Research ArticleIMMUNOLOGY

Engineering autologous tumor cell vaccine to locally mobilize antitumor immunity in tumor surgical bed

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Science Advances  19 Jun 2020:
Vol. 6, no. 25, eaba4024
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aba4024


Autologous tumor cell–based vaccines (ATVs) are emerging as a transformable approach for personalized immunotherapy, but their therapeutic efficacy remains unsatisfying in patients with cancer. Here, we design a photodynamic therapy (PDT)–motivated ATV (P-ATV) in Fmoc-KCRGDK–phenylboronic acid (FK-PBA) hydrogel, which mobilizes local immune activation to inhibit relapse of postoperative tumors. The FK-PBA targeting overexpressed sialic acid on tumor cells can enable on-demand gelation in residue tumor areas and maintain continuous vaccination in surgical bed. Unlike neoantigen-based vaccine or adoptive cell therapy that takes several months to prepare, P-ATV can be easily manufactured within a few days and efficiently boost neoepitope-specific CD8+ T cells to activate personalized immunotherapy. This simple and powerful approach of engineered ATVs provides an alternative strategy for personalized immunotherapy and is readily transformable to various kinds of cell-based antigens to inhibit the relapse of postoperative tumors.

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