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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the specific anti-tumour immunity of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) activated by high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) after adoptive transfer in a murine tumour model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: H22 tumour-bearing mice were treated by either HIFU or sham-HIFU, while naïve syngeneic mice were used as controls. They were sacrificed and the spleens were harvested 14 days after HIFU. T lymphocytes were obtained from the spleens, and then adoptively transferred into 40 mice each bearing a 3-day implanted H22 tumour. On day 14 after adoptive transfer, 10 mice were sacrificed in each group for assessment of the number of tumour-infiltrating T lymphocytes and interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) secreting cells. The remaining 30 mice were continuously observed for 60 days, and tumour growth, progression and survival were recorded. RESULTS: HIFU significantly increased peripheral blood CD3(+), CD4(+) levels and CD4(+)/CD8(+) ratio (P < 0.05), CTL cytotoxicity (P < 0.01) and IFN-γ and TNF-α secretion (P < 0.01) in H22 tumour-bearing mice. Adoptive transfer of HIFU-activated T lymphocytes into the autologous tumour-bearing mice induced a significant increase of tumour-infiltrating T lymphocytes and IFN-γ-secreting cells (P < 0.001). Compared to the control and sham-HIFU groups, HIFU-activated lymphocytes elicited significant inhibition of in vivo tumour growth (P < 0.01) and progression (P < 0.0001), and longer survival time in the tumour-bearing mice (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: HIFU could enhance CTL's specific antitumour immunity. Adoptive transfer of HIFU-activated T lymphocytes could increase local antitumour immunity, and elicit stronger inhibition on tumour growth and progression, with more survival benefit in the autologous tumour-bearing mice.

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Journal article


Int J Hyperthermia

Publication Date





204 - 210


Cytotoxic T lymphocyte, high-intensity focused ultrasound, immunotherapy, thermal ablation, tumour, Animals, Cell Line, Tumor, Female, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation, Immunotherapy, Adoptive, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Neoplasms, T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic