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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||Annals of Hematology|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 2|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2002|
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