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    Keywords: brain ; CANCER ; CELLS ; ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; LUNG-CANCER ; SYSTEM ; DISEASE ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; MICE ; PATIENT ; ANTIGEN ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; BONE-MARROW ; MEMORY ; RECOGNITION ; MOUSE ; IDENTIFICATION ; LYMPHOMA ; EFFICACY ; MELANOMA ; MASS-SPECTROMETRY ; HEAD ; NECK ; EPITOPE ; IMMUNOTHERAPY ; IMMUNOGENICITY ; CANCER PATIENTS ; CALCIUM-BINDING PROTEINS ; TUMOR-ASSOCIATED ANTIGENS ; NECK-CANCER ; brain tumor ; head and neck cancer ; endothelial cells ; proteome ; EGFR ; SEPARATION ; EXPRESSION PROFILES ; Type ; HEAD-AND-NECK
    Abstract: Identifying the antigens that have the potential to trigger endogenous antitumor responses in an individual cancer patient is likely to enhance the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy, but current methodologies do not efficiently identify such antigens. This study describes what we believe to be a new method of comprehensively identifying candidate tissue antigens that spontaneously cause T cell responses in disease situations. We used the newly developed automated, two-dimensional chromatography system PF2D to fractionate the proteome of human tumor tissues and tested protein fractions for recognition by preexisting tumor-specific CD4(+) Th cells and CTLs. Applying this method using mice transgenic for a TCR that recognizes an OVA peptide presented by MHC class I, we demonstrated efficient separation, processing, and cross-presentation to CD8(+) T cells by DCs of OVA expressed by the OVA-transfected mouse lymphoma RMA-OVA. Applying this method to human tumor tissues, we identified MUC1 and EGFR as tumor-associated antigens selectively recognized by T cells in patients with head and neck cancer. Finally, in an exemplary patient with a malignant brain tumor, we detected CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell responses against two novel antigens, transthyretin and calgranulin B/S100A9, which were expressed in tumor and endothelial cells. The immunogenicity of these antigens was confirmed in 4 of 10 other brain tumor patients. This fast and inexpensive method therefore appears suitable for identifying candidate T cell antigens in various disease situations, such as autoimmune and malignant diseases, without being restricted to expression by a certain cell type or HLA allele
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20458140
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    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; TUMORS ; COMPLEX ; prognosis ; RETINOIC ACID RECEPTORS
    Abstract: Impairment of endogenous differentiation pathways like retinoic acid (RA) signaling seems to be a central pathogenetic event in astrocytic gliomas. Among others, expression of the differentiation-promoting RA chaperon protein cellular retinoic acid binding protein 2 (CRABP2) is extenuated in high-grade gliomas. Against this background, we aimed at identifying potential pathomechanisms underlying reduced CRABP2 expression in these tumors. Employing MassARRAY methylation analysis we detected extensive CpG methylation upstream of the CRABP2 gene locus in a study sample comprising 100 astrocytic gliomas of WHO grade II to IV. Compared to non-tumorous control samples tumors revealed increased CpG methylation and methylation levels were inversely correlated to CRABP2 mRNA expression. Substantiating our in situ findings, CRABP2 mRNA levels increased in glioma cell lines after exposure to the demethylating agent 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine. Finally, a distinct CpG methylation signature distinguished between primary glioblastoma on the one hand and the group of astrocytoma WHO II-III and secondary glioblastoma on the other hand. Altogether, our observations suggest that epigenetic silencing of CRABP2 might contribute to an immature phenotype in glioma cells.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22275178
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    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; INVASION ; SURVIVAL ; GROWTH-FACTOR RECEPTOR ; GLIOMAS ; HUMAN BRAIN-TUMORS ; IDH1 ; TENASCIN-C ; TUMOR-ASSOCIATED AUTOANTIBODIES
    Abstract: Liquid biopsies come of age offering unexploited potential to monitor and react to tumor evolution. We developed a cost-effective assay to non-invasively determine the immune status of glioblastoma (GBM) patients. Employing newly developed printed peptide microarrays we assessed the B-cell response against tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) in 214 patients. Firstly, sera of long-term (36+ months, LTS, n=10) and short-term (6-10 months, STS, n=14) surviving patients were screened for prognostic antibodies against 1745 13-mer peptides covering known TAAs (TNC, EGFR, GLEA2, PHF3, FABP5, MAGEA3). Next, survival associations were investigated in two retrospective independent multicenter validation sets (n=61, n=129, all IDH1-wildtype). Reliability of measurements was tested using a second array technology (spotted arrays). LTS/STS screening analyses identified 106 differential antibody responses. Evaluating the Top30 peptides in validation set 1 revealed three prognostic peptides. Prediction of TNC peptide VCEDGFTGPDCAE was confirmed in a second set (p=0.043, HR=0.66 [0.44-0.99]) and was unrelated to TNC protein expression. Median signals of printed arrays correlated with pre-synthesized spotted microarrays (p〈0.0002, R=0.33). Multiple survival analysis revealed independence of age, gender, KPI and MGMT status. We present a novel peptide microarray immune assay that identified increased anti-TNC VCEDGFTGPDCAE serum antibody titer as a promising non-invasive biomarker for prolonged survival.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25944688
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