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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644756/immunological-effects-of-hypomethylating-agents
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Katherine E Lindblad, Meghali Goswami, Christopher S Hourigan, Karolyn A Oetjen
Epigenetic changes resulting from aberrant methylation patterns are a recurrent observation in hematologic malignancies. Hypomethylating agents have a well-established role in the management of patients with high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia. In addition to the direct effects of hypomethylating agents on cancer cells, there are several lines of evidence indicating a role for immune-mediated anti-tumor benefits from hypomethylating therapy. Areas Covered: We reviewed the clinical and basic science literature for the effects of hypomethylating agents, including the most commonly utilized therapeutics azacitidine and decitabine, on immune cell subsets...
June 23, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642882/tumor-related-exosomes-contribute-to-tumor-promoting-microenvironment-an-immunological-perspective
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REVIEW
Wuzhen Chen, Jingxin Jiang, Wenjie Xia, Jian Huang
Exosomes are a kind of cell-released membrane-form structures which contain proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. These vesicular organelles play a key role in intercellular communication. Numerous experiments demonstrated that tumor-related exosomes (TEXs) can induce immune surveillance in the microenvironment in vivo and in vitro. They can interfere with the maturation of DC cells, impair NK cell activation, induce myeloid-derived suppressor cells, and educate macrophages into protumor phenotype. They can also selectively induce effector T cell apoptosis via Fas/FasL interaction and enhance regulatory T cell proliferation and function by releasing TGF-β...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641099/reduced-intensity-versus-myeloablative-allogeneic-transplantation
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REVIEW
Daniel J Weisdorf
Allotransplantation cures patients by cytoreduction and the graft-versus-tumor (leukemia; graft-versus-leukemia [GVL]) alloresponse; both eliminate residual disease. The spectrum of conditioning intensity influences toxicities and non-relapse mortality. The spectrum of tumor sensitivity to the GVL response influences relapse. Balancing tolerable toxicities (influenced by patients' performance status and comorbidities) is also influenced by the graft. Intense immunosuppression (for engraftment and graft-versus-host disease prevention) may constrain the immunologic potency of the graft and limit the antineoplastic capacity of the transplant, thus requiring more intense or more effective conditioning regimens to limit the risks of relapse and permit satisfactory disease-free survival...
June 14, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638976/lilrb-receptor-mediated-regulation-of-myeloid-cell-maturation-and-function
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REVIEW
William van der Touw, Hui-Ming Chen, Ping-Ying Pan, Shu-Hsia Chen
The leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor (LILR) family comprises a set of paired immunomodulatory receptors expressed among human myeloid and lymphocyte cell populations. While six members of LILR subfamily A (LILRA) associate with membrane adaptors to signal via immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activating motifs (ITAM), LILR subfamily B (LILRB) members signal via multiple cytoplasmic immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs (ITIM). Ligand specificity of some LILR family members has been studied in detail, but new perspective into the immunoregulatory aspects of this receptor family in human myeloid cells has been limited...
June 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638732/serum-levels-of-soluble-programmed-death-protein-1-spd-1-and-soluble-programmed-death-ligand-1-spd-l1-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
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Stephan Kruger, Marie-Louise Legenstein, Verena Rösgen, Michael Haas, Dominik Paul Modest, Christoph Benedikt Westphalen, Steffen Ormanns, Thomas Kirchner, Volker Heinemann, Stefan Holdenrieder, Stefan Boeck
Up to now, the efficacy of programmed death protein 1/programmed death ligand 1 (PD-1/PD-L1) blockade in pancreatic cancer (PC) remains uncertain. Serum levels of soluble PD-1 and PD-L1 (sPD-1/sPD-L1) have been reported to be independent prognostic factors in solid tumors susceptible to checkpoint blockade. Provenience, regulation and immunologic function of sPD-1 and sPD-L1 in cancer are poorly understood. To the best of our knowledge, sPD-1 and sPD-L1 have not been measured conjointly in any cancer type yet...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638219/spontaneous-regression-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Akira Sakamaki, Kenya Kamimura, Satoshi Abe, Atsunori Tsuchiya, Masaaki Takamura, Hirokazu Kawai, Satoshi Yamagiwa, Shuji Terai
Spontaneous tumor regression is an extremely rare phenomenon in the oncology field. However, there are several case reports resulted in the regression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the accumulation of clinical information and analyses of the mechanism can contribute to the development of a novel therapy. For this purpose, we have carefully reviewed 23 cases of spontaneously regressed HCC published in recent 5 years and our case. The information regarding the tumor size, tumor marker, treatments, etc...
