Epigenetic Regulation of Cancer Immune Cells

Diego M. Avella Patino*, Vijay Radhakrishnan, Kanve N. Suvilesh, Yariswamy Manjunath, Guangfu Li, Eric T. Kimchi, Kevin F. Staveley-O'Carroll, Wesley C. Warren, Jussuf T. Kaifi, Jonathan B. Mitchem

*Corresponding author for this work

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The epigenetic regulation of immune response involves reversible and heritable changes that do not alter the DNA sequence. Though there have been extensive studies accomplished relating to epigenetic changes in cancer cells, recent focus has been shifted on epigenetic-mediated changes in the immune cells including T cells, Macrophages, Natural Killer cells and anti-tumor immune responses. This review compiles the most relevant and recent literature related to the role of epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation and histone modifications in immune cells of wide range of cancers. We also include recent research with respect to role of the most relevant transcription factors that epigenetically control the anti-tumor immune response. Finally, a statement of future direction that promises to look forward for strategies to improve immunotherapy in cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-383
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Cancer Biology
StatePublished - Aug 2022


  • DNA methylation
  • Epigenetics
  • Histone modification and antitumor immunity
  • Tumor infiltrated immune cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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