Checkpoint blockade immunotherapy relies on energized cytotoxic T cells attacking tumour tissue systemically. However, for many cancers, the reliance on T cell infiltration leads to low response rates. Conversely, radiotherapy has served as a powerful therapy for local tumours over the past 100 years, yet is rarely sufficient to cause systemic tumour rejection. Here, we describe a treatment strategy that combines nanoscale metal–organic framework (nMOF)-enabled radiotherapy–radiodynamic therapy with checkpoint blockade immunotherapy for both local and systemic tumour elimination. In mouse models of breast and colorectal cancer, intratumorally injected nMOFs treated with low doses of X-ray irradiation led to the eradication of local tumours and, when loaded with an inhibitor of the immune checkpoint molecule indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase, the irradiated nMOFs led to consistent abscopal responses that rejected distal tumours. By combining the advantages of local radiotherapy and systemic tumour rejection via synergistic X-ray-induced in situ vaccination and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase inhibition, nMOFs may overcome some of the limitations of checkpoint blockade in cancer treatment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications