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Journal Articles Current Research in Translational Medicine Year : 2016

The role of Toll-like receptor 9 in gynecologic cancer


Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) plays a major role in the fight against DNA viruses infections. Despite its antitumor properties, inappropriate activation of TLR9 during chronic inflammation may cause the activation of transcription factors inducing pro-cancerous activities. Thus, the relationship between TLR9 and cancer remains highly confrontational especially in gynecological cancers and cervical cancer induced by viruses. In this review, we focus on the beneficial and detrimental role of TLR9 in gynecological carcinogenesis. TLR9 contributes to tumor regression by inducing cytotoxic T cell response (CTL), reducing the numbers of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), the tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and the regulatory T cells (T regs). It can however, also promote tumor progression and invasiveness of cervical tissue. Therefore, the dichotomous role of TLR9 needs to be carefully investigated in the setting of neoplastic disease.
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pasteur-01451801 , version 1 (01-02-2017)



E. Fehri, E. Ennaifer, R. Bel Haj Rhouma, L. Guizani-Tabbane, I. Guizani, et al.. The role of Toll-like receptor 9 in gynecologic cancer. Current Research in Translational Medicine, 2016, 64 (3), pp.155 - 159. ⟨10.1016/j.retram.2016.01.010⟩. ⟨pasteur-01451801⟩
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