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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428887/differential-intratumoral-distributions-of-cd8-and-cd163-immune-cells-as-prognostic-biomarkers-in-breast-cancer
#1
Sotirios P Fortis, Michael Sofopoulos, Nectaria N Sotiriadou, Christoforos Haritos, Christoforos K Vaxevanis, Eleftheria A Anastasopoulou, Nicole Janssen, Niki Arnogiannaki, Alexandros Ardavanis, Graham Pawelec, Sonia A Perez, Constantin N Baxevanis
BACKGROUND: Tumor immune cell infiltrates are essential in hindering cancer progression and may complement the TNM classification. CD8+ and CD163+ cells have prognostic impact in breast cancer but their spatial heterogeneity has not been extensively explored in this type of cancer. Here, their potential as prognostic biomarkers was evaluated, depending on their combined densities in the tumor center (TC) and the tumor invasive margin (IM). METHODS: CD8+ and CD163+ cells were quantified by immunohistochemistry of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue samples from a cohort totaling 162 patients with histologically-confirmed primary invasive non-metastatic ductal breast cancer diagnosed between 2000 and 2015...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428886/vaccination-with-inhibin-%C3%AE-provides-effective-immunotherapy-against-testicular-stromal-cell-tumors
#2
Robert Aguilar, Justin M Johnson, Patrick Barrett, Vincent K Tuohy
BACKGROUND: Testicular cancer is the most common male neoplasm occurring in men between the ages of 20 and 34. Although germ-line testicular tumors respond favorably to current standard of care, testicular stromal cell (TSC) tumors derived from Sertoli cells or Leydig cells often fail to respond to chemotherapy or radiation therapy and have a 5-year overall survival significantly lower than the more common and more treatable germ line testicular tumors. METHODS: To improve outcomes for TSC cancer, we have developed a therapeutic vaccine targeting inhibin-α, a protein produced by normal Sertoli and Leydig cells of the testes and expressed in the majority of TSC tumors...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428885/the-why-what-and-how-of-the-new-fact-standards-for-immune-effector-cells
#3
EDITORIAL
Marcela V Maus, Sarah Nikiforow
Novel cellular therapies outside of traditional hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) therapy are currently under evaluation in clinical trials across the United States and around the world. Several cellular products, e.g., CD19-directed Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells, are poised for FDA approval and thus increased use at a wider range of academic centers within the next year, with the likelihood of dissemination to standard oncology practice once safety is confirmed...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428884/phase-i-clinical-trial-of-combination-imatinib-and-ipilimumab-in-patients-with-advanced-malignancies
#4
Matthew J Reilley, Ann Bailey, Vivek Subbiah, Filip Janku, Aung Naing, Gerald Falchook, Daniel Karp, Sarina Piha-Paul, Apostolia Tsimberidou, Siqing Fu, JoAnn Lim, Stacie Bean, Allison Bass, Sandra Montez, Luis Vence, Padmanee Sharma, James Allison, Funda Meric-Bernstam, David S Hong
BACKGROUND: Imatinib mesylate can induce rapid tumor regression, increase tumor antigen presentation, and inhibit tumor immunosuppressive mechanisms. CTLA-4 blockade and imatinib synergize in mouse models to reduce tumor volume via intratumoral accumulation of CD8+ T cells. We hypothesized that imatinib combined with ipilimumab would be tolerable and may synergize in patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: Primary objective of the dose-escalation study (3 + 3 design) was to establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase II dose...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428883/response-after-treatment-with-pembrolizumab-in-a-patient-with-myelophthisis-due-to-melanoma-the-role-of-checkpoint-inhibition-in-the-bone
#5
Samuel Rosner, Filiz Sen, Michael Postow
BACKGROUND: Myelophthisis due to melanoma is a rare phenomenon. Treatment strategies for patients with this serious complication of malignancy have not been well documented, and none have previously reported efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibition. Since bone metastases are not measurable lesions per standard response criteria, the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibition in the bones is also not well described. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a patient with widespread melanoma metastases involving the bone marrow causing myelophthisis and pancytopenia who responded to immune checkpoint inhibition with the anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) inhibitor pembrolizumab...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428882/differential-phenotypes-of-memory-cd4-and-cd8-t-cells-in-the-spleen-and-peripheral-tissues-following-immunostimulatory-therapy
#6
Gail D Sckisel, Annie Mirsoian, Christine M Minnar, Marka Crittenden, Brendan Curti, Jane Q Chen, Bruce R Blazar, Alexander D Borowsky, Arta M Monjazeb, William J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Studies assessing immune parameters typically utilize human PBMCs or murine splenocytes to generate data that is interpreted as representative of immune status. Using splenocytes, we have shown memory CD4-T cells that expand following systemic immunostimulatory therapies undergo rapid IFNg-mediated activation induced cell death (AICD) resulting in a net loss of total CD4-T cells which correlates with elevated PD-1 expression. This is in contrast to CD8-T cells which expand with minimal PD-1 upregulation and apoptosis...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428881/nano-pulse-stimulation-is-a-physical-modality-that-can-trigger-immunogenic-tumor-cell-death
