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Consensus nomenclature for CD8+ T cell phenotypes in cancer

Abstract : Whereas preclinical investigations and clinical studies have established that CD8+ T cells can profoundly affect cancer progression, the underlying mechanisms are still elusive. Challenging the prevalent view that the beneficial effect of CD8+ T cells in cancer is solely attributable to their cytotoxic activity, several reports have indicated that the ability of CD8+ T cells to promote tumor regression is dependent on their cytokine secretion profile and their ability to self-renew. Evidence has also shown that the tumor microenvironment can disarm CD8+ T cell immunity, leading to the emergence of dysfunctional CD8+ T cells. The existence of different types of CD8+ T cells in cancer calls for a more precise definition of the CD8+ T cell immune phenotypes in cancer and the abandonment of the generic terms "pro-tumor" and "antitumor." Based on recent studies investigating the functions of CD8+ T cells in cancer, we here propose some guidelines to precisely define the functional states of CD8+ T cells in cancer.
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Lionel Apetoh, Mark Smyth, Charles Drake, Pierre Abastado, Ron Apte, et al.. Consensus nomenclature for CD8+ T cell phenotypes in cancer. OncoImmunology, Taylor & Francis, 2015, 4 (4), ⟨10.1080/2162402X.2014.998538⟩. ⟨inserm-01817717⟩



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