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Cancer Res. 2001 Feb 1;61(3):1089-94.

Use of an in vitro immunoselected tumor line to identify shared melanoma antigens recognized by HLA-A*0201-restricted T cells.

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  • 1Department of Virology, Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.


An immunoselected melanoma cell line that had lost expression of the dominant melanoma antigens MART-1 and gp100 was generated in an attempt to identify previously unknown tumor antigens. After repeated stimulation with the autologous immunoselected tumor line, a number of HLA-A*0201-restricted T-cell clones were established from the peripheral blood of a single melanoma patient. One T-cell clone (C-22) recognized 14 of 16 HLA-A2+ melanoma cell lines, as well as HLA-A2+ melanocytes but recognized neither HLA-A2+ fibroblasts nor autologous B cells. Screening of an autologous cDNA library resulted in the isolation of a transcript identical to an entry in the expressed sequence tag database. Northern blot analysis revealed that this gene was expressed in most melanoma cell lines and melanocytes but not in normal tissues. The peptide epitope (AMF-GREFCYA) recognized by clone C-22 was identified based on studies of the recognition of truncated cDNAs and the use of the consensus HLAA*0201 binding motif. A second T-cell clone (C-29) was found to recognize a new tyrosinase-related protein 2 epitope (455-463; YAIDLPVSV) in an HLA-A*0201-restricted manner. Together, these results provide additional targets that can be used for the development of immunotherapeutic protocols in HLA-A2+ melanoma patients and demonstrate the utility of immunoselected tumor lines for the identification of new melanoma antigens.

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