Novel Immunologic Approaches in Lymphoma: Unleashing the Brakes on the Immune System

Lymphomas (PA Hamlin, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Lymphomas


Immunotherapy is a promising therapeutic strategy in the treatment of lymphoma. The programmed death-1 (PD-1)/PD-ligand immune checkpoint pathway has been manipulated by tumor cells and serves as a mechanism of tumor evasion from the anti-tumor immune response. The recent development of anti-PD-1 antibodies has offered a therapeutic strategy for restoring the function of exhausted antigen-specific T cells and enhancing the endogenous anti-tumor immunity. We review the clinical studies demonstrating efficacy and safety of PD-1 antibodies in relapsed/refractory Hodgkin, follicular, and diffuse large B cell lymphoma. Principles learned in the development of immune checkpoint blockade provide the foundation for immunotherapy under clinical investigation.


Lymphoma Checkpoint Programmed death-1 Monoclonal antibody 



This work was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health R01 CA155143 (SSN), the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society P-QFC-3068-14 (SSN), and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas RP150318 (SSN). We thank Mark Nastoupil for assistance with the illustration.

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Conflict of Interest

Loretta J. Nastoupil has received compensation from Celgene and Genentech for service as a consultant.

Sattva S. Neelapu has received research support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, CureTech, Celegene, and Merck, and has received compensation from Celgene for service as a consultant.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma, Division of Cancer MedicineThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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