Host Environment Factors
Many factors within the host environment may play a role in modulating an immune response. Outside of the tumor microenvironment, factors such as smoking, diet, UV exposure, infectious agents, and the gut microbiome can favorably or unfavorably affect the antitumor immune response.1-3
Alteration of the microbiome, a collection of bacteria in a specific environment, may correlate with immune-cell activity. Bacteria species present in a microbiome can be measured using WGS and ribosomal sequencing.
- A microbiome is a collection of bacteria in a particular environment (ie, the gut and oral cavity)4
- Abrogation and/or alteration of the microbiota may play a role in the incidence and progression of cancer5-9
- Faecalibacterium has been associated with increased systemic T-cell circulation
- Akkermansia muciniphila is linked to secretion of IL-12, a cytokine crucial for T-cell function5-9
- The species of bacteria present in a specific microbiome can be assessed via whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and prokaryotic ribosomal sequencing4,6,7,10,11
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