Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy vol:62 issue:11 pages:1733-1744
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and donor leukocyte infusion (DLI) may hold potential as a novel form of immunotherapy for high-risk neuroblastoma. DLI, however, carries the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). Recipient leukocyte infusion (RLI) induces graft-versus-leukemia responses without GvHD in mice and is currently being explored clinically. Here, we demonstrate that both DLI and RLI, when given to mixed C57BL/6 → A/J radiation chimeras carrying subcutaneous Neuro2A neuroblastoma implants, can slow the local growth of such tumors. DLI provoked full donor chimerism and GvHD; RLI produced graft rejection but left mice healthy. Flow cytometric studies showed that the chimerism of intratumoral leukocytes paralleled the systemic chimerism. This was associated with increased CD8/CD4 ratios, CD8(+) T-cell IFN-γ expression and NK-cell Granzyme B expression within the tumor, following both DLI and RLI. The clinically safe anti-tumor effect of RLI was further enhanced by adoptively transferred naïve recipient-type NK cells. In models of intravenous Neuro2A tumor challenge, allogeneic chimeras showed superior overall survival over syngeneic chimeras. Bioluminescence imaging in allogeneic chimeras challenged with luciferase-transduced Neuro2A cells showed both DLI and RLI to prolong metastasis-free survival. This is the first experimental evidence that RLI can safely produce a local and systemic anti-tumor effect against a solid tumor. Our data indicate that RLI may provide combined T-cell and NK-cell reactivity effectively targeting Neuro2A neuroblastoma.