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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331617/current-approaches-to-increase-car-t-cell-potency-in-solid-tumors-targeting-the-tumor-microenvironment
#1
REVIEW
Irene Scarfò, Marcela V Maus
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy represents a revolutionary treatment for haematological malignancies (i.e. B-ALL). However, the success of this type of treatment has not yet been achieved in solid tumors. One hypothesis is that the immunosuppressive nature of the tumor microenvironment (TME) influences and affects the efficacy of adoptive immunotherapy. Understanding the role of the TME and its interaction with CAR T-cells is crucial to improve the potency of adoptive immunotherapy. In this review, we discuss the strategies and potential combinatorial approaches recently developed in mouse models to enhance the efficacy of CAR T-cells, with particular emphasis on the translational potential of these approaches...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331616/ex-vivo-akt-inhibition-promotes-the-generation-of-potent-cd19car-t-cells-for-adoptive-immunotherapy
#2
Ryan Urak, Miriam Walter, Laura Lim, ChingLam W Wong, Lihua E Budde, Sandra Thomas, Stephen J Forman, Xiuli Wang
BACKGROUND: Insufficient persistence and effector function of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-redirected T cells have been challenging issues for adoptive T cell therapy. Generating potent CAR T cells is of increasing importance in the field. Studies have demonstrated the importance of the Akt pathway in the regulation of T cell differentiation and memory formation. We now investigate whether inhibition of Akt signaling during ex vivo expansion of CAR T cells can promote the generation of CAR T cells with enhanced antitumor activity following adoptive therapy in a murine leukemia xenograft model...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331615/nuclear-irf-1-expression-as-a-mechanism-to-assess-capability-to-express-pd-l1-and-response-to-pd-1-therapy-in-metastatic-melanoma
#3
James W Smithy, Lauren M Moore, Vasiliki Pelekanou, Jamaal Rehman, Patricia Gaule, Pok Fai Wong, Veronique M Neumeister, Mario Sznol, Harriet M Kluger, David L Rimm
BACKGROUND: Predictive biomarkers for antibodies against programmed death 1 (PD-1) remain a major unmet need in metastatic melanoma. Specifically, response is seen in tumors that do not express programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), highlighting the need for a more sensitive biomarker. We hypothesize that capacity to express PD-L1, as assessed by an assay for a PD-L1 transcription factor, interferon regulatory factor 1 (IRF-1), may better distinguish patients likely to benefit from anti-PD-1 immunotherapy...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331614/sudden-hearing-loss-in-a-melanoma-patient-on-pembrolizumab-an-etiology-not-to-be-omitted-in-the-differential-diagnosis
#4
EDITORIAL
Marc-Elie Nader, Jeffrey N Myers, Paul W Gidley
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have emerged as a promising therapeutic option for metastatic cancers. However, they have been associated with inflammatory adverse reactions in various organ systems. A recent article reported a case of sudden bilateral hearing loss that occurred in a patient with metastatic melanoma being treated with pembrolizumab. The authors attributed that complication to an autoimmune reaction secondary to the treatment. This commentary discusses the importance of considering the diagnosis of leptomeningeal metastasis in patients with metastatic melanoma who present with new cranial nerve deficits...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331613/systematic-evaluation-of-immune-regulation-and-modulation
#5
REVIEW
David F Stroncek, Lisa H Butterfield, Michael A Cannarile, Madhav V Dhodapkar, Tim F Greten, Jean Charles Grivel, David R Kaufman, Heidi H Kong, Firouzeh Korangy, Peter P Lee, Francesco Marincola, Sergio Rutella, Janet C Siebert, Giorgio Trinchieri, Barbara Seliger
Cancer immunotherapies are showing promising clinical results in a variety of malignancies. Monitoring the immune as well as the tumor response following these therapies has led to significant advancements in the field. Moreover, the identification and assessment of both predictive and prognostic biomarkers has become a key component to advancing these therapies. Thus, it is critical to develop systematic approaches to monitor the immune response and to interpret the data obtained from these assays. In order to address these issues and make recommendations to the field, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer reconvened the Immune Biomarkers Task Force...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286652/erratum-to-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma-response-to-nivolumab
#6
Frances M Walocko, Benjamin Y Scheier, Paul W Harms, Leslie A Fecher, Christopher D Lao
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1186/s40425-016-0186-1.].
