Immunotherapy and Pathology: Biomarkers and Analysis Techniques

A special issue of Diagnostics (ISSN 2075-4418). This special issue belongs to the section "Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 619

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Division of Anatomic Pathology and Histology, Università degli Studi di Messina, Piazza Pugliatti, 1, 98122 Messina, ME, Italy
Interests: hematopathology; glial and central nervous system cancer; gastrointestinal tumor; lung cancer; thyroid cancer; genitourinary cancer
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Dear Colleagues,

Immunotherapy, a biological therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body against some human pathological diseases, is one of the most promising approaches to cancer treatment. The biological basis of this type of treatment is represented by the interaction between tumor and immune system in what is defined as the tumor microenvironment, consisting of various cellular protagonists and soluble mediators. In this way, the development, validation, and clinical implementation of cancer immunotherapy biomarkers is a topic milestone in the selection of patients who can benefit most from this type of therapy. Predictive immunotherapy biomarkers such as programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), mismatch repair (MMR), IHC, and microsatellite instability (MSI) testing are already established as routine testing in many pathology laboratories around the world, with other biomarkers (such as TMB) and technologies still in the validation phase. As immunotherapy gains in complexity and is used in combination with radio-chemotherapy and target therapy, anatomic and molecular pathologists play an increasingly important part in identifying and quantifying cellular and molecular biomarkers in tissue samples that reflect the nature and magnitude of the anti-tumor immune response.

Dr. Maurizio Martini
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  • Immunotherapy
  • tumor immune microenvironment
  • immuno-response biomarkers
  • tumor–immune interaction
  • immune biomarker analysis techniques

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