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Front. Immunol. | doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.00707

Harnessing Dendritic Cells for Poly (D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) Microspheres (PLGA MS) - mediated Anti-Tumor Therapy

 Marcus Groettrup1*, Julia Koerner1 and Dennis Horvath1
  • 1Universität Konstanz, Germany

With emerging success in fighting off cancer, chronic infections and autoimmune diseases, immunotherapy has become a promising therapeutic approach compared to conventional therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunosuppressive medication. Despite the advancement of monoclonal antibody therapy against immune checkpoints, the development of safe and efficient cancer vaccine formulations still remains a pressing medical need. Anti-tumor immunotherapy requires the induction of antigen-specific CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses which recognize and specifically destroy tumor cells. Due to the crucial role of dendritic cells (DCs) in initiating anti-tumor immunity, targeting tumor antigens to DCs has become auspicious in modern vaccine research. Over the last two decades, micron- or nanometer-sized particulate delivery systems encapsulating tumor antigens and immunostimulatory molecules into biodegradable polymers have shown great promise for the induction of potent, specific and long-lasting anti-tumor responses in vivo. Enhanced vaccine efficiency of the polymeric micro/nanoparticles has been attributed to controlled and continuous release of encapsulated antigens, efficient targeting of antigen presenting cells (APCs) such as DCs and subsequent induction of CTL immunity. Poly (D, L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), as one of these polymers, has been extensively studied for the design and development of particulate antigen delivery systems in cancer therapy. This review provides an overview of the current state of research on the application of PLGA microspheres (PLGA MS) as anti-tumor cancer vaccines in activating and potentiating immune responses attempting to highlight their potential in the development of cancer therapeutics.

Keywords: PLGA, microsphere, cancer vaccine, dendritic cell, anti-tumor response, Spray - drying, CTL, Immunotherapy

Received: 06 Sep 2018; Accepted: 14 Mar 2019.

Edited by:

Diana Dudziak, Hautklinik, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Germany

Reviewed by:

Elizabeth A. Repasky, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, University at Buffalo, United States
Yvette Van Kooyk, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands  

Copyright: © 2019 Groettrup, Koerner and Horvath. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Marcus Groettrup, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany,