CD8 T cell-independent antitumor response and its potential for treatment of malignant gliomas

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Malignant brain tumors continue to represent a devastating diagnosis with no real chance for cure. Despite an increasing list of potential salvage therapies, standard-of-care for these patients has not changed in over a decade. Immunotherapy has been seen as an exciting option, with the potential to offer specific and long lasting tumor clearance. The “gold standard” in immunotherapy has been the development of a tumor-specific CD8 T cell response to potentiate tumor clearance and immunological memory. While many advances have been made in the field of immunotherapy, few therapies have seen true success. Many of the same principles used to develop immunotherapy in tumors of the peripheral organs have been applied to brain tumor immunotherapy. The immune-specialized nature of the brain should call into question whether this approach is appropriate. Recent results from our own experiments require a rethinking of current dogma. Perhaps a CD8 T cell response is not sufficient for an organ as immunologically unique as the brain. Examination of previously elucidated principles of the brain’s immune-specialized status and known immunological preferences should generate discussion and experimentation to address the failure of current therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number71
JournalCancers
Volume8
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Brain tumors
  • Immunotherapy
  • T cells

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'CD8 T cell-independent antitumor response and its potential for treatment of malignant gliomas'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this