Centre for Translational Research in Epidemiology (TRACE)
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A TRACE of autoimmunity in pediatric cancer (KidImmune)

The KidImmune project at Bergen University’s Department for clinical science has identified a number of autoantibodies, antibodies directed to the body’s own proteins, that are significantly more frequent in serum from children with cancer of various kinds.

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Ola Myklebost

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The discoveries were made using “human proteome arrays”, glass plates with small duplicate spots with one of most proteins produced by humans (altogether 23 000 on the arrays). By depositing the diluted serum samples on the array, we can afterwards detect which spots have bound antibodies in the samples.

Anastassia Serguienko

The image shows a small part of one array with red spots positive for human antibodies while the amount of protein in each spot appears as blue. We have initially analyzed 175 samples from cancer patients at diagnosis and 92 healthy controls, spanning ages from 1 month to 90 years.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Trond Mohn Research Foundation (TMF) we can now extend the analysis of selected antibodies in much larger cohorts, which is crucial to determine if they are connected to cancer and have diagnostic or predictive value and can inform us about mechanisms of childhood cancer.

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In the initial phase the project has received crucial support from the Pediatric Cancer Society and the Norwegian Cancer Society, as well as from the University of Bergen and The Research Council of Norway.