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Tumor HLA

Amanda Przespolewski, Andras Szeles, Eunice S Wang
Evasion of the host immune system is a key mechanism to promote malignant progression. Therapeutically targeting immune pathways has radically changed the treatment paradigm for solid and lymphoid tumors but has yet to be approved for myeloid malignancies. Here, we summarize the most recent advances in immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Topics reviewed here include adoptive cellular approaches (chimeric antigen receptor-T cells, natural killer and other immune cells), checkpoint inhibitors (anti-PD-1/PD-L1, anti-CTLA-4 and TIM-3) and vaccines (WT-1, HLA-A2 and hTERT)...
March 15, 2018: Future Oncology
Kevin Rakszawski, Kosuke Miki, David Claxton, Henry Wagner, Hiroko Shike, Shin Mineishi, Seema Naik
Approximately 30-40% of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) experience induction failures. In these patients who do not achieve remission with two cycles of standard induction therapies, the probability of achieving remission with subsequent inductions is very limited. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative option for these patients, but high relapse rate and transplant-related mortality often preclude them to proceed to transplant. Thus, AML not in remission at time of HSCT remains a huge unmet need in current HSCT practice, particularly if the patient does not have an HLA-matched donor identified by the time of two induction failures...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Taigo Kato, Tatsuo Matsuda, Yuji Ikeda, Jae-Hyun Park, Matthias Leisegang, Sachiko Yoshimura, Tetsuro Hikichi, Makiko Harada, Makda Zewde, Sho Sato, Kosei Hasegawa, Kazuma Kiyotani, Yusuke Nakamura
Neoantigens are the main targets of tumor-specific T cells reactivated by immune checkpoint-blocking antibodies or when using tumor-infiltrating T cells for adoptive therapy. While cancers often accumulate hundreds of mutations and harbor several immunogenic neoantigens, the repertoire of mutation-specific T cells in patients might be restricted. To bypass suboptimal conditions, which impede the reactivation of existing T cells or the priming of neoantigen-specific T cells in a patient, we employ T cells of healthy donors with an overlapping HLA repertoire to target cancer neoantigens...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Xiaoling Xie, Weijun Zhou, Yuxing Hu, Yiran Chen, Honghao Zhang, Yuhua Li
The identification and characterization of tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) that generate specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are vital to the development of cancer immunotherapy. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway substrate 8 gene (Eps8) is involved in regulating cancer progression and might be an ideal antigen. In this study, we searched for novel human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*2402-restricted epitopes derived from the Eps8 protein via the HLA-binding prediction algorithm. Among four candidates, peptides 327 (EFLDCFQKF), 534 (KYAKSKYDF) and 755 (LFSLNKDEL) induced peptide-specific CTLs to secrete higher levels of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) and showed enhanced cytotoxic activity against malignant cancer cells...
March 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Alexei F Kirkin, Karine N Dzhandzhugazyan, Per Guldberg, Johnny Jon Fang, Rikke S Andersen, Christina Dahl, Jann Mortensen, Tim Lundby, Aase Wagner, Ian Law, Helle Broholm, Line Madsen, Christer Lundell-Ek, Morten F Gjerstorff, Henrik J Ditzel, Martin R Jensen, Walter Fischer
In cancer cells, cancer/testis (CT) antigens become epigenetically derepressed through DNA demethylation and constitute attractive targets for cancer immunotherapy. Here we report that activated CD4+ T helper cells treated with a DNA-demethylating agent express a broad repertoire of endogenous CT antigens and can be used as antigen-presenting cells to generate autologous cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and natural killer cells. In vitro, activated CTLs induce HLA-restricted lysis of tumor cells of different histological types, as well as cells expressing single CT antigens...
March 6, 2018: Nature Communications
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
Blake M Callahan, John M Yavorski, Yaping N Tu, Wei Lue Tong, Jacob C Kinskey, Kendall R Clark, Timothy J Fawcett, George Blanck
Class I and class II HLA proteins, respectively, have been associated with subsets of V(D)J usage resulting from recombination of the T-cell receptor (TCR) genes. Additionally, particular HLA alleles, in combination with dominant TCR V(D)J recombinations, have been associated with several autoimmune diseases. The recovery of TCR recombination reads from tumor specimen exome files has allowed rapid and extensive assessments of V(D)J usage, likely for cancer resident T-cells, across relatively large cancer datasets...
March 5, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Kwon Joong Na, Hongyoon Choi
Although papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is curable with excellent survival rate, patients with dedifferentiated PTC suffer the recurrence or death. As cancer immune escape plays a critical role in cancer progression, we aimed to investigate the relationship between differentiation and immune landscape of PTC and its implications for immunotherapy. Using the Cancer Genome Atlas data, we estimated the immune cell enrichment scores and overall immune infiltration, ImmuneScore, to characterize the immune landscape of PTC...
