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Catherine S Grasso, Marios Giannakis, Daniel K Wells, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Xinmeng Jasmine Mu, Michael Quist, Jonathan A Nowak, Reiko Nishihara, Zhi Rong Qian, Kentaro Inamura, Teppei Morikawa, Katsuhiko Nosho, Gabriel Abril-Rodriguez, Charles Connolly, Helena Escuin-Ordinas, Milan S Geybels, William M Grady, Li Hsu, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Jeroen R Huyghe, Yeon Joo Kim, Paige E Krystofinski, Mark Dm Leiserson, Dennis J Montoya, Brian B Nadel, Matteo Pellegrini, Colin C Pritchard, Cristina Puig-Saus, Elleanor H Quist, Benjamin J Raphael, Stephen J Salipante, Daniel Sanghoon Shin, Eve Shinbrot, Brian Shirts, Sachet Shukla, Janet L Stanford, Wei Sun, Jennifer Tsoi, Alexander Upfill-Brown, David A Wheeler, Catherine J Wu, Ming Yu, Syed H Zaidi, Jesse M Zaretsky, Stacey B Gabriel, Eric S Lander, Levi A Garraway, Thomas J Hudson, Charles S Fuchs, Antoni Ribas, Shuji Ogino, Ulrike Peters
To understand the genetic drivers of immune recognition and evasion in colorectal cancer (CRC), we analyzed 1,211 CRC primary tumor samples, including 179 classified as microsatellite instability-high (MSI-high). This set includes The Cancer Genome Atlas CRC cohort of 592 samples, completed and analyzed here. MSI-high, a hypermutated, immunogenic subtype of CRC, had a high rate of significantly mutated genes in important immune modulating pathways and in the antigen presentation machinery, including biallelic losses of B2M and HLA genes due to copy number alterations and copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity (CN-LOH)...
March 6, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Jonathan T Sockolosky, Eleonora Trotta, Giulia Parisi, Lora Picton, Leon L Su, Alan C Le, Akanksha Chhabra, Stephanie L Silveria, Benson M George, Indigo C King, Matthew R Tiffany, Kevin Jude, Leah V Sibener, David Baker, Judith A Shizuru, Antoni Ribas, Jeffrey A Bluestone, K Christopher Garcia
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a cytokine required for effector T cell expansion, survival, and function, especially for engineered T cells in adoptive cell immunotherapy, but its pleiotropy leads to simultaneous stimulation and suppression of immune responses as well as systemic toxicity, limiting its therapeutic use. We engineered IL-2 cytokine-receptor orthogonal ( ortho ) pairs that interact with one another, transmitting native IL-2 signals, but do not interact with their natural cytokine and receptor counterparts...
March 2, 2018: Science
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
Stergios J Moschos, Ryan J Sullivan, Wen-Jen Hwu, Ramesh K Ramanathan, Alex A Adjei, Peter C Fong, Ronnie Shapira-Frommer, Hussein A Tawbi, Joseph Rubino, Thomas S Rush, Da Zhang, Nathan R Miselis, Ahmed A Samatar, Patrick Chun, Eric H Rubin, James Schiller, Brian J Long, Priya Dayananth, Donna Carr, Paul Kirschmeier, W Robert Bishop, Yongqi Deng, Alan Cooper, Gerald W Shipps, Blanca Homet Moreno, Lidia Robert, Antoni Ribas, Keith T Flaherty
BACKGROUND: Constitutive activation of ERK1/2 occurs in various cancers, and its reactivation is a well-described resistance mechanism to MAPK inhibitors. ERK inhibitors may overcome the limitations of MAPK inhibitor blockade. The dual mechanism inhibitor SCH772984 has shown promising preclinical activity across various BRAFV600/RAS-mutant cancer cell lines and human cancer xenografts. METHODS: We have developed an orally bioavailable ERK inhibitor, MK-8353; conducted preclinical studies to demonstrate activity, pharmacodynamic endpoints, dosing, and schedule; completed a study in healthy volunteers (P07652); and subsequently performed a phase I clinical trial in patients with advanced solid tumors (MK-8353-001)...
