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Designable Immune Therapeutical Vaccine System Based on DNA Supramolecular Hydrogels

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posted on 2018-02-27, 00:00 authored by Yu Shao, Zhan-Yi Sun, Yijie Wang, Bo-Dou Zhang, Dongsheng Liu, Yan-Mei Li
Immunotherapy is believed to be an ideal method to treat cancer because it can break the immunotolerance of tumor and induce robust immunoresponse. However, constructing a wide antigen-adaptive, easy-handling, and biodegradable system that can recruit and activate antigen-presenting cells (APCs) much effectively is still a challenge. Herein, we show an injectable DNA supramolecular hydrogel vaccine (DSHV) system which could efficiently recruit and activate APCs in vitro and in vivo. The in vitro processes have been visualized by fluorescence microscopy. Through intraperitoneal or subcutaneous injection, the DSHV system can mimic the function of a lymph node where the APCs are recruited and activated by the high local concentration of cytosine-phosphate-guanine. Subsequently, strong immune response and obvious antitumor effects have been obtained. Our findings demonstrated that the DSHV system could serve as a general platform for tumor vaccination and benefit the personalized cancer therapy in the near future.