Her-2/neu is a tumor-associated antigen that is expressed on several adenocarcinomas and correlates with poor prognosis. In a previous study (H. J. Bühring et al., Blood, 86: 1916-1923, 1995), it has been demonstrated that Her-2/neu expression can be detected on blast cells from patients with hematological malignancies including acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Here, we show that Her-2/ neu-specific CTLs induced in vitro using peptide-pulsed dendritic cells efficiently lyse primary ALL blasts constitutively expressing both Her-2/neu and human leukocyte antigen A2 in an antigen-specific and MHC-restricted manner. Furthermore, we analyzed the feasibility of this approach in an autologous setting and induced Her-2/neu-specific CTLs using dendritic cells generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from an ALL patient that were pulsed with peptides or transfected with in vitro-transcribed Her-2/neu mRNA. Our data demonstrate that Her-2/neu could be used as a potential target for the application of Her-2/neu-directed treatment strategies in ALL including vaccination approaches.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Clinical Cancer Research|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research