Recognition of a cervical cancer derived tumor cell line by a human papillomavirus type 16 E6 52-61-specific CD8 T cell clone

Cancer Immun. 2006 Jun 30;6:9.


The E6 and E7 proteins of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types are thought to be the ideal sources of antigens for immunotherapy for cervical cancer since they are expressed by the tumors and not by normal cells. We recently described new HPV 16 epitopes, including the E6 52-61 peptide restricted by HLA class I molecule B57. Primary tumor cell lines were established from three HLA-B57 positive, HPV 16 positive cervical cancer patients, and their recognition by a E6 52-61 specific CD8+ T cell clone was determined using a chromium release assay and an IFN-gamma enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISPOT) assay. The recognition of homologous epitopes contained in other high-risk HPV types (18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 68, and 73) was also examined at the peptide level. A low level of killing of two of the tumor cell lines derived from the three patients was demonstrated using a chromium release assay. The level of killing of one of these tumor cell lines was enhanced upon treatment with IFN-gamma and/or the addition of antigen. This tumor cell line also induced measurable IFN-gamma secretion. The recognition of homologous epitopes from HPV 35, 39, 45, 51, and 73 was detected in an ELISPOT assay. Therefore, the HPV 16 E6 52-61 epitope appears to be at least weakly expressed by tumor cell lines derived from cervical cancer, and the HPV 16 E6 52-61-specific T cell clone can recognize homologous peptides derived from other high risk HPV sequences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Clone Cells
  • Epitopes, T-Lymphocyte / chemistry
  • Epitopes, T-Lymphocyte / immunology*
  • Female
  • HLA Antigens / metabolism
  • HLA-B Antigens / analysis
  • Humans
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral / chemistry
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral / immunology*
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Peptides / immunology
  • Repressor Proteins / chemistry
  • Repressor Proteins / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / immunology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / virology


  • E6 protein, Human papillomavirus type 16
  • Epitopes, T-Lymphocyte
  • HLA Antigens
  • HLA-B Antigens
  • HLA-B57 antigen
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral
  • Peptides
  • Repressor Proteins