Indexed on: 19 Jul '11Published on: 19 Jul '11Published in: Cytotechnology
To develop dendritic cells (DCs)-based immunotherapy for cancer patients, it is necessary to have a standardized, reproducible, fast, and easy to use protocol for in vitro generation of fully functional DCs. Recently, a new strategy was described for differentiation and maturation of human monocyte (Mo)-derived fast-DCs with full T cell stimulatory capacity within only 48-72 h of in vitro culture. Interleukin (IL)-6 plus tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, IL-1β, and prostaglandin (PG)-E(2) were used in this strategy to induce maturation of the generated DCs. The present study further modifies this strategy by excluding IL-6 from the cytokines cocktail used for DCs maturation. The results showed that maturation of fast-DCs without IL-6 did not significantly alter the morphology, phenotype and the yield of mature DCs (P > 0.05, compared with those generated with IL-6). Moreover, fast-DCs generated without IL-6 are functional antigen presenting cells, have the ability to induce tetanus toxoid-specific autologous T cell proliferation, and are suitable for gene delivery through adenoviral vector transduction as those generated with IL-6 (P > 0.05). In conclusion, the present study proves that fully mature and functional Mo-derived fast-DCs can be generated in vitro without adding IL-6, which not only reduces the number of required recombinant cytokines, but may also resemble DCs development in vivo more closely.