The epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) is a consistent tumor-specific mutation that is widely expressed in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and other neoplasms. As such it represents a truly tumor-specific target for antitumor immunotherapy. Although endogenous humoral responses to EGFRvIII have been reported in patients with EGFRvIII-expressing breast cancer, it is not known whether de novo responses can be generated or endogenous responses enhanced with an EGFRvIII-specific vaccine. To assess this in clinical trials, we have developed and validated an immunoassay to measure and isolate anti-EGFRvIII and anti-KLH antibodies from the serum of patients vaccinated with an EGFRvIII-specific peptide (PEPvIII) conjugated to keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH). Using magnetic beads with immobilized antigen we captured and detected anti-EGFRvIII and anti-KLH antibodies in serum from patients before and after vaccinations. Using this assay, we found that significant levels of antibody for tumor-specific antigen EGFRvIII (> 4 μg/mL) and KLH could be induced after vaccination with PEPvIII-KLH.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Immunological Methods|
|State||Published - Nov 30 2008|
- Humoral response
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy