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  1. Abstract

    Kagome lattice hosts a plethora of quantum states arising from the interplay of topology, spin-orbit coupling, and electron correlations. Here, we report symmetry-breaking electronic orders tunable by an applied magnetic field in a model Kagome magnet FeSn consisting of alternating stacks of two-dimensional Fe3Sn Kagome and Sn2honeycomb layers. On the Fe3Sn layer terminated FeSn thin films epitaxially grown on SrTiO3(111) substrates, we observe trimerization of the Kagome lattice using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, breaking its six-fold rotational symmetry while preserving the translational symmetry. Such a trimerized Kagome lattice shows an energy-dependent contrast reversal in dI/dV maps, which is significantly enhanced by bound states induced by Sn vacancy defects. This trimerized Kagome lattice also exhibits stripe modulations that are energy-dependent and tunable by an applied in-plane magnetic field, indicating symmetry-breaking nematicity from the entangled magnetic and charge degrees of freedom in antiferromagnet FeSn.

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    Checkpoint blockade immunotherapies harness the host's own immune system to fight cancer, but only work against tumors infiltrated by swarms of preexisting T cells. Unfortunately, most cancers to date are immune‐deserted. Here, a polymer‐assisted combination of immunogenic chemotherapy and PD‐L1 degradation is reported for efficacious treatment in originally nonimmunogenic cancer. “Priming” tumors with backbone‐degradable polymer‐epirubicin conjugates elicits immunogenic cell death and fosters tumor‐specific CD8+ T cell response. Sequential treatment with a multivalent polymer‐peptide antagonist to PD‐L1 overcomes adaptive PD‐L1 enrichment following chemotherapy, biases the recycling of PD‐L1 to lysosome degradation via surface receptor crosslinking, and produces prolonged elimination of PD‐L1 rather than the transient blocking afforded by standard anti‐PD‐L1 antibodies. Together, these findings establish the polymer‐facilitated tumor targeting of immunogenic drugs and surface crosslinking of PD‐L1 as a potential new therapeutic strategy to propagate long‐term antitumor immunity, which might broaden the application of immunotherapy to immunosuppressive cancers.

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