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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 lack of positive costimulatory molecules represents one of the mechanisms by which tumor cells evade immune surveillance. Promoter hypermethylation plays a major role in cancer development through transcri...

    Authors: Marco Scarpa, Melania Scarpa, Ignazio Castagliuolo, Francesca Erroi, Silvia Basato, Paola Brun, Imerio Angriman and Carlo Castoro

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:388

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Human papillomavirus DNA detection in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma has been linked to improved patient prognosis. The main aims of the study was to test the hypotheses that HPV16 E6/E7 oncogene and p5...

    Authors: Liam Masterson, David M. Winder, Siolian L. R. Ball, Katie Vaughan, Martin Lehmann, Lars-Uwe Scholtz, Jane C. Sterling, Holger H. Sudhoff and Peter K. C. Goon

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:367

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Glioblastoma multiforme is a highly aggressive brain tumor with a poor prognosis, and advances in treatment have led to only marginal increases in overall survival. We and others have shown previously that the...

    Authors: Danielle M. Lussier, Eric C. Woolf, John L. Johnson, Kenneth S. Brooks, Joseph N. Blattman and Adrienne C. Scheck

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:310

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The ras genes play an important role in the development and progression of human tumours. Neutralizing Ras proteins in the cytoplasm could be an effective approach to blocking ras signalling. In this study, we pr...

    Authors: Ju-Lun Yang, Du-Xian Liu, Shi-Jian Zhen, Yun-Gang Zhou, Dai-Jun Zhang, Li-Ying Yang, Hao-Bing Chen and Qiang Feng

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:131

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Tumor immune-escape has been related to the ability of cancer cells to inhibit T cell activation and dendritic cell (DC) differentiation. We previously identified a tumor initiating population, expressing the ...

    Authors: Cristina Grange, Marta Tapparo, Stefania Tritta, Maria Chiara Deregibus, Antonino Battaglia, Paolo Gontero, Bruno Frea and Giovanni Camussi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:1009

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  6. Content type: Research article

    As ovarian cancer stem cells (CSCs) are responsible for tumor initiation, invasion, metastasis, and chemo-resistance, new stratagems that selectively target ovarian CSCs are critically significant. Our previou...

    Authors: Xiaofen Yao, Zhangli Dong, Qiuwan Zhang, Qian Wang and Dongmei Lai

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:956

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this work was to demonstrate that autoantibodies in breast cancer sera are not epiphenomena, and exhibit unique immunologic features resembling the rheumatic autoimmune diseases.

    Authors: Félix Fernández Madrid, Marie-Claire Maroun, Ofelia A Olivero, Michael Long, Azadeh Stark, Lawrence I Grossman, Walter Binder, Jingsheng Dong, Matthew Burke, S David Nathanson, Richard Zarbo, Dhananjay Chitale, Rocío Zeballos-Chávez and Carol Peebles

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:407

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Cyclophosphamide treatment on a six-day repeating metronomic schedule induces a dramatic, innate immune cell-dependent regression of implanted gliomas. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms ...

    Authors: Joshua C Doloff and David J Waxman

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:375

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  9. Content type: Technical advance

    The complex cellular networks within tumors, the cytokine milieu, and tumor immune escape mechanisms affecting infiltration and anti-tumor activity of immune cells are of great interest to understand tumor for...

    Authors: Ariane Giannattasio, Sandra Weil, Stephan Kloess, Nariman Ansari, Ernst H K Stelzer, Adelheid Cerwenka, Alexander Steinle, Ulrike Koehl and Joachim Koch

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:351

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Up to 50% of penile squamous cell carcinomas (pSCC) develop in the context of high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection. Most of these tumours have been reported to show basaloid differentiation and ov...

