Toshiki Ochi

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Whereas humanized mouse models have contributed significantly to human immunology research, human T cells developing in mouse thymic environment fail to demonstrate HLA-restricted function. To achieve HLA-restricted human immune response, we created an immune-compromised non-obese diabetic/SCID/IL2rg(null) strain (NSG) with homozygous expression of HLA(More)
Recently, HBZ has been reported to play an important role in the proliferation of adult T-cell leukaemia (ATL) cells and might be a target of novel therapy for ATL. To develop a novel immunotherapy for ATL, we verified the feasibility of cellular immunotherapy targeting HBZ. We established an HBZ-specific and HLA-A*0201-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocyte(More)
Whereas humanized mouse models have contributed significantly to human immunology research, human T cells developing in mouse thymic environment fail to demonstrate HLA-restricted function. To achieve HLA-restricted human immune response, we created an immune-compromised non-obese diabetic/SCID/IL2rg strain (NSG) with homozygous expression of HLA class I(More)
Adoptive T-cell therapy for malignancies using redirected T cells genetically engineered by tumor antigen-specific T-cell receptor (TCR) gene transfer is associated with mispairing between introduced and endogenous TCR chains with unknown specificity. Therefore, deterioration of antitumor reactivity and serious autoimmune reactivity are major concerns. To(More)
Aurora-A kinase (Aur-A) is a member of the serine/threonine kinase family that regulates the cell division process, and has recently been implicated in tumorigenesis. In this study, we identified an antigenic 9-amino-acid epitope (Aur-A(207-215): YLILEYAPL) derived from Aur-A capable of generating leukemia-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in the(More)
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are a subset of T lymphocytes that recognize lipid ligands presented by monomorphic CD1d. Human iNKT T cell receptor (TCR) is largely composed of invariant Vα24 (Vα24i) TCRα chain and semi-variant Vβ11 TCRβ chain, where complementarity-determining region (CDR)3β is the sole variable region. One of the characteristic(More)
BACKGROUND Familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (FHL) is a rare disease of infancy or early childhood. To clarify the incidence and subtypes of FHL in Japan, we performed genetic and functional analyses of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in Japanese patients with FHL. DESIGN AND METHODS Among the Japanese children with hemophagocytic(More)
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) has a tropism for immunocompetent cells, including T lymphocytes, monocytes/macrophages, and dendritic cells (DCs) suggesting that HHV-6 infection affects the immunosurveillance system. Toll-like receptor (TLR) system plays an important role in innate immunity against various pathogens. In the present study, we investigated the(More)
CML66 is a newly identified differentiation antigen that is expressed broadly in human leukemia and solid tumors, but its physiological function remains unknown. In the present study, to clarify the feasibility of CML66-targeted cancer immunotherapy, we attempted to identify cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) epitopes derived from CML66. An immunogenic(More)
Adoptive immunotherapy is a potentially curative therapeutic approach for patients with advanced cancer. However, the in vitro expansion of antitumor T cells prior to infusion inevitably incurs differentiation towards effector T cells and impairs persistence following adoptive transfer. Epigenetic profiles regulate gene expression of key transcription(More)