Hiding in Plain Sight: Soluble Immunomodulatory Receptors

Lekh N Dahal (Corresponding Author), Herbert Schwarz, Frank J Ward

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Alternatively spliced natural soluble isoforms of immunomodulatory receptors [cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4), 4-1BB, and programmed death-1 (PD-1)/PD-L1] have been overlooked in favor of their cell-surface-bound counterparts that have generated blockbuster antibodies for the treatment of cancer. We propose that the soluble variants of these receptors contribute to immune regulation and offer potential as targets for immunotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-774
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Immunology
Issue number10
Early online date5 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Bibliographical note

We thank Professor Mark S. Cragg, Centre for Cancer Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK for critical reading of the manuscript.


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