    Authors: Julie Steinestel, Andreas Al Ghazal, Annette Arndt, Thomas J Schnoeller, Andres J Schrader, Peter Moeller and Konrad Steinestel

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:220

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Studies evaluating the presence of viral sequences in breast cancer (BC), including various strains of human papillomavirus and human herpes virus, have yielded conflicting results. Most were based on RT-PCR and

    Authors: Danai Fimereli, David Gacquer, Debora Fumagalli, Roberto Salgado, Françoise Rothé, Denis Larsimont, Christos Sotiriou and Vincent Detours

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:147

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Osteopontin (OPN) can recruit macrophages to the site of inflammation and promote tumorigenesis. M2 tumor-associated macrophages (M2-TAMs) also play an important role in cancer progression. This study aimed to...

    Authors: Chang-Ni Lin, Chih-Jung Wang, Ying-Jui Chao, Ming-Derg Lai and Yan-Shen Shan

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:128

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS) are highly organized immune cell aggregates that develop at sites of inflammation or infection in non-lymphoid organs. Despite the described role of inflammation in tumor pro...

    Authors: Stine L Figenschau, Silje Fismen, Kristin A Fenton, Christopher Fenton and Elin S Mortensen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:101

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  14. Content type: Case report

    Clear cell sarcoma (CCS), initially named malignant melanoma of soft parts, is an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma (STS) that, due to MITF activation, shares with melanoma the expression of melanocyte differenti...

    Authors: Marcella Tazzari, Elena Palassini, Barbara Vergani, Antonello Villa, Francesca Rini, Tiziana Negri, Chiara Colombo, Flavio Crippa, Carlo Morosi, Paolo G Casali, Silvana Pilotti, Silvia Stacchiotti, Licia Rivoltini and Chiara Castelli

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2015 15:58

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is necessary for the development of cervical carcinoma. By contrast, the role of HPV in the pathogenesis of other malignancies, such as head and neck cancers, is less ...

    Authors: Seye Abogunrin, Gian Luca Di Tanna, Sam Keeping, Stuart Carroll and Ike Iheanacho

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:968

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Natural killer (NK) cells play a key role in non-specific immune response in different cancers, including pancreatic cancer. However the anti-tumor effect of NK cells decreases during pancreatic cancer progres...

    Authors: Yun-Peng Peng, Jing-Jing Zhang, Wen-biao Liang, Min Tu, Zi-Peng Lu, Ji-Shu Wei, Kui-Rong Jiang, Wen-Tao Gao, Jun-Li Wu, Ze-Kuan Xu, Yi Miao and Yi Zhu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:738

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) X protein (HBx) is known to be involved in the initiation and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) through modulation of host gene response. Alterations in miRNA expressions ar...

    Authors: Manikankana Bandopadhyay, Arup Banerjee, Neelakshi Sarkar, Rajesh Panigrahi, Sibnarayan Datta, Ananya Pal, Shivram Prasad Singh, Avik Biswas, Shekhar Chakrabarti and Runu Chakravarty

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:721

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  18. Content type: Research article

    For nearly two decades now, various studies have reported detecting the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in breast cancer (BC) cases. Yet the results are unconvincing, and their interpretation has remained a matter of...

    Authors: Gina Marrão, Mohammed Habib, Artur Paiva, Dominique Bicout, Catherine Fallecker, Sofia Franco, Samira Fafi-Kremer, Teresa Simões da Silva, Patrice Morand, Carlos Freire de Oliveira and Emmanuel Drouet

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:665

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Along with de novo resistance, continued exposure to trastuzumab, an anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2/neu) antibody, can lead to acquired resistance. In this study, we characterize a new ant...

    Authors: Hyunkeun Song, Tae Oh Kim, Sun Young Ma, Jin-Hee Park, Jae-Hyug Choi, Jin-Ho Kim, Mi Seon Kang, Sang Kyun Bae, Ki Hyaung Kim, Tae Hyun Kim, Su-Kil Seo, Il Whan Choi, Geun Am Song, Eric D Mortenson, Yang-Xin Fu and SaeGwang Park

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:647

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