Dendritic cell biology and its role in tumor immunotherapy.

Publication date: Aug 03, 2020

As crucial antigen presenting cells, dendritic cells (DCs) play a vital role in tumor immunotherapy. Taking into account the many recent advances in DC biology, we discuss how DCs (1) recognize pathogenic antigens with pattern recognition receptors through specific phagocytosis and through non-specific micropinocytosis, (2) process antigens into small peptides with proper sizes and sequences, and (3) present MHC-peptides to CD4 and CD8 T cells to initiate immune responses against invading microbes and aberrant host cells. During anti-tumor immune responses, DC-derived exosomes were discovered to participate in antigen presentation. T cell microvillar dynamics and TCR conformational changes were demonstrated upon DC antigen presentation. Caspase-11-driven hyperactive DCs were recently reported to convert effectors into memory T cells. DCs were also reported to crosstalk with NK cells. Additionally, DCs are the most important sentinel cells for immune surveillance in the tumor microenvironment. Alongside DC biology, we review the latest developments for DC-based tumor immunotherapy in preclinical studies and clinical trials. Personalized DC vaccine-induced T cell immunity, which targets tumor-specific antigens, has been demonstrated to be a promising form of tumor immunotherapy in patients with melanoma. Importantly, allogeneic-IgG-loaded and HLA-restricted neoantigen DC vaccines were discovered to have robust anti-tumor effects in mice. Our comprehensive review of DC biology and its role in tumor immunotherapy aids in the understanding of DCs as the mentors of T cells and as novel tumor immunotherapy cells with immense potential.

Concepts Keywords
Allogeneic Immunity targets tumor
Antigen Presentation Vital tumor
Antigen Presenting Cells DCs mentors tumor
Antigens Immunotherapy
Caspase Medical specialties
CD4 Clinical medicine
CD8 Oncology
Clinical Trials Immunology
Crosstalk Immune system
Exosomes Tumor antigen
HLA Cancer vaccines
IgG Immunotherapy
Immune Surveillance Antigen-presenting cell
Immunity Draft:Whole-cell cancer vaccine
Memory Cells


Type Source Name
disease MESH tumor
drug DRUGBANK Cycloserine
disease MESH melanoma
pathway KEGG Melanoma
disease MESH aids

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