Blockade of programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) restores T-cell activity and enhances anti-tumor immunity. Screening a phage-displayed peptide library for peptides that selectively bind to PD-L1-overexpressing cells identified two peptides, CLQKTPKQC and CVRARTR (PD-L1Pep-1 and PD-L1Pep-2, respectively) that appeared to block PD-L1. PD-L1Pep-1 and PD-L1Pep-2 preferentially bound to high PD-L1-expressing cells over low PD-L1-expressing cells; binding was further enhanced by interferon-γ, an inducer of PD-L1 expression. Binding affinities of PD-L1Pep-1 and PD-L1Pep-2 were approximately 373 and 281 nM, respectively. Cellular binding of the PD-L1-binding peptides was reduced by silencing PD-L1 gene expression or competition with anti-PD-L1 antibody. PD-L1Pep-1 and PD-L1Pep-2 induced the internalization and downregulated cell surface levels of PD-L1. The PD-L1-binding peptides restored cytokine secretion and T-cell proliferation to cells inhibited by co-culture with tumor cells or culture on PD-L1-coated plates. Intravenously injected PD-L1Pep-1 and PD-L1Pep-2 efficiently homed to tumor tissues, inhibited tumor growth, and increased CD8+/FoxP3+ ratio in mice. The PD-L1-binding peptides in combination with doxorubicin or PD-L1-targeted liposomal doxorubicin inhibited tumor growth and increased CD8+/FoxP3+ ratio more efficiently than doxorubicin alone and untargeted liposomal doxorubicin, respectively. These results suggest that PD-L1Pep-1 and PD-L1Pep-2 block PD-L1 and reinvigorate T-cell activity, inhibiting tumor growth by enhancing anti-tumor immunity.
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Jul|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation grants (NRF- 2014R1A5A2009242 and NRF-2018R1A2B2008378 ) and the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program ( 2017M3A9G8083382 ) funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT of Korea .
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- Immune checkpoint blockade
- Phage display
- T-cell activity
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- Ceramics and Composites
- Mechanics of Materials