In the last decade several studies provided evidence that plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) actively participate in a wide spectrum of human diseases including infection, autoimmunity, and cancer. In particular, human neoplasms are populated by pDCs which presence is related to a poor prognosis. However, the role of tumor-associated pDCs (TApDCs) remains controversial. Various studies indicate that pDCs play an immunosuppressive role and facilitate tumor progression in both animal models and humans. In contrast, others found that the presence of activated pDCs results in tumor regression in mice. Given these findings, it is clear that pDC function plays a critical role in tumor biology. Understanding pDC biology in cancer represents an important necessity and will pave the road to novel therapeutic strategies to fight malignancies. In this chapter we will discuss novel findings about the therapeutic tools which are based on the pharmacological manipulation of tumor-associated pDCs.

Role of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in Cancer

TERLIZZI, MICHELA;PINTO, Aldo;SORRENTINO, ROSALINDA
2015

Abstract

In the last decade several studies provided evidence that plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) actively participate in a wide spectrum of human diseases including infection, autoimmunity, and cancer. In particular, human neoplasms are populated by pDCs which presence is related to a poor prognosis. However, the role of tumor-associated pDCs (TApDCs) remains controversial. Various studies indicate that pDCs play an immunosuppressive role and facilitate tumor progression in both animal models and humans. In contrast, others found that the presence of activated pDCs results in tumor regression in mice. Given these findings, it is clear that pDC function plays a critical role in tumor biology. Understanding pDC biology in cancer represents an important necessity and will pave the road to novel therapeutic strategies to fight malignancies. In this chapter we will discuss novel findings about the therapeutic tools which are based on the pharmacological manipulation of tumor-associated pDCs.
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