Going back to class I: MHC and immunotherapies for childhood cancer

Kellie B. Haworth, Jennifer L. Leddon, Chun Yu Chen, Edwin M. Horwitz, Crystal L. Mackall, Timothy P. Cripe

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After decades of unfulfilled promise, immunotherapies for cancer have reached a tipping point, with several FDA approved products now on the market and many more showing promise in both adult and pediatric clinical trials. Tumor cell expression of MHC class I has emerged as a potential determinant of the therapeutic success of many immunotherapy approaches. Here we review current knowledge regarding MHC class I expression in pediatric cancers including a discussion of prognostic significance, the opposing influence of MHC on T-cell versus NK-mediated therapies, and strategies to reverse or circumvent MHC down-regulation.Pediatr Blood Cancer 2015;62:571-576.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-576
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Childhood cancers
  • Immunotherapy
  • MHC Class I

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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