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Treatment of solid tumors with chimeric antigen receptor-engineered T cells: current status and future prospects

  • Shengmeng Di
  • Zonghai Li
Open Access
Review SPECIAL TOPIC: Fighting cancer with armed T cells


Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) are artificial recombinant receptors that generally combine the antigen-recognition domain of a monoclonal antibody with T cell activation domains. Recent years have seen great success in clinical trials employing CD19-specific CAR-T cell therapy for B cell leukemia. Nevertheless, solid tumors remain a major challenge for CAR-T cell therapy. This review summarizes the preclinical and clinical studies on the treatment of solid tumors with CAR-T cells. The major hurdles for the success of CAR-T and the novel strategies to address these hurdles have also been described and discussed.


solid tumor adoptive cell therapy T cell chimeric antigen receptor 


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  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Oncogenes & Related Genes, Shanghai Cancer Institute, Renji HospitalShanghai Jiaotong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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