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Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224212/upregulation-of-thioredoxin-1-in-activated-human-nk-cells-confers-increased-tolerance-to-oxidative-stress
#1
Kousaku Mimura, Ley-Fang Kua, Noriko Shimasaki, Kensuke Shiraishi, Shotaro Nakajima, Lim Kee Siang, Asim Shabbir, Jimmy So, Wei-Peng Yong, Koji Kono
Adoptive transfer of immune cells, such as T lymphocytes and NK cells, has potential to control cancer growth. However, this can be counteracted by immune escape mechanisms within the tumor microenvironment, including those mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here, we determined the levels of anti-oxidant molecules in NK cells and their capacity to overcome ROS-induced immune suppression. We investigated the effect of H2O2 on resting NK cells, IL-2-activated NK cells and NK cells expanded by coculture with the K562 leukemia cell line genetically modified to express membrane-bound IL-15 and 4-1BB ligand (K562-mb15-41BBL)...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224211/mechanisms-overseeing-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cell-production-in-neoplastic-disease
#2
REVIEW
Colleen S Netherby, Scott I Abrams
Perturbations in myeloid cell differentiation are common in neoplasia, culminating in immature populations known as myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). MDSCs favor tumor progression due to their ability to suppress host immunity or promote invasion and metastasis. They are thought to originate from the bone marrow as a result of exposure to stromal- or circulating tumor-derived factors (TDFs). Although great interest has been placed on understanding how MDSCs function, less is known regarding how MDSCs develop at a transcriptional level...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224210/tumor-specific-regulatory-t-cells-in-the-bone-marrow-of-breast-cancer-patients-selectively-upregulate-the-emigration-receptor-s1p1
#3
Anchana Rathinasamy, Christoph Domschke, Yingzi Ge, Hans-Henning Böhm, Steffen Dettling, David Jansen, Felix Lasitschka, Ludmila Umansky, Markus H Gräler, Jennifer Hartmann, Christel Herold-Mende, Florian Schuetz, Philipp Beckhove
Regulatory T cells (Treg) hamper anti-tumor T-cell responses resulting in reduced survival and failure of cancer immunotherapy. Among lymphoid organs, the bone marrow (BM) is a major site of Treg residence and recirculation. However, the process governing the emigration of Treg from BM into the circulation remains elusive. We here show that breast cancer patients harbour reduced Treg frequencies in the BM as compared to healthy individuals or the blood. This was particularly the case for tumor antigen-specific Treg which were quantified by MHCII tumor peptide loaded tetramers...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214929/myeloid-cells-as-a-target-for-oligonucleotide-therapeutics-turning-obstacles-into-opportunities
#4
REVIEW
Marcin Kortylewski, Dayson Moreira
Immunotherapies emerged as an alternative for cancer treatment, yet their clinical efficacies are still limited, especially in case of solid tumors. Myeloid immune cells, such as macrophages and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), are often hijacked by tumors and become pivotal inhibitors of antitumor immunity. Immunosuppressive functions of tumor-associated myeloid cells result from the activity of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3), a transcription factor with well-defined tumorigenic and tolerogenic roles in human cancers...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214928/dendritic-cell-rehab-new-strategies-to-unleash-therapeutic-immunity-in-ovarian-cancer
#5
REVIEW
Chang-Suk Chae, Eli Teran-Cabanillas, Juan R Cubillos-Ruiz
Immune-based therapies that induce remarkable and durable responses against melanoma and lung cancer have unfortunately demonstrated limited success in ovarian cancer patients. This is likely due to the exceptional immunoregulatory nature of ovarian tumors, which employ numerous strategies to effectively suppress anti-tumor immunity. Here, we summarize a decade of research indicating that ovarian cancers possess an exquisite capacity to subvert the activity of host dendritic cells (DCs) as a key mechanism to impede the development and maintenance of protective T cell-based immune responses...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213726/pd-1-and-pd-l1-antibodies-in-cancer-current-status-and-future-directions
#6
REVIEW
Arjun Vasant Balar, Jeffrey S Weber
