Intratumoral interleukin-15 improves efficacy of near-infrared photoimmunotherapy

Published in: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics

Authors: Hiroshi Fukushima, Aki Furusawa, Takuya Kato, Hiroaki Wakiyama, Seiichiro Takao, Shuhei Okuyama, Peter L. Choyke, Hisataka Kobayashi


Interleukin 15 (IL-15) is inducer of differentiation and proliferation of CD8+ T cells and NK cells and thus promising candidate for cancer immunotherapy. This study showed therapeutic efficacy increase in vivo when IL15 was combined with cancer cell-targeted photoimmunotherapy using ML7710 laser system. Intratumoral injection of IL-15 was more effective than intraperitoneal in suppressing tumor growth and inducing intratumoral immune responses, including abscopal effects.


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