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Jason Roszik, Lauren E Haydu, Kenneth R Hess, Junna Oba, Aron Y Joon, Alan E Siroy, Tatiana V Karpinets, Francesco C Stingo, Veera Baladandayuthapani, Michael T Tetzlaff, Jennifer A Wargo, Ken Chen, Marie-Andrée Forget, Cara L Haymaker, Jie Qing Chen, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Agda K Eterovic, Kenna R Shaw, Gordon B Mills, Jeffrey E Gershenwald, Laszlo G Radvanyi, Patrick Hwu, P Andrew Futreal, Don L Gibbons, Alexander J Lazar, Chantale Bernatchez, Michael A Davies, Scott E Woodman
BACKGROUND: While clinical outcomes following immunotherapy have shown an association with tumor mutation load using whole exome sequencing (WES), its clinical applicability is currently limited by cost and bioinformatics requirements. METHODS: We developed a method to accurately derive the predicted total mutation load (PTML) within individual tumors from a small set of genes that can be used in clinical next generation sequencing (NGS) panels. PTML was derived from the actual total mutation load (ATML) of 575 distinct melanoma and lung cancer samples and validated using independent melanoma (n = 312) and lung cancer (n = 217) cohorts...
October 25, 2016: BMC Medicine
Tiffany Elizabeth Cho, Jack Uetrecht
Little is known with certainty about the mechanisms of idiosyncratic drug reactions (IDRs); however, there is substantive evidence that reactive metabolites are involved in most, but not all, IDRs. In addition, evidence also suggests that most IDRs are immune mediated. That raises the question of how reactive metabolites induce an immune response that can lead to an IDR. The dominant hypotheses are the hapten and danger hypotheses. These are complementary hypotheses: a reactive metabolite can act as a hapten to produce neoantigens, and it can also cause cell damage leading to the release of danger-associated molecular pattern molecules that activate antigen presenting cells...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Neil M D'Souza, Penny Fang, Jennifer Logan, Jinzhong Yang, Wen Jiang, Jing Li
Malignancies of the central nervous system (CNS), particularly glioblastoma and brain metastases from a variety of disease sites, are difficult to treat despite advances in multimodality approaches consisting of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy (RT). Recent successes of immunotherapeutic strategies including immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) via anti-PD-1 and anti-CTLA-4 antibodies against aggressive cancers, such as melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, and renal cell carcinoma, have presented an exciting opportunity to translate these strategies for CNS malignancies...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Junsik Park, Minsuk Kwon, Eui-Cheol Shin
During immune responses antigen-specific T cells are regulated by several mechanisms, including through inhibitory receptors and regulatory T cells, to avoid excessive or persistent immune responses. These regulatory mechanisms, which are called 'immune checkpoints', suppress T cell responses, particularly in patients with chronic viral infections and cancer where viral antigens or tumor antigens persist for a long time and contribute to T cell exhaustion. Among these regulatory mechanisms, cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated protein-4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) are the most well-known receptors and both have been targeted for drug development...
October 21, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal 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
Joana Felix, Bruno Cassinat, Raphael Porcher, Marie-Hélène Schlageter, Eve Maubec, Cécile Pages, Barouyr Baroudjian, Laurence Homyrda, Wahid Boukouaci, Ryad Tamouza, Martine Bagot, Anne Caignard, Antoine Toubert, Céleste Lebbé, Hélène Moins-Teisserenc
Metastatic melanoma is a rapidly spreading cancer whose prognosis remains poor although important therapy advances in recent years. Ipilimumab, an anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy used in advanced melanoma, is an effective immunotherapy alone or combined with other agents but with few predictive biomarkers of response. Here, we sought to analyze the potential of S100B, MIA, soluble MICA, anti-MICA antibodies and LDH as serum biomarkers of response and survival in a cohort of 77 advanced melanoma patients subjected to ipilimumab...