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239472/analyses-of-the-peripheral-immunome-following-multiple-administrations-of-avelumab-a-human-igg1-anti-pd-l1-monoclonal-antibody
#7
Renee N Donahue, Lauren M Lepone, Italia Grenga, Caroline Jochems, Massimo Fantini, Ravi A Madan, Christopher R Heery, James L Gulley, Jeffrey Schlom
BACKGROUND: Multiple anti-PD-L1/PD-1 checkpoint monoclonal antibodies (MAb) have shown clear evidence of clinical benefit. All except one have been designed or engineered to omit the possibility to mediate antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) as a second potential mode of anti-tumor activity; the reason for this is the concern of lysis of PD-L1 positive immune cells. Avelumab is a fully human IgG1 MAb which has been shown in prior in vitro studies to mediate ADCC versus a range of human tumor cells, and clinical studies have demonstrated anti-tumor activity versus a range of human cancers...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239471/gene-expression-markers-of-tumor-infiltrating-leukocytes
#8
Patrick Danaher, Sarah Warren, Lucas Dennis, Leonard D'Amico, Andrew White, Mary L Disis, Melissa A Geller, Kunle Odunsi, Joseph Beechem, Steven P Fling
BACKGROUND: Assays of the abundance of immune cell populations in the tumor microenvironment promise to inform immune oncology research and the choice of immunotherapy for individual patients. We propose to measure the intratumoral abundance of various immune cell populations with gene expression. In contrast to IHC and flow cytometry, gene expression assays yield high information content from a clinically practical workflow. Previous studies of gene expression in purified immune cells have reported hundreds of genes showing enrichment in a single cell type, but the utility of these genes in tumor samples is unknown...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239470/fak-inhibition-opens-the-door-to-checkpoint-immunotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer
#9
EDITORIAL
Stefan N Symeonides, Stephen M Anderton, Alan Serrels
Immunotherapy has had remarkable success in the treatment of some cancer types. However, pancreatic cancer has remained largely refractory to immunotherapy, including immune checkpoint inhibitors. Recently, Jiang and colleagues identified a key role for FAK in regulating the composition of the fibrotic and immuno-suppressive pancreatic tumour niche, and showed that FAK inhibitors can be used in combination with immune checkpoint blockade and gemcitabine chemotherapy to significantly delay pancreatic tumour progression...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239469/combination-immunotherapy-a-road-map
#10
REVIEW
Patrick A Ott, F Stephen Hodi, Howard L Kaufman, Jon M Wigginton, Jedd D Wolchok
Cancer immunotherapy and in particular monoclonal antibodies blocking the inhibitory programed cell death 1 pathway (PD-1/PD-L1) have made a significant impact on the treatment of cancer patients in recent years. However, despite the remarkable clinical efficacy of these agents in a number of malignancies, it has become clear that they are not sufficiently active for many patients. Initial evidence, for example with combined inhibition of PD-1 and CTLA-4 in melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), has highlighted the potential to further enhance the clinical benefits of monotherapies by combining agents with synergistic mechanisms of action...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239468/immunotherapy-associated-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia
#11
Uqba Khan, Farman Ali, Muhammad Siddique Khurram, Awais Zaka, Tarik Hadid
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy has been widely used in the treatment of several solid and hematologic malignancies. Checkpoint inhibitors have been the forefront of cancer immunotherapy in recent years. Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) pathway are the prototypic checkpoint targets for immunotherapy. When combined, CTLA-4 and PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors work synergistically, but with increased probability of toxicity. The following case represents an unusual adverse effect of combined treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab used for treatment of metastatic melanoma...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239467/ccr7-selected-gene-modified-t-cells-maintain-a-central-memory-phenotype-and-display-enhanced-persistence-in-peripheral-blood-in-vivo
#12
Gray Kueberuwa, Hannah Gornall, Erik Marcelo Alcantar-Orozco, Deborah Bouvier, Zainul Abedin Kapacee, Robert Edward Hawkins, David Edward Gilham
BACKGROUND: Adoptive T cell immunotherapy (ATCT) for cancer entails infusing patients with T cells that recognise and destroy tumour cells. Efficient engraftment of T cells and persistence in the circulation correlate with favourable clinical outcomes. T cells of early differentiation possess an increased capacity for proliferation and therefore persistence, using these cells for ATCT could therefore lead to improved clinical outcomes. METHOD: We describe a method to enrich T cells of early differentiation status using paramagnetic beads and antibodies targeting cells expressing C-C motif chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239466/nivolumab-induced-myxedema-crisis
#13
Uqba Khan, Humaira Rizvi, Dahlia Sano, Jane Chiu, Tarik Hadid
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab is an anti-programmed cell death (anti-PD-1) monoclonal antibody that is approved by Food and Drug Administration for treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, metastatic melanoma, relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma and advanced renal cell cancer. We report a rare case of myxedema crisis induced by nivolumab in a patient with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of lung. CASE PRESENTATION: Fifty three-year old woman with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma currently on treatment with nivolumab presented with diffuse facial and tongue swelling, slurred speech, depressed mentation, fatigue and weakness...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239465/pd-1-blockade-induces-remissions-in-relapsed-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma-following-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#14