February 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Salvatore Aguilar-Ortiz, Pilar Salgado-Pineda, Josep Marco-Pallarés, Juan C Pascual, Daniel Vega, Joaquim Soler, Cristina Brunel, Ana Martin-Blanco, Angel Soto, Joan Ribas, Teresa Maristany, Salvador Sarró, Raymond Salvador, Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells, Edith Pomarol-Clotet, Peter J McKenna
BACKGROUND: Structural imaging studies of borderline personality disorder (BPD) have found regions of reduced cortical volume, but these have varied considerably across studies. Reduced hippocampus and amygdala volume have also been a regular finding in studies using conventional volumetric measurement. How far comorbid major depression, which is common in BPD and can also affect in brain structure, influences the findings is not clear. METHODS: Seventy-six women with BPD and 76 matched controls were examined using whole-brain voxel-based morphometry (VBM)...
2018: PloS One
Jennifer L McQuade, Carrie R Daniel, Kenneth R Hess, Carmen Mak, Daniel Y Wang, Rajat R Rai, John J Park, Lauren E Haydu, Christine Spencer, Matthew Wongchenko, Stephen Lane, Dung-Yang Lee, Mathilde Kaper, Meredith McKean, Kathryn E Beckermann, Samuel M Rubinstein, Isabelle Rooney, Luna Musib, Nageshwar Budha, Jessie Hsu, Theodore S Nowicki, Alexandre Avila, Tomas Haas, Maneka Puligandla, Sandra Lee, Shenying Fang, Jennifer A Wargo, Jeffrey E Gershenwald, Jeffrey E Lee, Patrick Hwu, Paul B Chapman, Jeffrey A Sosman, Dirk Schadendorf, Jean-Jacques Grob, Keith T Flaherty, Dana Walker, Yibing Yan, Edward McKenna, Jeffrey J Legos, Matteo S Carlino, Antoni Ribas, John M Kirkwood, Georgina V Long, Douglas B Johnson, Alexander M Menzies, Michael A Davies
BACKGROUND: Obesity has been linked to increased mortality in several cancer types; however, the relation between obesity and survival outcomes in metastatic melanoma is unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the association between body-mass index (BMI) and progression-free survival or overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma who received targeted therapy, immunotherapy, or chemotherapy. METHODS: This retrospective study analysed independent cohorts of patients with metastatic melanoma assigned to treatment with targeted therapy, immunotherapy, or chemotherapy in randomised clinical trials and one retrospective study of patients treated with immunotherapy...
February 12, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Brigitte Dréno, Paolo A Ascierto, Victoria Atkinson, Gabriella Liszkay, Michele Maio, Mario Mandalà, Lev Demidov, Daniil Stroyakovskiy, Luc Thomas, Luis de la Cruz-Merino, Caroline Dutriaux, Claus Garbe, Karen Bartley, Thomas Karagiannis, Ilsung Chang, Isabelle Rooney, Daniel O Koralek, James Larkin, Grant A McArthur, Antoni Ribas
BACKGROUND: In the coBRIM study, cobimetinib plus vemurafenib (C+V) significantly improved survival outcomes vs placebo and vemurafenib (P+V) in patients with advanced/metastatic BRAF V600 -mutated melanoma. An analysis of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) from coBRIM is reported. METHODS: Patients completing the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 (QLQ-C30) at baseline and ⩾1 time point thereafter constituted the analysis population...
February 13, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Jing Zhou, Michael T Bethune, Natalia Malkova, Alexander M Sutherland, Begonya Comin-Anduix, Yapeng Su, David Baltimore, Antoni Ribas, James R Heath
For adoptive cell transfer (ACT) immunotherapy of tumor-reactive T cells, an effective therapeutic outcome depends upon cell dose, cell expansion in vivo through a minimally differentiated phenotype, long term persistence, and strong cytolytic effector function. An incomplete understanding of the biological coupling between T cell expansion, differentiation, and response to stimulation hinders the co-optimization of these factors. We report on a biophysical investigation of how the short-term kinetics of T cell functional activation, through molecular stimulation and cell-cell interactions, competes with phenotype differentiation...
2018: PloS One
Theodore S Nowicki, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Antoni Ribas
Cancer immunotherapy utilizing blockade of the PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint has revolutionized the treatment of a wide variety of malignancies, leading to durable therapeutic responses not typically seen with traditional cytotoxic anticancer agents. However, these therapies are ineffective in a significant percentage of patients, and some initial responders eventually develop resistance to these therapies with relapsed disease. The mechanisms leading to both primary and acquired resistance to PD-1/PD-L1 inhibition are varied and can be both multifactorial and overlapping in an individual patient...
