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Journal of Immunotherapy

Michael J Robertson, Christopher W Stamatkin, David Pelloso, Jill Weisenbach, Nagendra K Prasad, Ahmad R Safa
Interleukin-18 (IL-18) is an immunostimulatory cytokine that augments antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity mediated by human natural killer cells against antibody-coated lymphoma cells in vitro and that has antitumor activity in animal models. Ofatumumab is a CD20 monoclonal antibody with activity against human B-cell lymphomas. A phase I study of recombinant human (rh) IL-18 given with ofatumumab was undertaken in patients with CD20 lymphoma who had undergone high-dose chemotherapy and autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Quentin Magis, Caroline Gaudy-Marqueste, Agnes Basire, Anderson Loundou, Nausicaa Malissen, Laura Troin, Sandrine Monestier, Stéphanie Mallet, Sylvie Hesse, Marie-Aleth Richard, René Valéro, Sophie Beliard, Jean-Jacques Grob
Acute type 1 diabetes (AD1) is a rare but definitive immune-related adverse event associated with anti-PD1. Most of the reported cases are close to what has been described as "fulminant type 1 diabetes." We sought to determine whether anti-PD1 could impair glycoregulation and whether occurrence of AD1 could be anticipated by prior glycemic changes. Fasting glycemia collected before, under, and after treatment in melanoma patients treated with anti-PD1 over a period of 36 months were retrospectively analyzed...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Theodore S Nowicki, Helena Escuin-Ordinas, Earl Avramis, Bartosz Chmielowski, Thinle Chodon, Beata Berent-Maoz, Xiaoyan Wang, Paula Kaplan-Lefko, Lili Yang, David Baltimore, James S Economou, Antoni Ribas, Begoña Comin-Anduix
Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) consisting of genetically engineered T cells expressing tumor antigen-specific T-cell receptors displays robust initial antitumor activity, followed by loss of T-cell activity/persistence and frequent disease relapse. We characterized baseline and longitudinal T-cell phenotype variations resulting from different manufacturing and administration protocols in patients who received ACT. Patients with melanoma who enrolled in the F5-MART-1 clinical trial (NCT00910650) received infusions of MART-1 T-cell receptors transgenic T cells with MART-1 peptide-pulsed dendritic cell vaccination...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Daniel V P de Almeida, Jessica R Gomes, Fabio J Haddad, Antonio C Buzaid
A 69-year-old man with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma presented with pericarditis and pericardial tamponade during nivolumab treatment, despite near-complete response on images performed during response evaluation. Further investigation found no evidence of pericardial or pleural cancer involvement, and pathologic evaluation showed immune-related adverse effect. Surgical and steroid treatments were used, with excellent results, and no disease progression on follow-up despite drug discontinuation because of toxicity...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Kosei Hasegawa, Yuji Ikeda, Yuko Kunugi, Akira Kurosaki, Yuichi Imai, Shunsuke Kohyama, Shoji Nagao, Eito Kozawa, Koji Yoshida, Takuya Tsunoda, Yusuke Nakamura, Keiichi Fujiwara
Cancer immunotherapy has now been established as a leading standard therapeutic option in a subset of patients with cancer. In this study, we conducted a phase I dose-escalation trial using a mixture of 5 peptides to vaccinate cervical cancer patients with HLA-A*2402. The primary endpoints were safety and determination of a recommended vaccine dose, and the secondary endpoints were evaluations of immunologic responses and clinical efficacy. All patients had recurrent or persistent disease and had failed to respond to or were intolerant to prior standard chemotherapy...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Parul Tandon, Samuel Bourassa-Blanchette, Kirles Bishay, Simon Parlow, Scott A Laurie, Jeffrey D McCurdy
Checkpoint inhibitors are a first-line therapy for advanced melanoma, though their use is limited by diarrhea and colitis. The aim of our study was to determine the risk of these toxicities associated with immunotherapy in advanced melanoma. Electronic databases were searched through June 2017 for prospective studies reporting the risk of diarrhea and colitis in advanced melanoma treated with anti-programmed death-1 (PD-1) or anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) inhibitors. Standardized definitions assessed the grade of diarrhea and colitis...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Jiao Chen, Yaping Fan, Bomiao Cui, Xiaoying Li, Yu Yu, Yue Du, Qianming Chen, Yun Feng, Ping Zhang
γδT cells function in the regulation of T-cell activation in cancer and have been identified as a novel target for cancer immunotherapy. Activated γδT cells release a series of cytotoxic molecules-including granulysin, perforin, Fas/Fas ligand (Fas-L), and granzymes A and B-to kill target cells. Our previous research has shown that high mobility group nucleosomal-binding domain 2 (HMGN2), which is expressed at a high level in activated CD8T cells, is an antitumor effector molecule of CD8T cells. In the present study, we examined the expression and antitumor effects of HMGN2 in γδT cells...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
James T Gordy, Kun Luo, Brian Francica, Charles Drake, Richard B Markham
The chemokine MIP3α (CCL20) binds to CCR6 on immature dendritic cells. Vaccines fusing MIP3α to gp100 have been shown to be effective in therapeutically reducing melanoma tumor burden and prolonging survival in a mouse model. Other studies have provided evidence that interleukin-10 (IL-10) neutralizing antibodies (αIL-10) enhance immunologic melanoma therapies by modulating the tolerogenic tumor microenvironment. In the current study, we have utilized the B16F10 syngeneic mouse melanoma model to demonstrate for the first time that a therapy neutralizing IL-10 enhances the antitumor efficacy of a MIP3α-gp100 DNA vaccine, leading to significantly smaller tumors, slower growing tumors, and overall increases in mouse survival...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Isabelle Magalhaes, Ingrid Kalland, James N Kochenderfer, Anders Österborg, Michael Uhlin, Jonas Mattsson
CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapy has demonstrated dramatic results for the treatment of B cell malignancies such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). As T cell defects are common in patients with CLL, we compared the T cells from these patients with healthy donors (HDs), and subsequently the CD19 CAR T cells produced from patients and HDs. Despite initial differences when comparing the phenotype of circulating T cells in patients with CLL and HDs, the CD19 CAR T cells manufactured from patients' or HDs' cells showed a similar phenotype (effector memory or terminally differentiated), both were specifically activated by and killed CD19 target cells, and secreted cytokines (ie, IL-2, TNF, and IFN-γ)...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Amalia Anastasopoulou, Georgios Papaxoinis, Panagiotis Diamantopoulos, Erietta Christofidou, Olga Benopoulou, Alexandros Stratigos, Helen Gogas
The widespread use of immune checkpoint inhibitors has shed light to several unusual immune-related adverse effects of the drugs. Severe cutaneous adverse reactions are generally rare with anti-PD1 agents. We present in this paper the case of a 48-year-old patient with melanoma who developed bullous pemphigoid-like skin lesions along with fever, arthralgia and overt eosinophilia following adjuvant treatment with nivolumab. The condition was successfully treated with corticosteroids and a rechallenge with another anti-PD1 agent did not lead to recurrence of the skin lesions...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Debra D Bloom, Sofiya Reshetylo, Cassandra Nytes, Claudia T Goodsett, Peiman Hematti
The BAFF receptor BR3 plays key roles in B-cell activation, maturation, and survival whereas the function of BR3 on T lymphocytes is less well characterized. Previous reports have demonstrated that BR3 costimulates human T-cell activation in vitro in the presence of high nonphysiological levels of plate-bound BAFF. Here, relying on the soluble and membrane-bound BAFF expressed by T cells themselves, we investigated the function of BR3 on activated primary CD4 and CD8 T lymphocytes using a BR3-specific neutralization antibody and shRNA gene down-modulation...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Amelia S Aitken, Dominic G Roy, Nikolas T Martin, Subash Sad, John C Bell, Marie-Claude Bourgeois-Daigneault
Anticancer vaccination is becoming a popular therapeutic approach for patients with cancers expressing common tumor antigens. One variation on this strategy is a heterologous virus vaccine where 2 viruses encoding the same tumor antigen are administered sequentially to prime and boost antitumor immunity. This approach is currently undergoing clinical investigation using an adenovirus (Ad) and the oncolytic virus Maraba (MRB). In this study, we show that Listeria monocytogenes can be used in place of the Ad to obtain comparable immune priming efficiency before MRB boosting...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
Ilaria Turin, Sara Delfanti, Federica Ferulli, Silvia Brugnatelli, Matteo Tanzi, Marcello Maestri, Lorenzo Cobianchi, Daniela Lisini, Ombretta Luinetti, Marco Paulli, Cesare Perotti, Elisabetta Todisco, Paolo Pedrazzoli, Daniela Montagna
Treatment of advanced metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients is associated with a poor prognosis and significant morbidity. Moreover, targeted therapies such as anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) have no effect in metastatic patients with tumors harboring a mutation in the RAS gene. The failure of conventional treatment to improve outcomes in mCRC patients has prompted the development of adoptive immunotherapy approaches including natural killer (NK)-based therapies. In this study, after confirmation that patients' NK cells were not impaired in their cytotoxic activity, evaluated against long-term tumor cell lines, we evaluated their interactions with autologous mCRC cells...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
Aki Furusawa, John Reiser, Kavitha Sadashivaiah, Haley Simpson, Arnob Banerjee
Tumor-specific CD8 T cells often fail to elicit effective antitumor immune responses due to an inability to expand into a substantial effector population and persist long-term in vivo. Using an adoptive transfer model of cancer immunotherapy, we demonstrate that constitutive eomesodermin (Eomes) expression in tumor-specific CD8 T cells improves tumor rejection and survival. The increase in tumor rejection was associated with an increased number and persistence of CD8 T cells in lymphoid tissues during acute tumor rejection, tumor regrowth, and in mice that remained tumor-free...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
Allen Cohn, Michael A Morse, Bert O'Neil, Samuel Whiting, Claire Coeshott, John Ferraro, Donald Bellgrau, David Apelian, Timothy C Rodell
We are developing whole, heat-killed, recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, engineered to encode target proteins, which stimulate immune responses against malignant cells expressing those targets. This phase 1 trial, enrolling patients with advanced colorectal or pancreas cancer, was designed to evaluate safety, immunogenicity, response, and overall survival of ascending doses of the GI-4000 series of products, which express 3 different forms of mutated Ras proteins. The study enrolled 33 heavily pretreated subjects (14 with pancreas and 19 with colorectal cancer), whose tumors were genotyped before enrollment to identify the specific ras mutation and thereby to identify which GI-4000 product to administer...
