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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815334/clinical-characteristics-of-patient-selection-and-imaging-predictors-of-outcome-in-solid-tumors-treated-with-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Sabrina Rossi, Luca Toschi, Angelo Castello, Fabio Grizzi, Luigi Mansi, Egesta Lopci
The rapidly evolving knowledge on tumor immunology and the continuous implementation of immunotherapy in cancer have recently led to the FDA and EMA approval of several checkpoint inhibitors as immunotherapic agents in clinical practice. Anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, and anti-PDL-1 antibodies are becoming standard of care in advanced melanoma, as well as in relapsed or metastatic lung and kidney cancer, demonstrating higher and longer response compared to standard chemotherapy. These encouraging results have fostered the evaluation of these antibodies either alone or in combination with other therapies in several dozen clinical trials for the treatment of multiple tumor types...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815043/the-mek-inhibitor-selumetinib-complements-ctla-4-blockade-by-reprogramming-the-tumor-immune-microenvironment
#2
Edmund Poon, Stefanie Mullins, Amanda Watkins, Geoffrey S Williams, Jens-Oliver Koopmann, Gianfranco Di Genova, Marie Cumberbatch, Margaret Veldman-Jones, Shaun E Grosskurth, Vasu Sah, Alwin Schuller, Corrine Reimer, Simon J Dovedi, Paul D Smith, Ross Stewart, Robert W Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: T-cell checkpoint blockade and MEK inhibitor combinations are under clinical investigation. Despite progress elucidating the immuno-modulatory effects of MEK inhibitors as standalone therapies, the impact of MEK inhibition on the activity of T-cell checkpoint inhibitors remains incompletely understood. Here we sought to characterize the combined effects of MEK inhibition and anti-CTLA-4 mAb (anti-CTLA-4) therapy, examining effects on both T-cells and tumor microenvironment (TME)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810147/macrophage-polarization-contributes-to-glioblastoma-eradication-by-combination-immunovirotherapy-and-immune-checkpoint-blockade
#3
Dipongkor Saha, Robert L Martuza, Samuel D Rabkin
Glioblastoma is an immunosuppressive, fatal brain cancer that contains glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs). Oncolytic herpes simplex virus (oHSV) selectively replicates in cancer cells while inducing anti-tumor immunity. oHSV G47Δ expressing murine IL-12 (G47Δ-mIL12), antibodies to immune checkpoints (CTLA-4, PD-1, PD-L1), or dual combinations modestly extended survival of a mouse glioma model. However, the triple combination of anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, and G47Δ-mIL12 cured most mice in two glioma models...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810141/a-viro-immunotherapy-triple-play-for-the-treatment-of-glioblastoma
#4
John C Bell, Carolina S Ilkow
In this issue of Cancer Cell, Saha et al. systematically test and optimize combination therapy strategies in a challenging model of glioblastoma. Durable complete responses were seen only when an oncolytic virus expressing IL12 was coupled with anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1 therapeutics.
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807001/the-mek-inhibitor-selumetinib-complements-ctla-4-blockade-by-reprogramming-the-tumor-immune-microenvironment
#5
Edmund Poon, Stefanie Mullins, Amanda Watkins, Geoffrey S Williams, Jens-Oliver Koopmann, Gianfranco Di Genova, Marie Cumberbatch, Margaret Veldman-Jones, Shaun E Grosskurth, Vasu Sah, Alwin Schuller, Corrine Reimer, Simon J Dovedi, Paul D Smith, Ross Stewart, Robert W Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: T-cell checkpoint blockade and MEK inhibitor combinations are under clinical investigation. Despite progress elucidating the immuno-modulatory effects of MEK inhibitors as standalone therapies, the impact of MEK inhibition on the activity of T-cell checkpoint inhibitors remains incompletely understood. Here we sought to characterize the combined effects of MEK inhibition and anti-CTLA-4 mAb (anti-CTLA-4) therapy, examining effects on both T-cells and tumor microenvironment (TME)...