Immunotherapy has moved to the center stage of cancer treatment with the recent success of trials in solid tumors with PD-1/PD-L1 axis blockade. Programmed death-1 or PD-1 is a checkpoint molecule on T cells that plays a vital role in limiting adaptive immune responses and preventing autoimmune and auto-inflammatory reactivity in the normal host. In cancer patients, PD-1 expression is very high on T cells in the tumor microenvironment, and PD-L1, its primary ligand, is variably expressed on tumor cells and antigen-presenting cells within tumors, providing a potent inhibitory influence within the tumor microenvironment...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204866/vedolizumab-treatment-for-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-induced-enterocolitis
#7
Viktoria Bergqvist, Erik Hertervig, Peter Gedeon, Marija Kopljar, Håkan Griph, Sara Kinhult, Ana Carneiro, Jan Marsal
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPI), such as ipilimumab [anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) antibody] and nivolumab or pembrolizumab [anti-programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) antibodies], improve survival in several cancer types. Since inhibition of CTLA-4 or PD-1 leads to non-selective activation of the immune system, immune-related adverse events (irAEs) are frequent. Enterocolitis is a common irAE, currently managed with corticosteroids and, if necessary, anti-tumor necrosis factor-α therapy...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197666/elevated-basal-antibody-dependent-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-adcc-and-high-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-egfr-expression-predict-favourable-outcome-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-treated-with-cetuximab-and-radiotherapy
#8
Laura Lattanzio, Nerina Denaro, Daniela Vivenza, Chiara Varamo, Giuliana Strola, Mirella Fortunato, Emmanuel Chamorey, Alberto Comino, Martino Monteverde, Cristiana Lo Nigro, Gerard Milano, Marco Merlano
BACKGROUND: Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) may contribute to the antitumor activity of cetuximab. However, the extent of this contribution is unclear. In this study, we investigated the impact of baseline ADCC on the outcome of patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma treated with cetuximab and radiotherapy. METHODS: We determined baseline ADCC in 28 patients treated with cetuximab and radiotherapy and in 15 patients treated with chemoradiation...
February 14, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184970/differences-in-the-frequencies-of-hla-class-i-and-ii-alleles-between-german-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-healthy-controls
#9
Steffen Goebel, Astrid Kehlen, Karen Bluemke, Wolfgang Altermann, Gerald Schlaf, Kersten Fischer, Paolo Fornara, Bernd Wullich, Sven Wach, Helge Taubert
The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system is a major part of the human immune system and has an impact on tumor initiation, tumor progression, and immunosurveillance. Renal cell carcinoma tumors are considered to be immunogenic. Therefore, we studied the allele frequencies of four gene loci (HLA-A, -B, -C, and HLA-DR) in a cohort of German renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients and in healthy controls. HLA-A-C were determined using serological methods, whereas HLA-C12, C14, C16, C18, and HLA-DR were characterized through the use of standard molecular biological methods...
February 9, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184969/augmented-anti-tumor-activity-of-nk-92-cells-expressing-chimeric-receptors-of-tgf-%C3%AE-r-ii-and-nkg2d
#10
Zhongjuan Wang, Linghua Guo, Yuan Song, Yinsheng Zhang, Dandan Lin, Bo Hu, Yu Mei, Dedy Sandikin, Haiyan Liu
The capacity of natural killer (NK) cells to kill tumor cells without specific antigen recognition provides an advantage over T cells and makes them potential effectors for tumor immunotherapy. However, the efficacy of NK cell adoptive therapy can be limited by the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) is a potent immunosuppressive cytokine that can suppress NK cell function. To convert the suppressive signal induced by TGF-β to an activating signal, we genetically modified NK-92 cells to express a chimeric receptor with TGF-β type II receptor extracellular and transmembrane domains and the intracellular domain of NK cell-activating receptor NKG2D (TN chimeric receptor)...
February 9, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184968/regulation-of-pd-l1-expression-on-murine-tumor-associated-monocytes-and-macrophages-by-locally-produced-tnf-%C3%AE
#11
Genevieve Hartley, Daniel Regan, Amanda Guth, Steven Dow
PD-L1 is an immune checkpoint protein that has emerged as a major signaling molecule involved with tumor escape from T cell immune responses. Studies have shown that intra-tumoral expression of PD-L1 can inhibit antitumor immune responses. However, it has recently been shown that expression of PD-L1 on myeloid cells from the tumor is a stronger indicator of prognosis than tumor cell PD-L1 expression. Therefore, it is important to understand the factors that govern the regulation of PD-L1 expression on tumor-infiltrating myeloid cells...
