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Quantification of the HA-1 gene product at the RNA level; relevance for immunotherapy of hematological malignancies.

Minor histocompatibility antigens can induce cytotoxic T cells that play an important role in the graft-versus-leukemia and graft-versus-host-disease (GvHD) activity after stem cell transplantation. Minor histocompatibility antigens (mHags) with expression limited to the hematopoietic system may have a prominent role in the graft-versus-leukemia reaction. Earlier in vitro studies demonstrated that cytotoxic T cells specific for the minor histocompatibility antigen HA-1 only lysed cells of hematopoietic origin. Despite this limited expression, an HA-1 mismatch is associated with GvHD. Yet, the hematopoietic-restricted HA-1 membrane expression motivated us to develop an ex vivo HA-1-specific protocol for cellular immunotherapy of relapsed leukemia. To ensure the feasibility and safety of such cellular therapy, broad HA-1 RNA analysis is indispensable. Here we demonstrate the hematopoietic-restricted expression at the HA-1 gene transcriptional level with high RNA expression in normal and in malignant hematopoietic cells and background expression levels in nonhematopoietic cells. In tissues that showed low HA-1 RNA expression, hematopoietic cells were present as demonstrated by CD45 RNA expression analyzed in parallel. Thus, the mHag HA-1 can function as an excellent target antigen for immunotherapy of hematological malignancies with no or low risk of GvHD.[1]


  1. Quantification of the HA-1 gene product at the RNA level; relevance for immunotherapy of hematological malignancies. Wilke, M., Dolstra, H., Maas, F., Pool, J., Brouwer, R., Falkenburg, J.H., Rebello, A., Lamers, F., Schuuring, E., Kluin, P., Brasseur, F., Goulmy, E. Hematol. J. (2003) [Pubmed]
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