mRNA Vaccines: The Dawn of a New Era of Cancer Immunotherapy. Academic Article uri icon


  • mRNA therapy is a novel anticancer strategy based on in vitro transcription (IVT), which has potential for the treatment of malignant tumors. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the early 21st century has promoted the application of mRNA technologies in SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, and there has been a great deal of interest in the research and development of mRNA cancer vaccines. There has been progress in a number of key technologies, including mRNA production strategies, delivery systems, antitumor immune strategies, etc. These technologies have accelerated the progress and clinical applications of mRNA therapy, overcoming problems encountered in the past, such as instability, inefficient delivery, and weak immunogenicity of mRNA vaccines. This review provides a detailed overview of the production, delivery systems, immunological mechanisms, and antitumor immune response strategies for mRNA cancer vaccines. We list some mRNA cancer vaccines that are candidates for cancer treatment and discuss clinical trials in the field of tumor immunotherapy. In addition, we discuss the immunological mechanism of action by which mRNA vaccines destroy tumors as well as challenges and prospects for the future.

published proceedings

  • Front Immunol

altmetric score

  • 33.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Deng, Z., Tian, Y., Song, J., An, G., & Yang, P.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Deng, Zhuoya||Tian, Yuying||Song, Jianxun||An, Guangwen||Yang, Penghui

publication date

  • January 2022