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Assessment of Antitumor T-Cell Responses by Flow Cytometry After Coculture of Tumor Cells with Autologous Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes

  • Jeroen MeliefEmail author
  • Stina Wickström
  • Rolf Kiessling
  • Yago Pico de Coaña
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1913)

Abstract

As a consequence of the ever-increasing use of immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer, interest in the direct interaction between T cells and tumors has surged tremendously. In vitro coculture of tumor cells with autologous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) is a highly physiological and clinically relevant model to study functional T-cell responses that result from the array of activatory and inhibitory signals that naturally occur on the patient’s own tumor cells. This chapter describes a detailed protocol to set up a tumor-TIL coculture and assess ensuing functional T-cell responses, in order to establish the strength of tumor recognition by T cells and identify key determinants that govern this.

Key words

T cells Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) Tumor cells Immunotherapy Tumor immunology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeroen Melief
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stina Wickström
    • 1
  • Rolf Kiessling
    • 1
  • Yago Pico de Coaña
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oncology-PathologyKarolinska InstituteStockholmSweden

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