When a murine leukemia L1210-specific Lyt-2+ T cell clone, K7L, was injected i.p. into CD2F1 mice together with L1210, the normal growth of L1210 in the peritoneal cavity of the mice at the early stage (days 0 to 5) was strongly inhibited, but L1210 grew progressively at the middle stage (days 5 to 10), and then was rejected at the late stage (days 10 to 20). The mice thus survived for long times (more than 60 days), whereas the normal control injected with L1210 alone died within 14 days. The L1210 that grew at the middle stage in mice initially inoculated with L1210 together with K7L was a K7L-insensitive (K7L7-) variant. All of eight tumor clones established from L1210-K7L- by limiting dilution was insensitive to the antitumor activity of K7L, and this property of tumor clones was stable after repeated in vitro passage. The initial depression of the L1210 growth by K7L followed by growth and rejection of the variant L1210-K7L- by the host T cell activity was then found to prepare a strong, long-lasting (more than 3 mo) immunity to protect mice against the high-dose (107 cells per mouse) challenge of original L1210. Corresponding to this result, definite tumor (L1210)-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity against both variant and original L1210 targets was developed by antigen (L1210) restimulation in the culture of spleen cells from these mice, but was not increased to a detectable level before L1210-K7L- variant started to grow. It was suggested that the 1210-K7L- variant and the original L1210 should have the common tumor-specific antigen that was independent of the K7L-reactive antigen, and that original L1210, whose growth was retarded by K7L, primed the host with the common antigen to be enormously boosted by the subsequently growing L1210-K7L- variant.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy