After Decades of Research, Potential for TILs in Melanoma Is Higher Than Ever

“Tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology represents an intriguing way of overcoming the immunosuppressive power of cancer, according to Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD.

“Weber provided an overview of the technology and discussed its potential benefit to oncologists and oncology professionals in a lecture presented by Targeted Oncology on February 19, 2016.

“ ‘It’s yet another way of inducing remissions of long duration using an immunotherapeutic approach that’s different than ipilimumab and different than nivolumab or pembrolizumab,’ said Weber, the deputy director of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, co-director of the Melanoma Program, and head of Experimental Therapeutics at NYU Langone Medical Center. ‘It’s got its own toxicity, but you can fail this therapy and respond to ipilimumab or respond to nivolumab or pembrolizumab. You can fail nivolumab or pembrolizumab or ipilimumab and respond to this—they’re not cross-reactive.’ “


Mutated PPP1R3B Is Recognized by T Cells Used To Treat a Melanoma Patient Who Experienced a Durable Complete Tumor Regression

“Adoptive cell therapy with tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) represents an effective treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma. However, most of the Ag targets recognized by effective melanoma-reactive TILs remain elusive. In this study, patient 2369 experienced a complete response, including regressions of bulky liver tumor masses, ongoing beyond 7 y following adoptive TIL transfer. The screening of a cDNA library generated from the autologous melanoma cell line resulted in the isolation of a mutated protein phosphatase 1, regulatory (inhibitor) subunit 3B (PPP1R3B) gene product. The mutated PPP1R3B peptide represents the immunodominant epitope recognized by tumor-reactive T cells in TIL 2369. Five years following adoptive transfer, peripheral blood T lymphocytes obtained from patient 2369 recognized the mutated PPP1R3B epitope. These results demonstrate that adoptive T cell therapy targeting a tumor-specific Ag can mediate long-term survival for a patient with metastatic melanoma. This study also provides an impetus to develop personalized immunotherapy targeting tumor-specific, mutated Ags.”


Adoptive Transfer of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes in Metastatic Melanoma Patients: Intent-to-Treat Analysis and Efficacy after Failure to Prior Immunotherapies

“Adoptive Cell Transfer (ACT) using autologous Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL) was reported to yield objective responses in about 50% of metastatic melanoma patients. Here we present the intent-to-treat analysis of TIL ACT and analyze parameters predictive to response as well as the impact of other immunotherapies…”


Co-Stimulation through 4-1BB/CD137 Improves the Expansion and Function of CD8(+) Melanoma Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes for Adoptive T-Cell Therapy

Adoptive T-cell therapy (ACT) using tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) can induce tumor regression in up to 50% or more of patients with unresectable metastatic melanoma. However, current methods to expand melanoma TIL, especially the “rapid expansion protocol” (REP) were not designed to enhance the generation of optimal effector-memory CD8(+) T cells for infusion. One approach to this problem is to manipulate specific co-stimulatory signaling pathways to enhance CD8(+) effector-memory T-cell expansion. In this study, we determined the effects of activating the TNF-R family member 4-1BB/CD137…”