Immunobiology of human melanoma antigens MART-1 and gp100 and their use for immuno-gene therapy

Int Rev Immunol. 1997;14(2-3):173-92. doi: 10.3109/08830189709116851.


Two genes encoding human melanoma antigens MART-1 and gp100 recognized by HLA-A2 restricted melanoma reactive CTL derived from tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) were isolated by cDNA expression cloning methods. Multiple unmutated self peptides were identified as T cell epitopes in these melanocyte/melanoma specific proteins (2 from MART-1 and 5 from gp100). Most of these melanoma epitopes contain non-dominant anchor amino acids at the primary anchor positions and have intermediate binding affinity to HLA-A2.1. Melanoma reactive CTL were efficiently induced from PBL and TIL of patients by in vitro stimulation with PBMC pulsed with these epitopes. There is a significant correlation between vitiligo development and clinical response to IL2 based immunotherapy, suggesting that autoreactive T cells are involved in melanoma regression in vivo. These results have implications for understanding the nature of tumor antigens recognized by T cells and for the development of new cancer immunotherapies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, Neoplasm / genetics
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / immunology*
  • Humans
  • MART-1 Antigen
  • Melanoma / immunology*
  • Melanoma / therapy*
  • Melanoma-Specific Antigens
  • Neoplasm Proteins / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccines, Synthetic / immunology


  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • MART-1 Antigen
  • MLANA protein, human
  • Melanoma-Specific Antigens
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Vaccines, Synthetic