Special Issue "Drug-Induced Xenogenization (DIX) and Pharmacological Control of Tumor-associated Antigen Expression"
A special issue of Scientia Pharmaceutica (ISSN 2218-0532).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2020).
Interests: cytotoxicity; toxicity tests; genotoxicity; lymphocytes; lymphoma
In recent years, tumor immunotherapy has received an extraordinary impulse from the discovery and clinical application of immune checkpoint inhibitors. However, the success of immunotherapy, which in most cases relies on the presence of tumor neoantigens, is still limited. In 1970, we discovered that in vivo treatment of leukemia-bearing mice with triazene compounds was able to convert non-immunogenic leukemia cells into highly immunogenic blasts. This phenomenon that we called drug-induced xenogenization (DIX) is the result of triazene-induced somatic mutations generating MHC-associated nonself peptides. This discovery, along with more recent findings showing that several drugs are able to modulate the immunogenic properties of tumors, appears to pave the way for a novel immunotherapeutic approach of malignant diseases, i.e., the pharmacological control of tumor immunogenicity.
This Special Issue is dedicated to gathering as much information as possible on different drugs able to increase the amount and strength of tumor associated antigens.
Prof. Enzo Bonmassar
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- Tumor immunotherapy
- Tumor neoantigens
- Antigen expression modulation
- Tumor-associated antigens
- Drug-induced antigen remodeling
- Tumor immunogenicity
- Drug-induced mutation