Immunotherapy by autologous dendritic cell vaccine in patients with advanced HCC

Mervat El Ansary, Sherif Mogawer, Samah Abd Elhamid, Sahr Alwakil, Fatma Aboelkasem, Hatem El Sabaawy, Olfat Abdelhalim

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Background: Dendritic cells (DCs) could be used as potential cellular adjuvant for the production of specific tumor vaccines. Objectives: Our study was aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of autologous pulsed DC vaccine in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients in comparison with supportive treatment. Methods: Thirty patients with advanced HCC not suitable for radical or loco-regional therapies were enrolled. Patients were divided into 2 groups, group I consisted of 15 patients received I.D vaccination with mature autologous DCs pulsed ex vivo with a liver tumor cell line lysate. Group II (control group, no. 15) received supportive treatment. One hundred and 4 ml of venous blood were obtained from each patient to generate DCs. DCs were identified by CD80, CD83, CD86 and HLA-DR expressions using flow cytometry. Follow up at 3, and 6 months post injection by clinical, radiological and laboratory assessment was done. Results: Improvement in overall survival was observed. Partial radiological response was obtained in 2 patients (13.3 %), stable course in 9 patients (60 %) and 4 patients (26.7 %) showed progressive disease (died at 4 months post-injection). Both CD8+ T cells and serum interferon gamma were elevated after DCs injection. Conclusion: Autologous DC vaccination in advanced HCC patients is safe and well tolerate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


  • Adjuvant immunotherapy
  • DCs
  • HCC

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