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Angela M Hong, Ricardo E Vilain, Sarah Romanes, Jean Yang, Elizabeth Smith, Deanna Jones, Richard A Scolyer, C Soon Lee, Mei Zhang, Barbara Rose
In this study, we examined PD-L1 expression by immunohistochemistry in 99 patients with tonsillar cancer and known human papillomavirus (HPV) status to assess its clinical significance. We showed that the pattern of PD-L1 expression is strongly related to HPV status. The PD-L1 positivity rate was 83.3% in HPV-positive cases and 56.9% in HPV-negative cases (p < 0.05). Patients with HPV-positive/PD-L1-positive cancer had significantly better event free survival and overall survival compared with patients with HPV-negative/PD-L1-negative cancer...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Bella H V Nguyen, James Kuo, Anadian Budiman, Hayden Christie, Sayed Ali
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have changed the landscape of the treatment of multiple solid malignancies, and have been used increasingly in the recent years. Although usually well tolerated, given the relative inexperience of using immune checkpoint inhibitors, we are still learning of new side effects from the treatment. We report on two cases of ocular myasthenia gravis that occurred after treatment with pembrolizumab, an antiprogrammed-death (anti-PD1) monoclonal antibody for advanced melanoma in responding patients...
October 21, 2016: Melanoma Research
Liqing Wang, Suresh Kumar, Satinder Dahiya, Feng Wang, Jian Wu, Kheng Newick, Rongxiang Han, Arabinda Samanta, Ulf H Beier, Tatiana Akimova, Tricia R Bhatti, Benjamin Nicholson, Mathew P Kodrasov, Saket Agarwal, David E Sterner, Wei Gu, Joseph Weinstock, Tauseef R Butt, Steven M Albelda, Wayne W Hancock
Foxp3+ T-regulatory (Treg) cells are known to suppress protective host immune responses to a wide variety of solid tumors, but their therapeutic targeting is largely restricted to their transient depletion or "secondary" modulation, e.g. using anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody. Our ongoing studies of the post-translational modifications that regulate Foxp3 demonstrated that the histone/protein acetyltransferase, Tip60, plays a dominant role in promoting acetylation, dimerization and function in Treg cells. We now show that the ubiquitin-specific protease, Usp7, controls Treg function largely by stabilizing the expression and promoting the multimerization of Tip60 and Foxp3...
October 15, 2016: EBioMedicine
J Chee, B W S R Robinson, R A Holt, J Creaney
Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is an exciting advancement in lung cancer therapy. Anti-tumor immunity can be augmented by checkpoint blockade therapy, which removes the inhibition/brakes imposed on the immune system by the tumor. Checkpoint blockade therapy with anti-PD1/anti-PDL1 antibodies causes tumor regression in around 25% of lung cancer patients. In another approach, the immune system is forced or accelerated to attack the tumour, via augmentation of the anti-tumour response against mutations carried by each lung tumour...
October 18, 2016: Chest
Marta Polkowska, Edyta Czepielewska, Małgorzata Kozłowska-Wojciechowska
Advanced melanoma is related to a very grim prognosis and fast progression. Until recently, there has been no indicated treatment that would affect the disease's outcome. However, the progress in immunotherapy and molecular therapy has significantly changed the unfavourable prognosis of melanoma progression and its short survival rate. Both approaches have improved patients' outcomes and provided renewed hope for successful treatment. Moreover, in order to further enhance patients' outcomes and to avoid mechanisms of tumour resistance, investigators attempted a combined approach...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Florian Rouaud, Jean-Luc Boucher, Anny Slama-Schwok, Stéphane Rocchi
Melanoma is one of the most lethal cancers when it reaches a metastatic stage. Despite the spectacular achievements of targeted therapies (BRAF inhibitors) or immuno-therapies (anti-CTLA4 or anti-PD1), most patients with melanoma will need additional treatments. Here we used a photoactive NADPH analogue called NS1 to induce cell death by inhibition of NADPH oxidases NOX in melanoma cells, including melanoma cells isolated from patients. In contrast, healthy melanocytes growth was unaffected by NS1 treatment...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Jéssica Ribeiro Gomes, Rafael A Schmerling, Carolina K Haddad, Douglas J Racy, Robson Ferrigno, Erlon Gil, Pedro Zanuncio, Antônio C Buzaid
