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Transfus Apher Sci. 2002 Oct;27(2):183-6.

Dendritic cells in vaccination therapies of malignant diseases.

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Department of Hematology, Oncology and Immunology, University of Tübingen, Germany.

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  • Transfus Apheresis Sci. 2003 Feb;28(1):103. Brossart M D, Peter [corrected to Brossart, Peter].


Dendritic cells (DC) are the most potent APC with the unique capacity to initiate primary immune responses. For clinical use DC can be generated in vitro from CD34+ peripheral blood progenitor cells or monocytes. Vaccination of patients with cancer using DC was shown to be effective for B-cell lymphoma, renal cell carcinoma (RCC), prostate cancer and malignant melanoma. We provide evidence that patients with advanced breast and ovarian cancer can be efficiently vaccinated with autologous DC pulsed with HER-2/neu- or MUC1-derived peptides. In 5 of 10 patients, peptide-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) could be detected in the peripheral blood using both intracellular IFN-gamma staining and Cr-release assays. In addition, in one patient vaccinated with the MUC1-derived peptides, CEA- and MAGE-3 peptide-specific T-cell responses were detected after several vaccinations. In a second patient immunized with the HER-2/neu peptides, MUC1-specific T lymphocytes were induced after seven immunizations, suggesting that antigen spreading in vivo might occur after successful immunization with a single tumor antigen. Currently we are analyzing the effect of T-helper epitopes and IL-2 on the CTL induction using peptide pulsed DC. In this ongoing trial one patient with metastatic RCC developed a partial remission of the metastatic sites was induced after the first four vaccinations with MUC1 peptides pulsed DC, that was ongoing after the next cycles containing IL-2. Vaccine-induced peptide-specific T-cell responses in vivo were detected in the PBMNC of this patient and in peptide-specific DTH reactions. This studies demonstrate that peptide pulsed DC can be effective in cancer patients and induce significant clinical and immunological responses.

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