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Oncoimmunology. 2013 Jan 1;2(1):e22615.

NKT cell adjuvants in therapeutic vaccines against hematological cancers.

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Cancer Immunology Program; Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ; The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute; Princess Alexandra Hospital; Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia.


Immune adjuvants aimed at initiating or re-activating host immunity against poorly immunogenic cancers represent a potential tool for immunotherapy. By employing the natural killer T (NKT) cell agonist α-galactosylceramide in a whole tumor cell therapeutic vaccine approach, we have achieved potent suppression of established hematological cancers upon the elicitation of innate and adaptive antitumor immunity.


NKT cells; hematological malignancies; immune adjuvants; immunotherapy; tumor vaccine; α-galactosylceramide

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