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Clinical and Developmental Immunology
Volume 2012, Article ID 820394, 6 pages
Review Article

Immunogenic Targets for Specific Immunotherapy in Multiple Myeloma

1Department of Internal Medicine III, University of Ulm, 89081 Ulm, Germany
2Department of Oncology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 430000 Wuhan, China

Received 27 December 2011; Accepted 5 February 2012

Academic Editor: Qing Yi

Copyright © 2012 Lu Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Multiple myeloma remains an incurable disease although the prognosis has been improved by novel therapeutics and agents recently. Relapse occurs in the majority of patients and becomes fatal finally. Immunotherapy might be a powerful intervention to maintain a long-lasting control of minimal residual disease or to even eradicate disseminated tumor cells. Several tumor-associated antigens have been identified in patients with multiple myeloma. These antigens are expressed in a tumor-specific or tumor-restricted pattern, are able to elicit immune response, and thus could serve as targets for immunotherapy. This review discusses immunogenic antigens with therapeutic potential for multiple myeloma.