Special Issue "Immune Checkpoints and Autoimmunity Volume II"

A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059). This special issue belongs to the section "Immunology and Immunotherapy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 103

Special Issue Editor

Clinical Immunology, Allergy and Advanced Biotechnologies Unit, Azienda USL-IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, 42123 Reggio Emilia, Italy
Interests: autoimmunity; inflammation; immunomodulation; immunotherapy; giant cell arteritis; vasculitis; behcet disease; miRNA; cytokine; high throughput profiling; flow cytometry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is the second volume of "Immune Checkpoints and Autoimmunity" and will mainly focus on the pathogenic role of immune checkpoints in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and the therapeutic potential of modulating immune checkpoints in the abovementioned diseases.

Immune checkpoint molecules have emerged as key regulators of the immune system. They are crucial for self-tolerance but also for the activation of the immune system. To date, most studies have investigated the role of immune checkpoints in cancers, while fewer data are available on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The upregulation of inhibitory checkpoint molecules by cancer cells or in the tumor microenvironment can favor cancer cell escape from immune surveillance. Drugs that are able to block the inhibitory checkpoint molecules have shown efficacy in some types of cancers. On the other hand, they are sometimes coupled with the onset of immune-mediated reactions. Once the role of immune checkpoints in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases is defined, drugs and approaches able to modulate such molecules can be used for therapy.

We invite authors to submit original research (basic, translational, and clinical research) and review articles about the deregulation, biological functions, and therapeutic potential of immune checkpoints in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Profiling of inhibitory and stimulatory immune checkpoint molecules in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases;
  • Functional studies to dissect the role of immune checkpoint molecules in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases;
  • Modulation of immune checkpoints for the therapy of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases;
  • Association between checkpoint inhibitor therapy in cancer and autoimmunity
  • Differences in the regulation of the expression of immune checkpoint molecules between cancers, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

Dr. Stefania Croci
Guest Editor

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  • immune checkpoint molecules
  • autoimmune diseases
  • inflammatory diseases
  • checkpoint inhibitor therapy
  • inflammation

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