Notch-mediated conversion of activated T cells into stem cell memory-like T cells for adoptive immunotherapy

Taisuke Kondo, Rimpei Morita, Yuumi Okuzono, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Takashi Sekiya, Shunsuke Chikuma, Takashi Shichita, Mitsuhiro Kanamori, Masato Kubo, Keiko Koga, Takahiro Miyazaki, Yoshiaki Kassai, Akihiko Yoshimura

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Adoptive T-cell immunotherapy is a promising approach to cancer therapy. Stem cell memory T (TSCM) cells have been proposed as a class of long-lived and highly proliferative memory T cells. CD8+ TSCM cells can be generated in vitro from naive CD8+ T cells via Wnt signalling; however, methods do not yet exist for inducing TSCM cells from activated or memory T cells. Here, we show a strategy for generating TSCM -like cells in vitro (iTSCM cells) from activated CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in mice and humans by coculturing with stromal cells that express a Notch ligand. iTSCM cells lose PD-1 and CTLA-4 expression, and produce a large number of tumour-specific effector cells after restimulation. This method could therefore be used to generate antigen-specific effector T cells for adoptive immunotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15338
JournalNature communications
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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