Directing Dendritic Cell Immunotherapy Towards Successful Cancer Treatment

Immunotherapy. 2010 Jan;2(1):37-56. doi: 10.2217/imt.09.43.


The use of dendritic cells (DCs) for tumor immunotherapy represents a powerful approach for harnessing the patient's own immune system to eliminate tumor cells. However, suboptimal conditions for generating potent immunostimulatory DCs, as well as the induction of tolerance and suppression mediated by the tumors and its microenvironment have contributed to limited success. Combining DC vaccines with new approaches that enhance immunogenicity and overcome the regulatory mechanisms underlying peripheral tolerance may be the key to achieving effective and durable anti-tumor immune responses that translate to better clinical outcomes.

Keywords: dendritic cell; tumor immunotherapy; vaccination.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antigen-Presenting Cells / immunology
  • Cancer Vaccines / immunology*
  • Cell Differentiation / immunology
  • Dendritic Cells / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immune Tolerance / immunology
  • Immunotherapy / methods*
  • Neoplasms / immunology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*


  • Cancer Vaccines