The identification of antigenic peptides presented on the tumor cell surface by HLA class I molecules and recognized by tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes may lead to a peptide vaccine capable of inducing protective cellular immunity. We demonstrate that both HLA-A2-restricted breast and ovarian tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes recognize shared antigenic peptides. At least one of these peptides is derived from the oncogene product of HER2/neu, which is overexpressed in 30-40% of all breast and ovarian cancers. T cells sensitized against this nine-amino acid sequence demonstrate significant recognition of HLA-A2+, HER2/neu+ tumors. Since 50% of the tumor-cell population is HLA-A2+ and many different tumors express HER2/neu, this peptide may be widely recognized and have many clinical applications.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Jan 17 1995|