Marjan J. W. Visseren

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CTL that lyse melanoma cells were previously isolated from several melanoma patients. Such CTL recognize autologous proteins, indicating the occurrence of autoreactive T cells in melanoma patients. We have now raised CTL, using responding T lymphocytes from healthy donor blood, that lysed not only cells incubated with an HLA-A*0201-binding tyrosinase(More)
The impact of the MHC class I peptide binding stability on the immunogenicity of particular peptide Ags in class I-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses is not clearly established. Therefore, we have determined the dissociation rate of each peptide from MHC class I at 37 degrees C and compared this to that of a consensus CTL epitope. Newly defined(More)
Systemic administration of recombinant interleukin (rIL)-2 to cancer patients has met with limited clinical success since, despite significant antitumor effects, its use is associated with severe toxicity. Local production of IL-2 by IL-2 gene transfected tumor cells in murine model systems has been reported to induce specific immunity--devoid of(More)
MHC-class-I-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) specific for tumor-associated antigens expressed by malignant cells are important components of the immune response against cancer. Recently, tumor-specific CTL could be generated in vitro, with responding lymphocytes from the blood of healthy blood donors. In the present study, we confirm that(More)
MAGE-2 is expressed in many tumors, including melanoma, laryngeal tumors, lung tumors and sarcomas, but not in healthy tissue, with the exception of testis. Thus, MAGE-2-derived peptides that bind to HLA class I molecules and elicit cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses could be of significant therapeutic importance. In this study, we show that several(More)
In several tumor models and in certain types of human malignancies, T cell mediated immune responses can be involved in the host's defences against cancer. Adoptively transferred tumor-specific T cells can mediate complete tumor regression in several animal models and the first effective therapeutic interventions with adoptively transferred (virus-specific)(More)
Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) is regarded as an important mechanism by which monoclonal antibodies (mAb) can exert an antitumour effect in vivo. It may be possible, therefore, to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of mAb by cytokines that are able to enhance the ADCC of human CD3-, CD56+, CD16+ natural killer (NK) cells. We investigated in(More)
Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) is regarded as an important mechanism by which monoclonal antibodies (mAb) can exert an antitumour effect in vivo. It may be possible, therefore, to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of mAb by cytokines that are able to enhance the ADCC of human CD3−, CD56+, CD16+ natural killer (NK) cells. We investigated in(More)
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) play an important role in the destruction of immunogenic tumors. A novel category of target antigens for CTL concerns normal differentiation antigens as most clearly demonstrated in human melanoma. In the case of B-cell cancers, differentiation antigens normally expressed on B cells may be useful targets. In this report, we(More)
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