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    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; proliferation ; tumor ; BLOOD ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; VITRO ; NEW-YORK ; POPULATION ; PROTEIN ; cell line ; LINES ; PATIENT ; RESPONSES ; IFN-GAMMA ; DONOR ; ANTIGENS ; DENDRITIC CELLS ; T cell ; T cells ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; CELL-LINES ; E7 ; papillomavirus ; LIMITATION ; STIMULATION ; TARGET ; ASSAY ; cervical cancer ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; human papillomavirus ; TYPE-16 ; GENOTYPES ; HPV ; E6 ; HPV16 ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS ; POPULATIONS ; ONCOPROTEIN ; VACCINE ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; CD8(+) ; ELISPOT ; EPITOPE ; EPITOPES ; IMMUNOTHERAPY ; intraepithelial neoplasia ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS TYPE-16 ; E7 ONCOPROTEIN ; IMMUNOGENICITY ; TARGETS ; INTERFERON-GAMMA ; 14 HIGH-RISK ; ENZYME-IMMUNOASSAY ; HUMAN BLOOD ; immunotherapy,T cell response,cytotoxic T cell,uterine cancer,tumor infiltrating lymphocytes ; INFILTRATING LYMPHOCYTES
    Abstract: Purpose. Human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 and 18 are the most prevalent genotypes in cervical cancers. The viral oncoproteins E6 and E7 are considered to be tumor-specific targets for immunotherapy. HPV E7 antigen-loaded dendritic cells (DC) were evaluated as cellular tumor vaccine. Methods. Autologous monocyte-derived DCs loaded with recombinant HPV16 or HPV18 E7 oncoprotein were used to induce in vitro a specific T cell response. Specificities of activated T cells were determined. Results. E7-specific T cells could be identified in 18/20 T cell lines from healthy blood donors. CD4(+) T cell responses (13/16) were found by proliferation assay. CD8(+) CTLs (12/18) were detectable by interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) ELISpot analysis. Seven donors reacted in both assays and only 2/20 T cell lines did not react in any assay. Thus, specific T cells could be activated in 〉80% of healthy individuals. T cell lines from suitable donors were specific for HLA-A*0201-restricted epitopes. Furthermore, HPV E7 antigen-loaded DC stimulated specific responses in freshly isolated tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) populations of cervical cancer patients. Conclusion. Autologous dendritic cells loaded with HPV E7 protein can induce T cell responses in healthy individuals by in vitro stimulation and evoke responses in TIL from cervical cancer biopsies. Since there are no limitations with respect to specific HLA-haplotypes, these findings may be a basis for the development of a therapeutic protein-based DC tumor vaccine against cervical cancer for HPV16- and HPV18-positive patients
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