Whole-cell cancer vaccination: from autologous to allogeneic tumor- and dendritic cell-based vaccines

Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2008 Oct;57(10):1569-77. doi: 10.1007/s00262-008-0536-z. Epub 2008 Jun 4.


The field of tumor vaccination is currently undergoing a shift in focus, from individualized tailor-made vaccines to more generally applicable vaccine formulations. Although primarily predicated by financial and logistic considerations, stemming from a growing awareness that clinical development for wide-scale application can only be achieved through backing from major pharmaceutical companies, these new approaches are also supported by a growing knowledge of the intricacies and minutiae of antigen presentation and effector T-cell activation. Here, the development of whole-cell tumor and dendritic cell (DC)-based vaccines from an individualized autologous set-up to a more widely applicable allogeneic approach will be discussed as reflected by translational studies carried out over the past two decades at our laboratories and clinics in the vrije universiteit medical center (VUmc) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cancer Vaccines / immunology
  • Cancer Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Dendritic Cells / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy, Adoptive / methods*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Transplantation, Autologous
  • Transplantation, Homologous


  • Cancer Vaccines