Treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma xenografts with the HB22.7 anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody and phosphatase inhibitors improves efficacy

Robert T O'Donnell, David Pearson, Hayes C. McKnight, Ya Peng Ma, Joseph Tuscano

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Purpose: To examine the role of phosphatase inhibition on anti-CD22, HB22.7-mediated lymphomacidal effects. Experimental design: CD22 is a cell-surface molecule expressed on most B cell lymphomas (NHL). HB22.7 is an anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody that binds a unique CD22- epitope, blocks ligand binding, initiates signaling, and has demonstrated lymphomacidal activity. The SHP-1 tyrosine phosphatase is associated with the cytoplasmic domain of CD22. Sodium orthovanadate (NaV) is a phosphatase inhibitor. The SHP-1-CD22 interaction presents an opportunity to manipulate CD22-mediated signaling effects. In vitro cell culture assays and in vivo human NHL xenograft studies were used to assess the effects of phosphatase inhibition. Results: NaV caused dose dependent killing of NHL cells in vitro; when HB22.7 was given with NaV, antibody-mediated cell death was augmented. Flow cytometry showed that NaV-pretreatment resulted in less CD22 internalization after ligation with HB22.7 than did control cells. Studies in mice bearing Raji NHL xenografts showed that the combination of NaV and HB22.7 shrank NHL tumors more rapidly, had a higher complete response rate (80%), and produced the best survival compared to controls; no toxicity was detected. Studies using Raji cells stably transfected with SHP-1DN confirmed that these observations were due to SHP-1 inhibition. Conclusion: The relatively specific association of SHP-1 with CD22 suggests that CD22-specific signal augmentation by phosphatase inhibitors can improve the clinical outcome of anti-CD22 based immunotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1715-1722
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Immunology, Immunotherapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009



  • CD22
  • HB22.7
  • Lymphoma
  • Orthovanadate
  • Phosphatase inhibitors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Medicine(all)

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