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. 2017 Nov 4;493(1):1-8.
doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2017.08.109. Epub 2017 Aug 30.

Role of Interleukin (IL)-17 and T-helper (Th)17 Cells in Cancer


Role of Interleukin (IL)-17 and T-helper (Th)17 Cells in Cancer

Yang Song et al. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. .


Interleukin-17 (IL-17), a pleiotropic proinflammatory cytokine, is reported to be significantly generated by a distinct subset of CD4+ T-cells, upgrading cancer-elicited inflammation and preventing cancer cells from immune surveillance. T-helper (Th)17 cells produced from naive CD4+ T cells have recently been renowned and generally accepted, gaining eminence in cancer studies and playing the effective role in context of cancer. Th17 cells are the main source of IL-17-secreting cells, It was found that other cell types produced this cytokine as well, including Group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3), δγT cells, invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells, lymphoid-tissue inducer (LTi)-like cells and Natural killer (NK) cells. Th17-associated cytokines give impetus to tumor progression, or inducing angiogenesis and metastasis. This review demonstrates an understanding on how the pro- or antitumor function of Th17 cells and IL-17 may change cancer progression, leading to the appearance of complex and pivotal biologic activities in tumor.

Keywords: Cancer; IL-17 producing cells; Interleukin-17 (IL-17); T-helper (Th)17 cells.

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