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Infection, immunity and cancer vaccines

Section edited by Christophe Nicot

This section focuses on all aspects of infectious agents associated with cancer and tumor immunology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, tumor immunity, immunotherapy, cancer vaccines, viral carcinogenesis and virus-host interactions.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The clinical and experimental evidences for complement-cancer relationships are solid, whereas an epidemiological study reporting the imbalance of complement system in patients is still lacking.

    Authors: Ping Zhao, Jun Wu, Feiteng Lu, Xuan Peng, Chenlin Liu, Nanjin Zhou and Muying Ying

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:201

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Despite the recent progress in the development of anti-cancer drugs, the treatment of metastatic tumors is usually ineffective. The systemic inflammatory response performs key roles in different stages of the ...

    Authors: O. Abu-Shawer, M. Abu-Shawer, N. Hirmas, A. Alhouri, A. Massad, B. Alsibai, H. Sultan, H. Hammo, M. Souleiman, Y. Shebli and M. Al-Hussaini

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:141

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is an etiological agent of cervical cancer. Yet co-factors are believed to be involved in HPV-mediated carcinogenesis. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are considered as one o...

    Authors: Chuqing Zhang, Yunjing Luo, Rugang Zhong, Priscilla T. Y. Law, Siaw Shi Boon, Zigui Chen, Chi-Hang Wong and Paul K. S. Chan

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:138

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor-1 (IGF1R) system sustains the genesis of rhabdomyosarcoma through IGF2 autocrine overexpression. While several IGF1R-targeted strategies have been investigated to interphere...

    Authors: Carla De Giovanni, Patrizia Nanni, Lorena Landuzzi, Marianna L. Ianzano, Giordano Nicoletti, Stefania Croci, Arianna Palladini and Pier-Luigi Lollini

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:126

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Age-related genetic changes in lymphocyte subsets are not currently well documented. BACH2 is a transcription factor that plays an important role in immune-mediated homeostasis by tightly regulating PRDM1 expr...

    Authors: Vu Luan Dang Chi, Soizic Garaud, Pushpamali De Silva, Vincent Thibaud, Basile Stamatopoulos, Mimoune Berehad, Chunyan Gu-Trantien, Mohammad Krayem, Hugues Duvillier, Jean-Nicolas Lodewyckx, Karen Willard-Gallo, Catherine Sibille and Dominique Bron

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:81

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) may arise in the intra- or extrahepatic biliary tract and is associated with a poor prognosis. Despite recent advances, to date there is still no established targeted therapeutic appro...

    Authors: Mark Kriegsmann, Stephanie Roessler, Katharina Kriegsmann, Marcus Renner, Rémi Longuespée, Thomas Albrecht, Moritz Loeffler, Stephan Singer, Arianeb Mehrabi, Monika Nadja Vogel, Anita Pathil, Bruno Köhler, Christoph Springfeld, Christian Rupp, Karl Heinz Weiss and Benjamin Goeppert

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:72

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Breast cancer is currently the most common neoplasm diagnosed in women globally. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that human papillomavirus (HPV) infection may play a key role in invasiveness of ...

    Authors: Niloofar Khodabandehlou, Shayan Mostafaei, Ashkan Etemadi, Amir Ghasemi, Mehrdad Payandeh, Shima Hadifar, Amir Hossein Norooznezhad, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad and Mohsen Moghoofei

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:61

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer patients with stage IVB, persistent, or recurrent disease after complete primary treatment are usually treated with systemic chemotherapy. Circulating blood components have been a target of stu...

    Authors: Pornprom Ittiamornlert and Irene Ruengkhachorn

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:51

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Although, outer membrane protein OipA of Helicobacter pylori has been associated with gastric mucosal damage and gastroduodenal diseases, studies evaluating gastric cancer patients are scarce. We investigated whe...

    Authors: Lúcia Libanez Bessa Campelo Braga, Maria Helane Rocha Batista, Orleâncio Gomes Ripardo de Azevedo, Kassiane Cristine da Silva Costa, Adriana Dias Gomes, Gifone Aguiar Rocha and Dulciene Maria Magalhães Queiroz

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:48

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Use of an implant is one of the risk factors for surgical site infection (SSI) after malignant bone tumor resection. We developed a new technique of coating titanium implant surfaces with iodine to prevent inf...

    Authors: Shinji Miwa, Toshiharu Shirai, Norio Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Akihiko Takeuchi, Kaoru Tada, Yoshitomo Kajino, Takashi Higuchi, Kensaku Abe, Hisaki Aiba, Yuta Taniguchi and Hiroyuki Tsuchiya

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2019 19:33

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is closely associated with several types of malignancies. EBV is normally present in the latent state in the peripheral blood B cell compartment. The EBV latent-to-lytic switch is ...

