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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936483/perspectives-of-immunotherapy-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc
#1
N Büttner, N Schmidt, R Thimme
Immunotherapy is considered a new treatment option for many tumor entities, as decades of research into cancer immunotherapy have recently yielded promising results. Indeed, impressive clinical results of checkpoint blockade inhibitors in malignant melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer indicate the therapeutic potential of tumor-specific immune restoration. Over the years, different immunotherapeutic approaches have been evaluated for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with some respectable results...
December 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934494/monoterpene-indole-alkaloid-like-compounds-based-on-diversity-enhanced-extracts-of-iridoid-containing-plants-and-their-immune-checkpoint-inhibitory-activity
#2
Haruhisa Kikuchi, Keisuke Ichinohe, Shinya Kida, Shinya Murase, Osamu Yamada, Yoshiteru Oshima
A library of iridoid-conjugated indole alkaloid-like compounds was constructed from diversity-enhanced extracts, which constitutes an approach for increasing the chemical diversity of natural-product-like compounds by combining natural product chemistry and diversity-oriented synthesis. Pharmacological screening of the library revealed a seed compound that can be used for the development of small molecular immune checkpoint inhibitors.
November 18, 2016: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932443/pd-l1-blockade-enhances-response-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-to-radiotherapy
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Abul Azad, Su Yin Lim, Zenobia D'Costa, Keaton Jones, Angela Diana, Owen J Sansom, Philipp Kruger, Stanley Liu, W Gillies McKenna, Omer Dushek, Ruth J Muschel, Emmanouil Fokas
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is considered a non-immunogenic tumor, and immune checkpoint inhibitor monotherapy lacks efficacy in this disease. Radiotherapy (RT) can stimulate the immune system. Here, we show that treatment of KPC and Pan02 murine PDAC cells with RT and gemcitabine upregulated PD-L1 expression in a JAK/Stat1-dependent manner. In vitro, PD-L1 inhibition did not alter radio- and chemosensitivity. In vivo, addition of anti-PD-L1 to high (12, 5 × 3, 20 Gy) but not low (6, 5 × 2 Gy) RT doses significantly improved tumor response in KPC and Pan02 allografts...
December 8, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931835/management-of-patients-with-recurrent-advanced-cervical-cancer-beyond-first-line-platinum-regimens-where-do-we-stand-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Stergios Boussios, Esmeralda Seraj, George Zarkavelis, Dimitrios Petrakis, Aristomenes Kollas, Aikaterini Kafantari, Abraam Assi, Konstantina Tatsi, Nicholas Pavlidis, George Pentheroudakis
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting women worldwide. Despite advances in screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, a significant number of women present with or develop advanced disease. Palliative platinum-based chemotherapy (CT) is the standard first-line treatment for metastatic/recurrent cervical cancer. The prognosis remains poor and effective second line options are urgently needed. METHODS: We searched the English-language medical literature as well as relevant guideline databases, published from January 1981 to December 2015 and identified publications related to cervical cancer and its therapies...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930550/role-of-immune-cells-in-pancreatic-cancer-from-bench-to-clinical-application-an-updated-review
#5
Jae Hyuck Chang, Yongjian Jiang, Venu G Pillarisetty
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer (PC) remains difficult to treat, despite the recent advances in various anticancer therapies. Immuno-inflammatory response is considered to be a major risk factor for the development of PC in addition to a combination of genetic background and environmental factors. Although patients with PC exhibit evidence of systemic immune dysfunction, the PC microenvironment is replete with immune cells. METHODS: We searched PubMed for all relevant English language articles published up to March 2016...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925177/t-cell-diversification-reflects-antigen-selection-in-the-blood-of-patients-on-immune-checkpoint-inhibition-and-may-be-exploited-as-liquid-biopsy-biomarker
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Nuray Akyüz, Anna Brandt, Alexander Stein, Simon Schliffke, Thorben Mährle, Julia Quidde, Eray Goekkurt, Sonja Loges, Thomas Haalck, Christopher Ford, Anne Marie Asemissen, Benjamin Thiele, Janina Radloff, Toni Thenhausen, Artus Krohn-Grimberghe, Carsten Bokemeyer, Mascha Binder
Cancer immunotherapy with antibodies targeting immune checkpoints, such as programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), shows encouraging results, but reliable biomarkers predicting response to this costly and potentially toxic treatment approach are still lacking. To explore an immune signature predictive for response, we performed liquid biopsy immunoprofiling in 18 cancer patients undergoing PD-1 inhibition before and shortly after initiation of treatment by multicolor flow cytometry and next-generation T- and B-cell immunosequencing (TCRß/IGH)...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924752/predictive-biomarkers-for-checkpoint-inhibitor-based-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Geoffrey T Gibney, Louis M Weiner, Michael B Atkins
The clinical development of checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapy has ushered in an exciting era of anticancer therapy. Durable responses can be seen in patients with melanoma and other malignancies. Although monotherapy with PD-1 or PD-L1 agents are typically well tolerated, the risk of immune-related adverse events increases with combination regimens. The development of predictive biomarkers is needed to optimise patient benefit, minimise risk of toxicities, and guide combination approaches. The greatest focus has been on tumour-cell PD-L1 expression...
