Immune therapy for cancer [J]

Department of Medical Oncology and Cancer Vaccine Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.
Annual Review of Immunology (Impact Factor: 41.39). 12/2008; 27:83-117. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.immunol.021908.132544
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ABSTRACT Over the past decade, immune therapy has become a standard treatment for a variety of cancers. Monoclonal antibodies, immune adjuvants, and vaccines against oncogenic viruses are now well-established cancer therapies. Immune modulation is a principal element of supportive care for many high-dose chemotherapy regimens. In addition, immune activation is now appreciated as central to the therapeutic mechanism of bone marrow transplantation for hematologic malignancies. Advances in our understanding of the molecular interactions between tumors and the immune system have led to many novel investigational therapies and continue to inform efforts for devising more potent therapeutics. Novel approaches to immune-based cancer treatment strive to augment antitumor immune responses by expanding tumor-reactive T cells, providing exogenous immune-activating stimuli, and antagonizing regulatory pathways that induce immune tolerance. The future of immune therapy for cancer is likely to combine many of these approaches to generate more effective treatments.

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    • "In this scenario, immunotoxins are highly specific therapeutic agents that hold promise as antitumoral agents. They combine the specificity of an antibody fragment with the potency of a toxin, causing death of the target cells (Pastan et al. 2007; Dougan and Dranoff 2009). "
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    SpringerPlus 12/2015; 4(1):168. DOI:10.1186/s40064-015-0943-5
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    • "Cancer cells may express a variety of tumor-associated antigens that can be recognized by the immune system; however, spontaneous immune responses to these antigens are rarely strong enough to cause tumor regression. Therefore, immune adjuvant-based therapies have been developed to activate antitumor immune responses (Dougan and Dranoff 2009). Microbial pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) are natural adjuvants that can stimulate the activation of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) on antigenpresenting cells (APCs), which are then capable of priming antigen-specific adaptive immune responses (Kumar et al. 2011). "
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    • "However, most of them are diagnosed at advanced stage or metastasis and lost opportunity of surgery. With the advances in medical technology, immunotherapy becomes an entirely new modality of treatment for lung cancer patients in complement to chemotherapy and radiotherapy (Dougan and Dranoff, 2009; Stroncek et al., 2010; Hontscha et al., 2011). Adoptive immunity is the extracorporeal modification process of immunological activity of a host after the immunological components are withdrawn from and then reinfused back into the same host. "
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