ESTDAB: a collection of immunologically characterised melanoma cell lines and searchable databank

Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2006 Jun;55(6):623-7. doi: 10.1007/s00262-005-0117-3. Epub 2006 Jan 19.


Cancer immunologists working in humans often require panels of tumour cell lines expressing different combinations of HLA alleles and other characteristics. Sources of cell lines are usually large cell banks carrying little immunologically relevant information on the available cells and limited numbers of different lines from the same type of tumour. Access to cells with desired combinations of characteristics is, therefore, difficult. Here, we describe an interactive database of a large collection of melanoma cell lines which have been extensively characterised for HLA genotype and surface expression, oncogene and tumour antigen expression, cytokine secretion, surface molecule expression, adhesion to extracellular matrix components, cytokine gene polymorphisms and other factors of interest to immunologists. This enables investigators to search for cells with particular constellations of HLA alleles, tumour antigens, etc., and then request these from the cell bank. This European Searchable Tumour Cell Line and Data Bank (ESTDAB) was established as a Research Infrastructure of the European Commission. For access to the databank and further details, please go to .

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers, Tumor* / genetics
  • Biomarkers, Tumor* / immunology
  • Cell Line, Tumor* / immunology
  • Databases, Factual*
  • HLA Antigens / genetics
  • HLA Antigens / immunology
  • Humans
  • Melanoma* / genetics
  • Melanoma* / immunology


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • HLA Antigens