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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239470/fak-inhibition-opens-the-door-to-checkpoint-immunotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer
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EDITORIAL
Stefan N Symeonides, Stephen M Anderton, Alan Serrels
Immunotherapy has had remarkable success in the treatment of some cancer types. However, pancreatic cancer has remained largely refractory to immunotherapy, including immune checkpoint inhibitors. Recently, Jiang and colleagues identified a key role for FAK in regulating the composition of the fibrotic and immuno-suppressive pancreatic tumour niche, and showed that FAK inhibitors can be used in combination with immune checkpoint blockade and gemcitabine chemotherapy to significantly delay pancreatic tumour progression...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239469/combination-immunotherapy-a-road-map
#2
REVIEW
Patrick A Ott, F Stephen Hodi, Howard L Kaufman, Jon M Wigginton, Jedd D Wolchok
Cancer immunotherapy and in particular monoclonal antibodies blocking the inhibitory programed cell death 1 pathway (PD-1/PD-L1) have made a significant impact on the treatment of cancer patients in recent years. However, despite the remarkable clinical efficacy of these agents in a number of malignancies, it has become clear that they are not sufficiently active for many patients. Initial evidence, for example with combined inhibition of PD-1 and CTLA-4 in melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), has highlighted the potential to further enhance the clinical benefits of monotherapies by combining agents with synergistic mechanisms of action...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239468/immunotherapy-associated-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia
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Uqba Khan, Farman Ali, Muhammad Siddique Khurram, Awais Zaka, Tarik Hadid
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy has been widely used in the treatment of several solid and hematologic malignancies. Checkpoint inhibitors have been the forefront of cancer immunotherapy in recent years. Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) pathway are the prototypic checkpoint targets for immunotherapy. When combined, CTLA-4 and PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors work synergistically, but with increased probability of toxicity. The following case represents an unusual adverse effect of combined treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab used for treatment of metastatic melanoma...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238174/combining-talimogene-laherparepvec-with-immunotherapies-in-melanoma-and-other-solid-tumors
#4
REVIEW
Reinhard Dummer, Christoph Hoeller, Isabella Pezzani Gruter, Olivier Michielin
Talimogene laherparepvec is a first-in-class intralesional oncolytic immunotherapy. In a recent Phase III trial (OPTiM), talimogene laherparepvec significantly improved durable response rate compared with subcutaneous granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). Overall response rate was also higher in the talimogene laherparepvec arm, and the greatest efficacy was demonstrated in patients with earlier-stage (IIIB, IIIC, or IVM1a) melanoma. Talimogene laherparepvec was well tolerated, with the majority (89%) of adverse events being grade 1 or 2...
February 25, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238077/immunotolerance-as-a-mechanism-of-resistance-to-targeted-therapies-in-melanoma
#5
Mario Mandalà, Daniela Massi
The therapy of metastatic melanoma (MM) was radically changed by the introduction of inhibitors of BRAF, an oncogene mutated in ≈40-50% of patients. Oncogenic BRAF promotes an immune-compromised tumour microenvironment (TME). Inhibition of MAPK pathway signaling with BRAF (BRAFi) and MEK inhibitors (MEKi) attenuates immune escape and increases the melanoma immunogenicity through multiple mechanisms, including elevation of melanoma antigen expression and improved T cell infiltration and function. These changes sustain the TME for response to immunotherapy...
February 26, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236558/dosimetry-applications-in-gate-monte-carlo-toolkit
#6
Panagiotis Papadimitroulas
PURPOSE: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations are a well-established method for studying physical processes in medical physics. The purpose of this review is to present GATE dosimetry applications on diagnostic and therapeutic simulated protocols. There is a significant need for accurate quantification of the absorbed dose in several specific applications such as preclinical and pediatric studies. METHODS: GATE is an open-source MC toolkit for simulating imaging, radiotherapy (RT) and dosimetry applications in a user-friendly environment, which is well validated and widely accepted by the scientific community...
February 21, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231577/response-evaluation-in-head-and-neck-oncology-definition-and-prediction
#7
T K Hoffmann, P J Schuler, S Laban, R Grässlin, M Beer, A J Beer, U Friebe-Hoffmann, L Bullinger, P Möller, T Wiegel
Curative treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma includes surgery and/or (chemo)radiation, whereas in the palliative setting, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy represent(s) the standard approach. With regard to quality control, methods for determining treatment response are sorely needed. For surgical therapy, histopathology is the standard quality control. Established criteria for high-risk patients include resection margins of the primary tumor and extracapsular extension of lymph node metastases...
