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To obtain the large amount of T cells required for adoptive immunotherapy in a clinical setting, T-cell lifespan extension by human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) transduction is of particular interest. However, constitutive expression of hTERT is associated with malignant transformation and thus warrants a detailed evaluation of the safety of(More)
Expression of native transgenic T cell receptors in recipient human T cells is often insufficient to achieve highly reactive T cell bulks. Here we show that codon modification of an HPV16E7-specific T cell receptor (TCR), together with omission of mRNA instability motifs and (cryptic) splice sites, leads to a dramatic increase in the expression levels of(More)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 infection is strongly associated with the development of cervical carcinoma (CxCa) in women. The HPV16-derived oncoproteins E6 and E7, responsible for both onset and maintenance of malignant transformation, are expressed constitutively in CxCa cells and represent tumor-associated Ags. As a result, E6 and E7 constitute(More)
BACKGROUND Infection with high risk Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is associated with cancer of the cervix, vagina, penis, vulva, anus and some cases of head and neck carcinomas. The HPV derived oncoproteins E6 and E7 are constitutively expressed in tumor cells and therefore potential targets for T cell mediated adoptive immunotherapy. Effective immunotherapy(More)
BACKGROUND T cell receptor gene transfer is a promising strategy to treat patients suffering from HPV induced malignancies. Therefore we isolated the TCRalphabeta open reading frames of an HPV16E6 specific CTL clone and generated TCR transgenic T cells. In general low level expression of the transgenic TCR in recipient human T cells is observed as well as(More)
Immunotherapy with innate immune cells has recently evoked broad interest as a novel treatment option for cancer patients. γ9δ2T cells in particular are emerging as an innate cell population with high frequency and strong antitumor reactivity, which makes them and their receptors promising candidates for immune interventions. However, clinical trials have(More)
One of the few and most extensively studied human papilloma virus (HPV) type 16 oncoprotein E7-derived cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) epitopes is YMLDLQPETT, presented to CTL by HLA-A2.1. We previously identified an altered peptide ligand (APL) of this epitope with increased binding affinity for HLA-A2.1, YMLDLQPETV. Herein, the in vivo immunogenicity of this(More)
Human papilloma virus (HPV) type 16 infections of the genital tract are associated with the development of cervical cancer (CxCa) in women. HPV16-derived oncoproteins E6 and E7 are expressed constitutively in these lesions and might therefore be attractive candidates for T-cell-mediated adoptive immunotherapy. However, the low precursor frequency of(More)
Major limitations of currently investigated αβT cells redirected against cancer by transfer of tumor-specific αβTCR arise from their low affinity, MHC restriction, and risk to mediate self-reactivity after pairing with endogenous α or βTCR chains. Therefore, the ability of a defined γ9δ2TCR to redirect αβT cells selectively against tumor cells was tested(More)
New treatment modalities are needed for the treatment of cancers of the head and neck region (HNSCC). Survivin is important for the survival and proliferation of tumor cells and may therefore provide a target for immunotherapy. Here we focused on the ex vivo presence and in vitro induction of survivin specific T cells. Tetramer staining and ELIspot assays(More)