June 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637314/dna-methylation-signatures-and-coagulation-factors-in-the-peripheral-blood-leucocytes-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
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Lian Li, Hong Zheng, Yubei Huang, Caiyun Huang, Shuang Zhang, Jing Tian, Pei Li, Anil K Sood, Wei Zhang, Kexin Chen
Solid tumors are increasingly recognized as a systemic disease that is manifested by changes in DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites in the blood. Whereas many studies have reported gene mutation events in the circulation, few studies have focused on epigenetic DNA methylation markers. To identify DNA methylation biomarkers in peripheral blood for ovarian cancer, we performed a two-stage epigenome-wide association study. In the discovery stage, we measured genome wide DNA methylation for 485,000 CpG sites in peripheral blood in 24 epithelial ovarian cancer cases and 24 age-matched healthy controls...
June 16, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635639/immune-checkpoints-as-a-target-for-colorectal-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Alessandro Passardi, Matteo Canale, Martina Valgiusti, Paola Ulivi
Anti-tumor immunity is a new line of research for the treatment of patients with solid tumors. In this field, negative regulators of the immune system called immune checkpoints play a key role in limiting antitumor immunologic responses. For this reason, immune checkpoint-inhibiting agents, such as those directed against cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) and programmed death-1 receptor (PD1) and its ligand PD-L1, have been developed as antitumor drugs, producing interesting results in preclinical and clinical studies...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634022/goals-and-objectives-of-the-italian-network-for-tumor-biotherapy-nibit
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Vincenzo Russo, Alberto Amadori, Marco Bregni, Luana Calabrò, Mario Paolo Colombo, Massimo Di Nicola, Pier Francesco Ferrucci, Enrico Proietti, Michele Maio, Matteo Bellone
The explosion in the immuno-oncology field, exemplified by the clinical implementation of immune checkpoint inhibitor blockade and other immunotherapeutic strategies was quickly recognized by the Italian biomedical community, thanks to the networking activities of the Italian Network for Tumor Biotherapy (NIBIT), which has been active since 2004 in the diffusion of new scientific and clinical findings in the fields of tumor immunology and immunotherapy. Numerous activities of NIBIT have also helped to overcome the hurdles associated with the clinical implementation of cancer immune-biotherapeutic strategies at the national and international levels...
June 16, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633756/immunotherapy-the-wave-of-the-future-in-bladder-cancer
#10
Daniel P Petrylak
Urothelial cell carcinoma (UC) is one of the most common cancers and one of the most deadly. Metastatic UC is particularly hard to treat, because it is typically diagnosed when patients are elderly and have medical comorbidities. Many patients with metastatic UC are unable to receive cisplatin-based chemotherapy, due to older age at diagnosis and comorbidities, and even when platinum chemotherapy can be administered, it has limited success in prolonging survival. Recently, improved understanding of molecular targets and immunologic characteristics of urothelial tumor cells has resulted in new therapeutic approaches that may help optimize first- and second-line therapy...
