Cytotoxic T lymphocytes carrying a pattern recognition protein Tag7 can detect evasive, HLA-negative but Hsp70-exposing tumor cells, thereby ensuring FasL/Fas-mediated contact killing.

Within the broad problem of host immune surveillance versus tumor immune evasion, a most intriguing question is how the cellular immunity can cope with cancerous cells that have gotten rid of the classical antigen-presenting machinery. One such option stems from (1) the fact that HLA loss is often attended with expression of Hsp70 on the tumor cell surface… CONTINUE READING