Targeting PVR (CD155) and its receptors in anti-tumor therapy

Paola Kučan Brlić*, Tihana Lenac Roviš, Guy Cinamon, Pini Tsukerman, Ofer Mandelboim, Stipan Jonjić

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Poliovirus receptor (PVR, CD155) has recently been gaining scientific interest as a therapeutic target in the field of tumor immunology due to its prominent endogenous and immune functions. In contrast to healthy tissues, PVR is expressed at high levels in several human malignancies and seems to have protumorigenic and therapeutically attractive properties that are currently being investigated in the field of recombinant oncolytic virotherapy. More intriguingly, PVR participates in a considerable number of immunoregulatory functions through its interactions with activating and inhibitory immune cell receptors. These functions are often modified in the tumor microenvironment, contributing to tumor immunosuppression. Indeed, increasing evidence supports the rationale for developing strategies targeting these interactions, either in terms of checkpoint therapy (i.e., targeting inhibitory receptors) or in adoptive cell therapy, which targets PVR as a tumor marker.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)51-63
Number of pages13
JournalCellular and Molecular Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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  • PVR
  • checkpoint
  • immunotherapy
  • poliovirus
  • tumor


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