Original Publication Date: 1 February, 2015
Publication / Source: Melanoma Management
Authors: Ester Simeone, Antonio M Grimaldi & Paolo A Ascierto
Programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death-1 ligand-1 (PD-L1) represent promising novel targets in immunotherapy. PD-1 is an inhibitory receptor involved in T-cell regulation that is expressed by activated T cells. Nivolumab and pembrolizumab are anti-PD-1 antibodies that have shown antitumor activity and acceptable tolerability in patients with metastatic melanoma in preclinical development and Phase I/II clinical trials.