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Hum Immunol. 1999 Dec;60(12):1195-206.

Isolation of broadly reactive, tumor-specific, HLA Class-I restricted CTL from blood lymphocytes of a breast cancer patient.

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Department of Clinical Oncology, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands.


Blood lymphocytes of a HLA-A2 positive breast cancer patient were stimulated with either MCF-7 or MDA-MB-231, i.e., HLA-A2-matched allogeneic breast carcinoma cell lines. Several CD8+ CTL clones with reactivity against the stimulator cells but not against K562 were generated. Reactivity could be blocked with monoclonal antibody (mAb) W6/32, MA2.1, and/or BB7.2, indicating that the clones are HLA-class I and HLA-A2 restricted. The CTL clones generated following stimulation with MCF-7, recognized various other allogeneic HLA-A2+ tumor cell lines, including breast carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, and melanoma cell lines, but not HLA-A2 tumor cell lines. The CTL clones did not recognize normal HLA-A2+ cells including breast epithelial cells, renal proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTEC), or EBV-transformed B cells including the autologous EBV cell line. In contrast to the CTL clones induced with MCF-7, the reactivity of the clones stimulated with MDA-MB-231, was limited to the stimulator cell MDA-MB-231. Cytotoxicity assays utilizing T2 cells loaded with peptides as target cells indicated that none of the examined CTL-epitopes derived from HER-2/neu, Muc-1, Ep-CAM-1, and p53 were recognized by the CTL clones generated. Our findings underscore that breast cancer is an immunogenic tumor and that HLA-class I-matched allogeneic tumor cells can be used as stimulator cells to generate tumor-specific CTL from peripheral blood of a breast cancer patient with specificity for an antigenic determinant that is broadly expressed on tumor cells from various origins or with specificity limited to the breast cancer stimulator cell.

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