A comparative analysis of immune privilege in pregnancy and cancer in the context of checkpoint blockade immunotherapy

Flint, T. R., Jones, J. O., Ferrer, M., Colucci, F., Janowitz, T. (March 2018) A comparative analysis of immune privilege in pregnancy and cancer in the context of checkpoint blockade immunotherapy. Semin Oncol. ISSN 0093-7754

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30262396
DOI: 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2018.03.005

Abstract

Despite their abilities to elicit immune responses, both syngeneic tumors and the half-mismatched placenta grow in the host, unlike a tissue allograft that is aggressively rejected. This is because of local and systemic factors that contribute to the immunologic privilege of tumors and the placenta. Checkpoint blockade immunotherapies subvert this privilege, with spectacularly beneficial outcomes in subsets of patients with certain types of cancer. A challenge for the community of scientists and clinicians is to replicate these successes in pregnant patients with cancer, without harm to the placenta. Here we compare and contrast the immunology of cancers and the placenta, and suggest that immunotherapy for pregnant patients with cancer may be a reasonable option, but that this should be explored systematically.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: diseases & disorders > cancer
diseases & disorders > cancer > drugs and therapies > Immunotherapy
CSHL Authors:
Communities: CSHL labs > Janowitz lab
Highlight: Janowitz, Tobias
Depositing User: Matthew Dunn
Date: 26 March 2018
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 15:12
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 15:12
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URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/37242

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