Anti-tumor vaccine adjuvant effects of IL-2 liposomes in mice immunized against MCA-102 sarcoma.

S. F. Sencer, M. L. Rich, E. Katsanis, A. C. Ochoa, P. M. Anderson

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MCA-102, a murine sarcoma previously reported to be non-immunogenic in C57/BL6 murine tumor models was used in a tumor vaccine preparation which included liposome encapsulated IL-2 as an adjuvant. C57/BL6 mice were immunized in the right hind footpad with irradiated MCA-102 murine sarcoma cells on days 0, 7, and 21 with or without IL-2 liposome adjuvant at 25,000 IL-2 units/injection. Mice were challenged with live tumor in the right flank on day 35. Survival of mice given IL-2 liposomes with irradiated MCA-102 cells was significantly prolonged over mice given tumor antigen with saline, and non-immunized mice. In addition, mice which received the IL-2 liposome adjuvant also had prolonged survival over those mice immunized with the additional control adjuvants of free IL-2 or dimyristoyl phosphatidyl choline (DMPC) lipid in the form of empty liposomes. IL-2 liposome plus tumor antigen also yielded a significant local protective response against live MCA-102 tumor challenge. When live tumor was injected into the site of previous immunizations on day 21 after two immunizations, the IL-2 liposome adjuvant group showed significantly delayed local growth of tumor compared to animals immunized without adjuvant, or with the adjuvants of empty liposomes or free IL-2. Finally, immunized mice were challenged with irradiated tumor cells and saline intradermally in the ears and delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH), an indicator of helper T cell response, was measured.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-318
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean cytokine network
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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