Special Issue "Cell Death in Cancer"

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Rudolf Oehler

Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
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Interests: apoptosis; efferocytosis; innate immunity; immunotherapy; colorectal cancer; breast cancer
Guest Editor
Prof. Ronit Pinkas-Kramarski

Department of Neurobiology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Interests: autophagy; mitophagy; signal transduction; receptor tyrosine kinases; Ras; Beclin 1; Bcl2 proteins

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cancer development is often characterized by the deregulation of normal growth and decreased ability to eliminate abnormal cells. The escape of cancer cells from death enables their survival under adverse conditions, leading to aberrant growth. In spite of this resilience, pathologists observe individual disintegrated dead tumor cells in almost all cancer tissues, suggesting a constant release of pro-inflammatory damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). The initial type of cell death pathway responsible for this effect may differ between cancers. To escape the elimination by a consequently activated immune system, cancer cells establish an immunosuppressive microenvironment.

Chemotherapies, radiotherapies, and many targeted therapies aim to overcome the anti-apoptotic capacity of tumor cells. However, increasing evidence indicates that these therapies can also induce other types of cell death including necroptosis, ferroptosis, pyroptosis, autophagy-dependent, and immunogenic cell death—each with a distinct underlying molecular mechanism. Of note, autophagy may have other effects on tumor cell growth. Immunomodulatory therapies such as immune checkpoint inhibitors help to release the break on the immune system. These are very successful in specific cancers, but only patients with highly immune cell infiltrated tumors profit from the treatment. Ongoing clinical trials explore the possibilities of increasing the response rate by combining immune checkpoint inhibitors with cell death-inducing therapies. However, recent research indicates that the immunostimulating effect differs between the various cell death pathways, which might affect the success of the treatment strategy.

This Special Issue will review the complexity of cell death pathways in cancer and highlight the role of novel pathways.

Dr. Rudolf Oehler
Prof. Ronit Pinkas-Kramarski
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • regulated cell death
  • apoptosis
  • necroptosis
  • autophagy
  • ferroptosis
  • pyroptosis
  • immunogenicity of cell death

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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