to all other groups. Vaccine/Fc-OX40L-treated mice exhibited a significant increase in proliferation of brain-infiltrating CD4 and CD8 T cells, as indicated by Ki67 staining. Fc-OX40L had single-agent activity in transplanted and spontaneous glioma models, and the pattern of inflammatory gene expression in the tumor predicted the degree of therapeutic response. Conclusions: These data show that Fc-OX40L has unique and potent activity against experimental gliomas and warrants further testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4657-4668
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Volume18
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

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    Murphy, K. A., Lechner, M. G., Popescu, F. E., Bedi, J., Decker, S. A., Hu, P., Erickson, J. R., O'Sullivan, M. G., Swier, L., Salazar, A. M., Olin, M. R., Epstein, A. L., & Ohlfest, J. R. (2012). An in vivo immunotherapy screen of costimulatory molecules identifies Fc-OX40L as a potent reagent for the treatment of established murine gliomas. Clinical Cancer Research, 18(17), 4657-4668. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-12-0990