PHILADELPHIA and OXFORD, United Kingdom, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq:ADAP), a leader in T-cell therapy to treat cancer, presented promising preclinical data at the annual AACR meeting from its next generation SPEAR T-cell targeting MAGE-A4. This next generation SPEAR T-cell, known as ADP-A2M4CD8, expresses the CD8α co-receptor alongside the engineered TCR that targets MAGE-A4.
Co-expression of CD8α is anticipated to broaden the immune response against solid tumors and increase antitumor activity by converting CD4+ helper cells into CD8+ killer or cytotoxic T-cells. The preclinical data demonstrate that the addition of CD8a with the engineered TCR in vitro improved engagement and function in CD4+ T-cells that may support clonal expansion of CD8+ T-cells, differentiation into effector and memory T-cells, as well as engage the wider immune system in antitumor responses.
“Our next generation programs are designed to enhance our existing SPEAR T-cells, to improve their ability to target and kill solid tumors. The preclinical data we presented at AACR indicate that adding CD8a to our ADP-A2M4 candidate may help broaden the antitumor immune response against additional tumor antigens. Further, the CD8a co-receptor may enhance the ability of CD4+ SPEAR T-cells to kill cancer cells through the engineered TCR targeting MAGE-A4,” said Rafael Amado, Adaptimmune’s President of Research & Development.
Poster presentation details:
- Title: Enhanced activity of second-generation MAGE-A4 SPEAR T-cells through co-expression of a CD8α homodimer
- Session Title: Adoptive Cell Therapy 2
- Session Date and Time: Monday Apr 1, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
- Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Exhibit Hall B, Poster Section 22
- Poster Board Number: 12
- Abstract Number: 2313
Adaptimmune is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products. The Company’s unique SPEAR (Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor) T‑cell platform enables the engineering of T-cells to target and destroy cancer, including solid tumors. Adaptimmune is currently conducting clinical trials with SPEAR T-cells targeting MAGE-A4, MAGE-A10, and AFP across multiple solid tumor indications. The Company is located in Philadelphia, USA and Oxfordshire and Stevenage, UK. For more information, please visit http://www.adaptimmune.com.
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