CYTOTOXIC T LYMPHOCYTE RESPONSE TO HPV 16

Summary

Principal Investigator: Mayumi Nakagawa
Abstract: DESCRIPTION: (Applicant's Description) As a student in an M.D.-Ph.D. program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Nakagawa studied the structure function relationships of murine Major Histocompatibility Complex in terms of its immunological and physiological properties. After completing a residency program in laboratory medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, where she still is, she began a research project studying cell-mediated immunity to Human Papilloma Virus type 16 (HPV 16) which is a causative agent of cervical dysplasia and cancer. Data collected thus far, using a T cell proliferative assay as well as a cytotoxic lymphocyte assay, support her working hypothesis that cell-mediated immunity to HPV is instrumental in its elimination and thus is protected against the development of associated diseases. The experiments proposed in this application are nested with an ongoing longitudinal study in which HPV 16 infected women who have not developed high grade intraepithelial lesions are tested for cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses to HPV 16 oncogenic proteins, E6 and E7. The specific aims of this project are to characterize the lymphocyte subset(s) responsible for anti-HPV activity, to eliminate background activity, to explore alternative methods of in vitro stimulation, and to develop a protocol to perform cytotoxic T lymphocyte assay using T cell lines instead of bulk cultures. The last aim will give us a tool to identify immunodominant epitopes of HPV 16 in the future. The long-term goal of this project is to develop effective vaccines and immunotherapy for prevention and treatment of cervical cancer. Dr. Nakagawa's long-term career goal is to continue research in HPV immunology as an independent investigator. She envisions this will be best accomplished by becoming a faculty member at an academic medical center where she will also have clinical responsibilities as a laboratory medicine physician. The University of California at San Francisco, which is a major academic medical institution with many distinguished scientists, offers an excellent environment to develop skills and further her expertise in the field to accomplish her goals.
Funding Period: 1998-02-01 - 2004-01-31
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. pmc HLA class I binding promiscuity of the CD8 T-cell epitopes of human papillomavirus type 16 E6 protein
    Mayumi Nakagawa
    Department of Dermatology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, USA
    J Virol 81:1412-23. 2007
  2. pmc Cell-mediated immune responses to human papillomavirus 16 E6 and E7 antigens as measured by interferon gamma enzyme-linked immunospot in women with cleared or persistent human papillomavirus infection
    Sepideh Farhat
    Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
    Int J Gynecol Cancer 19:508-12. 2009

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  1. pmc HLA class I binding promiscuity of the CD8 T-cell epitopes of human papillomavirus type 16 E6 protein
    Mayumi Nakagawa
    Department of Dermatology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, USA
    J Virol 81:1412-23. 2007
    ..The HLA class I promiscuity which has been described for human immunodeficiency virus may be more common than previously recognized...
  2. pmc Cell-mediated immune responses to human papillomavirus 16 E6 and E7 antigens as measured by interferon gamma enzyme-linked immunospot in women with cleared or persistent human papillomavirus infection
    Sepideh Farhat
    Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
    Int J Gynecol Cancer 19:508-12. 2009
    ..In summary, anti-E6 responses seem critical in the immediate control of HPV, and in some women, an immune tolerance eventually develops if HPV is not eliminated soon after infection...