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Interleukin (IL)-12 Secretion Can Predict Potency of Argos Therapeutics' Arcelis™ Dendritic Cell (DC) Immunotherapy and Can Be Used as Potency Marker in Phase 3 Clinical Trial
Date:1/31/2011

DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Argos Therapeutics announced today that interleukin (IL)-12 secretion can predict the potency of the company's Arcelis™ dendritic cell (DC) immunotherapy and can be used as a potency marker in a Phase 3 clinical trial testing the company's lead product, AGS-003, in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). In vitro results published in the Journal of Immunotherapy demonstrate that the potency of mature CD40L RNA electroporated DCs correlates with IL-12 secretion by tracking the multifunctional CD8(+)/CD28(+) memory T-cell responses.

"The dependence of AGS-003-induced memory cytotoxic T lymphocytes on IL-12 secretion from DCs makes it an attractive marker for DC potency," said Charles Nicolette, Ph.D., chief scientific officer and vice president of research and development of Argos. "Using IL-12 secretion as a potency marker is highly relevant to AGS-003 since it is directly linked to the mechanism of action and it is equally relevant to other Arcelis products such as AGS-004 for HIV."

Jeff Abbey, president and chief executive officer of Argos, added, "Identifying an effective potency marker for our upcoming Phase 3 clinical trial in mRCC is a significant step in the advancement of our pipeline. We are in the process of securing funding to begin the trial by mid-2011. Our Arcelis HIV program is currently being tested in a Phase 2b study co-funded by the NIH."

Electroporation of mature DCs with RNA-encoding CD40L greatly enhances the production of IL-12, a proinflammatory cytokine necessary for the induction of T-cell immunity. In vitro results presented in the Journal of Immunotherapy reveal a correlation between the priming of CD28(+) antigen-reactive effector memory CTL displaying three or four simultaneous effector functions and the quantity of IL-12 produced by post-maturation RNA electroporated DC. By using multiparameter flow cyt
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