January 2018: Cancer Journal
Michael B Atkins, F Stephen Hodi, John A Thompson, David McDermott, Wen-Jen Hwu, Donald P Lawrence, Nancy A Dawson, Deborah Jean Lee Wong, Shailender Bhatia, Marihella James, Lokesh Jain, Seth Robey, Xinxin Shu, Blanca Homet Moreno, Rodolfo F Perini, Toni K Choueiri, Antoni Ribas
PURPOSE: Pembrolizumab, ipilimumab, and pegylated interferon alfa-2b (PEG-IFN) monotherapy are active against melanoma and renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We explored the safety and preliminary antitumor activity of pembrolizumab combined with either ipilimumab or PEG-IFN in patients with advanced melanoma or RCC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The phase 1b KEYNOTE-029 study (, NCT02089685) included independent pembrolizumab plus reduced-dose ipilimumab and pembrolizumab plus PEG-IFN cohorts...
January 22, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Masoud F Tavazoie, Ilana Pollack, Raissa Tanqueco, Benjamin N Ostendorf, Bernardo S Reis, Foster C Gonsalves, Isabel Kurth, Celia Andreu-Agullo, Mark L Derbyshire, Jessica Posada, Shugaku Takeda, Kimia N Tafreshian, Eric Rowinsky, Michael Szarek, Roger J Waltzman, Elizabeth A Mcmillan, Connie Zhao, Monica Mita, Alain Mita, Bartosz Chmielowski, Michael A Postow, Antoni Ribas, Daniel Mucida, Sohail F Tavazoie
Therapeutic harnessing of adaptive immunity via checkpoint inhibition has transformed the treatment of many cancers. Despite unprecedented long-term responses, most patients do not respond to these therapies. Immunotherapy non-responders often harbor high levels of circulating myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs)-an immunosuppressive innate cell population. Through genetic and pharmacological approaches, we uncovered a pathway governing MDSC abundance in multiple cancer types. Therapeutic liver-X nuclear receptor (LXR) agonism reduced MDSC abundance in murine models and in patients treated in a first-in-human dose escalation phase 1 trial...
January 9, 2018: Cell
Zeynep Eroglu, Jesse M Zaretsky, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Dae Won Kim, Alain Algazi, Douglas B Johnson, Elizabeth Liniker, Ben Kong, Rodrigo Munhoz, Suthee Rapisuwon, Pier Federico Gherardini, Bartosz Chmielowski, Xiaoyan Wang, I Peter Shintaku, Cody Wei, Jeffrey A Sosman, Richard W Joseph, Michael A Postow, Matteo S Carlino, Wen-Jen Hwu, Richard A Scolyer, Jane Messina, Alistair J Cochran, Georgina V Long, Antoni Ribas
Desmoplastic melanoma is a rare subtype of melanoma characterized by dense fibrous stroma, resistance to chemotherapy and a lack of actionable driver mutations, and is highly associated with ultraviolet light-induced DNA damage. We analysed sixty patients with advanced desmoplastic melanoma who had been treated with antibodies to block programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) or PD-1 ligand (PD-L1). Objective tumour responses were observed in forty-two of the sixty patients (70%; 95% confidence interval 57-81%), including nineteen patients (32%) with a complete response...
January 18, 2018: Nature
Caroline Robert, Antoni Ribas, Omid Hamid, Adil Daud, Jedd D Wolchok, Anthony M Joshua, Wen-Jen Hwu, Jeffrey S Weber, Tara C Gangadhar, Richard W Joseph, Roxana Dronca, Amita Patnaik, Hassane Zarour, Richard Kefford, Peter Hersey, Jin Zhang, James Anderson, Scott J Diede, Scot Ebbinghaus, F Stephen Hodi
Purpose Pembrolizumab provides durable antitumor activity in metastatic melanoma, including complete response (CR) in about 15% of patients. Data are limited on potential predictors of CR and patient disposition after pembrolizumab discontinuation after CR. We describe baseline characteristics and long-term follow-up in patients who experienced CR with pembrolizumab in the KEYNOTE-001 study ( identifier: NCT01295827). Patients and Methods Patients with ipilimumab-naive or -treated advanced/metastatic melanoma received one of three dose regimens of pembrolizumab...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Ryan J Sullivan, Jeffrey R Infante, Filip Janku, Deborah Jean Lee Wong, Jeffrey A Sosman, Vicki Keedy, Manish R Patel, Geoffrey I Shapiro, James W Mier, Anthony W Tolcher, Andrea Wang-Gillam, Mario Sznol, Keith Flaherty, Elizabeth Buchbinder, Richard D Carvajal, Anna M Varghese, Mario E Lacouture, Antoni Ribas, Sapna P Patel, Gary A DeCrescenzo, Caroline M Emery, Anna L Groover, Saurabh Saha, Mary Varterasian, Dean J Welsch, David M Hyman, Bob T Li
Ulixertinib (BVD-523) is an ERK1/2 kinase inhibitor with potent preclinical activity in BRAF- and RAS-mutant cell lines. In this multicenter phase I trial (NCT01781429), 135 patients were enrolled to an accelerated 3 + 3 dose-escalation cohort and six distinct dose-expansion cohorts. Dose escalation included 27 patients, dosed from 10 to 900 mg twice daily and established the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) of 600 mg twice daily. Ulixertinib exposure was dose proportional to the RP2D, which provided near-complete inhibition of ERK activity in whole blood...