Abscopal effect is a rare phenomenon characterized by tumor regression of untreated metastatic lesions after a local therapy (eg, radiotherapy). We studied the probability of abscopal effect with radiotherapy associated with anti-programmed death cell 1 (PD1) therapy after progression on anti-PD1. This study is a retrospective analysis of patients treated with nivolumab or pembrolizumab for melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and renal cancer at Antônio Ermírio de Moraes Oncology Center, Brazil. To be eligible for this analysis, patients must have had unequivocal evidence of disease progression on anti-PD1 therapy and subsequent radiotherapy for any tumor site while still receiving anti-PD1...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotherapy
Julie Bonigen, Christine Raynaud-Donzel, José Hureaux, Nora Kramkimel, Astrid Blom, Géraldine Jeudy, Anne-Laure Breton, Thomas Hubiche, Christophe Bedane, Delphine Legoupil, Anne Pham-Ledard, Julie Charles, Maurice Pérol, Emilie Gérard, Patrick Combemale, Daphné Bonnet, Michèle-Léa Sigal, Emmanuel Mahé
Nivolumab (Opdivo(®) ), pembrolizumab (Keytruda(®) ), atezolizumab, and pidilizumabab are anti-PD1 monoclonal antibodies. Nivolumab is licensed in advanced melanoma and second-line therapy of advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. When activated, the programmed cell death (PD)-1 is implicated in the inhibition of the immune system. Anti-PD1 removes this inhibition and allows the immune system to control tumour cell progression.(1-4) Immune-mediated toxicity of this treatment have been reported, either organ-specific toxicities - i...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
C Baues, R Semrau, U S Gaipl, P J Bröckelmann, J Rosenbrock, A Engert, S Marnitz
BACKGROUND: Patients with classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL) have a good prognosis even in advanced stages. However, combined chemo- and radiotherapy, as the standard of care, is also associated with treatment-related toxicities such as organ damage, secondary neoplasias, infertility, or fatigue and long-term fatigue. Many patients suffer from this burden although their cHL was cured. Therefore, the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors like anti-PD1/PD-L1 antibodies in the treatment of solid cancers and also in HL offers new options...
October 4, 2016: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
Eduardo Castañón
Anti-PD1 antibodies have led to a therapeutic shift in cancer treatment. Although classically described as "well-tolerated", these drugs can lead to severe immune related adverse events. Using CT scan imaging, Nishino and colleagues describe different radiological patterns and their possible relation to severity of several cases of anti-PD1 induced pneumonitis.
September 28, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
R F Carvalho, R Ferrigno, R C Marotta, M P F Amarantes, R A Schmerling, C K Haddad, E Gil, P L Moraes, P H Zanuncio, A C Buzaid
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Y M Mowery, K Patel, A C Olson, M K Khan, J K Salama, A K Salama
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
S J E Hwang, R Anforth, G Carlos, P Fernandez-Peñas
Over the past decade, targeted therapies such as BRAF inhibitors, MEK inhibitors and immunotherapies such as anti-CTLA4 and anti-PD1 antibodies have emerged as novel treatments of advanced melanoma. Along with increased use of these therapies, a range of cutaneous adverse events have also emerged, varying from more serious and frequent cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma to mere cosmetic changes such as curly hair or rare severe toxic epidermal necrolysis. Early detection and management of these cutaneous adverse events will aid patients to receive accurate treatment, avoid unnecessary discontinuation of anti-tumour treatment and improve the patient's overall quality of life...
September 15, 2016: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
Shin Foong Ngiow, Arabella Young, Stephen J Blake, Geoffrey R Hill, Hideo Yagita, Michele Wl Teng, Alan J Korman, Mark J Smyth
The durability and efficacy of anti-human PD1 monoclonal antibodies (PD1 mAb) vary across different malignancies. Although an absence of tumor-infiltrating cytotoxic T lymphocytes has been identified as a cause for resistance to PD1 mAb, the presence of intratumor exhausted PD1hi T cells also contributes to insensitivity to this immune checkpoint therapy. In this study, we used mouse tumor models of PD1 mAb resistance that harbored PD1hi T cells and flow cytometry analysis of tumor-infiltrating leukocytes immediately post-therapy as a screening platform to identify agents that could resensitize T cells to PD1 blockade...
