Immunocytokines for Cancer Immunotherapy

  • Paul M. Sondel
  • Steven D. Gillies
Part of the Cancer Drug Discovery and Development book series (CDD&D)


Immunologic approaches to cancer therapy rely on two distinct capabilities of the immune system: targeting the tumor microenvironment by recognizing molecules expressed to a greater extent on tumor cells than normal cells and generating immune responses that can kill tumor cells (1,2). Immunocytokines, which are fusion proteins composed of a recombinant monoclonal antibody and a cytokine, capitalize on both of these capabilities by combining the ability of tumor-specific antibodies selectively to target tumors with the broad-based immunomodulatory activities of cytokines (3). This chapter describes the rationale for development of immunocytokines for cancer and discusses preclinical and clinical data on specific immunocytokines being investigated as potential cancer therapies.


Natural Killer Cell SCID Mouse General Vaccine Immunotherapy Strategy Recombinant Monoclonal Antibody 
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