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The effects of anticancer chemotherapy on antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are mostly unknown. We tested the effects of cytotoxic drugs such as 5-fluorouracil, gemcitabine, and oxaliplatin on the functional activity of antigen-specific CTL cultures derived from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of human donors. We found that a biweekly(More)
Gemcitabine, oxaliplatin, leucovorin, and 5-fluorouracil (GOLF) is a novel multidrug regimen inducing high levels of necrosis and apoptosis in colon carcinoma cells. This regimen is also able to promote a process of Ag remodeling including up-regulation of immunotherapy targets like carcinoembryonic Ag (CEA), thymidylate synthase (TS). We have conducted a(More)
BACKGROUND Thymidylate synthase (TS), a key enzyme in DNA synthesis, is often overexpressed in cancer cells. Some chemotherapeutic agents, such as 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), act by inhibiting TS expression. We evaluated whether a novel 28-amino acid multiepitope peptide, TS/PP, that contains the sequences of three TS-derived epitopes with binding motifs for(More)
The correct interaction of a costimulatory molecule such as CD40L with its contrareceptor CD40 expressed on the membrane of professional APCs, provides transmembrane signaling that leads to APC activation. This process can be exploited to significantly improve the efficacy of cancer vaccines and the outcome of a possible cancer vaccine-induced, Ag-specific(More)
BACKGROUND C-IRIV/PTR-4 is a novel anticancer vaccine construct composed of immune-reconstituted influenza virosomes (IRIV) assembled with the PTH-rP derived peptide (PTR)-4, a synthetic CTL epitope with HLA-A(*)02.01 amino acid binding motifs. This peptide is able to generate a human PTH-rP specific CTL response with anti-tumor activity in vitro and in(More)
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