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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144791/is-there-a-role-for-programmed-death-ligand-1-testing-and-immunotherapy-in-colorectal-cancer-with-microsatellite-instability-part-i-colorectal-cancer-microsatellite-instability-testing-and-clinical-implications
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Esmeralda Celia Marginean, Barbara Melosky
CONTEXT: - Colorectal cancer (CRC) represents the third most-common cancer in developed countries and is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Two recognized pathways contribute to CRC development: a more-common chromosomal instability pathway and, in 15% of cases, a deficient mismatch repair or microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) pathway. The MSI-H CRC can be associated with somatic or germline mutations. Microsatellite status has been recognized as a prognostic and predictive biomarker...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141886/pd-l1-genetic-overexpression-or-pharmacological-restoration-in-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-reverses-autoimmune-diabetes
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Moufida Ben Nasr, Sara Tezza, Francesca D'Addio, Chiara Mameli, Vera Usuelli, Anna Maestroni, Domenico Corradi, Silvana Belletti, Luca Albarello, Gabriella Becchi, Gian Paolo Fadini, Christian Schuetz, James Markmann, Clive Wasserfall, Leonard Zon, Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti, Paolo Fiorina
Immunologically based clinical trials performed thus far have failed to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D), in part because these approaches were nonspecific. Because the disease is driven by autoreactive CD4 T cells, which destroy β cells, transplantation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has been recently offered as a therapy for T1D. Our transcriptomic profiling of HSPCs revealed that these cells are deficient in programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), an important immune checkpoint, in the T1D nonobese diabetic (NOD) mouse model...
November 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141225/a-comprehensive-patient-derived-xenograft-collection-representing-the-heterogeneity-of-melanoma
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Clemens Krepler, Katrin Sproesser, Patricia Brafford, Marilda Beqiri, Bradley Garman, Min Xiao, Batool Shannan, Andrea Watters, Michela Perego, Gao Zhang, Adina Vultur, Xiangfan Yin, Qin Liu, Ioannis N Anastopoulos, Bradley Wubbenhorst, Melissa A Wilson, Wei Xu, Giorgos Karakousis, Michael Feldman, Xiaowei Xu, Ravi Amaravadi, Tara C Gangadhar, David E Elder, Lauren E Haydu, Jennifer A Wargo, Michael A Davies, Yiling Lu, Gordon B Mills, Dennie T Frederick, Michal Barzily-Rokni, Keith T Flaherty, Dave S Hoon, Michael Guarino, Joseph J Bennett, Randall W Ryan, Nicholas J Petrelli, Carol L Shields, Mizue Terai, Takami Sato, Andrew E Aplin, Alexander Roesch, David Darr, Steve Angus, Rakesh Kumar, Ensar Halilovic, Giordano Caponigro, Sebastien Jeay, Jens Wuerthner, Annette Walter, Matthias Ocker, Matthew B Boxer, Lynn Schuchter, Katherine L Nathanson, Meenhard Herlyn
Therapy of advanced melanoma is changing dramatically. Following mutational and biological subclassification of this heterogeneous cancer, several targeted and immune therapies were approved and increased survival significantly. To facilitate further advancements through pre-clinical in vivo modeling, we have established 459 patient-derived xenografts (PDX) and live tissue samples from 384 patients representing the full spectrum of clinical, therapeutic, mutational, and biological heterogeneity of melanoma...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138368/-regulatory-mechanisms-of-pd-l1-expression-and-its-role-in-immune-evasion
#4
Keisuke Kataoka
Immune checkpoint blockade therapy using anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 antibodies can unleash anti-tumor immunity and induce durable remission in a variety ofhuman cancers. However, the regulatory mechanisms of PD-L1 expression mediating immune evasion ofcancer cells have not been fully elucidated, including the genetic alterations causing PD-L1 overexpression. Recently, we have reported a novel genetic mechanism ofimmune evasion associated with structural variations(SVs)disrupting the 3'-untranslated region(UTR)ofthe PD-L1 gene in various malignancies, such as aggressive lymphomas and gastrointestinal cancers...
