Thesis / Dissertation

Investigating the Role of Oligomeric State in Chimeric Antigen Receptor Function Using de novo Designed Transmembrane Structures

Nicholas John Chandler, Melissa Call (ed.)

Published : 2021

Abstract

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy has revolutionized the treatment of B cell malignancies by redirecting patient T cells to destroy cancer cells using engineered receptors. While CAR T cell therapies hold enormous potential as treatments in a wide range of tumour settings, treatments for non-B cell cancers have largely failed to significantly improve patient outcomes thus far. Furthermore, CAR therapies carry significant risk of inducing cytokine release syndrome (CRS), a potentially deadly toxicity caused by excessive release of inflammatory cytokines. The ability to minimize toxicity whilst maintaining adequate tumour cell-killing is therefore vital to the continued improvemen..

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