September 25, 2022

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Bispecific Nano-Antibody activates type 1 NKT cells

Bispecific Nano-Antibody activates type 1 NKT cells

 

Bispecific Nano-Antibody activates type 1 NKT cells.   Although NKT only accounts for about 1% of T cells, in addition to its direct tumor killing activity, it also has multiple functions such as immunosuppressive cells to clear the tumor microenvironment and helper T effector cell activation.

NKT cells are natural killer T cells in the body, which recognize lipid antigens presented by β2M-CD1d, and are mainly divided into type 1 and type 2 NKT cells.

Type 1 NKT cells recognize α-GalCer and express CD1d restricted semi-invariant αβTCR, including the invariant α chain (mouse Vα14-Jα18, human Vα24-Jα18), plus the limited variable β chain (mouse Vβ8 , Vβ7, Vβ2, human Vβ11). It accounts for about 1% of human T cells.

NKT cells mainly perform anti-tumor immune activity through three mechanisms:

 

  • Directly lyse CD1d-expressing tumor cells (such as multiple myeloma, acute myeloid leukemia, etc.)
  • Lysis of immunosuppressive cells expressing CD1d (such as TAM, MDSCs, etc.)
  • Activated antigen-presenting cells such as DCs, etc., participate in T cell activation.

 

Bispecific Nano-Antibody activates type 1 NKT cells
NKT biological activity (reference 1)

 

Agonistic bispecific nanobody

The classic MHC-antigen peptide-TCRT cell activation pathway makes it difficult to develop agonistic antibodies. The reason is the polymorphism of TCR and MHC molecules, and strict MHC restriction.

CD1d is a non-classical MHC molecule, and NKT-TCR is relatively constant. Therefore, researchers from the Amsterdam Cancer Center in the Netherlands and other units constructed the CD1d-NKTTCR bispecific antibody VHH1D12-CD1d-NKT TCR, which showed anti-tumor activity. The results were published in Nature Cancer.

Bispecific Nano-Antibody activates type 1 NKT cells

 

Main findings in studies

1. CD1d specific antibody (VHH1D12) activates type I NKT cells

Bispecific Nano-Antibody activates type 1 NKT cells

 

2. VHH1D12 selectively activates type I NKT cells to enhance their affinity for CD1d (weak) agonistic antigen

Bispecific Nano-Antibody activates type 1 NKT cells

 

3. In vitro, VHH1D12 can induce type I NKT cell proliferation and cytokine production, and lyse CD1d-expressing tumor cells.

 


4. VHH1D12 induces the activation of type I NKT cells and is cytotoxic to tumor cells of patients expressing CD1d.

 


5. In the MM mouse model, VHH1D12 induces the anti-tumor activity of type I NKT cells and increases the survival rate

 

Summary

Although NKT only accounts for about 1% of T cells, in addition to its direct tumor killing activity, it also has multiple functions such as immunosuppressive cells to clear the tumor microenvironment and helper T effector cell activation. Therefore, it has attracted widespread attention in recent years.

The agonistic bispecific antibodies of CD1d and NKT-TCR can activate NKT cells. Both in vitro cell killing tests and mouse models have shown good anti-tumor activity. In the future, clinical studies are needed for further verification.

 

 

 

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