Dendritic cells, inflammation, and breast cancer

Karolina Palucka, Lisa M. Coussens, Joyce O'Shaughnessy

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Solid tumors are well known for their genomic heterogeneity. Although some aspects of this derive from so-called driver mutations, it is now clear that tumor cells possess a seemingly limitless capacity to evade cell death pathway activation, maintain essential survival programming, and initiate resistance networks that block efficacy of cytotoxic and targeted therapy. Given this amazing survival capability, how then to design approaches for effective eradication of malignant cells Also present within all solid tumors is a diverse assemblage of genomically stable immune cell types. Whereas some of these possess documented activities that foster tumor progression, others possess inherent activities that when favored lead to rapid tumor cell elimination. This review focuses on aspects of dendritic cell biology in solid tumors, especially breast cancers, which point to dendritic cells as a tractable tool to exploit for immune-based therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-516
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Journal (United States)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Cancer
  • Dendritic Cells
  • Immunogenic Cell Death
  • Inflammation
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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