Mar 14, 2020

Systematically optimized BCMA/CS1 bispecific CAR-T cells robustly control heterogeneous multiple myeloma

Eugenia ZahYvonne Y Chen


Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapy has shown remarkable clinical efficacy against B-cell malignancies but also demonstrated marked vulnerability to antigen escape and tumor relapse. Here, we report the rational design and systematic optimization of bispecific CAR-T cells with robust activity against multiple myeloma (MM), including heterogeneous MM that is resistant to conventional CAR-T cell therapy targeting B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA). We demonstrate that BCMA/CS1 bispecific CAR-T cells exhibit significantly higher CAR expression levels and greater antigen-stimulated proliferation compared to T cells that co-express individual BCMA and CS1 CARs. Compared to single-input BCMA- or CS1-targeting CAR-T cells, BCMA/CS1 bispecific CAR-T cells significantly prolong the survival of animals bearing heterogeneous MM tumors. Combination therapy with anti-PD-1 antibody further accelerates the rate of initial tumor clearance in vivo, but CAR-T cell treatment alone was able to achieve durable tumor-free survival even upon tumor re-challenge. Taken together, the BCMA/CS1 bispecific CAR presents a promising treatment approach to prevent antigen escape in CAR-T cell therapy against MM, and the vertically integrated optimizat...Continue Reading

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Multiple Myeloma
Protein Expression
In Vivo
Cell- and Tissue-Based Therapy
Cell Therapy
Malignant Neoplasms

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