Regulating mammalian target of rapamycin to tune vaccination-induced CD8 + T cell responses for tumor immunity

Qingsheng Li, Rajesh Rao, Joseph Vazzana, Peter Goedegebuure, Kunle Odunsi, William Gillanders, Protul A. Shrikant

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Vaccine strategies aimed at generating CD8 + T cell memory responses are likely to show augmented efficacy against chronic challenges like tumor. The abundance in variety of memory CD8 + T cells behooves development of vaccine strategies that generate distinct memory responses and evaluate them for tumor efficacy. In this study, we demonstrate the ability of a variety of rapamycin treatment regimens to regulate virus vaccination-induced CD8 + T cell memory responses and tumor efficacy. Strikingly, a short course of high-dose, but not low-dose, rapamycin treatment transiently blocks viral vaccination-induced mammalian target of rapamycin activity in CD8 + T cells favoring persistence and Ag-recall responses over type 1 effector maturation; however, prolonged high-dose rapamycin administration abrogated memory responses. Furthermore, a short course of high-dose rapamycin treatment generated CD8 + T cell memory responses that were independent of IL-15 and IL-7 and were programmed early for sustenance and greater tumor efficacy. These results demonstrate the impact a regimen of rapamycin treatment has on vaccine-induced CD8 + T cell responses and indicates that judicious application of rapamycin can augment vaccine efficacy for chronic challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3080-3087
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012


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