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Cancers 2018, 10(12), 498;

IL-12 Gene Electrotransfer Triggers a Change in Immune Response within Mouse Tumors

Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion Unviersity, Norfolk, VA 23508, USA
School of Medical Diagnostics and Translational Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23508, USA
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Received: 25 October 2018 / Revised: 5 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 8 December 2018
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Metastatic melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer with a relatively low survival rate. Immune-based therapies have shown promise in the treatment of melanoma, but overall complete response rates are still low. Previous studies have demonstrated the potential of plasmid IL-12 (pIL-12) delivered by gene electrotransfer (GET) to be an effective immunotherapy for melanoma. However, events occurring in the tumor microenvironment following delivery have not been delineated. Therefore, utilizing a B16F10 mouse melanoma model, we evaluated changes in the tumor microenvironment following delivery of pIL-12 using different GET parameters or injection of plasmid alone. The results revealed a unique immune cell composition after intratumoral injection of pIL-12 GET. The number of immune memory cells was markedly increased in pIL-12 GET melanoma groups compared to control group. This was validated using flow cytometry to analyze peripheral blood mononuclear cells as well as delineating immune cell content using immunohistochemistry. Significant differences in multiple cell types were observed, including CD8+ T cells, regulatory T cells and myeloid cells, which were induced to mount a CD8+PD1 T cells immune response. Taken together, these findings suggest a basic understanding of the sequence of immune activity following pIL-12 GET and also illuminates that adjuvant immunotherapy can have a positive influence on the host immune response to cancer. View Full-Text
Keywords: immunotherapy; gene therapy; melanoma; IL-12; electrotransfer immunotherapy; gene therapy; melanoma; IL-12; electrotransfer

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Shi, G.; Edelblute, C.; Arpag, S.; Lundberg, C.; Heller, R. IL-12 Gene Electrotransfer Triggers a Change in Immune Response within Mouse Tumors. Cancers 2018, 10, 498.

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