Future Oncol. 2012 Dec;8(12):1529-35. doi: 10.2217/fon.12.155.
Parasites and cancers: parasite antigens as possible targets for cancer immunotherapy
Darani HY, Yousefi M.
Department of Parasitology & Mycology, Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. email@example.com.
An adverse relationship between some parasite infections and cancer in the human population has been reported by different research groups. Anticancer activity of some parasites such as Trypanosoma cruzi, Toxoplasma gondii, Toxocara canis, Acantamoeba castellani and Plasmodium yoelii has been shown in experimental animals. Moreover, it has been shown that cancer-associated mucin-type O-glycan compositions are made by parasites, therefore cancers and parasites have common antigens. In this report anticancer activities of some parasites have been reviewed and the possible mechanisms of these actions have also been discussed.
PMID: 23231515 [PubMed - in process]