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B Cells as an Immune-Regulatory Signature in Ovarian Cancer. Cancers (Basel) 2019 Jun 26;11(7)



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Increasing evidence suggests that the immune system plays a dynamic role in the progression of ovarian cancer, the deadliest gynecological malignancy worldwide. Accumulation of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes has been associated with increased survival in ovarian cancer patients, and diverse interactions among immune cells in the tumor microenvironment determine tumor progression. While the regulatory functions of T cells among tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes are well defined and also involve therapeutic interventions, the role of B cells in ovarian cancer progression is still limited to their impact on survival. Recent studies have identified both pro- and anti-tumor responses of B cells in solid tumors, as different subsets of B cells play diverse roles in progression. Thus, in-depth characterization of B cell subtypes in each disease stage is crucial for understanding the importance and therapeutic potential of these cells in ovarian cancer. In this review, we summarize current knowledge about B cells in ovarian cancer and discuss emerging therapeutic interventions that could harness B cells to combat this deadly disease.

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Gupta P, Chen C, Chaluvally-Raghavan P, Pradeep S


Pradeep Chaluvally-Raghavan PhD Associate Professor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Sunila Pradeep PhD Assistant Professor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Medical College of Wisconsin