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Types of TAAs

Mutated self proteins
Aberrantly/overexpressed self proteins
Lineage specific antigens e.g. Mart1/Melan A in melanoma
Abnormal post translational modification of self protein e.g. over/under glycosylation
Viral proteins - foreign
Tumour stroma + microenvironment


What makes a good target for tumour immunotherapy.?

Tumour specific e.g. mutated self proteins
Shared amongst same + diff cancers e.g p53 mutation
Critical for tumour growth + survival
Lack of immunological tolerance so T cells can react

Lineage specific antigens are usually not good


Molecules that aid adhesion of T cell to APC

ICAM (binds to T cell LFA)


How can tumours escape immune response?

- loss of MCH i expression
- reduced expression of other molecules involved in antigen processing e.g. TAP1 in colorectal cancer
- loss of costimulatory molecule expression (CD80/86)
- loss of target antigen
- overexpression if enzyme inhibitors to prevent performing-granzyme mediated lysis
- inhibit T cell infiltration


How do tumours inhibit T cell infiltration?

Endothelial B receptor on tumour signals to prevent modulation of ICAM recusing adhesion of T cell to tumour vasculature

Nitrosylation of chemokines keep T cells from entering tumour core


How many immunosuppressive occur at the tumour site?

TGF-b produced by tumour suppresses T cells + induces Treg
IDO expressed by tumours block CD8 cell proliferation + promotes apoptosis of CD4 + induces T Reg
Secretion of local factors that inhibit DCs e.g. VEGF, IL-6, IL-10, TGF-b
Expression of FAS-L by tumour can cause death of CD95 (FAS) expressing Tcells


What are MDSCs?

cells of myeloid origin (progenitor + immature cells)
expand during cancer, inflammation + infection
suppress t cell function by up-regulating factors such as arginine 1, iNOS
- these metabolise L-arginine which is required for T cell function
iNOS generates NO that induces T cell apoptosis & induce Treg


Types of T cell, based therapy for cancer?

Non specific T cell stimulation (checkpoint blockade?)
Adoptive T cell therapy


Types of non specific T cell stimulation

Immunostimulatory cytokines e.g. IL2 - toxic results —> vascular leak syndrome
Immune checkpoint blockade


Types of tumour vaccination

Tumour cells/lines (irradiated)- successful but poor. immunogenicity, lack of costimulation?
Defined tumour specific peptides - purified/expressed from recombinant viruses
DC based - pre load DCs w tumour proteins + insect back into patient


Types of adoptive T cell therapy

Infuse whole T cell population - risk of gvhd
Infuse tumour specific T cells (TIL therapy)
- T cells activated in vitro to be tumour specific to achieve high conc of activated cells in vivo (no gvhd)
- T cells taken form patient the self or donor
Can be combined w vaccination
Genetic engineering of T cells to make in tumour specific


Problem with TIL therapy?

Difficult to select tumour specific lymphocytes (they all look the same)


What are chimeric antigen receptors?

Fusion between TCR and antibody - MHC unrestricted & highly potent
Target any surface molecules not just epitopes (unlike TCR)
Works well for CLL & ALL


Drawback of using chimeric antigen receptors?

Cytokine storm (too much signalling)
T cells may target other cells e.g. those expressing HER2


Side effects of immune therapy?

iRAEs related to CTLA-4 blockade
Evidence of tumour enhancement due to increased inflammatory cytokines —> angiogenesis, tissue remodelling, DNA damage etc.
Autoimmunity esp w blockade & TIL therapy
- TIL —> autoimmune melanocyte destruction as it targets antigens all over body, not just tumour (vitiligo, uveitis)
Autoimmunity can be treated w steroids


How can monoclonal antibodies be used in cancer therapy?

- complement mediated lysis of cancer cell due to binding of Ab into antigen on cell
- ADCC - recruitment of NK cell & ‘killing via perforins & granzymes (e.g. Rituximab)
- majority block receptor- ligand interactions e.g. ipilimumab
- anti-angiogenesis (blocking VEGF-receptor interaction)
- cytotoxic action of conjugated antibodies (must be highly specific)