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Detection of novel cancer-testis antigen-specific T-cell responses in TIL, regional lymph nodes, and PBL in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

Detection of novel cancer-testis antigen-specific T-cell responses in TIL, regional lymph nodes, and PBL in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

Cancer Science 99(7): 1448-1454

We recently identified three HLA-A2402-restricted epitope peptides derived from cancer-testis antigens (CTA), TTK protein kinase (TTK), lymphocyte antigen 6 complex locus K (LY6K), and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II mRNA binding protein 3 (IMP-3) for the development of immunotherapies against esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). In order to evaluate their immunotherapeutic potential in ESCC patients, we estimated by ELISPOT assay the TTK-, LY6K-, or IMP-3-specific T-cell immune responses in tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL), regional lymph node lymphocytes (RLNL), and peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) expanded from 20HLA-A2402 (+) ESCC patients, and correlated their immune activity with the expression levels of TTK, LY6K, and IMP-3, and MHC class I in the tumors. Induction of TTK-antigen specific T-cell response in TIL to the peptide-pulsed target cells was detected in 14 out of 20 (70%) cases, while LY6K or IMP-3 specific T-cell activity was observed in 11 of 20 (55%) or in eight of 20 (40%) cases, respectively. Furthermore, T-cell activity in RLNL and PBL was detectable in the similar proportion of the 20 ESCC patients. Interestingly, CTA-specific T-cell immune response was found in 13 of 14 (93%) TIL obtained from ESCC tumors with strong MHC class I expression, while it could be observed only in two of six (33%) TIL from ESCC tumors with weak MHC class I expression. These results strongly suggest the pre-existence of specific T-cell responses to HLA-A24-restricted epitope peptides from TTK, LY6K, and IMP-3 in ESCC patients. Monitoring antigen-specific T-cell responses, as well as the expression levels of MHC class I and epitope CTA in tumors, should be a selection index for application of cancer vaccine therapies to the patients who are likely to show good immune response.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1349-7006.2008.00844.x

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