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Fine analysis of spontaneous MAGE-C1/CT7-specific immunity in melanoma patients

Nuber, Natko
Curioni-Fontecedro, Alessandra
Matter, Claudia
Soldini, Davide
von Boehmer, L.
Moch, H.
Dummer, R.
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Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2010, vol. 107, no. 34, p. 15187-15192
Abstract Cancer/testis (CT) antigens represent prime candidates for immunotherapy in cancer patients, because their expression is restricted to cancer cells and germ cells of the testis. MAGE-C1/CT7 is a CT antigen that is highly expressed in several types of cancers. Spontaneous occurrence of CT7-specific antibodies was previously detected by SEREX screen in a melanoma patient. However, naturally occurring CT7-specific T-cell responses have thus far not been detected. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 26 metastatic melanoma patients expressing CT7 in their tumor lesions (CT7(+)) were analyzed for CT7-specific T-cell responses using overlapping peptides. CT7-specific CD4(+) T-cell responses were detected in three patients (11.5%). These CT7-specific CD4(+) T-cell responses were detectable in melanoma patients' PBMCs exclusively from preexisting CD45RA(-) memory CD4(+) T-cell pool. Additional CT7-specific memory CD4(+) T-cell responses were detected in CT7(+) melanoma patients after depletion of CD4(+)CD25high Treg cells showing that Treg cells impact on CT7-specific CD4(+) T cells in melanoma patients. CT7-specific CD4(+) T-cell clones were generated and used to define minimal epitopes, restriction elements, and confirm the recognition of naturally processed antigen. Surprisingly, these clones were able to secrete perforin and exert cytotoxicity. This study shows that CT7 can induce specific cellular immunity in melanoma patients. Based on these findings, CT7 will be further explored as a potential vaccine for melanoma immunotherapy.
Keywords Amino Acid SequenceAntigens, Neoplasm/genetics/*metabolismCD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes/immunologyCancer Vaccines/immunologyCell Line, TumorEpitope MappingEpitopes/geneticsHumansImmunologic MemoryMelanoma/genetics/*immunology/secondary/therapyNeoplasm Proteins/genetics/*metabolismT-Lymphocytes, Regulatory/immunology
PMID: 20696919
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NUBER, Natko et al. Fine analysis of spontaneous MAGE-C1/CT7-specific immunity in melanoma patients. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2010, vol. 107, n° 34, p. 15187-15192. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:21192

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