March 5, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
Moniek A de Witte, Dhifaf Sarhan, Zachary Davis, Martin Felices, Daniel A Vallera, Peter Hinderlie, Julie Curtsinger, Sarah Cooley, John Wagner, Jurgen Kuball, Jeffrey S Miller
Relapse is the most frequent cause of treatment failure after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HCT). NK cells and γδ T cells reconstitute early after allo-HCT, contribute to tumor immunosurveillance via MHC independent mechanisms and do not induce graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Here we performed a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the NK and γδ T cell repertoire in healthy individuals, recipients of HLA-matched sibling or unrelated donor allo-HCT (MSD/MUD-HCT) and umbilical cord blood-HCT (UCB-HCT)...
March 2, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Jens Fritsche, Barbara Rakitsch, Franziska Hoffgaard, Michael Römer, Heiko Schuster, Daniel J Kowalewski, Martin Priemer, Vlatka Stos-Zweifel, Helen Hoerzer, Arun Satelli, Annika Sonntag, Valentina Goldfinger, Colette Song, Andrea Mahr, Martina Ott, Oliver Schoor, Toni Weinschenk
Immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer treatment and has shown success in particular for tumors with a high mutational load. These effects have been linked to neo-antigens derived from patient-specific mutations. To expand efficacious immunotherapy approaches to the vast majority of tumor types and patient populations carrying only a few mutations and maybe not a single presented neoepitope, it is necessary to expand the target space to non-mutated cancer-associated antigens. Mass spectrometry enables the direct and unbiased discovery and selection of tumor-specific HLA peptides that can be used to define targets for immunotherapy...
March 5, 2018: Proteomics
Wafa Babay, Hamza Ben Yahia, Nadia Boujelbene, Nour Zidi, Ahmed Baligh Laaribi, Dhikra Kacem, Radhia Ben Ghorbel, Abdellatif Boudabous, Hadda-Imene Ouzari, Roberta Rizzo, Vera Rebmann, Karima Mrad, Inès Zidi
BACKGROUND: The human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G and HLA-E, non classical HLA class I molecules, have been highly implicated in immune tolerance. HLA-G and HLA-E molecules were proposed as putative markers of several advanced cancers. As a step towards a better understanding of ovarian carcinoma, we evaluated the expression of both HLA-G and HLA-E molecules and explored their prognostic implication. METHODS: HLA-G and HLA-E expression were studied by immunohistochemistry on ovarian carcinoma tissues...
February 27, 2018: Human Immunology
Lu Huang, Shruti Malu, Jodi A McKenzie, Miles C Andrews, Amjad H Talukder, Trang Tieu, Tatiana V Karpinets, Cara Haymaker, Marie-Andrée Forget, Leila J Williams, Zhe Wang, Rina Mbofung, Zhi-Qiang Wang, R Eric Davis, Roger S Lo, Jennifer A Wargo, Michael A Davies, Chantale Bernatchez, Timothy P Heffernan, Rodabe N Amaria, Anil Korkut, Weiyi Peng, Jason Roszik, Gregory Lizee, Scott E Woodman, Patrick Hwu
PURPOSE: Cancer immunotherapy has shown promising clinical outcomes in many patients. However, some patients still fail to respond, and new strategies are needed to overcome resistance. The purpose of this study was to identify novel genes and understand the mechanisms that confer resistance to cancer immunotherapy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: To identify genes mediating resistance to T cell killing, we performed an open reading frame (ORF) screen of a kinome library to study whether overexpression of a gene in patient-derived melanoma cells could inhibit their susceptibility to killing by autologous Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TILs)...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Jodi Chiu, Daniel M Ernst, Armand Keating
An understanding of interactions within the tumor microenvironment (TME) of classic Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) has helped pave the way to novel immunotherapies that have enabled dormant and tumor-tolerant immune cells to be reactivated. The immunosuppressive nature of the TME in cHL specifically inhibits the proliferation and activity of natural killer (NK) cells, which contributes to tumor immune-escape mechanisms. This deficiency of NK cells begins at the tumor site and progresses systemically in patients with advanced disease or adverse prognostic factors...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
P S Zeiner, J Zinke, D J Kowalewski, S Bernatz, J Tichy, M W Ronellenfitsch, F Thorsen, A Berger, M T Forster, A Muller, J P Steinbach, R Beschorner, J Wischhusen, H M Kvasnicka, K H Plate, S Stefanović, B Weide, M Mittelbronn, P N Harter
Despite multidisciplinary local and systemic therapeutic approaches, the prognosis for most patients with brain metastases is still dismal. The role of adaptive and innate anti-tumor response including the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) machinery of antigen presentation is still unclear. We present data on the HLA class II-chaperone molecule CD74 in brain metastases and its impact on the HLA peptidome complexity.We analyzed CD74 and HLA class II expression on tumor cells in a subset of 236 human brain metastases, primary tumors and peripheral metastases of different entities in association with clinical data including overall survival...
