Special Issue "Advancements in Cancer Immunotherapy beyond Checkpoint Blockade"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Cellular Immunology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 104

Special Issue Editors

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
Interests: chronic illness; cancer chemoprevention; UV radiation; DNA damage; immunosuppression; microRNAs; epigenetics
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Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Interests: head and neck cancer; pancreatic cancer; cancer biology; metalloproteinases; molecular biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advent of T-cell checkpoint inhibitors has revolutionized cancer therapy, leading to increased survival rates and even complete remission for numerous cancer patients. Despite their ability to enhance CD8+ T cell responses, other immune cell populations have been identified as potential targets for improving outcomes in cancer patients. Manipulating myeloid cells and other lymphocytes in pre-clinical models has demonstrated promising results in impeding cancer progression. This special issue aims to showcase the latest developments in immunotherapy targets that extend beyond CD8+ T cells.

Therefore, we would like to invite you all to contribute an original paper or a review paper on recent novel concepts based on basic and/or clinical research to understand role of various immune cells for the better management of cancers, a deadliest disease accounting over 10 million deaths worldwide, annually.

Dr. Ram Prasad
Dr. Vikash Kansal
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Cells is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • T-cell function in cancer
  • immune checkpoint blockade
  • CD8+ T cell responses
  • myeloid cells
  • immunotherapy targets
  • cancer progression

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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