Checkpoints immunotherapies that target the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway have been successful against several cancers. However, they don’t work for all patients, so Dr. Kirkwood, along withHassane M. Zarour, M.D., is evaluating an approach that may be able to complement PD-1 immunotherapy. Specifically, they’re characterizing the TIGIT receptor and analyzing how its activity influences immune cell activity and pro-tumor immunosuppression, as well as how targeting TIGIT might reverse this immunosuppression and enhance the effectiveness of traditional checkpoint immunotherapy approaches through various mechanisms.
Projects and Grants
Targeting multiple inhibitory receptors in cancer patients
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine | Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Melanoma | 2015
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