August 15, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803728/distinct-cellular-mechanisms-underlie-anti-ctla-4-and-anti-pd-1-checkpoint-blockade
#6
Spencer C Wei, Jacob H Levine, Alexandria P Cogdill, Yang Zhao, Nana-Ama A S Anang, Miles C Andrews, Padmanee Sharma, Jing Wang, Jennifer A Wargo, Dana Pe'er, James P Allison
Immune-checkpoint blockade is able to achieve durable responses in a subset of patients; however, we lack a satisfying comprehension of the underlying mechanisms of anti-CTLA-4- and anti-PD-1-induced tumor rejection. To address these issues, we utilized mass cytometry to comprehensively profile the effects of checkpoint blockade on tumor immune infiltrates in human melanoma and murine tumor models. These analyses reveal a spectrum of tumor-infiltrating T cell populations that are highly similar between tumor models and indicate that checkpoint blockade targets only specific subsets of tumor-infiltrating T cell populations...
August 9, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797000/new-molecular-biological-and-immunological-agents-inducing-hypophysitis
#7
Anna Angelousi, Eleftherios Chatzellis, Gregory Kaltsas
<br>Hypophysitis is a relatively rare disease that exerts a strong autoimmune component encompassing different aetiologies. Immunomodulatory drugs, such as interferon-α, are known to rarely induce hypophysitis. In recent years a large number of new biological and immunomodulatory agents have been introduced into clinical practice. Although immune suppressing agents used for the treatment of autoimmune disorders only rarely are associated with hypophysitis, it is commonly encountered with immunomodulatory agents used for the treatment of cancer...
August 8, 2017: Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770166/genomic-signature-of-the-natural-oncolytic-herpes-simplex-virus-hf10-and-its-therapeutic-role-in-preclinical-and-clinical-trials
#8
REVIEW
Ibrahim Ragab Eissa, Yoshinori Naoe, Itzel Bustos-Villalobos, Toru Ichinose, Maki Tanaka, Wu Zhiwen, Nobuaki Mukoyama, Taishi Morimoto, Noriyuki Miyajima, Hasegawa Hitoki, Seiji Sumigama, Branko Aleksic, Yasuhiro Kodera, Hideki Kasuya
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are opening new possibilities in cancer therapy with their unique mechanism of selective replication within tumor cells and triggering of antitumor immune responses. HF10 is an oncolytic herpes simplex virus-1 with a unique genomic structure that has non-engineered deletions and insertions accompanied by frame-shift mutations, in contrast to the majority of engineered OVs. At the genetic level, HF10 naturally lacks the expression of UL43, UL49.5, UL55, UL56, and latency-associated transcripts, and overexpresses UL53 and UL54...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751442/towards-precision-radiotherapy-for-use-with-immune-checkpoint-blockers
#9
Claire Vanpouille-Box, Silvia C Formenti, Sandra Demaria
The first evidence that radiation therapy (RT) enhances the efficacy of immune checkpoint blockers (ICBs) was obtained a dozen years ago in a mouse model of metastatic carcinoma refractory to anti-CTLA-4 treatment. At the time, ICBs had just entered clinical testing, an endeavor that culminated in 2011 with the approval of the first anti-CTLA-4 antibody for use in metastatic melanoma patients (ipilimumab). Thereafter, some patients progressing on ipilimumab showed systemic responses only upon receiving radiation to one lesion, confirming clinically the pro-immunogenic effects of radiation...
July 27, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746871/the-histone-methyltransferase-ezh2-controls-mechanisms-of-adaptive-resistance-to-tumor-immunotherapy
#10
Daniel Zingg, Natalia Arenas-Ramirez, Dilara Sahin, Rodney A Rosalia, Ana T Antunes, Jessica Haeusel, Lukas Sommer, Onur Boyman
Immunotherapy and particularly immune checkpoint inhibitors have resulted in remarkable clinical responses in patients with immunogenic tumors, although most cancers develop resistance to immunotherapy. The molecular mechanisms of tumor resistance to immunotherapy remain poorly understood. We now show that induction of the histone methyltransferase Ezh2 controls several tumor cell-intrinsic and extrinsic resistance mechanisms. Notably, T cell infiltration selectively correlated with high EZH2-PRC2 complex activity in human skin cutaneous melanoma...
