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Cancer Res. 2001 Aug 15;61(16):5964-8.

Spontaneous cytotoxic T-cell responses against survivin-derived MHC class I-restricted T-cell epitopes in situ as well as ex vivo in cancer patients.

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Department of Tumor Cell Biology, Danish Cancer Society, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. mha@cancer.dk

Abstract

Recent advances in therapeutic tumor vaccinations necessitate the identification of broadly expressed, immunogenic tumor antigens that are not prone to immune selection. To this end, the human inhibitor of apoptosis, survivin, is a prime candidate because it is expressed in most human neoplasms but not in normal, differentiated tissues. Here, we demonstrate spontaneous cytotoxic T-cell responses against survivin-derived MHC class I-restricted T-cell epitopes in breast cancer, leukemia, and melanoma patients both in situ as well as ex vivo. Moreover, survivin-reactive T cells isolated by magnetic beads coated with MHC/peptide complexes were cytotoxic against HLA-matched tumors of different tissue types. Being a universal tumor antigen, survivin may serve as a widely applicable target for anticancer immunotherapy.

PMID:
11507035
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