Targeting dendritic cells in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

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Abstract

Dendritic cells (DC) are an integral part of the tumor microenvironment. Pancreatic cancer is characterized by reduced number and function of DCs, which impacts antigen presentation and contributes to immune tolerance. Recent data suggest that exosomes can mediate communication between pancreatic cancer cells and DCs. Furthermore, levels of DCs may serve as prognostic factors. There is also growing evidence for the effectiveness of vaccination with DCs pulsed with tumor antigens to initiate adaptive cytolytic immune responses via T cells. Most experience with DC-based vaccination has been gathered for MUC1 and WT1 antigens, where clinical studies in advanced pancreatic cancer have provided encouraging results. In this review, we highlight the role of DC in the course, prognosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

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Authors
Organisations
External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Lund University
  • Heidelberg University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cancer and Oncology

Keywords

  • Antigen presenting cell, Dendritic cells, Immunotherapy, Pancreatic cancer, Vaccine
Original languageEnglish
Article number85
JournalCancer Cell International
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 18
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes