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Marko Radic, PhD

Associate Professor

University of Tennessee, Memphis

Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry


CD19-targeted cytotoxic T cells for lupus therapy

The present proposal applies the currently most promising technology for ablating B cells. The technology has been developed for cancer immunotherapy and uses engineered cytotoxic T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) to eradicate CD19 B cells from leukemia patients.  The hypothesis in this proposal is that immunotherapies that eliminate B cells in cancer can be successfully adapted to the treatment of lupus.  This application asks:
1:  Does administration of syngeneic anti-CD19 CTL into NZBxNZW F1 female mice prevent development, arrest progression and reverse manifestations of murine lupus?
2:  Can safer or more effective alternatives to anti-CD19 CAR therapy be developed?
The proposed experiments will yield animal data that may justify a trial in lupus patients. 

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