Sup-Yin Tsang

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Serological analysis of recombinant cDNA expression libraries (SEREX) using tumor mRNA and autologous patient serum provides a powerful approach to identify immunogenic tumor antigens. We have applied this methodology to a case of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and identified several candidate tumor targets. One of these, NY-ESO-1, showed restricted(More)
Recent progress in the structural identification of human melanoma antigens recognized by autologous cytotoxic T cells has led to the recognition of a new melanocyte differentiation antigen, Melan-A(MART-1). To determine the properties of the Melan-A gene product, Melan-A recombinant protein was produced in Escherichia coli and used to generate mouse(More)
Cancer/testis (CT) antigens-immunogenic protein antigens that are expressed in testis and a proportion of diverse human cancer types-are promising targets for cancer vaccines. To identify new CT antigens, we constructed an expression cDNA library from a melanoma cell line that expresses a wide range of CT antigens and screened the library with an allogeneic(More)
In the present study, a phage-displayed random peptide library was used to identify surrogate peptide ligands for orphan GPCR mas. Sequence analysis of the isolated phage clones indicated a selective enrichment of some peptide sequences. Moreover, multiple alignments of the isolated phage clones gave two conserved peptide motifs from which we synthesized(More)
The HOM-MEL-40 antigen which is encoded by the SSX-2 gene was originally detected as a tumor antigen recognized by autologous IgG antibodies in a melanoma patient. Expression analysis demonstrated that SSX-2 is a member of the recently described cancer/testis antigen (CTA) class as it is expressed in a variety of different human neoplasms, but not in normal(More)
Analysis of t(X;18) translocation in synovial sarcoma had previously led to the definition of the SSX2 gene, the fusion partner on chromosome X. Subsequent screening of testicular cDNA libraries identified 2 highly homologous genes, SSX1 and SSX3. Among these 3 genes, SSX2 has been found to be identical to HOM-MEL-40, which codes for an immunogenic tumor(More)
Tyrosinase (EC 1.14.18.1), the key enzyme in melanin synthesis, has been shown to be one of the targets for cytotoxic T-cell recognition in melanoma patients. To develop serological reagents useful for immunophenotyping melanoma for tyrosinase, human tyrosinase cDNA was expressed in an Escherichia coli expression vector. The purified recombinant tyrosinase(More)
CTAG was initially cloned from an esophageal squamous cell carcinoma cDNA expression library by immunoscreening with autologous patient's serum. CTAG mRNA is expressed in a proportion of human cancers in a lineage-nonspecific fashion, whereas its expression in normal tissues is restricted to testis and ovary only. This expression pattern suggests that the(More)
Overexpressions of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) with elevated downstream signaling events have been reported in various tumors. However, the cellular mechanism that GPCR overexpression leads to tumor formation is largely unknown. The orphan GPCR mas was originally isolated from a human epidermoid carcinoma. In vivo studies of mas-overexpressing cells(More)
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