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J Proteomics. 2012 Aug 3;75(15):4573-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2012.01.021. Epub 2012 Jan 24.

Assessment of the humoral immune response to cancer.

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Department of Histopathology, School of Medicine, Trinity College, Institute of Molecular Medicine, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland.


One of the deadly hallmarks of cancer is its ability to prosper within the constraints of the host immune system. Recent advances in immunoproteomics and high-throughput technologies have lead to profiling of the antibody repertoire in cancer patients. This in turn has lead to the identification of tumour associated antigens/autoantibodies. Autoantibodies are extremely attractive and promising biomarker entities, however there has been relatively little discussion on how to interpret the humoral immune response. It may be that autoantibody profiles hold the key to ultimately uncovering neoplastic associated pathways and through the process of immunosculpting the tumour may have yielded an immune response in the early stages of malignant tumour development. The aim of this review is to discuss the utility of the autoantibody response that is elicited as a result of malignancy and discuss the advantages and limitations of autoantibody profiling. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Translational Proteomics.

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