Potentials of interleukin-27 (IL-27) as an immunotherapeutic cytokine in cancer therapy

Wei Boon Yap, Shaktypreya Nadarajah, Nadiah Shidik, Noorjahan Banu Mohammed Alitheen

Abstract


Cancer immunotherapy using cytokines has been sought as an alternative therapeutic approach for treating cancers. Besides remarkable immunoregulatory properties, interleukin (IL)-27 has recently been shown to possess promising anticancer functions; hence, its potential roles in cancer immunotherapy. Although proven to be effective against cancer cell growth and angiogenesis, given its dual immune-regulating functions (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory), the use of IL-27 as a cancer immunotherapeutic cytokine could possibly be a two-edged sword without meticulous and thorough research. This mini-review mainly discusses the functions and future prospects of IL-27 as an effective anticancer cytokine. Hopefully, it imparts useful insights into the potential applications of IL-27 in cancer immunotherapy

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interleukins; IL-27; cytokines; immunotherapy; cancers

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24294/ti.v1.i3.121

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