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Factors influencing antibody-mediated cytotoxicity during the immunotherapy of Rauscher-virus-induced myeloid leukemic cells

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The present study was undertaken to determine the factors that influence antibody-mediated cytotoxicity during immunotherapy of virally transformed tumor cells. As model a Rauscher-virus-induced myeloid leukemic cell line of BALB/c origin (RMB-1) was used, which forms disseminated tumors, when inoculated intravenously in BALB/c mice. As previously reported, prolonged survival was obtained when tumor-bearing mice were treated in vivo with a single high dose of a tumor-specific IgG2a monoclonal antibody. This study shows that antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity is an important mechanism involved in tumor cell destruction. Since in vitro studies showed that peritoneal macrophages were capable of killing RMB-1 cells in the presence of tumor-specific monoclonal antibody and since in the tumors of mice treated with monoclonal antibody a high influx of macrophages was observed histologically, it is likely that macrophages play an important effector role in elimination of tumor cells. Successful therapy in C5-complement-deficient tumor-bearing mice suggests that complement-dependent cytotoxicity does not play a major role. In nude (T-cell-deficient) mice the therapeutic effect of tumor-specific IgG2a antibody was significantly less than in immunocompetent mice. Although infiltration analysis of tumors of treated and untreated mice showed equally low numbers of helper-T and suppressor/cytotoxic T-cells, the mortality studies of T-cell-deficient and immunocompetent mice indicate that T-cells play a substantial, auxillary role during antibody-mediated, tumor destruction in our model.

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Berends, D., van der Kwast, T.H., de Both, N.J. et al. Factors influencing antibody-mediated cytotoxicity during the immunotherapy of Rauscher-virus-induced myeloid leukemic cells. Cancer Immunol Immunother 28, 123–130 (1989).

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