Pierpaolo Correale

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BACKGROUND Protein antigens are presented to cytotoxic T lymphocytes as small peptides (approximately 9-10 amino acids long) bound to class I molecules of the major histocompatibility complex. The identification of tumor-associated antigens and specific peptide epitopes (i.e., antigenic determinants) may be useful in the development of anticancer vaccines.(More)
Cetuximab is a human-murine chimeric IgG1 monoclonal antibody to epidermal growth factor-receptor (EGFR) which exerts synergistic antitumour interactions with several cytotoxic drugs. Therefore, it is presently recommended in combination with chemotherapy in the treatment of colon, head and neck and non-small cell lung cancer. Cetuximab has been designed to(More)
Antitumor immune response and chemotherapy-induced immunomodulation in colon cancer patients represented the rationale to design new strategies, like GOLFIG chemoimmunotherapy (gemcitabine, oxaliplatin, 5-fluorouracil/folinic acid, granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor, and aldesleukine), that resulted a safe and very active regimen. Antitumor(More)
Prostate-specific Ag (PSA), which is expressed in a majority of prostate cancers, is a potential target for specific immunotherapy. Previous studies have shown that two 10-mer PSA peptides (designated PSA-1 and PSA-3) selected to conform to human HLA class I-A2 motifs can elicit CTL responses in vitro. A longer PSA peptide (30-mer) designated PSA-OP(More)
The aim of this pilot phase II trial was to investigate the toxicity and anti-tumour activity of a novel metronomic regimen of weekly cisplatin (CDDP) and oral etoposide (VP16) in high-risk patients with advanced NSCLC. The study enrolled 31 high-risk patients (27 men and 4 women aged 16-82 years; mean, 64.3) with NSCLC (18 stage IIIB and 13 stage IV) and(More)
In an attempt to enhance the immunological efficacy of DNA-based vaccines, we have investigated a new biological means for delivering target gene DNA directly to professional antigen presenting cells (APC), such as the dendritic cells (DC), which are ultimately responsible for the antigen presentation and the primary activation of the immune system. For(More)
Bevacizumab, is a humanized monoclonal antibody to vasculo-endothelial-growth-factor, with anticancer activity in non-small-cell-lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Our previous results from a dose/finding phase I trial in NSCLC patients, demonstrated the anti-angiogenic effects and toxicity of a newest bevacizumab-based combination with fractioned cisplatin and(More)
PURPOSE Tumor cell killing by anticancer drugs may be supported by their immuno- and pharmacologic effects. Chemotherapy is in fact able to (A) upregulate tumor-associated antigen expression, including carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) or other target molecules such as thymidylate synthase (TS); and (B) downregulate tumor cell resistance to the death signals(More)
Vaccine therapy is attractive for prostate cancer patients because the tumor is slow growing (allowing time to augment host responses) and occurs in an older population less likely to tolerate more toxic treatments. We have constructed an expression vector based on a monoclonal antibody (mAb) that targets the high affinity receptor for IgG (FcgammaRI, CD64)(More)
Previous results suggest that GEM affects 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) metabolism and pharmacokinetics in cancer patients, while combined with oxaliplatin, levo-folinic acid, and 5-FU (GOLF regimen), at doses achievable in cancer patients, determines high cytotoxic and proapoptotic antitumour activity in colon cancer cells in vitro. On these bases we designed a(More)