Identification of HLA-A24-restricted CD8 + cytotoxic T-cell epitopes derived from mammaglobin-A, a human breast cancer-associated antigen

Venkataswarup Tiriveedhi, Nayan J. Sarma, Vijay Subramanian, Timothy P. Fleming, William E. Gillanders, Thallachallour Mohanakumar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Scopus citations

Abstract

Human breast cancer-associated antigen, mammaglobin-A (Mam-A), potentially offers a novel therapeutic target as a breast cancer vaccine. In this study, we define the CD8 + cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response to Mam-A-derived candidate epitopes presented in the context of HLA-A24 (A*2402). HLA-A24 has a frequency of 72% in Japanese, 27% in Asian Indian, and 18% in Caucasian populations. Using a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-binding prediction algorithm we identified 7 HLA-A24-restricted Mam-A-derived candidate epitopes (MAA24.1-7). Membrane stabilization studies with TAP-deficient T2 cells transfected with HLA-A2402 (T2.A24) indicated that MAA24.2 (CYAGSGCPL) and MAA24.4 (ETLSNVEVF) have the highest HLA-A24 binding affinity. Further, 2 CD8 + CTL cell lines generated in vitro against T2.A24 cells individually loaded with Mam-A-derived candidate epitopes demonstrated significant cytotoxic activity against MAA24.2 and MAA24.4. In addition, the same CD8 + CTL lines lysed the HLA-A24 +/Mam-A + stable transfected human breast cancer cell lines AU565 and MDA-MB-361. However, these CTLs had no cytotoxicity against HLA-A24 -/Mam-A + and HLA-A24 +/Mam-A - breast cancer cell lines. In summary, our results define HLA-A24-restricted, Mam-A-derived, CD8 + CTL epitopes that can potentially be employed for Mam-A-based breast cancer vaccine therapy to breast cancer patients with HLA-A24 phenotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Immunology
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • CD8 T cell
  • HLA-A24
  • Mammaglobin-A
  • Vaccine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Identification of HLA-A24-restricted CD8 <sup>+</sup> cytotoxic T-cell epitopes derived from mammaglobin-A, a human breast cancer-associated antigen'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this