Mammalian Genome

, Volume 29, Issue 11–12, pp 757–769 | Cite as

The role of proteomics in the age of immunotherapies

  • Sarah A. HayesEmail author
  • Stephen Clarke
  • Nick Pavlakis
  • Viive M. Howell


The antigenic landscape of the adaptive immune response is determined by the peptides presented by immune cells. In recent years, a number of immune-based cancer therapies have been shown to induce remarkable clinical responses through the activation of the patient’s immune system. As a result, there is a need to identify immune biomarkers capable of predicting clinical response. Recent advances in proteomics have led to considerable developments in the more comprehensive profiling of the immune response. “Immunoproteomics” utilises a rapidly increasing collection of technologies in order to identify and quantify antigenic peptides or proteins. This includes gel-based, array-based, mass spectrometry (MS), DNA-based, or computer-based (in silico) approaches. Immunoproteomics is yielding an understanding of disease and disease progression, vaccine candidates, and biomarkers to a depth not before understood. This review gives an overview of the emerging role of proteomics in improving personalisation of immunotherapy treatment.



Sarah A. Hayes gratefully acknowledges financial support from Mr. Peter Pickles and the Pickles Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah A. Hayes
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Stephen Clarke
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nick Pavlakis
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Viive M. Howell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Bill Walsh Translational Cancer Research Laboratory, Hormones and Cancer, Kolling Institute of Medical ResearchRoyal North Shore HospitalSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and HealthUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Medical OncologyRoyal North Shore HospitalSydneyAustralia

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