Systemic Checkpoint Blockade by PD-L1 Single-Chain Antibody Confers Potent Antitumor Immunity and Long-term Survival

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  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) are promising in adjuvant settings for solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. They are currently used in the treatment as mAbs in high concentrations, raising concerns of toxicity and adverse side effects. Among various checkpoint molecules, targeting the programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1)–programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) axis has garnered more clinical utility than others have. To develop a physiologically relevant and systemically stable level of ICIs from a one-time application by genetic antibody engineering, we endeavored using a nonpathogenic, replication-deficient recombinant adeno-associated vector (rAAV) expressing single-chain variable fragments (scFv) of PD-L1 antibody and tested in syngeneic mouse therapy models of MC38 colorectal and EMT6 breast tumors. Results of this study indicated a significant protection against PD-L1–mediated inhibition of CD8þ T-cell function, against the growth of primary and secondary tumors, and durable antitumor CTLs activity by adoptive CD8þ T-cell transfer. Stable maintenance of PD-L1 scFv in vivo resulted in an increase in PD-1- CD8þ T cells and a concomitant decrease in regulatory T cells, M2 macrophages, and myeloid-derived suppressor cells in the tumor microenvironment. Overall, these data demonstrate the potential of rAAV-PD-L1-scFv as an alternative to mAb targeting of PD-L1 for tumor therapy.
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  • Wang H; Khattar V; Hensel JA; Ashton R; Lu Y; Sorace AG; Wang Y; Deshane JS; Mieher JL; Deivanayagam C
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  • 21
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  • 11