Immune checkpoint blockade: A common denominator approach to cancer therapy

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Abstract

The immune system recognizes and is poised to eliminate cancer but is held in check by inhibitory receptors and ligands. These immune checkpoint pathways, which normally maintain self-tolerance and limit collateral tissue damage during anti-microbial immune responses, can be co-opted by cancer to evade immune destruction. Drugs interrupting immune checkpoints, such as anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, and others in early development, can unleash anti-tumor immunity and mediate durable cancer regressions. The complex biology of immune checkpoint pathways still contains many mysteries, and the full activity spectrum of checkpoint-blocking drugs, used alone or in combination, is currently the subject of intense study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-461
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Cell
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 13 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Biology
  • Oncology

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