Microarrays: Gene expression profiling approaches for the monitoring of anti-cancer immune responses

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Abstract

Modulation of cancer growth by the immune system is a natural phenomenon that can be enhanced by immune manipulation. The complexity of this biological event has only partially explored. Conventional monitoring of immune responses has extensively focused on specific interactions between immune and cancer cells based on limited number of well defined molecules. The discovery of additional co-factors and multiple components involved in a variety of signal transduction and other regulatory pathways of immune recognition has broadened the horizons of conventional immunology studies. As the understanding of the network of interactions between individual molecules associated with immune function increases, it is becoming apparent that no single mechanism or hypothesis can in itself explain complex phenomena such as immunologically-mediated tumor rejection. As described in depth in previous chapters, the components of the innate and adaptive immune response that may be involved in successful tumor rejection are far more complex than it could be described with a hypothesis centered approach as least at the time of this writings. Several components of the immune response may be genetically pre-programmed, epigenetically modified and variably recruited or regulated within the tumor microenvironment by factors with immune modulatory properties secreted by tumor and/or bystander cells. Such complexity can only be appreciated and resolved with the help of high throughput tools capable of providing a global view of biological processes as they occur. A dynamic snap shot at the global transcript level could provide a whole insight of tumor host interaction and lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms of tumor rejection. In this chapter, we will select examples of how high-throughput gene expression profiling may contribute to the understanding of anti-cancer immune responses and strategies which could be applied in immune monitor during cancer therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnalyzing T Cell Responses: How to Analyze Cellular Immune Responses against Tumor Associated Antigens
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages285-301
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1402036221, 9781402036224
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • antigen-specific
  • gene expression profile
  • microarray
  • T cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Wang, E. (2005). Microarrays: Gene expression profiling approaches for the monitoring of anti-cancer immune responses. In Analyzing T Cell Responses: How to Analyze Cellular Immune Responses against Tumor Associated Antigens (pp. 285-301). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3623-X_17