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    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; tumor ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; SYSTEM ; DISEASE ; RISK ; GENE ; GENE-TRANSFER ; DNA ; INFECTION ; INDUCTION ; ANTIGEN ; DENDRITIC CELLS ; T cells ; T-CELLS ; E7 ; OPEN READING FRAME ; papillomavirus ; HUMANS ; ASSAY ; WOMEN ; cervical cancer ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; human papillomavirus ; HIGH-RISK ; ONCOGENE ; TRANSFORMATION ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS ; VACCINE ; SAFETY ; EPITOPE ; IMMUNOTHERAPY ; PLASMID DNA ; IMMUNODEFICIENCY-VIRUS TYPE-1 ; IMMUNIZATION ; MUTATIONAL ANALYSIS ; ASSAYS ; cytotoxic T lymphocyte ; BACTERIAL-DNA ; RISK-FACTOR ; in vivo ; tumor regression ; tumor protection ; ENHANCED IMMUNOGENICITY ; gene shuffling ; HPV16 E7 ; in vitro immunization
    Abstract: Anew and very promising approach in vaccine development is the application of naked DNA. In comparison to conventional vaccines it offers several advantages, especially if there is a need for the development of low cost vaccines. Infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (hr-HPVs) is the major risk factor for the development of cervical cancer (cc), the third most common cancer in women worldwide. The HPV E7 oncogene is constitutively expressed in HPV-infected cells and represents an excellent target for immune therapy of HPV-related disease. Therefore, we chose the HPV-16 E7 as model antigen in the development of a therapeutic DNA vaccine candidate. For safety reasons the use of a transforming gene like the HPV-16 E7 for DNA vaccination is not feasible in humans. In consequence we have generated an artificial ("shuffled") HPV-16 E7-gene (HPV-16 E7SH), containing all putative cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTLs) epitopes and exhibiting high safety features. Here, we show the induction of a strong E7-wildtype (E7WT) directed cellular and humoral immune response including tumor protection and regression after in Vivo immunization in the murine system. Moreover, the vaccine candidate demonstrated immunogenicity in humans, demonstrated by priming of antigen-specific T cells in vitro. Importantly, the artificial HPV-gene has completely lost its transforming properties as measured in soft agar transformation assays. These results may be of importance for the development of vaccines based on oncogenes or oncoproteins. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16472545
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    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; carcinoma ; CELL ; INHIBITION ; PATHWAY ; EXPOSURE ; NEW-YORK ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; cell line ; LINES ; PATIENT ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; DNA ; CELL-LINES ; treatment ; STAGE ; gene expression ; PROMOTER ; BRCA1 ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; inactivation ; PHENOTYPE ; CANCER-RESEARCH ; HISTONE DEACETYLASE ; MANAGEMENT ; SUBSET
    Abstract: Patients with advanced stage invasive cervical cancer (CC) exhibit highly complex genomic alterations and respond poorly to conventional treatment protocols. In our efforts to understand the molecular genetic basis of CC, we examined the role of Fanconi Anemia (FA)-BRCA pathway. Here, we show that FANCF gene is disrupted by either promoter hypermethylation and/or deregulated gene expression in a majority of CC. Inhibition of DNA methylation and histone deacetylases induces FANCF gene re-expression in CC cell lines. FANCF-deregulated CC cell lines also exhibit a chromosomal hypersensitivity phenotype after exposure to an alkylating agent, a characteristic of FA patients. We also show the involvement of BRCA1 gene by promoter hypertmethylation or down-regulated expression in a small subset of CC patients. Thus, we have found inactivation of genes in the FA-BRCA pathway by epigenetic alterations in a high proportion of CC patients, suggesting a major role for this pathway in the development of cervical cancer. Thus, these results have important implications in understanding the molecular basis of CC tumorigenesis and clinical management in designing targeted experimental therapeutic protocols
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15126331
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    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; proliferation ; tumor ; carcinoma ; human ; IN-VIVO ; MODEL ; VITRO ; EXPOSURE ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TUMORS ; LINES ; MICE ; CARCINOGENESIS ; CONTRAST ; KERATINOCYTES ; SKIN ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; E7 ; papillomavirus ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; TRANSGENIC MICE ; PROGRESSION ; PROMOTER ; LINE ; human papillomavirus ; LIFE-SPAN ; E6 ; HUMAN KERATINOCYTES ; keratin ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMA ; CARCINOMAS ; REPLICATION ; squamous cell carcinoma ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS TYPE-16 ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMAS ; epidermis ; immunosuppression ; RE ; immortalization ; keratinocyte ; CARCINOGEN ; ONCOGENESIS ; CHECKPOINT ; EPIDERMODYSPLASIA-VERRUCIFORMIS ; LIFE ; HYPERPLASIA ; LEVEL ; EVENTS ; BOVINE ; chemical carcinogenesis ; CYCLE ARREST ; DYSPLASIA