#7
Richard Nuccitelli, Amanda McDaniel, Snjezana Anand, John Cha, Zachary Mallon, Jon Casey Berridge, Darrin Uecker
BACKGROUND: We have been developing a non-thermal, drug-free tumor therapy called Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) that delivers ultrashort electric pulses to tumor cells which eliminates the tumor and inhibits secondary tumor growth. We hypothesized that the mechanism for inhibiting secondary tumor growth involves stimulating an adaptive immune response via an immunogenic form of apoptosis, commonly known as immunogenic cell death (ICD). ICD is characterized by the emission of danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that serve to recruit immune cells to the site of the tumor...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428880/long-term-complete-remission-with-ipilimumab-in-metastatic-castrate-resistant-prostate-cancer-case-report-of-two-patients
#8
Luc Cabel, Elika Loir, Gwenaelle Gravis, Pernelle Lavaud, Christophe Massard, Laurence Albiges, Giulia Baciarello, Yohann Loriot, Karim Fizazi
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and the fourth leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Although major progress has been achieved in the last years for patients with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), thanks to next-generation androgen receptor axis targeted drugs, taxanes, and bone-targeted agents, immunotherapy has not been widely approved and used for the treatment of prostate cancer. Two large studies with ipilimumab, an anti-CTLA-4 (cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4) antibody reported improved progression-free survival, but not statistically improved overall survival at the primary analysis (CA184 043 and CA184 095)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428879/a-systems-biology-approach-to-investigating-the-influence-of-exercise-and-fitness-on-the-composition-of-leukocytes-in-peripheral-blood
#9
Michael P Gustafson, Ara Celi DiCostanzo, Courtney M Wheatley, Chul-Ho Kim, Svetlana Bornschlegl, Dennis A Gastineau, Bruce D Johnson, Allan B Dietz
BACKGROUND: Exercise immunology has become a growing field in the past 20 years, with an emphasis on understanding how different forms of exercise affect immune function. Mechanistic studies are beginning to shed light on how exercise may impair the development of cancer or be used to augment cancer treatment. The beneficial effects of exercise on the immune system may be exploited to improve patient responses to cancer immunotherapy. METHODS: We investigated the effects of acute exercise on the composition of peripheral blood leukocytes over time in a male population of varying fitness...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344809/basal-cell-carcinoma-pd-l1-pd-1-checkpoint-expression-and-tumor-regression-after-pd-1-blockade
#10
Evan J Lipson, Mohammed T Lilo, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Jessica Esandrio, Haiying Xu, Patricia Brothers, Megan Schollenberger, William H Sharfman, Janis M Taube
Monoclonal antibodies that block immune regulatory proteins such as programmed death-1 (PD-1) have demonstrated remarkable efficacy in controlling the growth of multiple tumor types. Unresectable or metastatic basal cell carcinoma, however, has largely gone untested. Because PD-Ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression in other tumor types has been associated with response to anti-PD-1, we investigated the expression of PD-L1 and its association with PD-1 expression in the basal cell carcinoma tumor microenvironment. Among 40 basal cell carcinoma specimens, 9/40 (22%) demonstrated PD-L1 expression on tumor cells, and 33/40 (82%) demonstrated PD-L1 expression on tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and associated macrophages...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344808/safety-tumor-trafficking-and-immunogenicity-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-t-cells-specific-for-tag-72-in-colorectal-cancer
#11
Kristen M Hege, Emily K Bergsland, George A Fisher, John J Nemunaitis, Robert S Warren, James G McArthur, Andy A Lin, Jeffrey Schlom, Carl H June, Stephen A Sherwin
BACKGROUND: T cells engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) have established efficacy in the treatment of B-cell malignancies, but their relevance in solid tumors remains undefined. Here we report results of the first human trials of CAR-T cells in the treatment of solid tumors performed in the 1990s. METHODS: Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) were treated in two phase 1 trials with first-generation retroviral transduced CAR-T cells targeting tumor-associated glycoprotein (TAG)-72 and including a CD3-zeta intracellular signaling domain (CART72 cells)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344807/ipilimumab-induced-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-ttp
#12
Jeanelle King, Javier de la Cruz, Jose Lutzky
BACKGROUND: CTLA-4 (Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4) was the first immune checkpoint receptor clinically targeted for use in cancer treatment. It is expressed exclusively on T-cells where its primary role is to regulate the amplitude of the early stages of T-cell activation.1 Ipilimumab, a CTLA-4 blocking antibody, has been widely used for the treatment of patients with high risk and metastatic melanoma. Given its mechanism of action and consequent immune activation, the side effect profile of this drug greatly differs from that of standard cytotoxic chemotherapy...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331617/current-approaches-to-increase-car-t-cell-potency-in-solid-tumors-targeting-the-tumor-microenvironment
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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