Hyun-Jung Sohn

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Aim: The aim of this study was to develop an immunotherapy specific to a malignant glioma by examining the efficacy of glioma tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) as well as the anti-tumor immunity by vaccination with dendritic cells (DC) engineered to express murine IL-12 using adenovirus-mediated gene transfer and pulsed with a GL26 glioma cell(More)
Therapeutic cancer vaccines are an attractive alternative to conventional therapies for treating malignant tumors, and successful tumor eradication depends primarily on obtaining high numbers of long-lasting tumor-reactive CD8+ T cells. Dendritic cell (DC)-based vaccines constitute a promising approach for treating cancer, but in most instances low immune(More)
CD40-activated B (CD40-B) cells might be an attractive source of autologous antigen-presenting cells (APCs) for immunotherapy due to the ability to obtain them from peripheral blood and expand them in vitro. However, soluble IL-4 (sIL-4) in B-cell culture may not represent the "immunological synapse" between B and CD4+ T cells. In this study, the K562 cell(More)
Efficient RNA transfer to dendritic cell and T cells by electroporation have been successfully applied for immunotherapy. Herein, RNA electroporation was used to transfer antigen-specific receptor (scFv) gene to cytokine-induced killer cells (CIK). CIK was generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells with anti-CD3 antibody, interleukin-2, and(More)
Because multiple tumor antigens, including carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and survivin (SVV), have been frequently observed in human colorectal cancer, we investigated whether the expression of both CEA and SVV by co-transduction of adenovirus vectors into dendritic cells (DCs) could improve anti-tumor immunity in a murine colorectal cancer model. The(More)
The gradual induction of immune responses by dendritic cell (DC) vaccination or the rapid decrease of adoptively transferred T cells may be major limitations in complete treatment of established tumors by active or passive immunization. The numbers of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-specific T cells increased on 7th day and decreased from 2 weeks after(More)
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is expressed on human colon carcinomas, is well characterized, and continues to be a promising target for cancer immunotherapy in humans. To enhance the immunogenecity of CEA, we developed a fusion gene (CRT-TAT-DeltaCEA) of the TAT protein transduction domain (PTD) and calreticulin (CRT) with human CEA devoid of its signal(More)
An EBV-specific cellular immune response is associated with the control of EBV-associated malignancies and lymphoproliferative diseases, some of which have been successfully treated by adoptive T cell therapy. Therefore, many methods have been used to measure EBV-specific cellular immune responses. Previous studies have mainly used autologous(More)
Activated B-cells are a promising alternative source of antigen-presenting cells. They can generally be obtained in sufficient numbers for clinical use, but in most instances produce weak immune responses and therapeutic effects that are suboptimal for use in therapeutic cancer vaccines. To improve the immunogenic potency and therapeutic efficacy of(More)
Although dendritic cells (DC) have been well demonstrated as a strong cellular adjuvant for a tumor vaccine, there are several limitations for clinical application. A protein-based vaccine using a potent adjuvant is an appealing approach for tumor antigen-specific immunotherapy because of their simplicity, safety, efficacy and capacity for repeated(More)