Enriching for tumor-reactive CD8 TIL (AGX148) leads to effective tumor clearance in a patient-derived xenograft model

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AAI Annual Meeting; May 6-10; Portland, OR 2022


oregon; chiles


Adoptive Cell Therapy (ACT) with Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL) can induce durable clinical responses in a subset of patients with melanoma; however, the efficacy of standard bulk TIL therapy can be limited. We hypothesize that the therapeutic efficacy of TIL ACT is dependent on the frequency and functionality of tumor-reactive T cells when infused back into patients. Our approach enhances the activity of the ACT product by enriching for the tumor-reactive CD8 TIL prior to ex vivo expansion by sorting on cells that co-express CD103 and CD39. The CD103/CD39 double positive (DP) CD8 TIL can be found in most human solid tumors but at varying frequencies between patients. Surgically resected human tumor samples were provided through a collaboration with the EACRI. Tumor samples were flow sorted and expanded ex vivo; patient-matched autologous tumor lines were generated. Tumors were then cocultured with the expanded autologous ACT product (AGX148) in vitro or used in xenograft mouse experiments. The AGX148 TIL products are effective at recognizing and killing autologous tumor cells, in vitro. Upon adoptive transfer into patient-derived tumor-bearing huIL-2 NOG mice, the transferred human T cells increased in frequency, migrated to the tumor, became activated in the tumor and recognized/destroyed established tumors. Interestingly there was little to no in vivo activity of tumor-derived CD8 TIL that did not express these two markers. We have generated a potent therapeutic ACT TIL product (AGX148) through the selective isolation and expansion of tumor-reactive T cells. This TIL product effectively induces durable curative responses in hosts harboring autologous tumors providing rationale for clinical investigation.

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Thalhofer C, Montler R, Ballinger E, Rios J, Morris N, Moudgil T, Weinberg AD

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