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Suppression, subversion and escape: the role of regulatory T cells in cancer progression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23199321     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Regulatory T cells (T(regs) ) are crucial in mediating immune homeostasis and promoting the establishment and maintenance of peripheral tolerance. However, in the context of cancer their role is more complex, and they are thought to contribute to the progress of many tumours. As cancer cells express both self- and tumour-associated antigens, T(regs) are key to dampening effector cell responses, and therefore represent one of the main obstacles to effective anti-tumour responses. Suppression mechanisms employed by T(regs) are thought to contribute significantly to the failure of current therapies that rely on induction or potentiation of anti-tumour responses. This review will focus on the current evidence supporting the central role of T(regs) in establishing tumour-specific tolerance and promoting cancer escape. We outline the mechanisms underlying their suppressive function and discuss the potential routes of T(regs) accumulation within the tumour, including enhanced recruitment, in-situ or local proliferation, and de-novo differentiation. In addition, we review some of the cancer treatment strategies that act, at least in part, to eliminate or interfere with the function of T(regs) . The role of T(regs) is being recognized increasingly in cancer, and controlling the function of these suppressive cells in the tumour microenvironment without compromising peripheral tolerance represents a significant challenge for cancer therapies.
K Oleinika; R J Nibbs; G J Graham; A R Fraser
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical and experimental immunology     Volume:  171     ISSN:  1365-2249     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Exp. Immunol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-03     Completed Date:  2013-02-19     Revised Date:  2014-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0057202     Medline TA:  Clin Exp Immunol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  36-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 British Society for Immunology.
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
Disease Progression
Immune Tolerance / drug effects,  immunology*
Neoplasms / drug therapy,  immunology*
T-Lymphocytes, Regulatory / drug effects,  immunology*
Tumor Escape / drug effects,  immunology*
Tumor Microenvironment / immunology
Grant Support
G0901113//Medical Research Council; //Medical Research Council
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents

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