    Authors: Pengfei Cao, Meili Zhang, Lujuan Wang, Buqing Sai, Jiuqi Tang, Zhaohui Luo, Cijun Shuai, Liyang Zhang, Zheng Li, Yanjin Wang, Guiyuan Li and Juanjuan Xiang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1293

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Cancer 2019 19:189

  12. Content type: Research article

    Salivary gland cancers are not sensitive to conventional radiotherapy or chemotherapy regimens. Therefore, the development of a new treatment strategy is of critical importance for improving the prognosis. We ...

    Authors: Yuji Makita, Naoki Kunii, Daiju Sakurai, Fumie Ihara, Shinichiro Motohashi, Akane Suzuki, Toshinori Nakayama and Yoshitaka Okamoto

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1254

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  13. Content type: Research article

    COPD patients are at increased risk of developing non-small cell lung carcinoma that has a worse prognosis. Oxidative stress contributes to carcinogenesis and is increased in COPD patients due to mitochondrial...

    Authors: F. Ng Kee Kwong, A. G. Nicholson, S. Pavlidis, I. M. Adcock and K. F. Chung

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1238

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) is characterized by a high background of inflammatory cells which play an important role for the pathogenesis of the disease. T cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains (TIGIT) is a...

    Authors: Wenchao Li, Niclas C. Blessin, Ronald Simon, Martina Kluth, Kristine Fischer, Claudia Hube-Magg, Georgia Makrypidi-Fraune, Björn Wellge, Tim Mandelkow, Nicolaus F. Debatin, Laura Pott, Doris Höflmayer, Maximilian Lennartz, Guido Sauter, Jakob R. Izbicki, Sarah Minner…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1209

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD) causes significant morbidity and mortality in patients after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Donor T-cells cause inflammation and tissue damage in GvHD target organs such...

    Authors: Nikolas von Bubnoff, Gabriele Ihorst, Olga Grishina, Nadine Röthling, Hartmut Bertz, Justus Duyster, Jürgen Finke and Robert Zeiser

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1132

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  16. Content type: Case report

    Intravascular lymphoma is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma mostly of B-cell lineage. A few cases of intravascular lymphoma have been found to be of NK/T-cell origin, mainly affecting the skin and central ne...

    Authors: Magda Zanelli, Maria Cecilia Mengoli, Rachele Del Sordo, Angelo Cagini, Loredana De Marco, Edoardo Simonetti, Giovanni Martino, Maurizio Zizzo and Stefano Ascani

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1115

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  17. Content type: Review

    Recent breakthroughs in targeted therapy and immunotherapy have revolutionized the treatment of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and worldwide. Here we provide an ov...

    Authors: Xingxiang Pu, Lin Wu, Dan Su, Weimin Mao and Bingliang Fang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:1082

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Indirect evidence suggesting the immunosensitivity/immunogenicity of neuroblastoma is accumulating. The aims of this study were to investigate the immune landscape of neuroblastoma and to evaluate the in vivo ...

    Authors: Chiara Camisaschi, Salvatore Lorenzo Renne, Valeria Beretta, Francesca Rini, Rosalin Dolores Spagnuolo, Alessandra Tuccitto, Marta Giorgia Podda, Giorgio Parmiani, Licia Rivoltini, Paola Collini, Chiara Castelli and Roberto Luksch

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:983

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Carcinogenesis and tumor growth are associated with chronic inflammation and the host immune system. Here, we investigated the clinical significance and relationship between tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL...

    Authors: Kwan Ho Lee, Eun Young Kim, Ji Sup Yun, Yong Lai Park, Sung-Im Do, Seoung Wan Chae and Chan Heun Park

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:938

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR T) cells immunotherapy is rapidly developed in treating cancers, especially relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies.

    Authors: Hui Zhou, Yuling Luo, Sha Zhu, Xi Wang, Yunuo Zhao, Xuejin Ou, Tao Zhang and Xuelei Ma

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:929

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The hypercoagulable state associated with pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDA) results in increased risk of venous thromboembolism, leading to substantial morbidity and mortality. Recently, neutrophil extracellular...

    Authors: Brian A. Boone, Pranav Murthy, Jennifer Miller-Ocuin, W. Reed Doerfler, Jarrod T. Ellis, Xiaoyan Liang, Mark A. Ross, Callen T. Wallace, Jason L. Sperry, Michael T. Lotze, Matthew D. Neal and Herbert J. Zeh III

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:678

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  22. Content type: Research article

    RUNX1 overlapping RNA (RUNXOR) is a long non-coding RNA that has been indicated as a key regulator in the development of myeloid cells by targeting runt-related transcription factor 1 (RUNX1). Myeloid-derived ...

