The cyclins: a family of widely expressed tumor antigens?

Authors: von Bergwelt-Baildon, Michael S; Kondo, Eisei; Klein-Gonzáález, Nela; Wendtner, Clemens M

Source: Expert Review of Vaccines, 1 March 2011, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 389-395(7)


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Continuous cell division is a hallmark of cancer and cell-cycle regulators therefore represent relevant target molecules for tumor therapy. Among these targets the cyclins are of particular interest as they are overexpressed in various tumor entities with little expression in normal tissue. Here we review evidence that these molecules are recognized by the immune system, summarize why cyclins A, B and D in particular appear to be interesting targets for active and passive immunotherapy, and discuss whether the entire family could be an interesting novel class of tumor antigens for cancer treatment and prevention.

Keywords: T-cell epitopes; active immunotherapy; cyclin; tumor antigens

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2011


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