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Bonertz, A.* ; Weitz, J.* ; Pietsch, D.H.* ; Rahbari, N.N.* ; Schlude, C.* ; Ge, Y.* ; Juenger, S.* ; Vlodavsky, I.* ; Khazaie, K.* ; Jaeger, D.* ; Reissfelder, C.* ; Antolovic, D.* ; Aigner, M.* ; Koch, M.* ; Beckhove, P.*

Antigen-specific Tregs control T cell responses against a limited repertoire of tumor antigens in patients with colorectal carcinoma.

J. Clin. Invest. 119, 3311-3321 (2009)
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Spontaneous antitumor T cell responses in cancer patients are strongly controlled by Tregs, and increased numbers of tumor-infiltrating Tregs correlate with reduced survival. However, the tumor antigens recognized by Tregs in cancer patients and the impact of these cells on tumor-specific T cell responses have not been systematically characterized. Here we used a broad panel of long synthetic peptides of defined tumor antigens and normal tissue antigens to exploit a newly developed method to identify and compare ex vivo the antigen specificities of Tregs with those of effector/memory T cells in peripheral blood of colorectal cancer patients and healthy subjects. Tregs in tumor patients were highly specific for a distinct set of only a few tumor antigens, suggesting that Tregs exert T cell suppression in an antigen-selective manner. Tumor-specific effector T cells were detectable in the majority of colorectal cancer patients but not in healthy individuals. We detected differences in the repertoires of antigens recognized by Tregs and effector/memory T cells in the majority of colorectal cancer patients. In addition, only effector/memory T cell responses against antigens recognized by Tregs strongly increased after Treg depletion. The selection of antigens according to preexisting T cell responses may improve the efficacy of future immunotherapies for cancer and autoimmune disease.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0021-9738
e-ISSN 1558-8238
Quellenangaben Volume: 119, Issue: 11, Pages: 3311-3321 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher American Society of Clinical Investigation
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute for Pancreatic Beta Cell Research (IPI)