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Curr Opin Immunol. 2012 Oct;24(5):633-9. doi: 10.1016/j.coi.2012.06.004. Epub 2012 Jul 18.

Engineered T cells for anti-cancer therapy.

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  • 1Program in Immunology, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, United States.


Recent advances enabling efficient delivery of transgenes to human T cells have created opportunities to address obstacles that previously hindered the application of T cell therapy to cancer. Modification of T cells with transgenes encoding TCRs or chimeric antigen receptors allows tumor specificity to be conferred on functionally distinct T cell subsets, and incorporation of costimulatory molecules or cytokines can enable engineered T cells to bypass local and systemic tolerance mechanisms. Clinical studies of genetically modified T cell therapy for cancer have shown notable success; however, these trials demonstrate that tumor therapy with engineered high avidity tumor-reactive T cells may be accompanied by significant on-target toxicity, necessitating careful selection of target antigens and development of strategies to eliminate transferred cells.

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