Robert K. Bright

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The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family is a novel regulator of endothelial cell proliferation. We assessed the mRNA expression of VEGF, VEGF type C (VEGF-C) and their receptors together with the microvessel density (VD) and microlymphatic vessel density (LVD) in pursuit of their connection and prognostic value in malignant pleural mesothelioma(More)
Expression studies have consistently identified tumor protein D52 (TPD52) overexpression in tumor cells. Murine TPD52 (mD52) shares 86% identity with the human orthologue. To study a possible role for TPD52 in transformation, 3T3 fibroblasts were transfected with the full-length cDNA for mD52. Expression of mD52 was confirmed by reverse transcription-PCR(More)
The Tumor protein D52 (TPD52) gene was identified nearly 20 years ago through its overexpression in human cancer, and a substantial body of data now strongly supports TPD52 representing a gene amplification target at chromosome 8q21.13. This review updates progress toward understanding the significance of TPD52 overexpression and targeting, both in tumors(More)
The nonimmunogenic 4T1 murine mammary carcinoma model and a model surrogate tumor antigen (sTA) were employed to explore the possibility of inducing tumor-specific immunity through active immunization in the absence of defined tumor-associated antigens. Immunization of naive mice with protein-based sTA resulted in protection from s.c. challenge, with 4T1(More)
The role of CD4+ T lymphocytes in antitumor immunity has been largely attributed to providing signals required for the priming of MHC class I-restricted CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes, and CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes are thought to serve as the predominant mediators of tumor killing in vivo. We decided to evaluate the role of T lymphocyte subsets in tumor(More)
The hypothesis that human cancers express antigens that can be specifically targeted by cell mediated immunity has become a scientifically justifiable rationale for the design and clinical testing of novel tumor-associated antigens (TAA). Although a number of TAA have been recognized and it has been suggested that they could be useful in the immunological(More)
To identify prostate cancer-associated Ags, tumor-reactive T lymphocytes were generated using iterative stimulations of PBMC from a prostate cancer patient with an autologous IFN-gamma-treated carcinoma cell line in the presence of IL-2. A CD8+ T cell line and TCR alphabeta+ T cell clone were isolated that secreted IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha in response to(More)
We compared the humoral immune responses induced in BALB/c mice by immunization with recombinant SV40 large tumor antigen (T-ag) with those induced by a monoclonal anti-idiotype (anti-Id), designated 58D, that is specific for SV40 T-ag-induced Id network components. We also challenged immunized mice with a lethal dose of SV40-transformed cells to assess in(More)
Overexpressed tumor-self antigens represent the largest group of candidate vaccine targets. Those exhibiting a role in oncogenesis may be some of the least studied but perhaps most promising. This review considers this subset of self antigens by highlighting vaccine efforts for some of the better known members and focusing on TPD52, a new promising vaccine(More)