Mary C. Custer

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Brother of the Regulator of Imprinted Sites (BORIS) is a mammalian CTCF paralog with the same central 11Zn fingers (11ZF) that mediate specific interactions with varying approximately 50-bp target sites. Regulated in vivo occupancy of such sites may yield structurally and functionally distinct CTCF/DNA complexes involved in various aspects of gene(More)
Regulatory sequences recognized by the unique pair of paralogous factors, CTCF and BORIS, have been implicated in epigenetic regulation of imprinting and X chromosome inactivation. Lung cancers exhibit genome-wide demethylation associated with derepression of a specific class of genes encoding cancer-testis (CT) antigens such as NY-ESO-1. CT genes are(More)
The tumor-associated-Ag MART-1 is expressed by most human melanomas. The genes encoding an alphabeta TCR from a MART-1-specific, HLA-A2-restricted, human T cell clone have been efficiently transferred and expressed in human PBL. These retrovirally transduced PBL cultures were MART-1 peptide reactive, and most cultures recognized HLA-A2+ melanoma lines.(More)
Purified recombinant human interleukin 2 (RIL 2) derived from E. coli containing the inserted gene encoding for IL 2 was administered to 20 patients with a variety of malignancies. Toxicity was dose related and included fever, chills, malaise, arthralgias, myalgias, and unexpectedly, weight gain related to marked fluid retention. All patients receiving more(More)
It is generally considered that MHC class I-restricted antigens are recognized by CD8+ T cells, whereas MHC class II-restricted antigens are recognized by CD4+ T cells. In the present study, we report an MHC class I-restricted CD4+ T cell isolated from the tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) of a patient with metastatic melanoma. TIL 1383 I recognized(More)
Gene modification of tumor cells with the cDNA for interferon γ (IFNγ) has been shown to increase the immunogenicity of some tumor cells. In order to explore further the possible therapeutic relevance of these previous findings, two clones of the nonimmunogenic MCA-102 fibrosarcoma of C57BL/6 origin were retrovirally transduced with the cDNA encoding murine(More)
PURPOSE Cancer/testis (CT) genes predominantly expressed in the testis (germ cells) and generally not in other normal tissues are aberrantly expressed in human cancers. This highly restricted expression provides a unique opportunity to use these CT genes for diagnostics, immunotherapeutic, or other targeted therapies. The purpose of this study was to(More)
The systemic administration of human rIL-6 to mice resulted in the regression of established, 3-day pulmonary micrometastases from two weakly immunogenic tumors, but not from a nonimmunogenic tumor, in the absence of observable toxicity. Although IL-6 alone failed to have a significant therapeutic impact on advanced, 10-day pulmonary macrometastases from(More)
We have administered 11 to 64 doses of recombinant interleukin-2 (IL-2) ranging from 10,000 to 300,000 U/kg, given three times daily as a bolus infusion through an indwelling Tenckhoff catheter, to seven patients with melanoma, ovarian carcinoma, or colorectal carcinoma. The total IL-2 dose ranged from 800 to 3800 X 10(3) U/kg. Side effects included fever,(More)
T cells can play a central role in the immune response to cancer, with tumor-specific T-lymphocyte reactivity provided by the T-cell receptor (TCR) alpha and beta chain heterodimer. This study is the first report of the definitive identification and characterization of a functional tumor-associated, antigen-specific TCR by reconstitution in an alternate(More)