2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230210/synergistic-suppression-of-autoimmune-arthritis-through-concurrent-treatment-with-tolerogenic-dc-and-msc
#8
Rong Li, Yujuan Zhang, Xiufen Zheng, Shanshan Peng, Keng Yuan, Xusheng Zhang, Weiping Min
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by progressive immune-mediated joint deterioration. Current treatments are not antigen specific and are associated with various adverse. We have previously demonstrated that tolerogenic dendritic cells (Tol-DC) are potent antigen-specific immune regulators, which hold great promise in immunotherapy of autoimmune diseases. In this study, we aimed to develop new immunotherapy by combining Tol-DC and mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). We demonstrated that RelB gene silencing resulted in generation of Tol-DC that suppressed T cell responses and selectively promoted Treg generation...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229976/immune-modulation-by-dendritic-cell-based-cancer-vaccines
#9
Chaitanya Kumar, Sakshi Kohli, Poonamalle Parthasarathy Bapsy, Ashok Kumar Vaid, Minish Jain, Venkata Sathya Suresh Attili, Bandana Sharan
The interplay between host immunity and tumour cells has opened the possibility of targeting tumour cells by modulation of the human immune system. Cancer immunotherapy involves the treatment of a tumour by utilizing the recombinant human immune system components to target the pro-tumour microenvironment or by revitalizing the immune system with the ability to kill tumour cells by priming the immune cells with tumour antigens. In this review, current immunotherapy approaches to cancer with special focus on dendritic cell (DC)-based cancer vaccines are discussed...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228085/emergence-of-ad-mediated-combination-therapy-against-cancer-what-to-expect
#10
JinWoo Hong, Chae-Ok Yun
Novel treatment modalities are rapidly advancing toward clinical use as many malignant cancers still remain incurable. Adenovirus (Ad) in particular has been extensively researched as a promising alternative to conventional cancer therapy in the past decades. Although Ad has demonstrated promising therapeutic outcome and cancer-specificity in preclinical models, its therapeutic efficacy in clinical trials is still insufficient due to several drawbacks such as rapid clearance of viral particles by host immune response, induction of acute inflammatory response, and hepatotoxicity...
February 22, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225538/may-you-live-in-interesting-times
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Whether or not the so-called curse, "May you live in interesting times" is apocryphal, we have to acknowledge that we do indeed live in interesting times. It has been only three months since the October 2016 issue of MEDICC Review, but the changes since-in many directions-have been head-spinning. For starters, scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have launched a clinical trial of CIMAvax, the therapeutic lung cancer vaccine developed at Cuba's Molecular Immunology Center, surely a win-win for the citizens of both countries...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224821/lenvatinib-for-use-in-combination-with-everolimus-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-advanced-renal-cell-carcinoma-following-one-prior-anti-angiogenic-therapy
#12
Aine O'Reilly, James Larkin
In patients with mRCC options for second line therapies, following progression on anti-angiogenic agents, that demonstrate a survival advantage in clinical trials have been limited. Recently a number of agents have demonstrated efficacy in this setting. Here in we profile one such therapy, the combination of lenvatinib and everolimus, and discuss the expanded options for therapy available in this setting. Areas covered: In this review, we discuss current algorithms for treatment of mRCC in both the first-line and second-line setting...
