BACKGROUND:Activated V gamma 9 V delta 2 T cells are able to kill most tumour cells because of recognition by T cell receptor and natural killer receptors.OBJECTIVE:We discuss the possibility that the intentional activation of gammadelta T cells in vivo by aminobisphosphonates may represent a promising target for the design of novel and highly innovative immunotherapy in cancer patients.METHODS:The antitumoral effects of gammadelta T cells both in vitro and in vivo have been demonstrated suggesting a new therapeutic approach for translation into the clinical setting.RESULTS/CONCLUSION:V gamma 9 V delta 2 T lymphocytes represent a particularly interesting target for immunotherapeutic protocols based on N-aminobisphosphonate administration and several Phase I-II trials are ongoing investigating the activity of zoledronic acid plus IL-2 in solid tumours.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1147-1153
Numero di pagine7
RivistaCurrent Medicinal Chemistry
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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