Type I interferons in infection and cancer: Unanticipated dynamics with therapeutic implications

Ruggero De Maria Marchiano, Antonella Sistigu, Martina Musella, Gwenola Manic, Ilio Vitale

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Abstract

If there is a great new hope in the treatment of cancer, the immune system is it. Innate and adaptive immunity either promote or attenuate tumorigenesis and so can have opposing effects on the therapeutic outcome. Originally described as potent antivirals, Type-I interferons (IFNs) were quickly recognized as central coordinators of tumor-immune system interactions. Type-I-IFNs are produced by, and act on, both tumor and immune cells being either host-protecting or tumor-promoting. Here, we discuss Type-I-IFNs in infectious and cancer diseases highlighting their dichotomous role and raising the importance to deeply understand the underlying mechanisms so to reshape the way we can exploit Type-I-IFNs therapeutically.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
Number of pages38
JournalOncoImmunology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • interferons

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