Journal article

Antigen expressed on tumor cells fails to elicit an immune response, even in the presence of increased numbers of tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte precursors.

IF Hermans, A Daish, J Yang, DS Ritchie, F Ronchese

Cancer Research | Published : 1998


We have used T-cell receptor (TCR) transgenic mice to analyze the interaction of tumors with the immune system. We show that the tumor cell line Lewis lung-lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LL-LCMV), genetically manipulated to express an H-2 Db-restricted epitope of the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus glycoprotein (LCMV33-41), can grow progressively in TCR transgenic mice, where approximately 50% of CD8+ T cells are specific for LCMV33-41. TCR transgenic T cells were not deleted in tumor-bearing mice, and their surface phenotype and cytokine secretion patterns remained typical of naive T cells. Also, TCR transgenic T cells from tumor-bearing mice had undiminished capacity to proliferate..

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