Amla Chopra

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This study describes the application of a unique strategy to identify breast cancer antigens [tumor-associated antigen (TAA)]. In a mouse model, the strategy led to the identification of growth factor receptor-bound protein 10 (Grb10) as a newly identified TAA. Grb10 is a signal transduction molecule associated with multiple transmembrane tyrosine kinase(More)
We report a new vaccination strategy for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The vaccine was prepared by transfer of unfractionated DNA-fragments (25 kb) from squamous carcinoma cells (KLN205, DBA/2 origin (H-2(d))) into LM mouse fibroblasts (C3H/He origin; H-2(k)), a highly immunogenic cell line. To enhance their nonspecific immunogenic properties, the(More)
Here, we describe the enhanced benefits of treating a highly aggressive breast cancer in mice with a combination of paclitaxel and immunization with a unique DNA-based cell vaccine. An adenocarcinoma was isolated from a spontaneous neoplasm that arose in the mammary gland of a C3H/He mouse (H-2(k)) (SB5b cells). The vaccine was prepared by transfer of(More)
BACKGROUND Dendritic cells (DC) express class I/II MHC-determinants and co-stimulatory molecules required for T cell activation. In a mouse model of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), we compared the immunogenic properties of allogeneic DNA-based fibroblast vaccines, which are taken up and processed by DC of the host, and syngeneic DNA-based DC vaccines, which(More)
Breast cancer cells express an array of weakly immunogenic tumor-associated antigens (TAAs). Under appropriate circumstances, immunity to breast cancer can be induced, with potential benefits for patients with the disease. Here, we report a new cell-based vaccination strategy resulting in enhanced immunity to breast cancer in tumor-bearing mice. The(More)
Immunotherapy of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) at an early stage of the disease increases the likelihood of success. We report a new vaccination strategy designed to prepare SCC vaccines from microgram amounts of tumor tissue, enabling the treatment of patients with minimal residual disease. The vaccine was prepared by transfer of sheared genomic(More)
Various strategies have been used to generate cellular cancer vaccines with the expectation that they will become an effective part of the overall management of cancer patients. However, with few notable exceptions, immunization has not resulted in significant long-term therapeutic benefits. Tumor growth has continued and patient survival has been at best(More)
This study describes a new strategy for the identification of squamous carcinoma antigens tumor-associated antigens (TAA). The antigens were discovered by comparing microarrays of squamous carcinoma vaccines highly enriched for immunotherapeutic cells with non-enriched vaccines. The vaccines were prepared by transferring sheared genomic DNA fragments (25(More)
In this study we compared the benefits of treating C3H/He mice with an established intracerebral breast carcinoma by immunization with a unique DNA-based vaccine to chemotherapy with paclitaxel. Prior studies revealed the immunotherapeutic properties of a vaccine prepared by transfer of genomic DNA from breast cancer cells into a highly immunogenic cell(More)
In a prior report (Int J Cancer 2006; 119: 339–348), we described a new vaccination strategy for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The vaccine was prepared by transfer of unfractionated DNA-fragments (25 kb) from KLN205 cells, a squamous carcinoma cell line (DBA/2 origin; H-2d) into LM cells, a highly immunogenic mouse fibroblast cell line (C3H/He origin;(More)