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Exploring PLAC1 Structure and Underlying Mechanisms to Design a Derivative Vaccine Against Breast Cancer Progression; In-Silico Study

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 5 ]


Farzaneh Afzali, Parisa Ghahremanifard, Mohammad Mehdi Ranjbar and Mahdieh Salimi*   Pages 379 - 391 ( 13 )


Background: The tolerogenic homeostasis in Breast Cancer (BC) can be surpassed by rationally designed immune-encouraging constructs against tumor-specific antigens through immunoinformatics approach.

Objective: Availability of high throughput data providing the underlying concept of diseases and awarded computational simulations, lead to screening the potential medications and strategies in less time and cost. Despite the extensive effects of Placenta Specific 1 (PLAC1) in BC progression, immune tolerance, invasion, cell cycle regulation, and being a tumor-specific antigen the fundamental mechanisms and regulatory factors were not fully explored. It is also worth to design an immune response inducing construct to surpass the hurdles of traditional anti-cancer treatments.

Methods and Result: The study was initiated by predicting and modelling the PLAC1 secondary and tertiary structures and then engineering the fusion pattern of PLAC1 derived immunodominant predicted CD8+ and B-cell epitopes to form a multi-epitope immunogenic construct. The construct was analyzed considering the physiochemical characterization, safety, antigenicity, post-translational modification, solubility, and intrinsically disordered regions. After modelling its tertiary structure, proteinprotein docking simulation was carried out to ensure the attachment of construct with Toll-Like Receptor 4 (TLR4) as an immune receptor. To guarantee the highest expression of the designed construct in E. coli k12 as an expressional host, the codon optimization and in-silico cloning were performed. The PLAC1 related miRNAs in BC were excavated and validated through TCGA BC miRNA-sequencing and databases; the common pathways then were introduced as other probable mechanisms of PLAC1 activity.

Conclusion: Regarding the obtained in-silico results, the designed anti-PLAC1 multi-epitope construct can probably trigger humoral and cellular immune responses and inflammatory cascades, therefore may have the potential of halting BC progression and invasion engaging predicted pathways.


Antigenicity, CTA, multi-epitope, miRNA, network analysis, epitope.


Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Charbonneau Cancer Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Medical Biotechnology Department, National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB), Tehran

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