    Authors: Xinyu Tian, Jie Ma, Ting Wang, Jie Tian, Yu Zheng, Rongrong Peng, Yungang Wang, Yue Zhang, Lingxiang Mao, Huaxi Xu and Shengjun Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:660

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  23. Content type: Case report

    Immune checkpoint inhibitors are standard treatments for non-small cell lung cancer. Unique cases with paradoxical acceleration of the disease after immunotherapy have been reported. These have been described ...

    Authors: Taro Shinozaki, Eri Iwami, Shinnosuke Ikemura, Tatsu Matsuzaki, Takahiro Nakajima, Kazuhiko Hashimoto and Takeshi Terashima

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:620

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Prognosis of pancreatic cancer is poor with a 5-year survival rate of only 7%. Although several new chemotherapy treatments have shown promising results, all patients will eventually progress, and we need to d...

    Authors: Yoshiki Hirooka, Hideki Kasuya, Takuya Ishikawa, Hiroki Kawashima, Eizaburo Ohno, Itzel B. Villalobos, Yoshinori Naoe, Toru Ichinose, Nobuto Koyama, Maki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kodera and Hidemi Goto

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:596

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  25. Content type: Research article

    All women are potentially at risk of developing cervical cancer at some point in their life, yet it is avoidable cause of death among women in Sub- Saharan Africa with a world incidence of 530,000 every year. ...

    Authors: Hillary Mabeya, Sonia Menon, Steven Weyers, Violet Naanyu, Emily Mwaliko, Elijah Kirop, Omenge Orango, Heleen Vermandere and Davy Vanden Broeck

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:557

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  26. Content type: Debate

    Tumors develop multiple mechanisms of immune evasion as they progress, with some cancer types being inherently better at ‘hiding’ than others. With an increased understanding of tumor immune surveillance, immu...

    Authors: Joshua P. Bates, Roshanak Derakhshandeh, Laundette Jones and Tonya J. Webb

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:556

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The prognostic effect of elevated systemic inflammatory markers, including neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), remains controversial in cancer patients. This meta-analysis wa...

    Authors: Ying Zhu, Sanqin Zhou, Yang Liu, Lingyun Zhai and Xiwen Sun

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:443

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  28. Content type: Technical advance

    Tumor neoantigens are drivers of cancer immunotherapy response; however, current prediction tools produce many candidates requiring further prioritization. Additional filtration criteria and population-level u...

    Authors: Mary A. Wood, Mayur Paralkar, Mihir P. Paralkar, Austin Nguyen, Adam J. Struck, Kyle Ellrott, Adam Margolin, Abhinav Nellore and Reid F. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:414

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Innate lymphoid cells (ILC) are part of a heterogeneous family of haematopoietic effector cells which lack re-arranged antigen-specific receptors. They promote host defense and contribute to tissue and metabol...

    Authors: Maryam Salimi, Ruozheng Wang, Xuan Yao, Xi Li, Xiyan Wang, Yuhui Hu, Xumei Chang, Peiwen Fan, Tao Dong and Graham Ogg

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:341

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  30. Content type: Research article

    We conducted a phase I/Ib, open-label, single-arm trial to assess the safety, tolerability and optimal scheduling regimen of OTSGC-A24 cancer vaccine in patients with advanced gastric cancer.

    Authors: Raghav Sundar, Sun Young Rha, Hiroki Yamaue, Masahiro Katsuda, Koji Kono, Hyo Song Kim, Chan Kim, Kousaku Mimura, Ley-Fang Kua and Wei Peng Yong

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:332

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in cases of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) varies widely. The aim of this study is to investigate the frequency of high-risk HPV DNA in a l...

    Authors: Priscila Marinho de Abreu, Anna Clara Gregório Có, Pedro Leite Azevedo, Isabella Bittencourt do Valle, Karine Gadioli de Oliveira, Sônia Alves Gouvea, Melissa Freitas Cordeiro-Silva, Iúri Drummond Louro, José Roberto Vasconcelos de Podestá, Jeferson Lenzi, Agenor Sena, Elismauro Francisco Mendonça and Sandra Lúcia Ventorin von Zeidler

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:324

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Gallbladder cancer (GBC), although infrequent in industrialized countries, has high incidence rates in certain world regions, being a leading cause of death among elderly Chilean women. Surgery is the only eff...

    Authors: Paula Fluxá, Daniel Rojas-Sepúlveda, María Alejandra Gleisner, Andrés Tittarelli, Pablo Villegas, Loreto Tapia, María Teresa Rivera, Mercedes Natalia López, Felipe Catán, Mario Uribe and Flavio Salazar-Onfray

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:243

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    There is now a renewed interest in cancer vaccines. Patients responding to immune checkpoint blockade usually bear tumors that are heavily infiltrated by T cells and express a high load of neoantigens, indicat...