December 15, 2017: Cancer Discovery
Yapeng Su, Wei Wei, Lidia Robert, Min Xue, Jennifer Tsoi, Angel Garcia-Diaz, Blanca Homet Moreno, Jungwoo Kim, Rachel H Ng, Jihoon W Lee, Richard C Koya, Begonya Comin-Anduix, Thomas G Graeber, Antoni Ribas, James R Heath
Continuous BRAF inhibition of BRAF mutant melanomas triggers a series of cell state changes that lead to therapy resistance and escape from immune control before establishing acquired resistance genetically. We used genome-wide transcriptomics and single-cell phenotyping to explore the response kinetics to BRAF inhibition for a panel of patient-derived BRAF V600 -mutant melanoma cell lines. A subset of plastic cell lines, which followed a trajectory covering multiple known cell state transitions, provided models for more detailed biophysical investigations...
December 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Matthew J Wongchenko, Antoni Ribas, Brigitte Dréno, Paolo A Ascierto, Grant A McArthur, Jorge D Gallo, Isabelle A Rooney, Jessie Hsu, Hartmut Koeppen, Yibing Yan, James Larkin
The prognostic significance of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) on treatment outcomes in patients receiving BRAF with or without MEK inhibitors is not well understood. This retrospective exploratory analysis evaluated the association of tumour PD-L1 expression with progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) among 210 patients in the coBRIM trial treated with cobimetinib plus vemurafenib or placebo plus vemurafenib. In the vemurafenib cohort, there was a trend of increased PFS and OS in those with PD-L1+ melanoma, with hazard ratios (HRs; PD-L1+ vs...
November 20, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
Sigrun Hallmeyer, Rene Gonzalez, David H Lawson, Lee D Cranmer, Gerald P Linette, Igor Puzanov, Bret Taback, C Lance Cowey, Antoni Ribas, Gregory A Daniels, Timothy Moore, Geoffrey T Gibney, Hussein Tawbi, Eric Whitman, Geraldine Lee, Yong Mun, Shiyao Liu, Omid Hamid
BRAF mutations are found in ~50% of metastatic melanomas, most commonly in codon V600. Vemurafenib improves progression-free survival and overall survival in patients with advanced BRAF-mutated melanoma. The results of a descriptive study evaluating vemurafenib in patients with advanced melanoma harbouring BRAF mutations other than V600E are reported. Eligible patients with stage IIIC or IV melanoma and non-V600E BRAF mutations received vemurafenib (960 mg, twice daily). End points included investigator-assessed best overall response rate (primary), time to response, duration of response, progression-free survival, overall survival and safety...
December 2017: Melanoma Research
Zachary J Roberts, Marc Better, Adrian Bot, Margo R Roberts, Antoni Ribas
The development of clinically functional chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is the culmination of multiple advances over the last three decades. Axicabtagene ciloleucel (formerly KTE-C19) is an anti-CD19 CAR T cell therapy in development for patients with refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), including transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL) and primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma (PMBCL). Axicabtagene ciloleucel is manufactured from patients' own peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) during which T cells are engineered to express a CAR that redirects them to recognize CD19-expressing cells...
October 23, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Wolfram E Samlowski, James Moon, Merle Witter, Michael B Atkins, John M Kirkwood, Megan Othus, Antoni Ribas, Vernon K Sondak, Lawrence E Flaherty
The incidence of CNS progression in patients with high-risk regional melanoma (stages IIIAN2a-IIIC) is not well characterized. Data from the S0008 trial provided an opportunity to examine the role of CNS progression in treatment failure and survival. All patients were surgically staged. Following wide excision and full regional lymphadenectomy, patients were randomized to receive adjuvant biochemotherapy (BCT) or high-dose interferon alfa-2B (HDI). CNS progression was retrospectively identified from data forms...
November 2017: Cancer Medicine
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