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Tissue Antigens. 2002 Oct;60(4):319-27.

Recognition of ADP-ribosylation factor 4-like by HLA-A2-restricted and tumor-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes from patients with brain tumors.

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Department of Immunology, Kurume University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan.


Although specific immunotherapy is one candidate treatment of brain tumor, the molecular basis of T-cell-mediated recognition of brain tumors has not yet been elucidated. In this study, we tried to identify brain tumor antigens using HLA-A2-restricted and tumor-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). As an HLA-A2-restricted OK-CTL line contained CTLs capable of responding to HLA-A2+ malignant glioma cells, this cell line was used for identification of brain tumor antigens. After screening a cDNA library from brain tumor cells, this CTL line was found to produce interferon (IFN)-gamma when cultured with COS-7 cells, which were cotransfected with both a cDNA clone (clone 1) and HLA-A0207 cDNA. Data base searches indicated that the clone 1 was 98% identical to that of the human ADP-ribosylation factor 4-like (ARF4L). Two peptides, ARF4L 15-24 and ARF4L 69-77, possessed the ability to induce HLA-A2-restricted and tumor-reactive CTLs from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with brain tumors. Although ARF4L seemed to be ubiquitously expressed at the mRNA level, ARF4L-reactive CTLs failed to exhibit cytotoxicity against normal lymphoid blasts. These results indicate that these two ARF4L peptides could be targets for immunotherapy of HLA-A2+ patients with brain tumors.

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