June 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633385/timiner-ngs-data-mining-pipeline-for-cancer-immunology-and-immunotherapy
#11
Elias Tappeiner, Francesca Finotello, Pornpimol Charoentong, Clemens Mayer, Dietmar Rieder, Zlatko Trajanoski
Summary: Recently, a number of powerful computational tools for dissecting tumor-immune cell interactions from next-generation sequencing (NGS) data have been developed. However, the assembly of analytical pipelines and execution of multi-step workflows are laborious and involve a large number of intermediate steps with many dependencies and parameter settings. Here we present TIminer, an easy-to-use computational pipeline for mining tumor-immune cell interactions from NGS data. TIminer enables integrative immunogenomic analyses, including: human leukocyte antigens typing, neoantigen prediction, characterization of immune infiltrates, and quantification of tumor immunogenicity...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632936/peritumoral-cuffing-by-t-cell-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-distinguishes-hpv-related-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-from-oral-cavity-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Kate Poropatich, David Hernandez, Joel Fontanarosa, Koshonna Brown, Gayle Woloschak, Ajit Paintal, Kirtee Raparia, Sandeep Samant
BACKGROUND: It is unclear why human papillomavirus (HPV)-related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has improved clinical behavior compared to HPV-negative HNSCC. We sought to better characterize the immune microenvironment of tongue cancers by examining the CD3 and CD8 TIL pattern in HPV-positive and -negative tumors. METHODS: Histologic sections from 40 oral tongue and oropharyngeal cases were analyzed (n= 21 HPV DNA-positive, n= 19 HPV DNA-negative)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630212/a-pilot-study-of-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-combined-with-cytoreductive-nephrectomy-for-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Anurag K Singh, Timothy B Winslow, Mohammad Habiby Kermany, Vincent Goritz, Lilia Heit, Austin Miller, Nicholas C Hoffend, Leighton C Stein, Lalith Kumaraswamy, Graham W Warren, Wiam Bshara, Kunle Odunsi, Junko Matsuzaki, Scott I Abrams, Thomas Schwaab, Jason B Muhitch
<p>While stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can reduce tumor volumes in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients, little is known regarding the immunomodulatory effects of high-dose radiation in the tumor microenvironment. The main objectives of this pilot study were to assess the safety and feasibility of nephrectomy following SBRT treatment of mRCC patients and analyze the immunological impact of high-dose radiation.</p> <br /><br />Experimental Design: Human RCC cell lines were irradiated and evaluated for immunomodulation...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629381/the-era-of-bioengineering-how-will-this-affect-the-next-generation-of-cancer-immunotherapy
#14
REVIEW
Michele Graciotti, Cristiana Berti, Harm-Anton Klok, Lana Kandalaft
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy consists of activating the patient's immune system to fight cancer and has the great potential of preventing future relapses thanks to immunological memory. A great variety of strategies have emerged to harness the immune system against tumors, from the administration of immunomodulatory agents that activate immune cells, to therapeutic vaccines or infusion of previously activated cancer-specific T cells. However, despite great recent progress many difficulties still remain, which prevent the widespread use of immunotherapy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629289/mania-induced-by-adalimumab-in-a-patient-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
#15
Elias Ghossoub, Mohamad Habli, Imad Uthman, Fadi T Maalouf
Objectives Monoclonal antibodies such as antagonists of tumor necrosis factor-alpha have been shown to have beneficial effects on the well-being of patients with inflammatory illnesses. However, mood episodes triggered by such agents have been reported. We herein report the case of mania induced by adalimumab treatment in an adult with ankylosing spondylitis, which later resolved once adalimumab was discontinued and mood stabilizers were initiated. Methods A 25-year-old man, with prior history of dysthymia, was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and started on adalimumab...
