IECC2022: Tumor Microenvironment Heterogeneity in Cancer Progression: Challenge or Opportunity

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694). This special issue belongs to the section "Tumor Microenvironment".

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Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Interests: gynecologic cancers; tumor microenvironment; diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers discovery; stomal-epithelial interaction; exosomes
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Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

This Special Issue will comprise selected papers from the proceedings of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Cancers: Tumor Microenvironment Heterogeneity in Cancer Progression: Challenge or Opportunity (IECC 2022) 14–16 February 2022, held on sciforum.net, an online platform for hosting scholarly e-conferences and discussion groups.

The focus of this conference is the translation of basic science understanding the tumor microenvironment and its dysregulation in cancer to its therapeutic exploitation, and is divided into twelve sessions, each with an invited keynote speaker and chair and short proffered talks on the following:

  • Tumor Heterogeneity and Chemoresistance
  • Tumor Heterogeneity and Immune Evasion
  • Clonal Evolution and Tumor Heterogeneity
  • Technological Platforms for Tumor and TME Heterogeneity Studies
  • Novel Computational Approaches in Tumor Analyses
  • Proteomics and Metabolomics to Dissect Tumor Tissue Heterogeneity
  • Targeting Tumor Microenvironment as Therapeutical Strategy to Hit Cancer: News from the Lab
  • Pre-Clinical Models to Study Cancer Heterogeneity: Emerging Technologies
  • Immunotherapy: Strategies to Unleash the Anti-Tumor Response

Selected papers that attract the most interest on the web or that provide a particularly innovative contribution will be selected for publication. These papers will be subjected to peer review and published with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications. We hope that this Conference Series will continue to grow in acceptance and recognition among potential participants, contributors, experts who want to disseminate their latest findings, and readers who seek information on tumor microenvironment heterogeneity in cancer progression.

Prof. Dr. Samuel C. Mok
Prof. Dr. Paola Cappello
Dr. Sammy Ferri-Borgogno
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Strategies for Efficient Targeting of Tumor Collagen for Cancer Therapy
by Silvia Baldari, Francesca Di Modugno, Paola Nisticò and Gabriele Toietta
Cancers 2022, 14(19), 4706; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers14194706 - 27 Sep 2022
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The tumor stroma, which comprises stromal cells and non-cellular elements, is a critical component of the tumor microenvironment (TME). The dynamic interactions between the tumor cells and the stroma may promote tumor progression and metastasis and dictate resistance to established cancer therapies. Therefore, [...] Read more.
The tumor stroma, which comprises stromal cells and non-cellular elements, is a critical component of the tumor microenvironment (TME). The dynamic interactions between the tumor cells and the stroma may promote tumor progression and metastasis and dictate resistance to established cancer therapies. Therefore, novel antitumor approaches should combine anticancer and anti-stroma strategies targeting dysregulated tumor extracellular matrix (ECM). ECM remodeling is a hallmark of solid tumors, leading to extensive biochemical and biomechanical changes, affecting cell signaling and tumor tissue three-dimensional architecture. Increased deposition of fibrillar collagen is the most distinctive alteration of the tumor ECM. Consequently, several anticancer therapeutic strategies have been developed to reduce excessive tumor collagen deposition. Herein, we provide an overview of the current advances and challenges of the main approaches aiming at tumor collagen normalization, which include targeted anticancer drug delivery, promotion of degradation, modulation of structure and biosynthesis of collagen, and targeting cancer-associated fibroblasts, which are the major extracellular matrix producers. Full article
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Recent Advances in CAR T-Cell Therapy for Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
by Benjamin M. Heyman, Dimitrios Tzachanis and Thomas J. Kipps
Cancers 2022, 14(7), 1715; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers14071715 - 28 Mar 2022
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Chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR T cells) have resulted in dramatic treatment responses for patients with hematologic malignancies, resulting in improved survival for patients with intractable disease. The first patient treated with CD19 directed CAR T cell therapy had chronic lymphocytic leukemia [...] Read more.
Chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR T cells) have resulted in dramatic treatment responses for patients with hematologic malignancies, resulting in improved survival for patients with intractable disease. The first patient treated with CD19 directed CAR T cell therapy had chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and achieved a complete remission. Subsequent clinical trials have focused largely on patients with other B-cell hematologic malignancies, owing to the fact that CAR T cell therapy for patients with CLL has met with challenges. More recent clinical trials have demonstrated CAR T cell therapy can be well tolerated and effective for patients with CLL, making it a potential treatment option for patients with this disease. In this article we review the background on CAR T cells for the treatment of patients with CLL, focusing on the unique obstacles that patients with CLL present for the development of adoptive T cell therapy, and the novel approaches currently under development to overcome these hurdles. Full article
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