July 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737620/sarcoidosis-following-anti-pd-1-and-anti-ctla-4-therapy-for-metastatic-melanoma
#11
Swathi B Reddy, Jennifer D Possick, Harriet M Kluger, Anjela Galan, Dale Han
Immune checkpoint inhibitors represent the newest treatment for stage IV melanoma. These agents are generally well tolerated, however severe immune-related adverse effects have been noted in a small, but clinically significant percentage of patients. Specifically, sarcoidosis is a known potential complication following anti-CTLA-4 therapy. We present 2 cases of pulmonary and cutaneous sarcoidosis developing in patients with stage IV melanoma. Both patients were treated with ipilimumab and anti-PD-1 therapy, and both experienced good oncologic responses to treatment; neither had evidence of preexisting sarcoidosis...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688973/pd-1-pd-l1-checkpoint-blockades-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-new-development-and-challenges
#12
Xiangjiao Meng, Yanli Liu, Jianjun Zhang, Feifei Teng, Ligang Xing, Jinming Yu
PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint blockades have dramatically changed the landscape for second-line treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Based on the promising results of Keynote-024 presented so far, pembrolizumab has been approved as first-line treatment for advanced PD-L1 positive NSCLC patients. However, overall response rate (ORR) is limited to PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint blockades when used as single agent. Combining with chemotherapy, anti-CTLA-4 antibodies, targeted therapy, radiotherapy or other treatment options is perceived as an appealing method aimed at achieving higher efficacy...
July 6, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674083/combining-local-immunotoxins-targeting-mesothelin-with-ctla-4-blockade-synergistically-eradicates-murine-cancer-by-promoting-anticancer-immunity
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Yasmin Leshem, James O'Brien, Xiufen Liu, Tapan K Bera, Masaki Terabe, Jay A Berzofsky, Birgit Bossenmaier, Gerhard Niederfellner, Chin-Hsien Tai, Yoram Reiter, Ira Pastan
Immune checkpoint blockade using antibodies to cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) benefits a limited number of cancer patients. SS1P and LMB-100 are immunotoxins that target mesothelin. We observed delayed responses to SS1P in patients with mesothelioma suggesting that antitumor immunity was induced. Our goal was to stimulate antitumor immunity by combining SS1P or LMB-100 with anti-CTLA-4. We constructed a BALB/c breast cancer cell line expressing human mesothelin (66C14-M), which was implanted in one or two locations...
August 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666747/combined-immunotherapy-ctla-4-blockade-potentiates-anti-tumor-response-induced-by-transcutaneous-immunization
#14
Johanna Rausch, Pamela Aranda Lopez, Ariane Bialojan, Mark Denny, Peter Langguth, Hans Christian Probst, Hansjörg Schild, Markus P Radsak
BACKGROUND: The epidermal application of the Toll Like Receptor 7 agonist imiquimod and a T-cell peptide epitope (transcutaneous immunization, TCI) mediates systemic peptide-specific cytotoxic T-cell (CTL) responses and leads to tumor protection in a prophylactic tumor setting. However, it does not accomplish memory formation or permanent defiance of tumors in a therapeutic set-up. As a distinct immunologic approach, CTLA-4 blockade augments systemic immune responses and has shown long-lasting effects in preclinical experiments as well as in clinical trials...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658143/efficacy-and-safety-of-anti-pd-1-and-anti-pd-1-combined-with-anti-ctla-4-immunotherapy-to-advanced-melanoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#15
REVIEW
Chunyan Hao, Jinhui Tian, Huiling Liu, Fei Li, Hongxia Niu, Bingdong Zhu
BACKGROUND: Anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies, nivolumab and pembrolizumab, and anti-CTLA-4 antibody ipilimumab are being in clinic trials to treat melanoma. Here, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of them against advanced melanoma. METHODS: Eleven reports from 6 randomized control trials on treating metastatic melanoma, which were divided into 3 subgroups, nivolumab/pembrolizumab versus chemotherapy, nivolumab versus ipilimumab, and nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab versus ipilimumab, were included and the meta-analysis was performed for each subgroup...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648699/prognostic-factors-and-outcomes-in-metastatic-uveal-melanoma-treated-with-programmed-cell-death-1-or-combined-pd-1-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-antigen-4-inhibition
