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Adoptive therapy of cancer has been mostly tested in advanced cancer patients using tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL). Following discouraging results likely due to poor tumor-specificity of TIL and/or high tumor burden, recent studies reiterate the enormous potential of this therapy, particularly in melanoma. We had performed a phase II/III randomised(More)
Melan-A/MART1 is a melanocytic differentiation antigen recognized on melanoma tumor cells by CD8+ and CD4+ T cells. In this study, we describe a new epitope of this protein recognized in the context of HLA-Cw*0701 molecules by a CD8+ tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) clone. This CD8+ TIL clone specifically recognized and killed a fraction of melanoma(More)
Cellular interactions in the tumor stroma play a major role in cancer progression but can also induce tumor rejection. To explore the role of endothelial cells in these interactions, we used an in vitro three-dimensional collagen matrix model containing a cytotoxic T lymphocyte CTL clone (M4.48), autologous tumor cells (M4T), and an endothelial cell (M4E)(More)
A cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) clone was derived from a tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) population infused to a melanoma patient who remained relapse free for 10 yr after this adoptive transfer. This clone recognized all melanoma cell lines tested and, to a lower extent, melanocytes, in the context of human histocompatibility leukocyte antigen A2(More)
We recently showed that the infusion of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes specific for the MELOE-1 antigen was associated with a prolonged relapse-free survival for HLA-A2(+) melanoma patients who received tumor infiltrating lymphocytes therapy. Here, we characterized the MELOE-1/A2-specific T-cell repertoire in healthy donors and melanoma patients to further(More)
We characterized a new melanoma antigen derived from one of the multiple open reading frames (ORFs) of the meloe transcript. The meloe gene is overexpressed in melanomas as compared to other cancer cell lines and normal tissues. The corresponding transcript is rather unusual, in that it does not contain a long unique ORF but multiple short ORFs. We recently(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the presence and impact of spontaneous telomerase-specific CD4 T-cell responses in cancer patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN A multistep approach was used to design novel pan-HLA-DR-restricted peptides from telomerase. T-cell clones isolated from cancer patients were used to characterize the polarization of telomerase-specific CD4(More)
Background: Double positive (DP) CD4CD8 Tab cells have been reported in normal individuals as well as in different pathological conditions including inflammatory diseases, viral infections and cancer, but their function remains to be elucidated. We recently reported the increased frequency of DP Tab cells in human breast pleural effusions. This manuscript(More)
Recent advances indicate that adaptive immune responses play a critical role in cancer immunosurveillance. Among various cell types involved in adaptive immunity, CD4 + helper T-cell subpopu-lations are critical for antitumor immune response. 1 In particular, tumor-reactive CD4 + T helper 1 cells (T H 1) produce cytokines such as interferon γ (IFNγ), tumor(More)
BACKGROUND Double positive (DP) CD4CD8 Talphabeta cells have been reported in normal individuals as well as in different pathological conditions including inflammatory diseases, viral infections and cancer, but their function remains to be elucidated. We recently reported the increased frequency of DP Talphabeta cells in human breast pleural effusions. This(More)