March 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224120/oncolytic-virotherapy-including-rigvir-and-standard-therapies-in-malignant-melanoma
#13
REVIEW
Hani M Babiker, Irbaz Bin Riaz, Muhammad Husnain, Mitesh J Borad
The treatment of metastatic melanoma has evolved from an era where interferon and chemotherapy were the mainstay of treatments to an era where immunotherapy has become the frontline. Ipilimumab (IgG1 CTLA-4 inhibitor), nivolumab (IgG4 PD-1 inhibitor), pembrolizumab (IgG4 PD-1 inhibitor) and nivolumab combined with ipilimumab have become first-line therapies in patients with metastatic melanoma. In addition, the high prevalence of BRAF mutations in melanoma has led to the discovery and approval of targeted molecules, such as vemurafenib (BRAF kinase inhibitor) and trametinib (MEK inhibitor), as they yielded improved responses and survival in malignant melanoma patients...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223846/prospect-of-the-use-of-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-hepatocellular-cancer-treatments
#14
REVIEW
Ali Raufi, Maria Tria Tirona
Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) is a very fatal disease due to limited therapeutic options as well as due to its association with underlying chronic liver disease in the majority of cases. The immune evasion in HCC signifies a major barrier to the delivery of effective immunotherapy. Sorafenib is the only Food and Drug Administration-approved drug available with an overall response rate of 2%-3% and overall survival of 2.8 months. Chemotherapy has not been used routinely because of the relative refractoriness of advanced HCC...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223167/intracavitary-t4-immunotherapy-of-malignant-mesothelioma-using-pan-erbb-re-targeted-car-t-cells
#15
Astero Klampatsa, Daniela Y Achkova, David M Davies, Ana C Parente-Pereira, Natalie Woodman, James Rosekilly, Georgina Osborne, Thivyan Thayaparan, Andrea Bille, Michael Sheaf, James F Spicer, Juliet King, John Maher
Malignant mesothelioma remains an incurable cancer. We demonstrated that mesotheliomas expressed EGFR (79.2%), ErbB4 (49.0%) and HER2 (6.3%), but lacked ErbB3. At least one ErbB family member was expressed in 88% of tumors. To exploit ErbB dysregulation in this disease, patient T-cells were engineered by retroviral transduction to express a panErbB-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR), co-expressed with a chimeric cytokine receptor that allows interleukin (IL)-4 mediated CAR T-cell proliferation. This combination is referred to as T4 immunotherapy...
February 20, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222231/two-cases-of-anti-programmed-cell-death-1-associated-bullous-pemphigoid-like-disease-and-eruptive-keratoacanthomas-featuring-combined-histopathology
#16
Justin P Bandino, David M Perry, Christina E Clarke, Richard M Marchell, Dirk M Elston
Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitors (pembrolizumab, nivolumab) are novel immunotherapies revolutionizing the management of advanced malignancy with an improved adverse effect profile, yet the immune-related side effects are still being characterized.(1,2) We report the unique concurrence of bullous pemphigoid-like disease (BP) with keratoacanthomas and squamous cell carcinomas in two patients receiving anti-PD-1 immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220466/cardiovascular-toxicities-associated-with-cancer-immunotherapies
#17
REVIEW
Daniel Y Wang, Gosife Donald Okoye, Thomas G Neilan, Douglas B Johnson, Javid J Moslehi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the cardiovascular toxicities associated with cancer immune therapies and discuss the cardiac manifestations, potential mechanisms, and management strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: The recent advances in cancer immune therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors and adoptive cell transfer have improved clinical outcomes in numerous cancers. The rising use of cancer immune therapy will lead to a higher incidence in immune-related adverse events...
March 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220126/the-immunoregulatory-potential-of-particle-radiation-in-cancer-therapy
#18
Daniel K Ebner, Walter Tinganelli, Alexander Helm, Alessandra Bisio, Shigeru Yamada, Tadashi Kamada, Takashi Shimokawa, Marco Durante
Cancer treatment, today, consists of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and most recently immunotherapy. Combination immunotherapy-radiotherapy (CIR) has experienced a surge in public attention due to numerous clinical publications outlining the reduction or elimination of metastatic disease, following treatment with specifically ipilimumab and radiotherapy. The mechanism behind CIR, however, remains unclear, though it is hypothesized that radiation transforms the tumor into an in situ vaccine which immunotherapy modulates into a larger immune response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218037/immunotoxin-a-new-tool-for-cancer-therapy
#19
Hossein Allahyari, Sahar Heidari, Mehdi Ghamgosha, Parvaneh Saffarian, Jafar Amani
Cancer is one of the main reasons of death in the most countries and in Iran. Immunotherapy quickly became one of the best methods of cancer treatment, along with chemotherapy and radiation. "Immunotoxin Therapy" is a promising way of cancer therapy that is mentioned in this field. Immunotoxins are made from a toxin attaching to an antibody target proteins present on cancer cells. The first-generation immunotoxins were made of a full-length toxin attached to whole monoclonal antibodies. But, these immunotoxins could bind to normal cells...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215534/immunomodulatory-activity-of-vegf-in-cancer
#20
A Lapeyre-Prost, M Terme, S Pernot, A-L Pointet, T Voron, E Tartour, J Taieb
The ability of tumor cells to escape tumor immunosurveillance contributes to cancer development. Factors produced in the tumor microenvironment create "tolerizing" conditions and thereby help the tumor to evade antitumoral immune responses. VEGF-A, already known for its major role in tumor vessel growth (neoangiogenesis), was recently identified as a key factor in tumor-induced immunosuppression. In particular, VEGF-A fosters the proliferation of immunosuppressive cells, limits T-cell recruitment into tumors, and promotes T-cell exhaustion...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
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