October 8, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
David Killock
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
Tristan Courau, Djamel Nehar-Belaid, Laura Florez, Béatrice Levacher, Thomas Vazquez, Faustine Brimaud, Bertrand Bellier, David Klatzmann
Tregs imprint an early immunotolerant tumor environment that prevents effective antitumor immune responses. Using transcriptomics of tumor tissues, we identified early upregulation of VEGF and TGF-β pathways compatible with tolerance imprinting. Silencing of VEGF or TGF-β in tumor cells induced early and pleiotropic modulation of immune-related transcriptome signatures in tumor tissues. These were surprisingly similar for both silenced tumors and related to common downstream effects on Tregs. Silencing of VEGF or TGF-β resulted in dramatically delayed tumor growth, associated with decreased Tregs and myeloid-derived suppressor cells and increased effector T cell activation in tumor infiltrates...
June 16, 2016: JCI Insight
Geok Choo Sim, Chengwen Liu, Ena Wang, Hui Liu, Caitlin Creasy, Zhimin Dai, Willem W Overwijk, Jason Roszik, Francesco M Marincola, Patrick Hwu, Elizabeth A Grimm, Laszlo G Radvanyi
Clinical responses to high-dose IL-2 therapy are limited due to selective expansion of CD4+CD25+oxp3+ T-regulatory cells (Tregs) especially ICOS+Tregs, rather than NK cells and effector T cells. These ICOS+Tregs are highly suppressive and constitutively express high levels of IL-2Ralpha (CD25) and CD39. Here, we characterized the effect of a mutant form of IL-2 (F42K), which preferentially binds to the lower affinity IL-2Rbetagamma with reduced binding to CD25, on Tregs, effector NK cells, and T-cell subsets...
October 3, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
K A Ahmed, Y A Abuodeh, C Hogue, D G Stallworth, A O Naghavi, S Kim, S Sarangkasiri, P A S Johnstone, H M Yu, N I Khushalani, A B Etame, L B Harrison, J J Caudell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Jianjun Gao, Lewis Zhichang Shi, Hao Zhao, Jianfeng Chen, Liangwen Xiong, Qiuming He, Tenghui Chen, Jason Roszik, Chantale Bernatchez, Scott E Woodman, Pei-Ling Chen, Patrick Hwu, James P Allison, Andrew Futreal, Jennifer A Wargo, Padmanee Sharma
Antibody blockade of the inhibitory CTLA-4 pathway has led to clinical benefit in a subset of patients with metastatic melanoma. Anti-CTLA-4 enhances T cell responses, including production of IFN-γ, which is a critical cytokine for host immune responses. However, the role of IFN-γ signaling in tumor cells in the setting of anti-CTLA-4 therapy remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that patients identified as non-responders to anti-CTLA-4 (ipilimumab) have tumors with genomic defects in IFN-γ pathway genes...
October 6, 2016: Cell
Hiep Khong, Willem W Overwijk
Cancer therapies based on T cells have shown impressive clinical benefit. In particular, immune checkpoint blockade therapies with anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1/PD-L1 are causing dramatic tumor shrinkage and prolonged patient survival in a variety of cancers. However, many patients do not benefit, possibly due to insufficient spontaneous T cell reactivity against their tumors and/or lacking immune cell infiltration to tumor site. Such tumor-specific T cell responses could be induced through anti-cancer vaccination; but despite great success in animal models, only a few of many cancer vaccine trials have demonstrated robust clinical benefit...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
K A Ahmed, Y A Abuodeh, M I Echevarria, J A Arrington, D G Stallworth, C Hogue, A O Naghavi, S Kim, Y Kim, B G Patel, S Sarangkasiri, P A S Johnstone, S Sahebjam, N I Khushalani, P A Forsyth, L B Harrison, M Yu, A B Etame, J J Caudell
BACKGROUND: The effect of immunologic and targeted agents on intracranial response rates in patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBMs) is not yet clearly understood. This report analyzes outcomes of intact MBMs treated with single-session stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and anti-PD-1 therapy, anti-CTLA-4 therapy, BRAF/MEK inhibitors(i), BRAFi, or conventional chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were included if MBMs were treated with single-session SRS within 3 months of receiving systemic therapy...
September 15, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Yasuhiro Nakamura, Yukiko Teramoto, Yuri Asami, Taisuke Matsuya, Akifumi Yamamoto
Recently developed immune checkpoint inhibitors, such as anti-PD-1 antibodies, have shown a clear improvement in clinical efficacy compared with conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy in the treatment of patients with advanced melanoma. Treatment with anti-PD-1 antibodies has resulted in improved objective response rates, longer durations of response, and longer overall survival rates. Although the incidence rate of adverse events associated with anti-PD-1 antibodies is lower than that associated with cytotoxic agents, characteristic severe adverse events such as pneumonia, endocrinopathy, and colitis can occur...
