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Experimental mouse tumour models: what can be learnt about human cancer immunology?


The recent demonstration that cancer immunotherapy extends patient survival has reinvigorated interest in elucidating the role of immunity in tumour pathogenesis. Experimental mouse tumour models have provided key mechanistic insights into host antitumour immune responses, and these have guided the development of novel treatment strategies. To accelerate the translation of these findings into clinical benefits, investigators need to gain a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of mouse model systems as tools for deciphering human antitumour immune responses.

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Figure 1: Transplantable tumour models.
Figure 2: Genetically engineered mouse tumour models.
Figure 3: Humanized mouse tumour models.


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Glenn Dranoff is supported by grants from the US National Cancer Institute, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Melanoma Research Alliance, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy and the Research Foundation for the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer.

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Dranoff, G. Experimental mouse tumour models: what can be learnt about human cancer immunology?. Nat Rev Immunol 12, 61–66 (2012).

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