A foundation for universal T-cell based immunotherapy: T cells engineered to express a CD19-specific chimeric-antigen-receptor and eliminate expression of endogenous TCR.

Torikai H, Reik A, Liu PQ, Zhou Y, Zhang L, Maiti S, Huls H, Miller JC, Kebriaei P, Rabinovitch B, Lee DA, Champlin RE, Bonini C, Naldini L, Rebar EJ, Gregory PD, Holmes MC, Cooper LJ.
Source: Blood
Publication Date: (2012)
Issue: 119(24): 5697-5705
Research Area:
Immunotherapy / Hematology
Gene Expression
Cells used in publication:
T cell, human stim.
Species: human
Tissue Origin: blood
PBMC, human
Species: human
Tissue Origin: blood
Nucleofector® I/II/2b
generation of CAR T cells: 2x10e7 PBMCs (stimulated with OKT3 loaded APC) human t cell Kit 15µg CD19CD28/pSBSO and 5µg pKan-CMV-SB11 further stimulation CAR T cells transfection: 5x10e6 T cells different DNA amounts 2.5-10µg of ZFN mRNA human T cell nucleofection kit program T-20
Clinical-grade T cells are genetically modified ex vivo to express a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) to redirect specificity to a tumor associated antigen (TAA) thereby conferring antitumor activity in vivo. T cells expressing a CD19-specific CAR recognize B-cell malignancies in multiple recipients independent of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) because the specificity domains are cloned from the variable chains of a CD19 monoclonal antibody. We now report a major step toward eliminating the need to generate patient-specific T cells by generating universal allogeneic TAA-specific T cells from one donor that might be administered to multiple recipients. This was achieved by genetically editing CD19-specific CAR(+) T cells to eliminate expression of the endogenous aß T-cell receptor (TCR) to prevent a graft-versus-host response without compromising CAR-dependent effector functions. Genetically modified T cells were generated using the Sleeping Beauty system to stably introduce the CD19-specific CAR with subsequent permanent deletion of a or ß TCR chains with designer zinc finger nucleases. We show that these engineered T cells display the expected property of having redirected specificity for CD19 without responding to TCR stimulation. CAR(+)TCR(neg) T cells of this type may potentially have efficacy as an off-the-shelf therapy for investigational treatment of B-lineage malignancies.