Control Of Chimeric Antigen Receptor Activation By Their Hinge And Transmembrane Domains

Tech ID: 32459 / UC Case 2019-069-0

Invention Novelty

UCSF inventors have created a hybrid sequence that, when engineered into Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells, promotes activation of the cells solely with CD28 antibodies or CD28 ligands. The sequence is a combination of the CD28 or IgG4 hinge region and the CD28 transmembrane, and represent a new opportunity to control T cell function. The technology has been tested in vitro with in vivo studies ongoing. The added functionality through this sequence has potential to promote survival and homeostasis of CAR T cells in the absence of CAR target and improve the specificity and toxicity profiles of current CAR T therapies. 

Value Proposition

  • Utilizes previously unknown function of two structural components, the hinge region and transmembrane domain, of the Chimeric Antigen Receptor
  • Incorporates extra layer of control and adaptability to CAR T cells
  • Potential to control growth and survival of CAR T cells without CAR target
  • Potential to reduce toxicity from trans-signal transduction

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Patent Status

Patent Pending


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Chimeric Antigen Receptor, CD28, T Cells, CAR T therapy

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