Biomimetic cytomembrane nanovaccines prevent breast cancer development in the long term

Long Xiao, Yu Huang, Yuhe Yang, Zhiwei Miao, Jie Zhu, Mengdan Zhong, Chencheng Feng, Wenkai Tang, Jinhua Zhou, Lihong Wang, Xin Zhao, Zhirong Wang

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Cytomembrane cancer nanovaccines are considered a promising approach to induce tumor-specific immunity. Most of the currently developed nanovaccines, unfortunately, fail to study the underlying mechanism for cancer prevention and therapy, as well as immune memory establishment, with their long-term anti-tumor immunity remaining unknown. Here, we present a strategy to prepare biomimetic cytomembrane nanovaccines (named CCMP@R837) consisting of antigenic cancer cell membrane (CCM)-capped poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles loaded with imiquimod (R@837) as an adjuvant to activate the immune system. We found that our CCMP@R837 system enhanced bone-marrow-derived dendritic cell uptake and maturation, as well as increased anti-tumor response against breast cancer 4T1 cells in vitro. Moreover, an immune memory was established after three-time immunization with CCMP@R837 in BALB/c mice. The CCMP@R837-immunized BALB/c mice exhibited suppressed tumor growth and a long survival period (75% of mice lived longer than 50 days after tumor formation). This long-term anti-tumor immunity was achieved by increasing CD8+ T cells and decreasing regulatory T cells in the tumor while increasing effector memory T cells in the spleen. Overall, our platform demonstrates that CCMP@R837 can be a potential candidate for preventive cancer vaccines in the clinic. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3594-3601
Number of pages8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2021

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