James Godfrey, Michael R Bishop, Sahr Syed, Elizabeth Hyjek, Justin Kline
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and checkpoint blockade therapy are immune-based therapies that have activity in selected refractory hematologic malignancies. Interest has developed in combining these treatments for high-risk hematologic diseases. However, there is concern that checkpoint blockade could augment graft-versus-host disease, and very few studies have evaluated the safety of checkpoint blockade in the post-allogeneic setting. Here, we report the outcomes of three patients with relapsed classical Hodgkin's lymphoma following allogeneic transplant that were treated with the anti-PD-1 antibody, nivolumab...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239464/immunotherapy-resistance-the-answers-lie-ahead-not-in-front-of-us
#15
EDITORIAL
Miles C Andrews, Jennifer A Wargo
Mechanisms of innate and adaptive resistance to checkpoint blockade immunotherapy are under intense investigation with a view to broadening the therapeutic potential of this form of treatment. In a recent manuscript by Zaretsky and colleagues, mutational events were identified that effectively crippled ongoing immunotherapy responses in patients treated with anti-PD-1 therapy. These results are discussed in the light of other recent and ongoing research efforts exploring both mutational and non-mutational resistance mechanisms, highlighting the critical translational importance of longitudinal tumor sampling...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239463/enhancing-adoptive-cancer-immunotherapy-with-v%C3%AE-2v%C3%AE-2-t-cells-through-pulse-zoledronate-stimulation
#16
Mohanad H Nada, Hong Wang, Grefachew Workalemahu, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Craig T Morita
BACKGROUND: Human γδ T cells expressing Vγ2Vδ2 T cell receptors monitor foreign- and self-prenyl pyrophosphate metabolites in isoprenoid biosynthesis to mediate immunity to microbes and tumors. Adoptive immunotherapy with Vγ2Vδ2 T cells has been used to treat cancer patients with partial and complete remissions. Most clinical trials and preclinical studies have used continuous zoledronate exposure to expand Vγ2Vδ2 cells where zoledronate is slowly diluted over the course of the culture...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239462/thrombocytopenia-in-patients-with-melanoma-receiving-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy
#17
Eileen Shiuan, Kathryn E Beckermann, Alpaslan Ozgun, Ciara Kelly, Meredith McKean, Jennifer McQuade, Mary Ann Thompson, Igor Puzanov, John P Greer, Suthee Rapisuwon, Michael Postow, Michael A Davies, Zeynep Eroglu, Douglas Johnson
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint inhibitors, including antibodies against programmed death 1 (PD-1) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4), are being used with increasing frequency for the treatment of cancer. Immune-related adverse events (irAEs) including colitis, dermatitis, and pneumonitis are well described, but less frequent events are now emerging with larger numbers of patients treated. Herein we describe the incidence and spectrum of thrombocytopenia following immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy and two severe cases of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116090/erratum-to-a-case-report-of-grover-s-disease-from-immunotherapy-a-skin-toxicity-induced-by-inhibition-of-ctla-4-but-not-pd-1
#18
Marc Uemura, Faisal Fa'ak, Cara Haymaker, Natalie McQuail, Elizabeth Sirmans, Courtney W Hudgens, Lydia Barbara, Chantale Bernatchez, Jonathan L Curry, Patrick Hwu, Michael T Tetzlaff, Adi Diab
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1186/s40425-016-0157-6.].
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116089/it-s-a-long-way-to-the-top-if-you-want-to-personalize-immunotherapy
#19
EDITORIAL
Sarah Haebe, Oliver Weigert
Harnessing the immune system to attack tumor cells by targeting tumor-associated or -preferably- tumor-specific antigens has emerged as a promising but challenging treatment option for malignant lymphomas. Follicular lymphoma is among the most common lymphomas worldwide and remains incurable for most patients. Considered to be an immunogenic disease it represents an interesting disease entity for various immunotherapeutic approaches. In an article published in the May issue of Clinical Cancer Research, Nielsen and colleagues provided important proof-of-principle data on the immunogenicity of follicular lymphoma that might represent a first step towards personalized adoptive immunotherapies in this disease...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116088/radiotherapy-and-mva-muc1-il-2-vaccine-act-synergistically-for-inducing-specific-immunity-to-muc-1-tumor-antigen
#20
Gilda G Hillman, Lyndsey A Reich, Shoshana E Rothstein, Lisa M Abernathy, Matthew D Fountain, Kali Hankerd, Christopher K Yunker, Joseph T Rakowski, Eric Quemeneur, Philippe Slos
BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated that tumor irradiation potentiates cancer vaccines using genetic modification of tumor cells in murine tumor models. To investigate whether tumor irradiation augments the immune response to MUC1 tumor antigen, we have tested the efficacy of tumor irradiation combined with an MVA-MUC1-IL2 cancer vaccine (Transgene TG4010) for murine renal adenocarcinoma (Renca) cells transfected with MUC1. METHODS: Established subcutaneous Renca-MUC1 tumors were treated with 8 Gy radiation on day 11 and peritumoral injections of MVA-MUC1-IL2 vector on day 12 and 17, or using a reverse sequence of vaccine followed by radiation...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
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