Ricerca avanzata

Home > Riviste > Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia > Fascicoli precedenti > Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2014 Dicembre 149(6) > Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2014 Dicembre 149(6):711-7



Rivista di Dermatologia e Malattie Sessualmente Trasmesse

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014

Periodicità: Bimestrale

ISSN 0392-0488

Online ISSN 1827-1820


Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2014 Dicembre 149(6):711-7


Melanoma vaccines, revisited: a review, update

Elias E. G. 1, Sharma B. K. 2

1 Department of Surgery, University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, USA;
2 ScyTek Laboratories, Logan, UT, USA

Melanoma vaccines are usually administered after surgical resection of the tumor with the hope of eradicating the micrometastases, in high-risk patients. As we previously reported, most of the melanoma vaccines failed to show any major impact on the disease, except for the autologous whole cell vaccine. This can be explained by the heterogeneous nature of cutaneous melanoma that expresses various levels of melanoma antigens, peptides and has various genetic profiles among different patients. From an immunological point of view, it is illogic to eliminate the tumor and its specific antigens then apply allogenic type of therapy and expect a tumor response. Therefore, it is more logical is to utilize the tumor site as a source for the tumor-specific antigens. In the meantime, patients with in-transit metastases can give us an excellent opportunity to evaluate the local and systemic effects of intralesional (intratumoral) therapy, and various agents have been utilized with equivocal results. On the other hand, intralesional administration of 2 cytokines seemed to process the tumor antigens and activates thymic-derived lymphocytes (T cells). This can induce an antitumor immune response in vivo, i.e., autoimmunization (auto-vaccination), specific to each patient, and overcome tumor heterogeneity regardless to its antigenic or genetic profiles.

lingua: Inglese


inizio pagina