    Authors: Sheeba K. Thomas, Soung-chul Cha, D. Lynne Smith, Kun Hwa Kim, Sapna R. Parshottam, Sheetal Rao, Michael Popescu, Vincent Y. Lee, Sattva S. Neelapu and Larry W. Kwak

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:187

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Breast cancer is considered the most common cancer in women worldwide and is the leading cause of cancer mortality. Sequences similar to Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus (MMTV) were detected in human breast cancer in...

    Authors: Reem Al Dossary, Khaled R. Alkharsah and Haitham Kussaibi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:170

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) can not only effectively kill hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tumour cells but also release tumour antigens that can provoke an immune response. However, there is no consensus rega...

    Authors: Shunli Shen, Hong Peng, Ye Wang, Ming Xu, Manxia Lin, Xiaoyan Xie, Baogang Peng and Ming Kuang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:117

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The new nine-valent vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) includes the four HPV genotypes (6, 11, 16, and 18) that are targeted by the older quadrivalent HPV vaccine, plus five additional oncogenic types ...

    Authors: María Paz-Zulueta, Ledicia Álvarez-Paredes, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, Paula Parás-Bravo, Ma. Encarnación Andrada Becerra, José María Rodríguez Ingelmo, María Montserrat Ruiz García, Joaquín Portilla and Miguel Santibañez

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:112

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Patients with highly mutated tumors, such as melanoma or smoking-related lung cancer, have higher rates of response to immune checkpoint blockade therapy, perhaps due to increased neoantigen expression. Many c...

    Authors: Timothy O’Donnell, Elizabeth L. Christie, Arun Ahuja, Jacqueline Buros, B. Arman Aksoy, David D. L. Bowtell, Alexandra Snyder and Jeff Hammerbacher

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:87

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) is a potential predictive biomarker of the response to anti-PD-L1/anti- programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) therapy in multiple cancers, including triple negative breast cance...

    Authors: Ming Li, Anqi Li, Shuling Zhou, Yan Xu, Yaoxing Xiao, Rui Bi and Wentao Yang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:4

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Immunologic factors can promote the progression of oral squamous cell carcinomas (oscc). The phylogenetic highly conserved protein Galectin 3 (Gal3) contributes to cell differentiation and immune homeostasis. ...

    Authors: Manuel Weber, Maike Büttner-Herold, Luitpold Distel, Jutta Ries, Patrick Moebius, Raimund Preidl, Carol I. Geppert, Friedrich W. Neukam and Falk Wehrhan

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:906

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  40. Content type: Software

    Adoptive immunotherapy offers great potential for treating many types of cancer but its clinical application is hampered by cross-reactive T cell responses in healthy human tissues, representing serious safety...

    Authors: Victor Jaravine, Anja Mösch, Silke Raffegerst, Dolores J. Schendel and Dmitrij Frishman

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:892

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The tumor immune environment not only modulates the effects of immunotherapy, but also the effects of other anticancer drugs and treatment outcomes. These immune responses can be evaluated with tumor-infiltrat...

    Authors: Yuka Asano, Shinichiro Kashiwagi, Wataru Goto, Koji Takada, Katsuyuki Takahashi, Takaharu Hatano, Satoru Noda, Tsutomu Takashima, Naoyoshi Onoda, Shuhei Tomita, Hisashi Motomura, Masahiko Ohsawa, Kosei Hirakawa and Masaichi Ohira

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:888

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the safety of a novel dendritic cell (DC) vaccine pulsed with survivin and MUC1, silenced with suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1), and immune stimulated wi...

    Authors: Chunlei Ge, Ruilei Li, Haifeng Song, Tao Geng, Jinyan Yang, Qinghua Tan, Linfeng Song, Ying Wang, Yuanbo Xue, Zhen Li, Suwei Dong, Zhiwei Zhang, Na Zhang, Jiyin Guo, Lin Hua, Siyi Chen…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:884

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) are easily obtained from routine blood tests. We investigated the associations of the NLR and PLR with the clinical parameters an...

    Authors: Dan Liu, Yi Huang, Lei Li, Juan Song, Li Zhang and Weimin Li

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:882

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Right-sided colon cancer (RCC) and left-sided colon cancer (LCC) differ with respect to their biology and genomic patterns, but inflammatory index variation did not fully investigate. This study aimed to exami...

    Authors: Lin Yang, Wenzhuo He, Pengfei Kong, Chang Jiang, Qiong Yang, Qiankun Xie and Liang Ping Xia

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:873

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The increasing incidence and poor outcome associated with malignant pleural effusion (MPE) requires finding an effective treatment for this disease. Inhibitory B7-H4 is expressed in many different human cancer...

    Authors: Cheng Chen, Qiu-Xia Qu, Fang Xie, Wei-Dong Zhu, Ye-Han Zhu and Jian-An Huang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:652

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