Immunotherapy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma by Induction of Anti-alpha Fetoprotein Response

2014-08-27 03:13:28 | BioPortfolio


The secretion by tumor cells of alpha fetoprotein (AFP) was observed in 50 to 60% of hepatocellular carcinoma. The AFP can be used as a marker for tumor recurrence after treatment and may be considered as a tumor antigen specific for hepatocellular carcinoma.The aim of the project is to use the alpha fetoprotein (AFP) as a tumor antigen and to propose an approach of immunotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma based on the injection of autologous dendritic cells loaded with specific peptides of AFP.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Hepatocellular Carcinoma


injection of the cell therapy product


University Hospital of Angers




Nantes University Hospital

Results (where available)

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