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Title: Targeting adenosine and TIM3 to improve anti-tumour immunity
Author: Edmunds, Grace L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 3633
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2019
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Signalling through co-inhibitory receptors is required to dampen inflammation at the end of an immune response. Suppression of CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses is one mechanism by which inhibitory receptors downregulate inflammation. Within the tumour microenvironment, inhibitory receptor engagement occurs chronically and at high levels, such that CD8+ Tumour Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TILs) are suppressed within tumours. In a murine renal carcinoma model (Renca), adoptive T cell transfer of tumour-specific CD8+ T cells, together with antagonists of two co-inhibitory receptors, were delivered as combination immunotherapy. Systemic blockade of both TIM3 and A2a-Adenosine Receptors resulted in complete tumour regression amongst RencaHA tumour-bearing mice; which was associated with an increase in the number of CD8+ TILs, reduced numbers of tumour-infiltrating FOXP3+ T-regulatory cells, and improved ex vivo cytotoxic function of CD8+ TILs. Moreover, blockade of TIM3 and A2aRs also led to the development of anti-tumour immune memory T cells, which enabled mice to resist rechallenge. These data demonstrate that TIM3 and A2aR signalling synergise to inhibit the infiltration and cytotoxic effector function of anti-tumour CD8+ TILs, and that blockade of TIM3 and A2aRs may provide a novel immunotherapeutic strategy for the treatment of various human cancers.
Supervisor: Morgan, David ; Wuelfing, Christoph Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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