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Cancer Lett. 2008 Aug 28;267(2):216-25. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2008.03.012. Epub 2008 Apr 22.

Myeloid-derived suppressor cell role in tumor-related inflammation.

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Department of Oncology and Surgical Sciences, Via Gattamelata 64, 35128 Padova, Italy.


Chronic inflammatory state can create a proper environment for neoplastic onset and sustain cancer growth. The inflammatory state that arises at the tumor edge could contribute to immune escape phenomena in many ways. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), a cell population that contributes to tumor escape, immune tolerance, and suppression, respond to a variety of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory stimuli, which drive their recruitment and activation. Understanding how the inflammatory milieu favours tumor escape through the accumulation of MDSCs could be very useful to improve the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy.

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