Current status of adoptive immunotherapy of malignancies.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Adoptive immunotherapy involves the transfer of immune effectors with antitumour activity into the tumour bearing host. Early approaches such as lymphokine activator killer (LAK) cells and tumour infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have yielded occasional clinical responses. More recently, attempts to stimulate and/or select antigen-specific T-cells in vitro have demonstrated that tumour-specific adoptive immunotherapy is possible. These approaches require complicated and time consuming in vitro stimulation procedures. Therefore, genetic modification of bulk T-cell populations is an attempt to create a large population of T-cells with a single specificity. In addition to work being done to develop the most potent effector, other studies are working on improving T-cell trafficking to tumours and interfering with the tumour-induced immunosuppression that can impair in vivo T-cell activity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Morse, MA; Clay, TM; Lyerly, HK

Published Date

  • March 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 237 - 247

PubMed ID

  • 11890864

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11890864

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-2598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1517/14712598.2.3.237


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England