Targeting CD19 with genetically modified EBV-specific human T lymphocytes

C. Roessig, S. P. Scherer, A. Baer, J. Vormoor, C. M. Rooney, Malcolm Brenner, H. Juergens

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Human Epstein-Barr virus-specific T cells were genetically modified to express chimeric receptors specific for human CD19, which is expressed on the cell surface of most B cell malignancies. The receptor-modified EBV-specific T cells can be expanded and maintained long term in the presence of EBV-infected B cells. They recognize autologous EBV-infected targets through their conventional T cell receptor, and allogeneic EBV-infected targets and tumor targets through their chimeric receptor. They efficiently lyse both EBV and CD19-positive tumor targets in the absence of background cytotoxicity against CD19-negative targets. Donor-derived EBV-specific T cells expressing chimeric anti-tumor receptors may represent a source of effector cells that could be safely administered to leukemia patients to eradicate minimal residual disease after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S42-S43
JournalAnnals of Hematology
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - 2002

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  • Hematology


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