Weekly Digests



IFNγ in CAR-T therapy: friend or foe?

January 26, 2022

CAR T cell treatment (CAR-T) can be effective in hematological cancers, but is frequently associated with cytokine release syndrome (CRS), a severe adverse event. IFNγ has been implicated as a driving factor in the development of CRS, but is also considered essential for the efficacy of the treatment. Bailey et al. investigated how...

New year, new IL-12

January 19, 2022

Strategies to activate tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) can support existing cancer therapies and overcome resistance mechanisms such as exhaustion. One such approach, the inflammatory cytokine IL-12, can activate T cells and may be linked to patient survival, but its application is limited by toxicity and a short half-life. Recently published in Science Immunology, Xue...

With the powers of the immunoproteasome, MSCs can become APCs

January 12, 2022

Over the years, dendritic cell (DC) vaccines have consistently shown promise, but have come up short in the clinic, potentially due to poorly presented antigens, limited in vivo persistence, or impaired function when derived autologously from patients with cancer. As an alternative to DCs, Abusarah et al. engineered mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) to express...

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