#16
Markus V Heppt, Lucie Heinzerling, Katharina C Kähler, Andrea Forschner, Michael C Kirchberger, Carmen Loquai, Markus Meissner, Friedegund Meier, Patrick Terheyden, Beatrice Schell, Rudolf Herbst, Daniela Göppner, Felix Kiecker, David Rafei-Shamsabadi, Sebastian Haferkamp, Margit A Huber, Jochen Utikal, Mirjana Ziemer, Irmgard Bumeder, Christiane Pfeiffer, Susanne G Schäd, Christoph Schmid-Tannwald, Julia K Tietze, Thomas K Eigentler, Carola Berking
BACKGROUND: Uveal melanoma (UM) is an ocular malignancy with high potential for metastatic spread. In contrast to cutaneous melanoma, immunotherapy has not yet shown convincing efficacy in patients with UM. Combined immune checkpoint blockade with checkpoint programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and checkpoint cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) inhibition has not been systematically assessed for UM to date. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with metastatic UM treated with either PD-1 inhibitor monotherapy or combined PD-1 inhibitor and ipilimumab (an anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody) were included from 20 German skin cancer centres...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634284/co-administration-of-rankl-and-ctla4-antibodies-enhances-lymphocyte-mediated-anti-tumor-immunity-in-mice
#17
Elizabeth Ahern, Heidi Harjunpaa, Deborah Barkauskas, Stacey Allen, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Hideo Yagita, David Wyld, William C Dougall, Michele W L Teng, Mark J Smyth
Purpose: Novel partners for established immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of cancer are needed to address the problems of primary and acquired resistance. The efficacy of combination RANKL and CTLA4 blockade in anti-tumor immunity has been suggested by recent case reports in melanoma. Here we provide a rationale for this combination in mouse models of cancer. <br />Experimental Design: The efficacy and mechanism of a combination of RANKL and CTLA4 blockade was examined by tumor infiltrating lymphocyte analysis, tumor growth and metastasis using a variety of neutralizing antibodies and gene-targeted mice...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634084/drug-delivery-to-melanoma-brain-metastases-can-current-challenges-lead-to-new-opportunities
#18
Gautham Gampa, Shruthi Vaidhyanathan, Jann N Sarkaria, William F Elmquist
Melanoma has a high propensity to metastasize to the brain, and patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBM) have an extremely poor prognosis. The recent approval of several molecularly-targeted agents (e.g., BRAF, MEK inhibitors) and biologics (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies) has brought new hope to patients suffering from this formerly untreatable and lethal disease. Importantly, there have been recent reports of success in some clinical studies examining the efficacy of both targeted agents and immunotherapies that show similar response rates in both brain metastases and extracranial disease...
June 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626408/pd-1-checkpoint-inhibitor-associated-autoimmune-encephalitis
#19
Stephanie Schneider, Silke Potthast, Paul Komminoth, Guido Schwegler, Steffen Böhm
OBJECTIVE: To report first-hand narrative experience of autoimmune encephalitis and to briefly review currently available evidence of autoimmune encephalitis in cancer patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors. SETTING: A case study is presented on the management of a patient who developed autoimmune encephalitis during nivolumab monotherapy occurring after 28 weeks on anti-PD-1 monotherapy (nivolumab 3 mg/kg every 2 weeks) for non-small cell lung cancer...
May 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616701/predictive-value-of-pd-l1-based-on-mrna-level-in-the-treatment-of-stage-iv-melanoma-with-ipilimumab
#20
C Brüggemann, M C Kirchberger, S M Goldinger, B Weide, A Konrad, M Erdmann, D Schadendorf, R S Croner, L Krähenbühl, K C Kähler, C Hafner, W Leisgang, F Kiesewetter, R Dummer, G Schuler, M Stürzl, L Heinzerling
INTRODUCTION: PD-L1 is established as a predictive marker for therapy of non-small cell lung cancer with pembrolizumab. Furthermore, PD-L1 positive melanoma has shown more favorable outcomes when treated with anti-PD1 antibodies and dacarbazine compared to PD-L1 negative melanoma. However, the role of PD-L1 expression with regard to response to checkpoint inhibition with anti-CTLA-4 is not clear, yet. In addition, the lack of standardization in the immunohistochemical assessment of PD-L1 makes the comparison of results difficult...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
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