September 9, 2016: Cancer Research
Blanca Homet Moreno, Stephen Mok, Begonya Comin-Anduix, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Antoni Ribas
The combination of targeted therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors has become the standard of care in patients with BRAF (V600E) mutant melanoma, but responses are not durable. In addition, the impressive clinical benefits with anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies (Ab) in patients with heavily pretreated metastatic melanoma and the synergistic effect of dabrafenib, trametinib and anti-PD-1 compared with single therapy alone groups support the idea that combining dabrafenib, trametinib and immunotherapy based on PD-1 blockade could be an interesting approach in the treatment of metastatic melanoma...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Nobuaki Mamesaya, Hirotsugu Kenmotsu, Mineo Katsumata, Takashi Nakajima, Masahiro Endo, Toshiaki Takahashi
We report a case of a 38-year-old woman who was diagnosed with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma, harboring an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) L858R mutation on exon 21 and a T790 M mutation on exon 20. The patient was treated with osimertinib, a third-generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) following treatment with nivolumab, an anti-Programmed Cell Death 1 (anti-PD1) antibody. After initiating osimertinib treatment, the patient began to complain of low-grade fever and shortness of breath without hypoxemia, and her chest radiograph and a CT scan revealed a remarkable antitumor response, although faint infiltrations were observed in the bilateral lung field...
September 6, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
Yanqi Ye, Jinqiang Wang, Quanyin Hu, Gabrielle M Hochu, Hongliang Xin, Chao Wang, Zhen Gu
Despite the promising efficacy of immunoregulation in cancer therapy, the clinical benefit has been restricted by inefficient infiltration of lymphocytes in the evolution of immune evasion. Also, immune-related adverse events have often occurred due to the off-target binding of therapeutics to normal tissues after systematic treatment. In light of this, we have developed a synergistic immunotherapy strategy that locally targets the immunoinhibitory receptor programmed cell death protein 1 (PD1) and immunosuppressive enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) for the treatment of melanoma through a microneedle-based transcutaneous delivery approach...
September 27, 2016: ACS Nano
Laveniya Satgunaseelan, Ruta Gupta, Jason Madore, Noel Chia, Trina Lum, Carsten E Palme, Michael Boyer, Richard A Scolyer, Jonathan R Clark
Phase 2 clinical trials utilising novel anti-PD1/PD-L1 antibodies are being conducted in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients. However, data regarding PD-L1 expression in OSCC is limited. The aim of this study was to characterise the PD-L1 immunohistochemical expression in OSCC and its association with clinicopathological factors. Clinicopathological review of 217 patients with OSCC was performed, including quantifying tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes. Immunohistochemistry with PD-L1, CD4 and CD8 was performed...
October 2016: Pathology
Michael Bruns, Jara Wanger, Udo Schumacher, Wolfgang Deppert
Using the SV40 transgenic WAP-T/WAP-TNP mouse models for mammary carcinomas, we compared the response to immune checkpoint blockade therapy in tumor mice expressing either SV40 T-antigen containing the LCMV NP-epitope (T-AgNP in WAP-TNP mice), or the unmodified T-antigen (T-Ag in WAP-T mice). Specifically, we asked, whether the presence of the highly immunogenic NP-epitope in T-AgNP influences this response in comparison to the weakly immunogenic T-cell epitopes of T-Ag in WAP-T tumor mice. Treatment of WAP-TNP tumor mice with either anti-PD1 or anti-PD-L1 antibodies led to tumor regression, with anti-PD-L1 treatment being more effective...
August 25, 2016: Oncotarget
Samer Tabchi, Hampig Raphael Kourie, Joseph Kattan
After the massive approval of checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of numerous malignancies and settings, checkpoint inhibitors-based combination therapies are emerging as a new therapeutic modality. Nivolumab and pembrolizumab (anti-PD1 agents) were recently approved as second-line treatment in NSCLC after progression on platinum-doublets. In parallel, targeting EGFR/ALK in NSCLC using tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) demonstrated remarkable outcomes and was approved as standard treatment, in patients with EGFR mutation or ALK rearrangement...
August 25, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
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