February 9, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116480/inclusion-of-blimp-1-effector-regulatory-t-cells-improves-the-immunoscore-in-a-cohort-of-new-zealand-colorectal-cancer-patients-a-pilot-study
#12
Kirsten A Ward-Hartstonge, John L McCall, Timothy R McCulloch, Ann-Kristin Kamps, Adam Girardin, Erika Cretney, Fran M Munro, Roslyn A Kemp
Analysis of tumour-infiltrating T cells in colorectal cancer can predict disease-free survival. The Immunoscore, obtained by quantifying tumour-infiltrating CD3(+) and CD8(+) T cells, may improve current staging. Effector regulatory T cells are a potently suppressive subset in mice and, while present in human colorectal cancer, their role in patient outcome is unknown. Immunofluorescence was used to analyse immune cell infiltrates in patients with early (stage II) colorectal cancer with (n = 13) and without (n = 19) recurrent disease...
January 23, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108766/immunosuppressive-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-are-increased-in-splenocytes-from-cancer-patients
#13
Kimberly R Jordan, Puja Kapoor, Eric Spongberg, Richard P Tobin, Dexiang Gao, Virginia F Borges, Martin D McCarter
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are a heterogeneous population of myeloid cells that are increased in the peripheral blood of cancer patients and limit productive immune responses against tumors. Immunosuppressive MDSCs are well characterized in murine splenic tissue and are found at higher frequencies in spleens of tumor-bearing mice. However, no studies have yet analyzed these cells in parallel human spleens. We hypothesized that MDSCs would be increased in the spleens of human cancer patients, similar to tumor-bearing mice...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078357/intralesional-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-a-review-of-therapeutic-options
#14
REVIEW
Benjamin Weide, Dario Neri, Giuliano Elia
Intralesional therapy of melanoma patients with locally advanced metastatic disease is attracting increasing interest, not least due to its ability to lead to both direct tumor cell killing and the stimulation of both a local and a systemic immune response. An obvious pre-requisite for this type of approach is the presence of accessible metastases that are amenable to direct injection with the therapeutic agent of interest. Patients who present with these characteristics belong to stages IIIB/C or IV of the disease...
January 11, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074226/synergistic-effects-of-host-b7-h4-deficiency-and-gemcitabine-treatment-on-tumor-regression-and-anti-tumor-t-cell-immunity-in-a-mouse-model
#15
Joanne Leung, Philippe St-Onge, John Stagg, Woong-Kyung Suh
B7-H4 (B7x/B7S1), a B7 family inhibitor of T cell activity, is expressed in multiple human cancers and correlates with decreased infiltrating lymphocytes and poor prognosis. In murine models, tumor-expressed B7-H4 enhances tumor growth and reduces T cell immunity, and blockade of tumor-B7-H4 rescues T cell activity and lowers tumor burden. This implicates B7-H4 as a target for cancer immunotherapy, yet limits the efficacy of B7-H4 blockade exclusively to patients with B7-H4+ tumors. Given the expression of B7-H4 on host immune cells, we have previously shown that BALB/c mice lacking host B7-H4 have enhanced anti-tumor profiles, yet similar 4T1 tumor growth relative to control...
January 10, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040849/rejection-versus-escape-the-tumor-mhc-dilemma
#16
REVIEW
Federico Garrido, Francisco Ruiz-Cabello, Natalia Aptsiauri
Most tumor cells derive from MHC-I-positive normal counterparts and remain positive at early stages of tumor development. T lymphocytes can infiltrate tumor tissue, recognize and destroy MHC class I (MHC-I)-positive cancer cells ("permissive" phase I). Later, MHC-I-negative tumor cell variants resistant to T-cell killing emerge. During this process, tumors first acquire a heterogeneous MHC-I expression pattern and finally become uniformly MHC-I-negative. This stage (phase II) represents a "non-permissive" encapsulated structure with tumor nodes surrounded by fibrous tissue containing different elements including leukocytes, macrophages, fibroblasts, etc...
