The purpose of the study was to identify and describe cervical cancer specific changes in humoral immune response by using a novel technology platform Mimotope Variation Analysis (MVA) developed by Protobios.

The Janus Serum Bank is one of the world's oldest and largest population-based research biobanks established in 1973. The cohort is annually linked to the Cancer Registry of Norway using personal identification numbers. More than 1000 women have developed cervical cancer after donating sera. We identified sets of successive sera samples from ten patients with invasive cervical cancer, ten patients with pre-invasive cervical neoplasia and twenty cancer-free individuals (matched for age, gender, length of sample storage +3 months). For each subject we identified 4-10 samples donated to Janus over a period of up to 18 years, in total 213 samples. We applied MVA which combines phage display technology and high-throughput sequencing analysis to generate quantitative serologic profiles of millions of 12-mer peptide antigens called mimotopes from 2 μl of blood serum per analysis.

Hierarchical clustering analysis of the top 5000 mimotopes from each sample resulted in individual-specific immunoprofiles. Multiple samples from the same person clustered together. Moreover, clustering reflected the time the sera was drawn suggesting that part of the individual immunoprofile is stabile over time.

In conclusion, preliminary results suggests that Mimotope Variance Analysis generates individual-specific immunological profiles. This profile most likely reflect prior exposure environmental pathogens. Further, we aim to decode the differences in the immunological profiles between cancer patients and cancer-free subjects.

Citation Format: Espen Enerly, Mari Nygård, Madleen Orumaa, Arno Pihlak, Susan Pihelgas, Hilde Langseth, Toomas Neuman, Kaia Palm. Mimotope variance analysis: A novel immunoprofiling method to monitor progression of cervical cancer. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2016 Apr 16-20; New Orleans, LA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2016;76(14 Suppl):Abstract nr 4039.