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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650338/ifn-%C3%AE-related-mrna-profile-predicts-clinical-response-to-pd-1-blockade
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Mark Ayers, Jared Lunceford, Michael Nebozhyn, Erin Murphy, Andrey Loboda, David R Kaufman, Andrew Albright, Jonathan D Cheng, S Peter Kang, Veena Shankaran, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Jennifer Yearley, Tanguy Y Seiwert, Antoni Ribas, Terrill K McClanahan
Programmed death-1-directed (PD-1-directed) immune checkpoint blockade results in durable antitumor activity in many advanced malignancies. Recent studies suggest that IFN-γ is a critical driver of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression in cancer and host cells, and baseline intratumoral T cell infiltration may improve response likelihood to anti-PD-1 therapies, including pembrolizumab. However, whether quantifying T cell-inflamed microenvironment is a useful pan-tumor determinant of PD-1-directed therapy response has not been rigorously evaluated...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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
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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/28648661/de-novo-epigenetic-programs-inhibit-pd-1-blockade-mediated-t-cell-rejuvenation
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Hazem E Ghoneim, Yiping Fan, Ardiana Moustaki, Hossam A Abdelsamed, Pradyot Dash, Pranay Dogra, Robert Carter, Walid Awad, Geoff Neale, Paul G Thomas, Ben Youngblood
Immune-checkpoint-blockade (ICB)-mediated rejuvenation of exhausted T cells has emerged as a promising approach for treating various cancers and chronic infections. However, T cells that become fully exhausted during prolonged antigen exposure remain refractory to ICB-mediated rejuvenation. We report that blocking de novo DNA methylation in activated CD8 T cells allows them to retain their effector functions despite chronic stimulation during a persistent viral infection. Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing of antigen-specific murine CD8 T cells at the effector and exhaustion stages of an immune response identified progressively acquired heritable de novo methylation programs that restrict T cell expansion and clonal diversity during PD-1 blockade treatment...
June 21, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644433/ctla-4-mediated-posttranslational-modifications-direct-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-differentiation
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Holger Lingel, Josef Wissing, Aditya Arra, Denny Schanze, Stefan Lienenklaus, Frank Klawonn, Mandy Pierau, Martin Zenker, Lothar Jänsch, Monika C Brunner-Weinzierl
The blockade of inhibitory receptors such as CTLA-4 (CD152) is being used as immune-checkpoint therapy, offering a powerful strategy to restore effective immune responses against tumors. To determine signal components that are induced under the control of CTLA-4 we analyzed activated murine CD8(+) T cells by quantitative proteomics. Accurate mass spectrometry revealed that CTLA-4 engagement led to central changes in the phosphorylation of proteins involved in T-cell differentiation. Beside other targets, we discovered a CTLA-4-mediated induction of the translational inhibitor programmed cell death-4 (PDCD4) as a result of FoxO1 nuclear re-localization...
June 23, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642817/cerebral-vasculitis-mimicking-intracranial-metastatic-progression-of-lung-cancer-during-pd-1-blockade
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Heinz Läubli, Jürgen Hench, Michal Stanczak, Ingmar Heijnen, Alexandros Papachristofilou, Stephan Frank, Alfred Zippelius, Frank Stenner-Liewen
BACKGROUND: Stimulation of the immune system by targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway can result in activation of anti-tumor immunity. Besides its clinical benefit immune checkpoint therapy leads to significant immune-related adverse events (irAEs). Some rare irAEs are not well described yet but are critical in patient management. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we describe a case of autoimmune cerebral vasculitis/encephalitis after PD-1 inhibitor treatment for metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638792/immunotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer-unleash-its-potential-through-novel-combinations
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REVIEW
Songchuan Guo, Merly Contratto, George Miller, Lawrence Leichman, Jennifer Wu
Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer mortality in both men and women in the United States, with poor response to current standard of care, short progression-free and overall survival. Immunotherapies that target cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4, programmed cell death protein-1, and programmed death-ligand 1 checkpoints have shown remarkable activities in several cancers such as melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, and non-small cell lung cancer due to high numbers of somatic mutations, combined with cytotoxic T-cell responses...
