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Qian Chen, Ligeng Xu, Chao Liang, Chao Wang, Rui Peng, Zhuang Liu
A therapeutic strategy that can eliminate primary tumours, inhibit metastases, and prevent tumour relapses is developed herein by combining adjuvant nanoparticle-based photothermal therapy with checkpoint-blockade immunotherapy. Indocyanine green (ICG), a photothermal agent, and imiquimod (R837), a Toll-like-receptor-7 agonist, are co-encapsulated by poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA). The formed PLGA-ICG-R837 nanoparticles composed purely by three clinically approved components can be used for near-infrared laser-triggered photothermal ablation of primary tumours, generating tumour-associated antigens, which in the presence of R837-containing nanoparticles as the adjuvant can show vaccine-like functions...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Aikaterini Hatzioannou, Saba Nayar, Anastasios Gaitanis, Francesca Barone, Constantinos Anagnostopoulos, Panayotis Verginis
The beneficial effects of checkpoint blockade in tumor immunotherapy are limited to patients with increased tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). Delineation of the regulatory networks that orchestrate the presence of TILs holds great promise for the design of effective immunotherapies. Podoplanin/gp38 (PDPN)-expressing lymph node stromal cells (LNSCs) are present in tumor stroma; however, their effect in the regulation of TILs remains elusive. Herein we demonstrate that intratumor injection of ex-vivo-isolated PDPN(+) LNSCs into melanoma-bearing mice induces elimination of TILs and promotes tumor growth...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Michael T Schweizer, Heather H Cheng, Maria S Tretiakova, Funda Vakar-Lopez, Nola Klemfuss, Eric Q Konnick, Elahe A Mostaghel, Peter S Nelson, Evan Y Yu, R Bruce Montgomery, Lawrence D True, Colin C Pritchard
Precision oncology entails making treatment decisions based on a tumor's molecular characteristics. For prostate cancer, identifying clinically relevant molecular subgroups is challenging, as molecular profiling is not routine outside of academic centers. Since histologic variants of other cancers correlates with specific genomic alterations, we sought to determine if ductal adenocarcinoma of the prostate (dPC) - a rare and aggressive histopathologic variant - was associated with any recurrent actionable mutations...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Zhaohui Jin, Harry H Yoon
Preliminary clinical studies of anti-programmed cell death-1 (anti-PD-1) therapy in gastro-esophageal cancers have suggested promising single-agent activity. In patients who received prior treatment for advanced disease, pembrolizumab has been associated with a response rate of 20% in programmed cell death-1 ligand 1 (PD-L1)-positive tumors, and nivolumab with a response rate of 12% in unselected tumors. Both agents yielded a median duration of response lasting ~6-7 months. PD-L1 expression and microsatellite instability (MSI) have emerged as potential predictive markers for PD-1/PD-L1 blockade...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
A K S Salama, S J Moschos
BACKGROUND: Cancers escape immune surveillance via distinct mechanisms that involve central (negative selection within the thymus) or peripheral (lack of costimulation, receipt of death/anergic signals by tumor, immunoregulatory cell populations) immune tolerance. During the 1990s, moderate clinical benefit was seen using several cytokine therapies for a limited number of cancers. Over the past 20 years, extensive research has been performed to understand the role of various components of peripheral immune tolerance, with the co-inhibitory immune checkpoint molecules cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4), programmed death 1 (PD-1), and its ligand (PD-L1) being the most well characterized at preclinical and clinical levels...
October 13, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Amanda R Dancsok, Karama Asleh-Aburaya, Torsten O Nielsen
The heterogeneity of sarcomas with regard to molecular genesis, histology, clinical characteristics, and response to treatment makes management of these rare yet diverse neoplasms particularly challenging. This review encompasses recent developments in sarcoma diagnostics and treatment, including cytotoxic, targeted, epigenetic, and immune therapy agents. In the past year, groups internationally explored the impact of adding mandatory molecular testing to histological diagnosis, reporting some changes in diagnosis and/or management; however, the impact on outcomes could not be adequately assessed...
October 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Anna E Kersh, Maiko Sasaki, Lee A Cooper, Haydn T Kissick, Brian P Pollack
Advances in molecular pathology have changed the landscape of oncology. The ability to interrogate tissue samples for oncogene amplification, driver mutations, and other molecular alterations provides clinicians with an enormous level of detail about their patient's cancer. In some cases, this information informs treatment decisions, especially those related to targeted anti-cancer therapies. However, in terms of immune-based therapies, it is less clear how to use such information. Likewise, despite studies demonstrating the pivotal role of neoantigens in predicting responsiveness to immune checkpoint blockade, it is not known if the expression of neoantigens impacts the response to targeted therapies despite a growing recognition of their diverse effects on immunity...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Congqi Dai, Ruixuan Geng, Chenchen Wang, Angela Wong, Min Qing, Jianjun Hu, Yu Sun, A W I Lo, Jin Li
Checkpoint blockade therapy has emerged as a novel approach for cancer immunotherapy in several malignancies. However, patient prognosis and disease progression relevant to immune checkpoints in gastric tumor microenvironment are not defined. This study aims to investigate the expression and prognostic significance of immune checkpoints within gastric cancer. In the study, a cohort of 398 cancer tissues from stage I to IV gastric cancer patients were assessed for programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression and tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) infiltration using immunohistochemistry to ascertain their survival correlation...
September 24, 2016: Molecular Oncology
Markus V Heppt, Cecilia Dietrich, Saskia A Graf, Thomas Ruzicka, Julia K Tietze, Carola Berking
Melanoma is a common type of skin cancer with a high propensity to metastasize. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway and immune checkpoint blockade have recently revolutionized the management of unresectable and metastatic disease. However, acquired resistance and primary non-response to therapy require novel treatment strategies and combinations. The purpose of this review is to provide a brief and up-to-date overview on the clinical management and current trial landscape in melanoma...
2016: Oncology Research and Treatment
Judith Feucht, Simone Kayser, David Gorodezki, Mohamad Hamieh, Michaela Döring, Franziska Blaeschke, Patrick Schlegel, Hans Bösmüller, Leticia Quintanilla-Fend, Martin Ebinger, Peter Lang, Rupert Handgretinger, Tobias Feuchtinger
T-cell immunotherapies are promising options in relapsed/refractory B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We investigated the effect of co-signaling molecules on T-cell attack against leukemia mediated by CD19/CD3-bispecific T-cell engager. Primary CD19+ ALL blasts (n≥10) and physiologic CD19+CD10+ bone marrow precursors were screened for 20 co-signaling molecules. PD-L1, PD-1, LAG-3, CD40, CD86, CD27, CD70 and HVEM revealed different stimulatory and inhibitory profiles of pediatric ALL compared to physiologic cells, with PD-L1 and CD86 as most prominent inhibitory and stimulatory markers...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Soheila Moeini, Mohsen Saeidi, Fatemeh Fotouhi, Mahdieh Mondanizdeh, Sadegh Shirian, Alireza Mohebi, Ali Gorji, Amir Ghaemi
The use of DNA vaccines has become an attractive approach for generating antigen-specific cytotoxic CD8(+) T lymphocytes (CTLs), which can mediate protective antitumor immunity. The potency of DNA vaccines encoding weakly immunogenic tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) can be improved by using an adjuvant injected together with checkpoint antibodies. In the current study, we evaluated whether the therapeutic effects of a DNA vaccine encoding human papilloma virus type 16 (HPV-16) E7 can be enhanced by combined application of an immune checkpoint blockade directed against the programmed death-1 (PD-1) pathway and secondary lymphoid tissue chemokine (SLC) also known as CCL21 adjuvant, in a mouse cervical cancer model...
October 3, 2016: Archives of Virology
Patrick H Lizotte, Elena V Ivanova, Mark M Awad, Robert E Jones, Lauren Keogh, Hongye Liu, Ruben Dries, Christina Almonte, Grit S Herter-Sprie, Abigail Santos, Nora B Feeney, Cloud P Paweletz, Meghana M Kulkarni, Adam J Bass, Anil K Rustgi, Guo-Cheng Yuan, Donald W Kufe, Pasi A Jänne, Peter S Hammerman, Lynette M Sholl, F Stephen Hodi, William G Richards, Raphael Bueno, Jessie M English, Mark A Bittinger, Kwok-Kin Wong
BACKGROUND. Immune checkpoint blockade improves survival in a subset of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but robust biomarkers that predict response to PD-1 pathway inhibitors are lacking. Furthermore, our understanding of the diversity of the NSCLC tumor immune microenvironment remains limited. METHODS. We performed comprehensive flow cytometric immunoprofiling on both tumor and immune cells from 51 NSCLCs and integrated this analysis with clinical and histopathologic characteristics, next-generation sequencing, mRNA expression, and PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
September 8, 2016: JCI Insight
David A Braun, Kelly P Burke, Eliezer M Van Allen
Immunotherapy has led to a paradigm shift in the treatment of some malignancies, providing long-term, durable responses for patients with advanced cancers. However, such therapy has benefited only a subset of patients, with some patients failing to respond to treatment at all, and others achieving a limited response followed by tumor progression. Understanding factors contributing to an effective response and further elucidating mechanisms of resistance will be crucial as these therapies are applied more broadly...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Yuh-Min Chen
Immune checkpoint inhibition with blocking antibodies that target cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) and the programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) pathway [PD-1/programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1)] have demonstrated promise in a variety of malignancies. While ipilimumab has been approved as a CTLA-4 blocking antibody by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of advanced melanoma, it is still not approved for lung cancer treatment. In contrast, nivolumab and pembrolizumab, both PD-1 blocking antibodies, have been approved for second-line treatment of nonsmall cell lung cancer in 2015 because of their high potency and long-lasting effects in some patient subgroups...
