Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 123, Issue 3, pp 441–448 | Cite as

Heat shock protein vaccines against glioblastoma: from bench to bedside

  • Leonel Ampie
  • Winward Choy
  • Jonathan B. Lamano
  • Shayan Fakurnejad
  • Orin BlochEmail author
  • Andrew T. Parsa
Editors' Invited Manuscript


Current adjuvant treatment regimens available for the treatment of glioblastoma are widely ineffective and offer a dismal prognosis. Advancements in conventional treatment strategies have only yielded modest improvements in overall survival. Immunotherapy remains a promising adjuvant in the treatment of GBM through eliciting tumor specific immune responses capable of producing sustained antitumor response while minimizing systemic toxicity. Heat shock proteins (HSP) function as intracellular chaperones and have been implicated in the activation of both innate and adaptive immune systems. Vaccines formulated from HSP-peptide complexes, derived from autologous tumor, have been applied to the field of immunotherapy for glioblastoma. The results from the phase I and II clinical trials have been promising. Here we review the role of HSP in cellular function and immunity, and its application in the treatment of glioblastoma.


Vaccine Heat shock protein Glioblastoma Glioma Immunotherapy Clinical trial 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonel Ampie
    • 1
  • Winward Choy
    • 1
  • Jonathan B. Lamano
    • 1
  • Shayan Fakurnejad
    • 1
  • Orin Bloch
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrew T. Parsa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurological Surgery, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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