August 2016: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628092/tissue-resident-memory-features-are-linked-to-the-magnitude-of-cytotoxic-t-cell-responses-in-human-lung-cancer
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Anusha-Preethi Ganesan, James Clarke, Oliver Wood, Eva M Garrido-Martin, Serena J Chee, Toby Mellows, Daniela Samaniego-Castruita, Divya Singh, Grégory Seumois, Aiman Alzetani, Edwin Woo, Peter S Friedmann, Emma V King, Gareth J Thomas, Tilman Sanchez-Elsner, Pandurangan Vijayanand, Christian H Ottensmeier
Therapies that boost the anti-tumor responses of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) have shown promise; however, clinical responses to the immunotherapeutic agents currently available vary considerably, and the molecular basis of this is unclear. We performed transcriptomic profiling of tumor-infiltrating CTLs from treatment-naive patients with lung cancer to define the molecular features associated with the robustness of anti-tumor immune responses. We observed considerable heterogeneity in the expression of molecules associated with activation of the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and of immunological-checkpoint molecules such as 4-1BB, PD-1 and TIM-3...
June 19, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628042/a-therapeutic-t-cell-receptor-mimic-antibody-targets-tumor-associated-prame-peptide-hla-i-antigens
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Aaron Y Chang, Tao Dao, Ron S Gejman, Casey A Jarvis, Andrew Scott, Leonid Dubrovsky, Melissa D Mathias, Tatyana Korontsvit, Victoriya Zakhaleva, Michael Curcio, Ronald C Hendrickson, Cheng Liu, David A Scheinberg
Preferentially expressed antigen in melanoma (PRAME) is a cancer-testis antigen that is expressed in many cancers and leukemias. In healthy tissue, PRAME expression is limited to the testes and ovaries, making it a highly attractive cancer target. PRAME is an intracellular protein that cannot currently be drugged. After proteasomal processing, the PRAME300-309 peptide ALYVDSLFFL (ALY) is presented in the context of human leukocyte antigen HLA-A*02:01 molecules for recognition by the T cell receptor (TCR) of cytotoxic T cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627460/polysaccharides-from-epimedium-koreanum-nakai-with-immunomodulatory-activity-and-inhibitory-effect-on-tumor-growth-in-llc-bearing-mice
#18
Chengcheng Wang, Liang Feng, Jiayan Su, Li Cui, Dan Liu, Jun Yan, Chuanlin Ding, Xiaobin Tan, Xiaobin Jia
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Epimedium koreanum Nakai is documented as tonic herbal in China for over a thousand years and has the potential to enhance the body's immunity according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. Polysaccharides are one of the most important effective compounds in Epimedium koreanum Nakai. Accumulating evidence indicated polysaccharides derived from traditional Chinese medicine have potent immune-enhancing properties and relatively nontoxic effects in cancer treatment...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626727/mast-cell-infiltration-in-human-brain-metastases-modulates-the-microenvironment-and-contributes-to-the-metastatic-potential
#19
Ananya Roy, Sylwia Libard, Holger Weishaupt, Ida Gustavsson, Lene Uhrbom, Göran Hesselager, Fredrik J Swartling, Fredrik Pontén, Irina Alafuzoff, Elena Tchougounova
Metastatic brain tumors continue to be a clinical problem, despite new therapeutic advances in cancer treatment. Brain metastases (BMs) are among the most common mass lesions in the brain that are resistant to chemotherapies, have a very poor prognosis, and currently lack any efficient diagnostic tests. Predictions estimate that about 40% of lung and breast cancer patients will develop BM. Despite this, very little is known about the immunological and genetic aberrations that drive tumorigenesis in BM. In this study, we demonstrate the infiltration of mast cells (MCs) in a large cohort of human BM samples with different tissues of origin for primary cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626234/b-cell-regulation-in-cancer-and-anti-tumor-immunity
#20
REVIEW
Anushruti Sarvaria, J Alejandro Madrigal, Aurore Saudemont
The balance between immune effector cells and immunosuppressive cells and how this regulates the tumor microenvironment has been well described. A significant contribution of immune regulatory cells, including regulatory T cells, to tumor progression has been widely reported. An emerging body of evidence has recently recognized a role for B cells in modulating the immune response to tumors and lymphoid malignancies. Regulatory B cells (Bregs) are a newly designated subset of B cells that have been shown to play a pivotal role in regulating immune responses involved in inflammation, autoimmunity and, more recently, cancer...
June 19, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
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