Encyclopedia of Cancer

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| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Peptide Vaccines for Cancer

  • Esteban Celis
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_4441-2


An immunogen composed of synthetic peptides (small protein sequences) administered with the intent of eliciting antitumor immune responses for treating cancer.


Principles of Antitumor Immunity

The immune system has the capacity to recognize tumor cells, and in many instances, this recognition results in antitumor effects such as slowing the tumor growth or tumor eradication. In view of this, many approaches have been made to develop cancer vaccines and other modes of immunotherapy. Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are considered the most effective elements of the immune system that can kill tumor cells. CTLs recognize small fragments (peptides of 8–10 residues) derived from the proteolytic processing of a tumor antigen. These peptides are presented to the CTL antigen receptor in the context of products of the class I major histocompatibility gene complex (MHC) known as HLA class Iin humans. Recognition of peptide/MHC class I complexes that are expressed on...


Peptide Vaccine Major Histocompatibility Gene Complex Proinflammatory Signal Recognize Tumor Cell Antitumor Vaccine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia Cancer CenterAugusta UniversityAugustaUSA