Transforming growth factor-β programs central-memory differentiation in ex vivo stimulated human T cells by modulating ID3 expression
Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology

Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9899

Transforming growth factor-β programs central-memory differentiation in ex vivo stimulated human T cells by modulating ID3 expression

Conference Series LLC Joint International Event on 5th European Immunology & Innate Immunity

July 21-23, 2016 Berlin, Germany

Amina Dahmani, Cedric Carli, Manon Richaud, Valerie Janelle, Myriam Khalili, Mathieu Goupil and Jean-Sebastien Delisle

University of Montreal, Canada

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Clin Cell Immunol

Abstract :

Adoptive immunotherapy (AI) has emerged as a potentially curative therapy for advanced cancer and infections. Recent findings suggest that the transfer of T-cells with ?¢????early?¢??? memory features may improve the therapeutic potential of AI. TGF-???² is a pleiotropic cytokine that controls a large spectrum of biological and pathological processes. In T-cell biology, TGF-???² is mostly known for its immunoregulatory properties, but recent evidence has revealed a novel role of TGF-???² in T-cell memory differentiation and maintenance. Thus, we investigated whether TGF-???² could promote features of memory in ex vivo stimulated human T-cells to further improve the efficacy of clinical protocols for AI. Here we show that agonistic TGF-???² stimulation leads to the expression of central memory markers without significantly altering T-cell expansion or polyfunctional cytokine secretion following stimulation. Furthermore, TGF-???² exposure decreased expression of transcription factors responsible for effector differentiation (T-BET, GATA3 and BLIMP1) and increased those associated with memory differentiation, notably ID3. The knock-down of ID3 by specific siRNA revealed that TGF-???²-driven T-cell memory differentiation largely depends on ID3. Moreover, TGF-???²-exposed T-cells showed enhanced persistence, expansion and alloreactivity after adoptive transfer into NSG mice. Finally, using clinically relevant culture methods to generate T-cell lines against viral and tumor antigens, we found that TGF-???² programmed the expression of early memory markers without significantly curtailing T-cell expansion or antigenspecificity. This finding provides a rationale for clinical use of TGF-???² to optimize memory phenotype of ex vivo pathogen/ antigen-specific T-cells expanded for AI.

Biography :

Amina Dahmani is currently a PhD candidate in Microbiology-Immunology at Université de Montréal, Canada. She has completed her Master degree in Immunology at Univérsité Laval, Canada, in Cellular Therapy Lab directed by Dr Jacques P Tremblay, where she studied the development of immunological tolerance to allogeneic myoblasts transplantation as potential therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Later she has joined Dr Jean-Sébastien Delisle team's, dedicated to cancer and viral adoptive immunotherapy to complete her PhD. She is currently working to improve adoptive immunotherapy protocols.