December 31, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035433/development-of-t-cells-carrying-two-complementary-chimeric-antigen-receptors-against-glypican-3-and-asialoglycoprotein-receptor-1-for-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Cheng Chen, Kesang Li, Hua Jiang, Fei Song, Huiping Gao, Xiaorong Pan, Bizhi Shi, Yanyu Bi, Huamao Wang, Hongyang Wang, Zonghai Li
Adoptive immunotherapy leveraging chimeric antigen receptor-modified T (CAR-T) cells holds great promise for the treatment of cancer. However, tumor-associated antigens often have low expression levels in normal tissues, which can cause on-target, off-tumor toxicity. Recently, we reported that GPC3-targeted CAR-T cells could eradicate hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) xenografts in mice. However, it remains unknown whether on-target, off-tumor toxicity can occur. Therefore, we proposed that dual-targeted CAR-T cells co-expressing glypican-3 (GPC3) and asialoglycoprotein receptor 1 (ASGR1) (a liver tissue-specific protein)-targeted CARs featuring CD3ζ and 28BB (containing both CD28 and 4-1BB signaling domains), respectively, may have reduced on-target, off-tumor toxicity...
December 29, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011996/the-kinase-inhibitors-r406-and-gs-9973-impair-t-cell-functions-and-macrophage-mediated-anti-tumor-activity-of-rituximab-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients
#18
Ana Colado, María Belén Almejún, Enrique Podaza, Denise Risnik, Carmen Stanganelli, Esteban Enrique Elías, Patricia Dos Santos, Irma Slavutsky, Horacio Fernández Grecco, María Cabrejo, Raimundo Fernando Bezares, Mirta Giordano, Romina Gamberale, Mercedes Borge
Small molecules targeting kinases involved in B cell receptor signaling are showing encouraging clinical activity in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. Fostamatinib (R406) and entospletinib (GS-9973) are ATP-competitive inhibitors designed to target spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) that have shown clinical activity with acceptable toxicity in trials with CLL patients. Preclinical studies with these inhibitors in CLL have focused on their effect in patient-derived leukemic B cells. In this work we show that clinically relevant doses of R406 and GS-9973 impaired the activation and proliferation of T cells from CLL patients...
December 23, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011995/delivery-of-foreign-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-epitopes-to-tumor-tissues-for-effective-antitumor-immunotherapy-against-pre-established-solid-tumors-in-mice
#19
Herbert W Kavunja, Shuyao Lang, Suttipun Sungsuwan, Zhaojun Yin, Xuefei Huang
Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) can have remarkable abilities to kill tumor cells. However, the establishment of successful CTL-based anticancer therapy has met with many challenges. Within tumor cells, there exist subpopulations with low or no expression of the targeted antigen (termed as antigen-loss variants). In addition, tumor cells can downregulate the levels of major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) molecules on cell surface due to immune pressure. As a result, some tumor cells can escape the immune pressure bestowed by CTLs, resulting in treatment failure...
December 23, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008452/combined-treatment-with-ipilimumab-and-intratumoral-interleukin-2-in-pretreated-patients-with-stage-iv-melanoma-safety-and-efficacy-in-a-phase-ii-study
#20
Benjamin Weide, Alexander Martens, Kilian Wistuba-Hamprecht, Henning Zelba, Ludwig Maier, Hans-Peter Lipp, Bernhard D Klumpp, Daniel Soffel, Thomas K Eigentler, Claus Garbe
Treatment of advanced melanoma patients with ipilimumab results in improved survival. However, only about 20% of treated patients experience long-term benefit. Combining treatment of ipilimumab with other drugs may improve immune activation and potentially enhance clinical efficacy. The aims of the phase II clinical trial reported here were to investigate tolerability and efficacy of a combined immunotherapeutic strategy comprising standard systemic ipilimumab at 3 mg/kg four times at 3-week intervals and intratumorally injected IL-2 at 9 MIU daily twice weekly for four weeks in pretreated melanoma patients with distant metastasis...
December 22, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
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