Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common malignant primary brain tumor and is characterized by a poor prognosis.The cancer cells reside in a hypoxic environment, which supports tumorigenesis, amongst others via suppression of immunity.
A burning question is whether plasma as an ionized gas is able to kill cancer cells in a way that makes the immune system active, also known as 'immunogenic cell death'. In this study, we will investigate whether plasma induces immunogenic cell death in glioblastoma cells and whether it can activate immune cells. The effect of hypoxia will also be investigated. We collect these data to gain more insight into the mechanism of action of plasma as a necessary component to obtain approval of a new therapy and to lay the foundation to examine combination therapies in the next phase of the project.