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RAtional design of canceR ImmunoTherapY: one size does not fit all

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Project "RARITY" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2333 ZA

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙499˙795 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙795 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2019-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-12-01   to  2024-11-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) coordinator 1˙499˙795.00


 Project objective

Checkpoint blockade immunotherapies have revolutionized cancer treatment. However, this immunotherapy only benefits a minority of patients (< 15%), mainly those diagnosed with cancers having many mutations. Furthermore, checkpoint blockade therapy does not selectively activate cancer-reactive T cells. RARITY responds to these shortcomings, aiming to provide innovative solutions for the development of effective immunotherapies for patients who do not benefit from current treatments. The ground-breaking preliminary data included in this application demonstrates that cancer-reactive T cells can be naturally present in so-called non-immunogenic cancers and that they acquire distinctive phenotypes. RARITY will apply state-of-the-art technologies to fingerprint these phenotypes. This will allow the isolation of cancer-reactive T cells from tumour tissues and their employment as highly-effective therapies. Therapeutic vaccination with cancer antigens can also be used to induce T cell responses in patients where natural activation of cancer-specific T cells is not detectable. However, the applicability of vaccination is compromised by the lack of specific targets, particularly in malignancies with few mutations. RARITY will address this problem by deploying a novel class of cancer antigens. An unprecedented screening of non-exomic genomic regions will be done to detect unannotated proteins that arise from de novo transcription and translation events. These proteins can then be targeted by personalized immunotherapies. Finally, thought-provoking findings included in RARITY suggest that immune cell subsets other than T cells play a major role in anti-tumour immune responses. These subsets need to be fully inventoried and categorised so that complementary strategies to T cell immunotherapies can be developed. RARITY will do so by conducting multidimensional analysis of cancer microenvironments using imaging mass cytometry and ex vivo modulation of immune responses.

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