Monika Laumer

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PURPOSE The adoptive transfer of in vitro generated tumor antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) provides a promising approach to the immunotherapy of cancer. A phase I study was conducted to test the feasibility, safety, and survival of adoptively transferred Melan-A-specific CTL lines in melanoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eleven HLA-A2+(More)
The melanocyte differentiation Ag RAB38/NY-MEL-1 was identified by serological expression cloning (SEREX) and is expressed in the vast majority of melanoma lesions. The immunogenicity of RAB38/NY-MEL-1 has been corroborated previously by the frequent occurrence of specific Ab responses in melanoma patients. To elucidate potential CD8 T cell responses, we(More)
Down-regulation of immune responses by regulatory T (Treg) cells is an important mechanism involved in the induction of tolerance to allo-antigens (Ags). Recently, a novel subset of Ag-specific T-cell receptor (TCR)alpha beta+ CD4(-)CD8- (double-negative [DN]) Treg cells has been found to be able to prevent the rejection of skin and heart allografts by(More)
Tetanus toxoid (TT) is an antigen known to induce strong T cell specific immune responses in humans after vaccination. Here we have used the Elispot assay to assess the number of TT-specific Interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) secreting T cells present in individuals and monitored the number of TT specific T cells present in the donors for more than two years. In(More)
Altered expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules can be caused by defects in genes of the antigen-processing machinery (APM), and is often correlated to progression in solid tumours. However, little is known about expression of the APM components in blasts from patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). In this study, we(More)
Adoptive T cell therapy has been successfully used for treatment of viral and malignant diseases. However, little is known about the fate and trafficking of transferred Ag-specific T cells. Using the tetramer (TM) technology which allows for detection and quantification of Ag-specific CTL, we assessed the frequency of circulating Melan-A-specific CTL in(More)
Tumor-reactive T cells play an important role in cancer immunosurveillance. Applying the multimer technology, we report here an unexpected high frequency of Melan-A-specific CTLs in a melanoma patient with progressive lymph node metastases, consisting of 18 and 12.8% of total peripheral blood and tumor-infiltrating CD8+ T cells, respectively.(More)
The adoptive transfer of in vitro induced and expanded tumor antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) provides a promising approach to the immunotherpy of cancer. We have previously shown that Melan-A-specific CTL can be generated from HLA-A2.1+ melanoma patients by 4 rounds of in vitro stimulation of purified CD8+ T cells with autologous dendritic(More)
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