Vaccine Strategies in Gliomas

  • Michael Platten
  • Lukas Bunse
  • Dennis Riehl
  • Theresa Bunse
  • Katharina Ochs
  • Wolfgang Wick
Neuro-oncology (R Soffietti, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Neuro-oncology


Purpose of review

To discuss the current state of glioma vaccine development and highlight the challenges associated with clinical implementation of these approaches.

Recent findings

Vaccination strategies against gliomas have matured considerably during the past years, although proof-of efficacy from controlled clinical trials is still lacking. Advances in antigen discovery, including the definition of neoepitopes including epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII), isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH)1R132H and Histone (H)3.3K27M, using multi-omic approaches and computational algorithms allow targeting single antigens, but also implementing truly personalized approaches. In addition, new concepts of vaccine manufacturing including RNA and DNA vaccines improve immunogenicity and applicability in personalized settings.


As an increasing amount of clinical data defy the concept of the central nervous system (CNS) as a strictly immunoprivileged site, novel vaccine approaches enter the clinic including critical efforts to identify biomarkers of response and resistance and strategies to overcome the immunosuppressive glioma microenvironment.


Glioma Immunotherapy Neoepitope Vaccine IDH1 Personalized 


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Conflict of Interest

Dennis Riehl declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Michael Platten: Patents: IDH1 and H3.3 vaccine, Tryptophan metabolites, Methods for Detecting Antigen Presentation; Advisory board - Genentech/Roche, Merck, Bayer, Novartis; Research Support – Bayer, Pfizer; Speaker - Bayer, Merck, Medac, Novartis, Teva, Genentech/Roche; VAXIMM.

Lukas Bunse: Patents: H3.3K27M vaccine, Methods for Detecting Antigen Presentation.

Theresa Bunse: Patents: IDH1 and H3.3K27M vaccines, Methods for Detecting Antigen Presentation.

Katharina Ochs: H3.3 vaccine.

Wolfgang Wick: Patents: IDH1 and H3.3 vaccine, Tryptophan metabolites, APG101 companion diagnostics, Methods for Detecting Antigen Presentation; Research Support – Boehringer Ingelheim, Apogenic, Pfizer, Roche, VAXIMM.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

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

  • Michael Platten
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lukas Bunse
    • 1
    • 3
  • Dennis Riehl
    • 1
    • 4
  • Theresa Bunse
    • 1
    • 2
  • Katharina Ochs
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wolfgang Wick
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.DKTK Clinical Cooperation Unit Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumor ImmunologyGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, Mannheim Medical CenterUniversity of HeidelbergMannheimGermany
  3. 3.Department of Neurology, Heidelberg Medical CenterUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  4. 4.Immune Monitoring Unit, DKTKGerman Cancer Research Center and National Center for Tumor DiseasesHeidelbergGermany
  5. 5.DKTK Clinical Cooperation Unit NeurooncologyGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany

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