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Induction of tumor-specific T cell immunity by anti-DR5 antibody therapy.

Because tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) preferentially induces apoptosis in tumor cells and plays a critical role in tumor surveillance, its receptor is an attractive target for antibody-mediated tumor therapy. Here we report that a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against the mouse TRAIL receptor, DR5, exhibited potent antitumor effects against TRAIL-sensitive tumor cells in vivo by recruiting Fc receptor-expressing innate immune cells, with no apparent systemic toxicity. Administration of the agonistic anti-DR5 mAb also significantly inhibited experimental and spontaneous tumor metastases. Notably, the anti-DR5 mAb-mediated tumor rejection by innate immune cells efficiently evoked tumor-specific T cell immunity that could also eradicate TRAIL-resistant variants. These results suggested that the antibody-based therapy targeting DR5 is an efficient strategy not only to eliminate TRAIL-sensitive tumor cells, but also to induce tumor-specific T cell memory that affords a long-term protection from tumor recurrence.[1]


  1. Induction of tumor-specific T cell immunity by anti-DR5 antibody therapy. Takeda, K., Yamaguchi, N., Akiba, H., Kojima, Y., Hayakawa, Y., Tanner, J.E., Sayers, T.J., Seki, N., Okumura, K., Yagita, H., Smyth, M.J. J. Exp. Med. (2004) [Pubmed]
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