Raffaella Lupetti

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Metastatic melanoma patients treated with an autologous DNP-modified tumor cell vaccine develop inflammatory responses in metastatic tumors characterized by infiltration of CD8+ T cells. To further define this immune response, we analyzed T cell receptor beta-chain variable (TCRBV) region repertoire in biopsy specimens and peripheral blood lymphocytes of(More)
The RanGTPase activating protein RanGAP1 has essential functions in both nucleocytoplasmic transport and mitosis. In interphase, a significant fraction of vertebrate SUMO1-modified RanGAP1 forms a stable complex with the nucleoporin RanBP2/Nup358 at nuclear pore complexes. RanBP2 not only acts in the RanGTPase cycle but also is a SUMO1 E3 ligase. Here, we(More)
We report here the identification of a new shared human melanoma antigen recognized by a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*68011-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocyte clone (CTL 128). The cDNA encoding this antigen is composed of a partially spliced form of the melanocyte differentiation antigen tyrosinase-related protein (TRP)-2, containing exons 1-4 with(More)
Neointima formation, the leading cause of restenosis after catheter angioplasty, is a paradigm for vascular proliferative responses. Neointima formation is self-limiting after a variable degree of tissue growth, causing significant renarrowing in a substantial number of patients. To investigate the mechanisms that limit neointima formation we studied the(More)
Human melanomas can express unique tumor antigens, resulting from mutated proteins, and shared epitopes encoded for by normal genes, but these two classes of antigens have not been previously compared for immunogenicity and retention in metastatic cells. Here, we identified a new unique antigen generated by a point mutation in the peroxiredoxin 5 (Prdx5)(More)
Our study was aimed at investigating whether interaction of human melanoma cells with the extracellular matrix (ECM) protein fibronectin (FN) could regulate lymphokine gene expression. Serum-deprived cells (quiescent condition) of a metastatic melanoma cloned line were cultured either on uncoated or on FN- or BSA-coated surfaces. By means of reverse(More)
To assess whether RAS oncogenes may affect the expression of cytokines in tumor cells, the presence of interleukins (IL) 1 alpha, 1 beta, 4, 6, 7, and 8, tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha and interferon gamma mRNA has been analyzed by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction in 19 melanoma clones derived from the metastatic cell line 665/2 and(More)
The T-cell receptor beta-chain variable (TCRBV) region repertoire expressed by tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes was characterized by immunohistochemical analysis using a panel of 18 monoclonal antibodies on cryosectioned specimens of 14 primary vertical growth phase (VGP) melanomas with a T-cell infiltrate histopathologically defined as brisk or nonbrisk. T(More)
We previously reported that a melanoma antigen, recognized by tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes, was encoded by intron sequences retained in a partially spliced transcript of the tyrosinase-related protein-2/DOPAchrome tautomerase gene. At difference with the mRNA encoding tyrosinase-related protein-2, this anomalous transcript was not expressed in(More)
RAS oncogene expression has been reported to affect several biological features of rodent tumours cells, including lysability by activated natural killer cells. In order to examine whether expression of mutated RAS genes in human melanoma cells alters their susceptibility to lysis by LAK cells, seven melanoma lines were assessed for the presence of Ki- and(More)