Stem cell-based dendritic cell vaccine development: A review with emphasis on lung cancer treatment

Yan Li, Teng Ma


Background: Dendritic cell (DC) vaccines have significant potential in cancer immunotherapy. While autologous DCs can be derived from bone marrow, umbilical cord, and peripheral blood, monocyte-derived DC vaccines are most widely tested in clinical trials. However, producing autologous DC vaccines is labor intensive, has large variations among donors, and may not be feasible for patients with impaired cell function or requiring multiple vaccinations. Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have unlimited expansion potential while maintaining their pluripotency. They are being tested as a novel cell source to derive DCs for clinical application. Lung cancer is the leading cause for all cancer-related mortality. Efficient treatment of lung cancer by DC vaccines could offer great benefits in cancer immunotherapy. This review uses lung cancer as a case study to discuss the application of DC vaccines.
Results: DC derivation from hPSCs has been demonstrated with high purity and comparable in vitro functions to autologous DCs derived from monocytes. The differentiation can be achieved either by co-culturing hPSCs with OP9 stromal cells or by the formation of three-dimensional embryoid bodies. As the scalable culture system is critical for hPSC-derived DC production, progress in the scalable culture systems for other hPSC-derived cells is reviewed and the use of relevant systems for hPSC-derived DCs is proposed.
Conclusions: hPSCs provide a new source for DC production and have significant implication in DC-based cancer immunotherapy. Their use in clinical trials requires refinement of the culture expansion and differentiation protocols. Development of scalable culture systems is crucial in truly harnessing the potential of the hPSC-based DC immunotherapy in cancer treatment.

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Journal of Hematological Malignancies
ISSN 1925-4024 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4032 (Online)
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