    Abstract: The oncoproteins E6 and E7 of human papillomavirus type 38 (HPV38) display several transforming activities in vitro, including immortalization of primary human keratinocytes. To evaluate the oncogenic activities of the viral proteins in an in vivo model, we generated transgenic mice expressing HPV38 E6 and E7 under the control of the bovine homologue of the human keratin 10 (K10) promoter. Two distinct lines of HPV38 E6/E7-expressing transgenic mice that express the viral genes at different levels were obtained. In both lines, HPV38 E6 and E7 induced cellular proliferation, hyperplasia, and dysplasia, in the epidermis. The rate of occurrence of these events was proportional to the levels of HPV38 E6 and E7 expression in the two transgenic lines. Exposure of the epidermis of nontransgenic mice to UV led to p21(WAF1) accumulation and cell cycle arrest. In contrast, keratinocytes from transgenic mice continued to proliferate and were not positive for p21(WAF1), indicating that cell cycle checkpoints are altered in keratinocytes expressing the viral genes. Although the HPV38 E6/E7-expressing transgenic mice did not develop spontaneous tumors during their life span, two-stage carcinogen treatment led to a high incidence of papillomas, keratoacanthomas, and squamous-cell carcinomas in HPV38 mice compared with nontransgenic animals. Together, these data show that HPV38 E6 and E7 display transforming properties in vivo, providing further support for the role of HPV38 in carcinogenesis
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16282489
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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; CELL ; INHIBITION ; COMMON ; DIAGNOSIS ; NEW-YORK ; GENE ; GENES ; GENOME ; HYBRIDIZATION ; microarray ; transcription ; DRUG ; METABOLISM ; cell line ; TUMORS ; validation ; LINES ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; CELL-LINES ; chromosome ; FORM ; DELETION ; IDENTIFICATION ; IN-SITU ; PROGRESSION ; AMPLIFICATION ; COMPARATIVE GENOMIC HYBRIDIZATION ; ARRAYS ; NUMBER ; genetics ; cervical cancer ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; DELETIONS ; PATHOGENESIS ; PCR ; REGION ; REGIONS ; ONCOGENE ; RT-PCR ; immune response ; IMMUNE-RESPONSE ; UTERINE CERVIX ; RECURRENT ; FLUORESCENCE ; MICROARRAY ANALYSIS ; fluorescence in situ hybridization ; cell lines ; heredity ; HIGH-LEVEL ; CDNA MICROARRAY ; in situ hybridization ; molecular ; ONCOLOGY ; ARRAY ; LEVEL ; analysis ; PROFILES ; DYSPLASIA ; EXPRESSION PROFILES ; USA ; CANDIDATE ; genomic ; DRUG-METABOLISM ; CDNA-MICROARRAY ; EPHB2 ; 19Q13.3 ; COMPARATIVE-GENOMIC-HYBRIDIZATION ; INVASIVE-CARCINOMA ; MUC4 EXPRESSION
    Abstract: Cervical cancer (CC) cells exhibit complex karyotypic alterations, which is consistent with deregulation of numerous critical genes in its formation and progression. To characterize this karyotypic complexity at the molecular level, we used cDNA array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) to analyze 29 CC cases and identified a number of over represented and deleted genes. The aCGH analysis revealed at least 17 recurrent amplicons and six common regions of deletions. These regions contain several known tumor-associated genes, such as those involved in transcription, apoptosis, cytoskeletal remodeling, ion-transport, drug metabolism, and immune response. Using the fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) approach we demonstrated the presence of high-level amplifications at the 8q24.3, 11q22.2, and 20q13 regions in CC cell lines. To identify amplification-associated genes that correspond to focal amplicons, we examined one or more genes in each of the 17 amplicons by Affymetrix UI33A expression arrays and serniquantitative reverse-transcription PCR (RT-PCR) in 31 CC tumors. This analysis exhibited frequent and robust upregulated expression in CC relative to normal cervix for genes EPHB2 (1p36), CDCA8 (1p34.3), AIM2 (1q22-23), RFC4, MUC4, and HRASLS (3q27-29), SKP2 (5p12-13), CENTD3 (Sq31.3), PTK2, RECQL4 (8q24), MMP1 and MMP13 (11q22.2), AKT1 (14q32.3), ABCC3 (17q21-22), SMARCA4 (19p13.3) LIG1 (19q13.3), UBE2C (20q13.1), SMCIL1 (Xp11), KIRA (Xq12), TMSN8 (Xq22), and CSAG2 (Xq28). Thus, the gene dosage and expression profiles generated here have enabled the identification of focal amplicons characteristic for the CC genome and facilitated the validation of relevant genes in these amplicons. These data, thus, form an important step toward the identification of biologically relevant genes in CC pathogenesis. This article contains Supplementary Material available at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/jpages/ 10452257/suppmat. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17243165
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