September 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
G Santabarbara, P Maione, A Rossi, G Palazzolo, C Gridelli
INTRODUCTION: Lung cancers remain the principal cause of death cancer-related worldwide with a poor survival rate at five years from diagnosis. In patients with NSCLC harboring specific genetic alterations the anti EGFR TKIs and the ALK TKIs have improved the response rate and the quality of life compared to standard platinum-based chemotherapy. New approaches possibly applicable at the major of patients are needed. AREAS COVERED: The discovery that the immune system plays a fundamental role in the fight against cancer...
September 23, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
F Stephen Hodi, Jason Chesney, Anna C Pavlick, Caroline Robert, Kenneth F Grossmann, David F McDermott, Gerald P Linette, Nicolas Meyer, Jeffrey K Giguere, Sanjiv S Agarwala, Montaser Shaheen, Marc S Ernstoff, David R Minor, April K Salama, Matthew H Taylor, Patrick A Ott, Christine Horak, Paul Gagnier, Joel Jiang, Jedd D Wolchok, Michael A Postow
BACKGROUND: Results from phase 2 and 3 trials in patients with advanced melanoma have shown significant improvements in the proportion of patients achieving an objective response and prolonged progression-free survival with the combination of nivolumab (an anti-PD-1 antibody) plus ipilimumab (an anti-CTLA-4 antibody) compared with ipilimumab alone. We report 2-year overall survival data from a randomised controlled trial assessing this treatment in previously untreated advanced melanoma...
September 9, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Saskia Herz, Thomas Höfer, Matina Papapanagiotou, Julia Christina Leyh, Sarah Meyenburg, Dirk Schadendorf, Selma Ugurel, Alexander Roesch, Elisabeth Livingstone, Bastian Schilling, Cindy Franklin
BACKGROUND: Immune-checkpoint inhibitors have been approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma based on several phase III trials. Patients after organ transplantation and patients with impaired renal function were excluded from these studies. Recently, allograft rejections were reported in organ transplant recipients receiving PD-1 blocking antibodies. PATIENTS AND FINDINGS: Four patients with metastatic melanoma and impaired kidney function (baseline serum creatinine 1...
November 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Mark J Selby, John J Engelhardt, Robert J Johnston, Li-Sheng Lu, Minhua Han, Kent Thudium, Dapeng Yao, Michael Quigley, Jose Valle, Changyu Wang, Bing Chen, Pina M Cardarelli, Diann Blanset, Alan J Korman
The monoclonal antibodies ipilimumab (anti-CTLA-4) and nivolumab (anti-PD-1) have shown remarkable antitumor activity in an increasing number of cancers. When combined, ipilimumab and nivolumab have demonstrated superior activity in patients with metastatic melanoma (CHECKMATE-067). Here we describe the preclinical development strategy that predicted these clinical results. Synergistic antitumor activity in mouse MC38 and CT26 colorectal tumor models was observed with concurrent, but not sequential CTLA-4 and PD-1 blockade...
2016: PloS One
David B Page, Jianda Yuan, David Redmond, Y Hanna Wen, Jeremy C Durack, Ryan Emerson, Stephen Solomon, Zhiwan Dong, Phillip Wong, Christopher Comstock, Adi Diab, Janice Sung, Majid Maybody, Elizabeth Morris, Edi Brogi, Monica Morrow, Virgilio Sacchini, Olivier Elemento, Harlan Robins, Sujata Patil, James P Allison, Jedd D Wolchok, Clifford Hudis, Larry Norton, Heather L McArthur
In early-stage breast cancer, the degree of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) predicts response to chemotherapy and overall survival. Combination immunotherapy with immune checkpoint antibody plus tumor cryoablation can induce lymphocytic infiltrates and improve survival in mice. We used T-cell receptor (TCR) DNA sequencing to evaluate both the effect of cryoimmunotherapy in humans and the feasibility of TCR sequencing in early-stage breast cancer. In a pilot clinical trial, 18 women with early-stage breast cancer were treated preoperatively with cryoablation, single-dose anti-CTLA-4 (ipilimumab), or cryoablation + ipilimumab...
October 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
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