September 29, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Mohanad Aldarouish, Cailian Wang
Among several types of tumor, lung cancer is considered one of the most fatal and still the main cause of cancer-related deaths. Although chemotherapeutic agents can improve survival and quality of life compared with symptomatic treatment, cancers usually still progress after chemotherapy and are often aggravated by serious side effects. In the last few years there has been a growing interest in immunotherapy for lung cancer based on promising preliminary results in achieving meaningful and durable treatments responses with minimal manageable toxicity...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Tanner M Johanns, Christopher A Miller, Ian G Dorward, Christina Tsien, Edward Chang, Arie Perry, Ravindra Uppaluri, Cole Ferguson, Robert E Schmidt, Sonika Dahiya, George Ansstas, Elaine R Mardis, Gavin P Dunn
We present the case of a patient with a left frontal glioblastoma with PNET features and hypermutated genotype in the setting of a POLE germline alteration. During standard-of-care chemoradiation, the patient developed a cervical spine metastasis and was subsequently treated with Pembrolizumab. Shortly thereafter, the patient developed an additional metastatic spinal lesion. Using whole exome DNA sequencing and clonal analysis, we report changes in the subclonal architecture throughout treatment. Furthermore, a persistently high neoantigen load was observed within all tumors...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Yingming Zhu, Minghuan Li, Dianbin Mu, Li Kong, Jianbo Zhang, Fen Zhao, Zhenxiang Li, Xuemei Liu, Cong Bo, Jinming Yu
Data describing relationships between the tumor immune microenvironment and patient outcome are limited for esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC). The present study investigated the prognostic values of programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression and CD8+ or forkhead box protein 3+ (FOXP3+) tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in 133 pathological T3N0M0 stage ESCC patients who underwent radical resection without neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy. CD8+ and FOXP3+ TIL densities as well as PD-L1 levels in tumor cells and lymphocytes, were assessed through immunohistochemical staining...
September 23, 2016: Oncotarget
S Harada, S Ehara, T Sato, T Kamiya, K Sera, S Goto, K Ishii
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Nadeem Riaz, Jonathan J Havel, Sviatoslav M Kendall, Vladimir Makarov, Logan A Walsh, Alexis Desrichard, Nils Weinhold, Timothy A Chan
Immune checkpoint blockade has shown significant promise as an anticancer treatment, yet the determinants of response are not completely understood. Here we show that somatic mutations in SERPINB3 and SERPINB4 are associated with survival after anti-CTLA4 immunotherapy in two independent cohorts of patients with melanoma (n = 174). Interestingly, serpins are homologs of the well-known ovalbumin antigen and are associated with autoimmunity. Our findings have implications for the personalization of immunotherapy...
September 26, 2016: Nature Genetics
Jianjun Gao, Lewis Zhichang Shi, Hao Zhao, Jianfeng Chen, Liangwen Xiong, Qiuming He, Tenghui Chen, Jason Roszik, Chantale Bernatchez, Scott E Woodman, Pei-Ling Chen, Patrick Hwu, James P Allison, Andrew Futreal, Jennifer A Wargo, Padmanee Sharma
Antibody blockade of the inhibitory CTLA-4 pathway has led to clinical benefit in a subset of patients with metastatic melanoma. Anti-CTLA-4 enhances T cell responses, including production of IFN-γ, which is a critical cytokine for host immune responses. However, the role of IFN-γ signaling in tumor cells in the setting of anti-CTLA-4 therapy remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that patients identified as non-responders to anti-CTLA-4 (ipilimumab) have tumors with genomic defects in IFN-γ pathway genes...
October 6, 2016: Cell
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