November 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133939/precision-medicine-for-urothelial-bladder-cancer-update-on-tumour-genomics-and-immunotherapy
#5
REVIEW
Kenneth M Felsenstein, Dan Theodorescu
Effective management of advanced urothelial bladder cancer is challenging. New discoveries that improve our understanding of molecular bladder cancer subtypes have revealed numerous potentially targetable genomic alterations and demonstrated the efficacy of treatments that harness the immune system. These findings have begun to change paradigms of bladder cancer therapy. For example, DNA repair pathway mutations in genes such as ERCC2, FANCC, ATM, RB1, and others can predict responses to neoadjuvant platinum-based chemotherapies and to targeted therapies on the basis of mutation status...
November 14, 2017: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133286/eosinophilic-esophagitis-update-on-management-and-controversies
#6
REVIEW
Joan W Chen, John Y Kao
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic allergen driven immune mediated disease that is increasingly recognized as a leading cause of dysphagia and foregut symptoms in children and adults. Much knowledge has been gained in recent years on the genetic and environmental risk factors for this disease, the associated inflammatory milieu, and the long term complications from esophageal remodeling. In this review we will highlight recent progress made in research into this disease, focusing on adults. We will discuss ongoing efforts to develop a minimally invasive technique that may obviate the need for repeated endoscopic assessment of disease activity...
November 13, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132233/prospects-for-modulating-the-cd40-cd40l-pathway-in-the-therapy-of-the-hyper-igm-syndrome
#7
Xiangxue Meng, Bin Yang, Wen-Chen Suen
The critical role of the CD40/CD40L pathway in B-cell proliferation, immunoglobulin (Ig) isotype switching and germinal center formation has been studied and described extensively in previous literature. Interruption of the CD40/CD40L signal causes hyper-IgM (HIGM) syndrome, which has been classified and recognized as a group of rare inherited immune deficiency disorders. Defects in CD40 and CD40L interactions or in downstream signaling molecules, including activation-induced cytidine deaminase, uracyl-DNA-glycosylase, NF-κB and DNA repair enzymes, result in an increased level of serum IgM and a significantly decreased or absent level of IgA, IgG and IgE that is accompanied by severe recurrent infections and autoimmune diseases...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131413/the-effect-of-epitope-based-ligation-of-icam-1-on-survival-and-retransplantation-of-pig-islets-in-nonhuman-primates
#8
Jae-Il Lee, Jiyeon Kim, Yun-Jung Choi, Hi-Jung Park, Hye-Jin Park, Hae Joo Wi, Sunok Yoon, Jun-Seop Shin, Jin Kyun Park, Kyeong Cheon Jung, Eun Bong Lee, Hee Jung Kang, Eung Soo Hwang, Sang-Joon Kim, Chung-Gyu Park, Seong Hoe Park
BACKGROUND: Pig islet xenotransplantation is a promising alternative to allogeneic transplantation. However, the wide immunologic barrier between pigs and primates limits the long-term survival of the graft. MD-3, a novel monoclonal antibody (mAb) that recognizes a particular epitope of human ICAM-1, can render T cells tolerant to a xenograft by arresting dendritic cell maturation. We report the long-term survival of adult wild-type pig islets and successful retransplantation in nonhuman primates using a protocol comprising induction with MD-3 mAb and maintenance with anti-CD154 mAb and sirolimus...
November 12, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130151/viral-vectors-engineered-cells-and-the-crispr-revolution
#9
James E DiCarlo, Anurag Deeconda, Stephen H Tsang
Over the past few decades the ability to edit human cells has revolutionized modern biology and medicine. With advances in genome editing methodologies, gene delivery and cell-based therapeutics targeted at treatment of genetic disease have become a reality that will become more and more essential in clinical practice. Modifying specific mutations in eukaryotic cells using CRISPR-Cas systems derived from prokaryotic immune systems has allowed for precision in correcting various disease mutations. Furthermore, delivery of genetic payloads by employing viral tropism has become a crucial and effective mechanism for delivering genes and gene editing systems into cells...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129972/inflammation-and-colorectal-cancer
#10
Apple G Long, Emma T Lundsmith, Kathryn E Hamilton
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women in the United States, resulting in over 55,000 deaths annually. Environmental and genetic factors influence the development of CRC, and inflammation is a critical hallmark of cancer that may arise from a variety of factors. Purpose of review: While patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a higher risk of developing CRC, sporadic CRCs may engender or be potentiated by inflammation as well. In this review, we focus on recent advances in basic and translational research utilizing murine models to understand the contribution of inflammatory signaling pathways to CRC...
