This course will focus on the most updated approaches of cancer immunotherapy.
In order to understand the rational for cancer immunotherapy we will discuss the cellular and molecular basis of immunity to cancer. In particular: Immunosurveillance, cellular and humoral immunity and their regulation, immune escape mechanisms, immune suppressive mechanism, Tumor Associated Antigens (TAAs) detected by antibodies, TAAs detected by CTL, etc.
Cancer immunotherapy approaches that will be covered include:
- Antibody-based therapies: antibodies to inhibitory and stimulatory check points, bispecific antibodies, immunotoxins.
- Cellular therapies: Engineered Lymphocytes, CAR transduced Lymphocytes and other cell types (NK cells, myeloid cells).
- Vaccination approaches: tumor cells vaccines, dendritic cell vaccines, peptide vaccines, protein vaccines, RNA vaccines, DNA vaccines.