December 2016: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924751/neurological-sequelae-of-cancer-immunotherapies-and-targeted-therapies
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REVIEW
Wolfgang Wick, Anne Hertenstein, Michael Platten
Neurological complications of cancer and of anticancer treatments can be substantially disabling to patients, especially with classic chemotherapies. As a rare but important complication, targeted therapies might also result in similar unwanted effects, partly because inhibition of VEGF is a common downstream effect. Therapeutic antibodies, such as the CD20-depleting antibody rituximab, and underlying haematological malignancies, can induce long-lasting cellular immunosuppression, predisposing patients to opportunistic CNS infections, such as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, where treatment-induced recovery can result in severe reconstitution of immune inflammatory syndromes of the central nervous system...
December 2016: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923550/treatment-design-and-rationale-for-a-randomized-trial-of-cisplatin-and-etoposide-plus-thoracic-radiotherapy-followed-by-nivolumab-or-placebo-for-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-rtog-3505
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David E Gerber, James J Urbanic, Corey Langer, Chen Hu, I-Fen Chang, Bo Lu, Benjamin Movsas, Robert Jeraj, Walter J Curran, Jeffrey D Bradley
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 3505 is a randomized phase 3 study of concurrent chemoradiation followed by immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy or placebo in patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Patients with surgically unresectable stage 3 NSCLC will receive thoracic radiotherapy to 60 Gy with concurrent cisplatin 50 mg/m(2) intravenously (I.V.) on days 1, 8, 29, and 36, and etoposide 50 mg/m(2) I.V. on days 1 to 5 and days 29 to 33. Between 4 and 12 weeks after completion of concurrent chemoradiation, eligible patients will be randomized to the anti-programmed death 1 (PD-1) monoclonal antibody nivolumab 240 mg I...
October 26, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922280/ganetespib-for-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Deepa S Subramaniam, Eiran A Warner, Giuseppe Giaccone
Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are part of a complex network of chaperone proteins that are critically involved in the conformational maturation of intracellular proteins and regulate their degradation via the proteasome system Hsps (especially Hsp70 and Hsp90) are upregulated in many cancers and are potentially attractive therapeutic targets. Ganetespib is a potent non-geldanamycin analogue, and avoids the toxicities associated with older analogues due to its small molecular weight, lipophilicity and the absence of the benzoquinone moiety; strong pre-clinical data support its evaluation in lung cancer, especially small cell lung cancer (SCLC)...
December 6, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921007/long-term-response-to-nivolumab-and-acute-renal-failure-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-a-pd-l1-tumor-expression-increased-with-sunitinib-therapy-a-case-report
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Juan Ruiz-Bañobre, Urbano Anido, Ihab Abdulkader, José Antúnez-López, Rafael López-López, Jorge García-González
INTRODUCTION: Papillary renal cell carcinoma (PRCC), which represents around 20% of renal cell carcinomas, is a heterogeneous disease that includes different tumor types with several clinical and molecular phenotypes. Nivolumab, a fully human IgG4 programed cell death protein 1 immune checkpoint inhibitor antibody, has shown not only an overall survival advantage when compared to everolimus but also a relatively good side-effect profile among patients with previously treated advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920706/ipilimumab-induced-enteritis-without-colitis-a-new-challenge
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Marcus Messmer, Sunita Upreti, Yaman Tarabishy, Nikhilesh Mazumder, Reezwana Chowdhury, Mark Yarchoan, Matthias Holdhoff
INTRODUCTION: Ipilimumab is an immune checkpoint inhibitor targeting cytotoxic T-lymphocyte associated antigen 4 (CTLA4), approved to treat metastatic melanoma. It was the first therapy shown to prolong survival in a large, randomized clinical trial. However, immune-related adverse events are common and can be severe. Enterocolitis is a common adverse event with ipilimumab, but enteritis without colitis has not been previously described. CASE REPORT: An 83-year-old man presented to our hospital with grade 3 diarrhea for 5 days...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920704/autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-as-a-complication-of-nivolumab-therapy
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Amruth R Palla, Devin Kennedy, Hossain Mosharraf, Donald Doll
Recently, immunotherapeutic drugs, including PD-1 inhibitors (nivolumab, pembrolizumab), PD-L1 inhibitors (atezolizumab, avelumab), and CTLA4 inhibitors (ipiliumumab), have emerged as important additions to the armamentarium against certain malignancies and have been incorporated into therapeutic protocols for first-, second-, or third-line agents for these metastatic cancers. Immune checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab is currently FDA approved for the treatment of patients with metastatic malignant melanoma [Redman et al...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920468/immune-checkpoint-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Henrik Johansson, Roland Andersson, Monika Bauden, Sarah Hammes, Stefan Holdenrieder, Daniel Ansari
Novel treatment modalities are necessary for pancreatic cancer. Immunotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibition has shown effect in other solid tumors, and could have a place in pancreatic cancer treatment. Most available clinical studies on immune checkpoint inhibitors for pancreatic cancer are not yet completed and are still recruiting patients. Among the completed trials, there have been findings of a preliminary nature such as delayed disease progression and enhanced overall survival after treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors in mono- or combination therapy...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919707/autoimmune-cardiotoxicity-of-cancer-immunotherapy
#15
Feixiong Cheng, Joseph Loscalzo
Contemporary immunotherapies (e.g., immune checkpoint inhibitors), which enhance the immune response to cancer cells, improve clinical outcomes in several malignancies. A recent study reported the cases of two patients with metastatic melanoma who developed fatal myocarditis during ipilimumab and nivolumab combination immunotherapy; these examples highlight the risk of unbridled activation of the immune system.
