Anti-tumour cytotoxicity of poly(A)-containing messenger rna isolated from tumour-specific immunogenic RNA

C. J. Greenup, D. A. Vallera, K. J. Pennline, B. J. Kolodziej, M. C. Dodd

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The transfer of tumour-specific cytotoxicity against a murine fibrosar-coma has been demonstrated in vitro using xenogeneic RNA extracted from tumour -cell-immune animals. Poly(A)-tailed messenger RNA from immunogenic RNA was isolated by passage through an oligo(dT)-cellulose column, and evaluated to determine whether the same tumour-specific cytotoxicity could be transferred. Aliquots of normal C3H mouse lymphocytes were treated with poly(A)-containing immune RNA, whole-cell immune RNA lacking poly(A) and total cellular immune RNA. Treated cells were tested in vitro using an adaptation of the Takasugi and Klein microcytotoxicity assay. Percent cytotoxicity was calculated using cells treated with fractions of normal RNA as control. An increase in tumour cytotoxicity was found with poly(A)-containing immune RNA. The optimum dose of poly(A)-tailed immune RNA was estimated as 6·5 µg of RNA per 4 × 106 lymphocytes. Populations of lymphocytes were separated using glass and nylon wool. T- and B -enriched populations were treated with various RNA components. The adherent cell population showed no significant cytotoxicity, whilst treatment of the nonadherent population with poly(A)-tailed immune RNA produced high levels of cytotoxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1978
Externally publishedYes

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