Biomedicines, Vol. 4, Pages 7: Innate Lymphoid Cells in Tumor Immunity

Research paper by Jasper van Beek, Anne Martens, Ghaith Bakdash, I. de Vries

Indexed on: 14 May '16Published on: 25 Feb '16Published in: Biomedicines


Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) are a group of immune cells of the lymphoid lineage that do not possess antigen specificity. The group includes natural killer (NK) cells, lymphoid tissue inducer (LTi) cells and the recently identified ILC1s, ILC2s and ILC3s. Although the role of NK cells in the context of cancer has been well established, the involvement of other ILC subsets in cancer progression and resistance is just emerging. Here, we review the literature on the role of the different ILC subsets in tumor immunity and discuss its implications for cancer treatment and monitoring.