No. 12 December 2021Year in Review
This month we present a dedicated Focus on 2021 in Review issue that includes news, analysis and comment on the most exciting advances and biggest challenges of the past year, together with a selection of the most popular primary research articles published in Nature Cancer over the last 12 months.
See our December Editorial and associated Focus content.
No. 11 November 2021The proteogenomics landscape of non-small cell lung cancer
Proteogenomic analysis of patient-derived samples provides insights into the biology and molecular classification of non-small cell lung cancer and identifies potential cancer-cell intrinsic and immune vulnerabilities.
See Lehtiö et al.
No. 10 October 2021Understanding resistance to brain tumor microenvironment–targeted therapy
Resistance to inhibitionof CSF1R in breast cancer metastasis to the brain is driven by compensatory activation of the CSF2Rb–STAT5 axis in macrophages, which can be alleviated by combined targeting of CSF1R and STAT5.
See Klemm et al.
No. 9 September 2021Profiling immune responses to combination neoadjuvant therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma
High-dimensional profiling of tumor biopsies identifies features of the immune microenvironment associated with response to neoadjuvant treatment with a combination of the targeted kinase inhibitor cabozantinib and the immune-checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab, in a phase 1b clinical trial for hepatocellular carcinoma.
See Ho et al.
No. 8 August 2021Tertiary lymphoid structures as immunotherapy biomarkers
The presence of mature tertiary lymphoid structures, which are composed of a T cell zone and a B cell zone that forms a germinal center, is an independent predictor of response to immune-checkpoint blockers in multiple cohorts of patients with cancer.
See Vanhersecke et al.
No. 7 July 2021Cross-resistance between targeted therapy and immunotherapy
Acquired resistance to BRAF and MEK inhibitors in melanoma confers cross-resistance to immune-checkpoint blockade by fostering a cancer cell–instructed immunoevasive tumor microenvironment. The hourglass represents the time before therapy and after relapse on therapy, and the bottleneck imposed by targeted therapy that ultimately selects for cross-resistant clones.
See Haas et al.
No. 6 June 2021Mutational signatures of endogenous DNA damage
Whole-genome sequencing identifies characteristic mutational signatures attributed to CRISPR-Cas9 knockout of specific DNA replication/repair pathway genes, which may be useful as biomarkers for ongoing and potentially targetable processes in tumor development.
See Zou et al.
No. 5 May 2021Restoring anti-tumor immunity with autophagy inhibition
Inhibiting autophagy by targeting the ATG1–ULK1 pathway restores impaired immunoproteasome activity and antigen presentation, to enhance T cell recognition of lung tumor cells expressing a mutant form of the tumor suppressor LKB1.
See Deng et al.. See also related News & Views article by Thorburn & Towers.
No. 4 April 2021Defining the determinants of tumor responses to CDK4/6 therapy
The thermostability of the kinase CDK6 and the protein complexes that it forms determine the tumor response to CDK4/6 inhibitors and CDK4/6-directed degraders. Here, thermo-unstable CDK6 is depicted in the cytosol as a multi-protein complex that includes the chaperone HSP90 and adaptor CDC37 and is accessible to a small-molecule inhibitor.
See Wu et al., and also the related News & Views article by Caksia and Aplin.
No. 3 March 2021Advancing Cancer Therapy
In this issue, we are launching a Series on Cancer Therapy comprising commissioned Reviews and Perspectives that highlight emerging concepts, recent advances and the challenges ahead in cancer therapy, and a selection of primary research articles on this topic published in Nature Cancer.
See our March Editorial, as well as the Review articles by Esposito et al. and by Mukhopadhyay et al.
No. 2 February 2021Parsing glioblastoma heterogeneity for redefined classification
Analysis of glioblastoma heterogeneity can classify the disease according to four fundamental functional properties, depicted here as branches of one tree. Genetic alterations common to these four subtypes are within the glioblastoma trunk, but each subtype diverges through distinct genetic lesions and gene-expression programs that incorporate prognostic and therapeutic attributes.
See Garofano et al. See also the articles by Richards et al. and Castellan et al., and the related News & Views by Hubert and Lathia
No. 1 January 2021One year of Nature Cancer
This month we celebrate one year of Nature Cancer with a specially curated collection of Nature Cancer articles and a new type of commissioned Clinical Outlook articles.
See Editorial and the One Year of Nature Cancer collection