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Exosomes derived from rAAV/AFP-transfected dendritic cells elicit specific T cell-mediated immune responses against hepatocellular carcinoma

Authors Li J, Huang SL, Zhou Z, Lin W, Chen S, Chen M, Ye Y

Received 26 June 2018

Accepted for publication 17 August 2018

Published 29 October 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 4945—4957


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Harikrishna Nakshatri

Jieyu Li,1–3,* Shenglan Huang,1,* Zhifeng Zhou,2,3 Wansong Lin,2,3 Shuping Chen,2,3 Mingshui Chen,2,3 Yunbin Ye1–3

1School of Basic Medical Sciences, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou 350108, China; 2Laboratory of Immuno-Oncology, Fujian Cancer Hospital & Fujian Medical University Cancer Hospital, Fuzhou 350014, China; 3Fujian Key Laboratory of Translational Cancer Medicine, Fuzhou 350014, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Dendritic cell (DC)-derived exosomes (Dexs) have been proved to induce and enhance antigen-specific T cell responses in vivo, and previous clinical trials have shown the feasibility and safety of Dexs in multiple human cancers. However, there is little knowledge on the efficacy of Dexs against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) until now.
Methods: In this study, human peripheral blood-derived DCs were loaded with recombinant adeno-associated viral vector (rAAV)-carrying alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) gene (rAAV/AFP), and high-purity Dexs were generated. Then naive T cells were stimulated with Dexs to investigate the specific T cell-mediated immune responses against HCC.
Results: Our findings showed that Dexs were effective to stimulate naive T cell proliferation and induce T cell activation to become antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), thereby exhibiting antitumor immune responses against HCC. In addition, Dex-sensitized DC precursors seemed more effective to trigger major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I)-restricted CTL response and allow DCs to make full use of the minor antigen peptides, thereby maximally activating specific immune responses against HCC.
Conclusion: It is concluded that Dexs, which combine the advantages of DCs and cell-free vectors, are promising to completely, or at least in part, replace mature DCs (mDCs) to function as cancer vaccines or natural antitumor adjuvant.

Keywords: hepatocellular carcinoma, dendritic cell, exosome, immune response, cytotoxic T lymphocyte

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