Lupe G. Salazar

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PURPOSE The primary objectives of this phase I/II study were to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of combination therapy consisting of concurrent trastuzumab and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)/neu-specific vaccination in patients with HER2/neu-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-two patients with(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety of an HER-2/neu intracellular domain (ICD) protein vaccine and to estimate whether vaccine dose impacts immunogenicity. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-nine patients with HER-2/neu-overexpressing breast or ovarian cancer and with no evidence of disease after standard therapy received a low- (25 microg), intermediate- (150(More)
Immunotherapy for breast cancer using cytotoxic T cells (CTL) is hindered by the lack of well-characterized breast cancer antigens that are expressed in most breast tumor cells and recognized by CD8+ CTL. A recently described breast tissue differentiation antigen, NY-BR-1, is expressed in >80% breast tumors and elicits a humoral response in a subset of(More)
PURPOSE Presence of intratumoral T-cell infiltration has been linked to improved survival in ovarian cancer patients. We questioned whether antibody immunity specific for ovarian cancer tumor antigens would predict disease outcome. We evaluated humoral immune responses against ovarian cancer antigens p53, HER-2/neu, and topoisomerase IIalpha. PATIENTS AND(More)
We questioned whether the incidence or magnitude of the humoral or cellular immune response to the self-tumor antigen HER-2/neu is influenced by the level of HER-2/neu protein overexpression as defined by immunohistochemical staining of tumors in breast cancer patients. We obtained peripheral blood from 104 women with stage II, III, and IV pathologically(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to immunize patients with HER-2/neu-overexpressing cancer with a multipeptide vaccine comprised of four class II HER-2/neu peptides that had been identified as the most immunogenic in a previous clinical trial. Furthermore, we questioned whether MHC binding affinity could predict the in vivo immunogenicity of the(More)
Over the past decade, there has been an accelerated understanding of immune regulatory mechanisms. Peripheral immune regulation is linked to a collection of specialized regulatory cells of the CD4+ T cell lineage (i.e., CD4+ Tregs). This collection consists of Tregs that are either thymically derived (i.e., natural) or peripherally induced. Tregs are(More)
PURPOSE Adoptive T-cell therapy is a promising strategy for the treatment of patients with established tumors but is often limited to specific cancers where tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, the source of T cells for ex vivo culture, can be obtained. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of expanding HER-2/neu-specific T cells derived from peripheral(More)
3010 Background: Our initial vaccine studies showed that optimally treated breast cancer patients can be immunized against HER2 during active immunization. The majority of patients developed T-cell immunity to HER2 peptides and protein and also epitope spreading (ES). The goal of this study was to determine if patients previously immunized with a HER2(More)
3057 Background: IBC is rare, highly aggressive, and associated with worse prognosis when compared to non-IBC tumors. Moreover, multimodality treatment has had little impact on overall prognosis. HER2 is overexpressed in about 40% of IBC tumors and is associated with worse overall survival (OS). We have developed vaccines that elicit both HER2-specific CD4+(More)