March 1, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Lei Cai, Theodoros Michelakos, Teppei Yamada, Song Fan, Xinhui Wang, Joseph H Schwab, Cristina R Ferrone, Soldano Ferrone
Malignant transformation of cells is frequently associated with defective HLA class I antigen processing machinery (APM) component expression. This abnormality may have functional relevance, since it may have a negative impact on tumor cell recognition by cognate T cells. Furthermore, HLA class I APM abnormalities appear to have clinical significance, since they are associated with poor prognosis in several malignant diseases and may play a role in the resistance to immune checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapy...
February 27, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Jooeun Bae, Teru Hideshima, Yu-Tzu Tai, Yan Song, Paul Richardson, Noopur Raje, Nikhil C Munshi, Kenneth C Anderson
Histone deacetylases (HDAC) are therapeutic targets in multiple cancers. ACY241, an HDAC6 selective inhibitor, has shown anti-multiple myeloma (MM) activity in combination with immunomodulatory drugs and proteasome inhibitors. Here we show ACY241 significantly reduces the frequency of CD138+ MM cells, CD4+ CD25+ FoxP3+ regulatory T cells, and HLA-DRLow/- CD11b+ CD33+ myeloid-derived suppressor cells; and decreases expression of PD1/PD-L1 on CD8+ T cells and of immune checkpoints in bone marrow cells from myeloma patients...
February 22, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Michal Bassani-Sternberg
Recent data indicate that endogenous mutated cancer proteins can be processed and presented as HLA binding peptides, leading to their recognition in vivo as "non-self." Targeting such neoantigens would enable immune cells to distinguish between normal and cancerous cells, avoiding the risk of autoimmunity. So far, discovery of such neoantigens relies mainly on prediction-based interrogation of the "mutanome" using genomic information as input, followed by highly laborious and time-consuming T cell screening assays...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jennifer A Manuzak, Toni M Gott, Jay S Kirkwood, Ernesto Coronado, Tiffany Hensley-McBain, Charlene Miller, Ryan K Cheu, Ann C Collier, Nicholas T Funderburg, Jeffery N Martin, Michael C Wu, Nina Isoherranen, Peter W Hunt, Nichole R Klatt
Background: Cannabis is a widely used drug in the United States, and the frequency of cannabis use in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected population is disproportionately high. Previous human and macaque studies suggest that cannabis may have an impact on plasma viral load; however, the relationship between cannabis use and HIV-associated systemic inflammation and immune activation has not been well defined. Methods: The impact of cannabis use on peripheral immune cell frequency, activation, and function was assessed in 198 HIV-infected, antiretroviral-treated individuals by flow cytometry...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Christel Rothe Brinkmann, Jesper Falkesgaard Højen, Thomas Aagaard Rasmussen, Anne Sofie Kjær, Rikke Olesen, Paul W Denton, Lars Østergaard, Zhengyu Ouyang, Mathias Lichterfeld, Xu Yu, Ole Schmeltz Søgaard, Charles Dinarello, Martin Tolstrup
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) modulate the transcriptional activity of all cells, including innate and adaptive immune cells. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate immunological effects of treatment with the HDACi panobinostat in HIV-infected patients during a clinical phase IIa latency reversal trial. Using flow cytometry, we investigated changes in T cell activation (CD69, CD38, HLA-DR) and the expression of CD39 and CTLA4 on regulatory T cells (Tregs). Whole-blood stimulations were performed and cytokine responses measured using Luminex...
January 2018: MSphere
Mahiuddin Ahmed, Andres Lopez-Albaitero, Dmitry Pankov, Brian H Santich, Hong Liu, Su Yan, Jingyi Xiang, Pei Wang, Aisha N Hasan, Annamalai Selvakumar, Richard J O'Reilly, Cheng Liu, Nai-Kong V Cheung
EBV infection is associated with a number of malignancies of clinical unmet need, including Hodgkin lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, gastric cancer, and posttransplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD), all of which express the EBV protein latent membrane protein 2A (LMP2A), an antigen that is difficult to target by conventional antibody approaches. To overcome this, we utilized phage display technology and a structure-guided selection strategy to generate human T cell receptor-like (TCR-like) monoclonal antibodies with exquisite specificity for the LMP2A-derived nonamer peptide, C426LGGLLTMV434 (CLG), as presented on HLA-A*02:01...
February 22, 2018: JCI Insight
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