August 2017: Current Colorectal Cancer Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118468/the-intricate-link-among-gut-immunological-niche-microbiota-and-xenobiotics-in-intestinal-pathology
#11
REVIEW
Danilo Pagliari, Giovanni Gambassi, Ciriaco A Piccirillo, Rossella Cianci
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are diseases characterized by various degrees of inflammation involving the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are characterized by a dysregulated immune response leading to structural gut alterations in genetically predisposed individuals. Diverticular disease is characterized by abnormal immune response to normal gut microbiota. IBDs are linked to a lack of physiological tolerance of the mucosal immune system to resident gut microbiota and pathogens...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118007/pd-1-expression-and-clinical-pd-1-blockade-in-b-cell-lymphomas
#12
Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Jianfeng Zhou, Ken H Young
PD-1 blockade targeting the PD-1 immune checkpoint has demonstrated unprecedented clinical efficacy in the treatment of advanced cancers including hematologic malignancies. This article reviews the landscape of PD-1/PD-L1 expression and current PD-1 blockade immunotherapy trials in B-cell lymphomas. Most notably, in relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma, which frequently has increased PD-1(+) tumor-infiltrating T cells, 9p24 genetic alteration and high PD-L1 expression, anti-PD-1 monotherapy has demonstrated remarkable objective response rates (ORR) of 65-87% and durable disease control in phase I/II clinical trials...
November 8, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115604/genetically-engineered-recombinant-adenovirus-expressing-interleukin%C3%A2-2-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-therapy
#13
Yunpeng Sun, Huanhuan Wu, Gang Chen, Xiaming Huang, Yunfeng Shan, Hongqi Shi, Qiyu Zhang, Yihu Zheng
Regulatory and effector T cells possess immunological cytotoxicity for tumor cells in the tumor microenvironment during tumor progression and are the primary suppressors inhuman cancer therapy. Interleukin‑2 (IL‑2) is an anticancer cytokine, which triggers human innate and adaptive immunity by stimulating T cell propagation and lymphocyte infiltration into tumor sites. IL‑2 has been used successfully for cancer therapy. Recombinant adenovirus expressing IL‑2 (rAd‑IL‑2) injection is a gene therapy agent that may improve prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients...
October 27, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113292/nod-mice-susceptible-to-pancreatic-autoimmunity-demonstrate-delayed-growth-of-pancreatic-cancer
#14
James Dooley, Emanuela Pasciuto, Vasiliki Lagou, Yulia Lampi, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Adrian Liston
Pancreatic cancer is a high mortality form of cancer, with a median survival only six months. There are multiple associated risk factors associated, most importantly type 2 diabetes, obesity, pancreatitis and smoking. The relative rarity of the disease, however, has made it difficult to dissect causative risk factors, especially with related risk factors. A major unanswered question with important therapeutic implications is the effect of immunological responses on pancreatic cancer formation, with data from other cancers suggesting the potential for local immunological responses to either increase cancer development or increase cancer elimination...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113258/combination-of-calcineurin-b-subunit-cnb-and-5-fluorouracil-reverses-5-fluorouracil-induced-immunosuppressive-effect-and-enhances-the-antitumor-activity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Wenlong Zhang, Youxiu Zhong, Hongfei Cui, Liya Wang, Rui Yang, Zhenyi Su, Benqiong Xiang, Qun Wei
Five-fluorouracil (5-FU) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent for digestive system tumors; however, continuous use of 5-FU may cause severe side effects, including myelosuppression and immunosuppression. Our previous study revealed that calcineurin B subunit (CnB), an innovative genetic engineering antitumor protein, possesses tumor-suppressive effects with low toxicity. CnB can bind to and activate integrin αM on macrophages, subsequently promoting the expression, and secretion of TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand, a specific proapoptotic cytokine...
