Oral presentation and poster highlight TxCell’s CAR-Treg discovery technology
Valbonne, France, August 31, 2017, 5.45pm CEST
TxCell SA (FR0010127662 – TXCL), a biotechnology company developing innovative, personalized cellular immunotherapies using regulatory T cells (Treg) to treat severe inflammatory and autoimmune diseases as well as transplant rejection, today announces that Li Zhou, PhD, Vice-president Cell Engineering at TxCell, will give an oral presentation and present a poster with new CAR-Treg-related data at the CAR-TCR Summit to be held in Boston (MA, USA), September 5-8, 2017.
Both presentations describe the design of the next-generation Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CARs) for regulatory T cell therapy, using in silico modeling-guided single-chain Fv engineering. The single-chain variable fragment (scFv) is the extracellular portion of the CAR, which is responsible for specific targeting of CAR-Treg cells to the diseased tissue of interest. The scFv is typically derived from a monoclonal antibody: the heavy chain variable region and the light chain variable region of said antibody are linked to one another by a peptide to give a single chain, which binds to the desired antigen. scFv optimization is critical to ensure specific binding, as well as optimal CAR function in Treg cells.
“Participating in the CAR-TCR Summit provides us the opportunity to highlight our advanced CAR Treg optimization approach,” said François Meyer PhD, Chairman of the Board and Head of Research at TxCell. “Over the past 12 months, we have achieved significant progress in building a robust CAR-Treg discovery platform, which we intend to further leverage to develop novel therapeutics. Optimizing the scFv sequence is one step in this process, and we look forward to presenting further in vitro and in vivo data at other scientific conferences by the end of 2017.”
TxCell optimizes not only the scFv fragment, but also the intracellular signaling DNA sequences, which are critical for the stability and function of genetically-modified Treg cells. CAR-Treg cells are first analyzed in vitro to ensure that key features, such as CAR-dependent activation and resulting Treg cell potency, are well controlled prior to in vivo validation in clinically relevant animal models.
- Title: Designing the next generation of chimeric antigen receptors for Regulatory T cell therapy through in silico modeling-guided single chain Fv engineering.
- Event: CAR-TCR Summit, September 5-8, 2017, Boston, MA, USA.
- Oral presentation: Late-breaking session, September 7, 2017, 9.55am EST.
- Poster: Poster session, Poster N°12, September 6, 2017, 4.05pm EST.
- Abstract: available on TxCell’s website www.txcell.com in the Technology > Publications & Abstracts section as well as on the conference website http://car-tcr-summit.com/.