Clinical evaluation of TRICOM vector therapeutic cancer vaccines

Semin Oncol. 2012 Jun;39(3):296-304. doi: 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2012.02.010.


We have developed an "off-the-shelf" vector-based vaccine platform containing transgenes for carcinoma-associated antigens and multiple costimulatory molecules (designated TRICOM). Two TRICOM platforms have been evaluated both preclinically and in clinical trials. PROSTVAC consists of rV, rF-PSA-TRICOM and is being used in prostate cancer therapy trials. PANVAC consists of rV, rF-CEA-MUC1-TRICOM; the expression of the two pan-carcinoma transgenes CEA and MUC-1 renders PANVAC vaccination applicable for therapeutic applications for a range of human carcinomas. Many new paradigms have emerged as a consequence of completed and ongoing TRICOM vaccine trials, including (1) clinical evidence of patient benefit may be delayed, because multiple vaccinations may be necessary to induce a sufficient anti-tumor immune response; (2) survival, and not strict adherence to RECIST criteria or time-to-progression, may be the most appropriate trial endpoint when TRICOM vaccines are used as monotherapy; (3) certain patient populations are more likely to benefit from vaccine therapy as compared to other therapeutics; and (4) TRICOM vaccines combined with standard-of-care therapeutics, either concomitantly or sequentially, are feasible because of the limited toxicity of vaccines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / immunology
  • Cancer Vaccines / genetics
  • Cancer Vaccines / immunology*
  • Cancer Vaccines / pharmacology*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / immunology
  • Transgenes
  • Vaccines, Synthetic / immunology
  • Vaccines, Synthetic / pharmacology


  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • Cancer Vaccines
  • Vaccines, Synthetic