November 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112124/gene-regulatory-network-rewiring-in-the-immune-cells-associated-with-cancer
#16
Pengyong Han, Chandrasekhar Gopalakrishnan, Haiquan Yu, Edwin Wang
The gene regulatory networks (GRNs) of immune cells not only indicate cell identity but also reveal the dynamic changes of immune cells when comparing their GRNs. Cancer immunotherapy has advanced in the past few years. Immune-checkpoint blockades (i.e., blocking PD-1, PD-L1, or CTLA-4) have shown durable clinical effects on some patients with various advanced cancers. However, major gaps in our knowledge of immunotherapy have been recognized. To fill these gaps, we conducted a systematic analysis of the GRNs of key immune cell subsets (i...
November 7, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109724/actors-and-factors-in-the-resolution-of-intestinal-inflammation-lipid-mediators-as-a-new-approach-to-therapy-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Federica Ungaro, Federica Rubbino, Silvio Danese, Silvia D'Alessio
In the last few decades, the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in genetically predisposed subjects susceptible to specific environmental factors has been attributed to disturbance of both the immune and non-immune system and/or to the imbalanced interactions with microbes. However, increasing evidences support the idea that defects in pro-resolving pathways might strongly contribute to IBD onset. The resolution of inflammation is now recognized as a dynamic event coordinated by specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (LMs), which dampen inflammation-sustaining events, such as angiogenesis, release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, clearance of apoptotic cells, and microorganisms...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108822/the-immunobiology-and-clinical-features-of-type-1-autoimmune-polyglandular-syndrome-aps-1
#18
REVIEW
Can-Jie Guo, Patrick S C Leung, Weici Zhang, Xiong Ma, M Eric Gershwin
Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome type 1 (APS-1) is a subtype of the autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome characterized by the simultaneous or sequential dysfunction of multiple endocrine or non-endocrine glands. A clinical diagnosis of APS-1 is typically based on the presence of at least two of three following criteria: chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, hypoparathyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. The first identified causative mutated gene for APS-1 is autoimmune regulator (AIRE) encoding a critical transcription factor, which is primarily expressed in the medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) for generating central immune tolerance...
November 3, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105366/limbal-stem-cells-identity-developmental-origin-and-therapeutic-potential
#19
REVIEW
Gabriel Gonzalez, Yuzuru Sasamoto, Bruce R Ksander, Markus H Frank, Natasha Y Frank
The cornea is our window to the world and our vision is critically dependent on corneal clarity and integrity. Its epithelium represents one of the most rapidly regenerating mammalian tissues, undergoing full-turnover over the course of approximately 1-2 weeks. This robust and efficient regenerative capacity is dependent on the function of stem cells residing in the limbus, a structure marking the border between the cornea and the conjunctiva. Limbal stem cells (LSC) represent a quiescent cell population with proliferative capacity residing in the basal epithelial layer of the limbus within a cellular niche...
November 3, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105104/b-lymphocytes-limit-senescence-driven-fibrosis-resolution-and-favor-hepatocarcinogenesis-in-mouse-liver-injury
#20
Francesca Faggioli, Eleonora Palagano, Luca Di Tommaso, Matteo Donadon, Veronica Marrella, Camilla Recordati, Stefano Mantero, Anna Villa, Paolo Vezzoni, Barbara Cassani
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a frequent neoplasia and a leading cause of inflammation-related cancer mortality. Despite most HCC arise from persistent inflammatory conditions; pathways linking chronic inflammation to cancer development are still incompletely elucidated. We dissected the role of adaptive immunity in the Mdr2-/- mouse, a model of inflammation-associated cancer, in which ablation of adaptive immunity has been induced genetically (Rag2-/-Mdr2-/- and μMt-Mdr2-/- mice) or with in vivo treatments using lymphocyte-specific depleting antibodies (anti-CD20 or anti-CD4/CD8)...
November 3, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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