December 2, 2016: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917363/future-therapy-for-hepatitis-b-virus-role-of-immunomodulators
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REVIEW
Edward A Pham, Ryan B Perumpail, Benjamin J Fram, Jeffrey S Glenn, Aijaz Ahmed, Robert G Gish
Although currently available therapies for chronic hepatitis B virus infection can suppress viremia and provide long-term benefits for patients, they do not lead to a functional cure for most patients. Advances in our understanding of the virus-host interaction and the recent remarkable success of immunotherapy in cancer offer new and promising strategies for developing immune modulators that may become important components of a total therapeutic approach to hepatitis B, some of which are now in clinical development...
2016: Current Hepatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914096/successful-treatment-of-multiple-in-transit-melanomas-on-the-leg-with-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-and-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-report-of-two-cases
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Taku Fujimura, Yumi Kambayashi, Sadanori Furudate, Takanori Hidaka, Yota Sato, Kayo Tanita, Hisayuki Tono, Akira Tsukada, Akira Hashimoto, Setsuya Aiba
Because the efficacy rates of monotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors such as nivolumab or ipilimumab are not sufficient, to enhance the antitumor effects of these reagents is of great interest among dermato-oncologists. In this report, we describe two cases of multiple in-transit metastatic melanomas on the leg successfully treated with intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) using a CyberKnife in combination with ipilimumab or nivolumab. Our cases suggested that IMRT could enhance the antitumor effects of immune checkpoint inhibitors in patients with multiple in-transit melanomas...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913861/cxcl12-expression-and-pd-l1-expression-serve-as-prognostic-biomarkers-in-hcc-and-are-induced-by-hypoxia
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Alexander Semaan, Dimo Dietrich, Dominik Bergheim, Jörn Dietrich, Jörg C Kalff, Vittorio Branchi, Hanno Matthaei, Glen Kristiansen, Hans-Peter Fischer, Diane Goltz
Anti-PD-1 treatment increases anti-tumour immune responses in animal models of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Sorafenib, the mainstay of treatment of HCC patients, however, leads to tumour hypoxia and thereby abrogates the efficacy of anti-PD-1 treatment. This served as a rationale to implement CXCR4 inhibition as adjunct to sorafenib and anti-PD-1 treatment in murine HCC models. We studied the relationship between tumour hypoxia, PD-L1 and CXCL12 expression in human HCC, aiming to test the rationale for triple therapy combining sorafenib, PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitors and CXCR4 inhibitors...
December 2, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913525/checkpoint-inhibition-in-myeloma
#19
Don M Benson
Historically, attempts at cancer immunotherapy have emphasized strategies designed to stimulate or augment the immune system into action. In the past decade, a complementary approach has developed, that of releasing immune cells from inhibitory restraint. Discoveries in the fundamental biology of how immunity is regulated, how the immune system interfaces with malignancy, and how cancer cells may exploit these processes to evade detection have all been translated into the rapidly growing field of therapeutic immune checkpoint inhibition for cancer...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912829/immunotherapy-in-lung-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Lingling Du, Roy S Herbst, Daniel Morgensztern
The treatment of patients with good performance status and advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer has been based on the use of first-line platinum-based doublet and second-line docetaxel. Immunotherapy represents a new therapeutic approach with the potential for prolonged benefit. Although the vaccines studied have not shown benefit in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, immune checkpoint inhibitors against the PD-1/PD-L1 axis showed increased overall survival compared with docetaxel in randomized clinical trials, which led to the approval of nivolumab and pembrolizumab...
February 2017: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
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