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Role and Clinical Utility of Cancer/Testis Antigens in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Version 1 : Received: 12 October 2021 / Approved: 13 October 2021 / Online: 13 October 2021 (15:23:58 CEST)

How to cite: Wu, S.C.; Munger, K. Role and Clinical Utility of Cancer/Testis Antigens in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Preprints 2021, 2021100206 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0206.v1). Wu, S.C.; Munger, K. Role and Clinical Utility of Cancer/Testis Antigens in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Preprints 2021, 2021100206 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0206.v1).

Abstract

Cancer/testis (CT) antigens exhibit selective expression predominantly in immunoprivileged tissues in non-pathological contexts but are aberrantly expressed in diverse cancers. Because of their expression pattern, they have historically been attractive targets for immunotherapies. The investigation of mechanistic roles of CT antigens in promoting oncogenesis has historically been a prominent research question, and a growing number of studies implicate CT antigens in promoting almost all the hallmarks of cancer. This suggests that CT antigens may act as cancer drivers. CT antigens are expressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas, although their role in the pathogenesis, prognostication, and treatment for this family of cancers remains poorly studied. Given that CT antigens hold intriguing potential as therapeutic targets and as biomarkers for prognosis and therapeutic response and that they can provide novel insights into oncogenic mechanisms, their further study in the context of head and squamous cell carcinoma is warranted.

Keywords

CT antigens; HNSCC; HPV

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