April 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Tong Wang, Fumou Sun, Yang Wang, Jiahao Jiang, Mingzhu Pan, Minne Yuan, Hang Zhang, Xiaodian Du, Kamal Hezam, Kai Song, Min Wang, Juan Zhang
Colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is one of the most common malignant cancers worldwide. The poor response of CRC to chemotherapy has whipped up the interest in targeted therapy with monoclonal antibodies for its potential efficiency. However, cetuximab, as one of the first-line targeted drugs in the treatment of CRC, has drug resistance and poor prognosis in clinic. To address this, a novel bispecific protein with CRC targeting and natural killer (NK) cell triggering was used for treatment. NK cell-mediated immunosurveillance is normally activated by the activating receptor natural killer cell receptor NK group 2, member D (NKG2D), which binds its key ligand major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I-related chain A (MICA) expressed on the tumor cells...
April 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Jean-Marie Michot, Parvady Ragou, Franck Carbonnel, Stéphane Champiat, Anne-Laure Voisin, Christine Mateus, Olivier Lambotte, Maxime Annereau
Antiprogrammed death-1 (anti-PD1) and antiprogrammed death ligand-1 (anti-PD-L1) antibodies are effective checkpoint inhibitors that stimulate the immune system against many types of cancers. The flip side of these immunotherapies is the generation of immune-related adverse events, which can theoretically affect all organs. Among these side effects, lipase increase is frequently observed; however the meaning of this biological abnormality remains poorly understood. We investigate in this case study all the lipase increases greater or equal to grade 2 that occurred in patients receiving anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 treatments, to determine their biological and clinical significance...
February 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Farkhad Manapov, Olarn Roengvoraphoj, Maurice Dantes, Sebastian Marschner, Minglun Li, Chukwuka Eze
Nivolumab is a feasible therapy option in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who progress on first-line treatment. However, there is limited information about an overlapping toxicity of PD-1 inhibitors when administered following thoracic radiotherapy (TRT). Three of 25 patients with advanced NSCLC were treated with palliative or curative intent. Nivolumab was initiated as second or third-line therapy after TRT for recurrent or progressive disease. All 3 patients developed grade 3 pneumonitis at some point during nivolumab therapy...
February 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Tina Nham, Sophie M Poznanski, Isabella Y Fan, Fatemeh Vahedi, Mira M Shenouda, Amanda J Lee, Marianne V Chew, Richard T Hogg, Dean A Lee, Ali A Ashkar
With over 600,000 units of umbilical cord blood (CB) stored on a global scale, it is important to elucidate the therapeutic abilities of this cryopreserved reservoir. In the advancing field of natural killer (NK) cell cancer immunotherapy, CB has proven to be a promising and noninvasive source of therapeutic NK cells. Although studies have proven the clinical efficacy of using long-term cryopreserved CB in the context of hematopoietic stem cell transplantations, little is known about its use for the ex vivo expansion of effector immune cells...
February 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Wentong Deng, Jiayu Liu, Haitao Pan, Li Li, Changhua Zhou, Xiaojuan Wang, Rui Shu, Bin Dong, Donglin Cao, Qing Li, Zhong Wang
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is frequently overexpressed and activated in metastatic breast cancers. Monoclonal antibodies targeting Her2, such as trastuzumab and pertuzumab, have become important targeted therapies for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Both trastuzumab and pertuzumab can reduce Her2 positive tumor burden by inhibiting Her2 signaling and inducing ADCC activities (antibody dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity). In this study, we have generated a bispecific antibody, Her2(Per)-S-Fab, by linking the pertuzumab Fab to an anti-CD16 single domain antibody...
January 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
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