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Gene expression profile of CD8 T cells from the responder and non-responder mice following immunotherapy treatment for prostate cancer

Immunotherapy represents a novel treatment approach for cancer; however, a longer maturation time and the lack of immunological markers are major obstacles in the development and characterization of immunological therapies. This study aims to identify gene expression profile on CD8+ T cells between the responder (completely regressed tumors) and non-responder (progressively growing tumors) groups of mice helpful in predicting the outcome of immunotherapy treatment. Using a preclinical mouse model for prostate cancer, subcutaneous tumors were established and the mice were treated with Ad-PSA+PSCA bivalent vaccine. Splenic CD8+ T cells purified from the responder and non-responder groups of mice were subjected to Affymetrix microarray to obtain gene expression profile. Pooling the data sets from two independent experiments revealed an up-regulation of 85 genes (>2.0 fold; p =2.7e-63) and down-regulation of 1768 gene (>2.0 fold; p =1.0e-63) in CD8+ T cells from the non-responder mice. Gene network analysis showed a coordinated expression of genes implicated in cell-mediated immune response, cell-to-cell signaling and interaction, and immune cell trafficking. The mRNA expression levels for the selected transcripts were verified using semi-quantitative RT-PCR method suggesting a panel of genes specific to CD8+ T cells differentially expressed between the responder and non-responder mice. Further studies are warranted to determine the potential of these identified genes as immunological biomarker to predict immunotherapy response.

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Correspondence to Dev Karan.

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Keywords

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Gene Expression Profile
  • Affymetrix Microarray
  • Bivalent Vaccine
  • Identify Gene Expression