June 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638730/blockade-of-only-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-2-is-sufficient-to-enhance-the-efficacy-of-vaccine-and-pd-1-checkpoint-blockade-immunotherapy
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Masaki Terabe, Faith C Robertson, Katharine Clark, Emma De Ravin, Anja Bloom, David J Venzon, Shingo Kato, Amer Mirza, Jay A Berzofsky
Checkpoint inhibition has established immunotherapy as a major modality of cancer treatment. However, the success of cancer immunotherapy is still limited as immune regulation of tumor immunity is very complicated and mechanisms involved may also differ among cancer types. Beside checkpoints, other good candidates for immunotherapy are immunosuppressive cytokines. TGF-β is a very potent immunosuppressive cytokine involved in suppression of tumor immunity and also necessary for the function of some regulatory cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637024/tumor-location-impacts-immune-response-in-mouse-models-of-colon-cancer
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Xianda Zhao, Lihua Li, Timothy K Starr, Subbaya Subramanian
Existing preclinical models of human colorectal cancer (CRC) that rely on syngeneic subcutaneous grafts are problematic, because of increasing evidence that the immune microenvironment in subcutaneous tissue is significantly different from the gastrointestinal tract. Similarly, existing orthotopic models that use a laparotomy for establishing grafts are also problematic, because the surgical procedure results in extensive inflammation, thereby creating a nonphysiologic tumor microenvironment. To facilitate the bench-to-bedside translation of CRC immunotherapy strategies, we developed a novel orthotopic model in mice that uses endoscopy-guided microinjection of syngeneic cancer cells...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635644/pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-therapy-for-tumors-with-downregulated-mhc-class-i-expression
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REVIEW
Michal Šmahel
The therapy of different advanced-stage malignancies with monoclonal antibodies blocking programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)/PD-1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) signaling has had an impressive long-lasting effect in a portion of patients, but in most cases, this therapy was not successful, or a secondary resistance developed. To enhance its efficacy in treated patients, predictive biomarkers are searched for and various combination treatments are intensively investigated. As the downregulation of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules is one of the most frequent mechanisms of tumor escape from the host's immunity, it should be considered in PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint inhibition...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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/28634284/co-administration-of-rankl-and-ctla4-antibodies-enhances-lymphocyte-mediated-anti-tumor-immunity-in-mice
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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/28634245/targeting-nectin-4-in-bladder-cancer
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Preliminary findings from a phase I clinical trial indicate that enfortumab vedotin, an investigational antibody-drug conjugate targeting nectin-4, shows considerable efficacy in metastatic urothelial carcinoma. Robust responses were seen even among patients with disease progression on platinum chemotherapy and/or immune checkpoint blockade.
June 20, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634215/vaccination-with-high-affinity-epitopes-impairs-antitumor-efficacy-by-increasing-pd-1expression-on-cd8-t-cells
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Christopher D Zahm, Viswa Colluru, Douglas G McNeel
Antitumor vaccines encoding self-antigens generally have low immunogenicity in clinical trials. Several approaches are aimed at improving vaccine immunogenicity, including efforts to alter encoded epitopes. Immunization with epitopes altered for increased affinity for the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) or T-cell receptor (TCR) elicits greater numbers of CD8 T cells but inferior antitumor responses. Our previous results suggested that programmed death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1) increased on antigen-specific CD8 T cells and tumor cells, respectively, after high-affinity vaccination...
June 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
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/28630051/dna-damage-and-repair-biomarkers-of-immunotherapy-response
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REVIEW
Kent W Mouw, Michael S Goldberg, Panagiotis A Konstantinopoulos, Alan D D'Andrea
DNA-damaging agents are widely used in clinical oncology and exploit deficiencies in tumor DNA repair. Given the expanding role of immune checkpoint blockade as a therapeutic strategy, the interaction of tumor DNA damage with the immune system has recently come into focus, and it is now clear that the tumor DNA repair landscape has an important role in driving response to immune checkpoint blockade. Here, we summarize the mechanisms by which DNA damage and genomic instability have been found to shape the antitumor immune response and describe clinical efforts to use DNA repair biomarkers to guide use of immune-directed therapies...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629632/rationale-for-immunological-approaches-to-breast-cancer-therapy
#16
Gwennaëlle C Monnot, Pedro Romero
Despite great advances in early detection, as well as surgical resection of breast tumours, breast cancer remains the deadliest cancer for women worldwide. Moreover, its incidence is without pair, accounting for twice as many new cancer cases as the second most prevalent cancer, colorectal carcinoma. There is therefore a strong need for new therapeutic approaches to breast cancers. Immunotherapies are novel treatment modalities which aim to use immune mediators to attack cancerous cells. Recent clinical results show that these may not only mediate tumour regressions but also cures in some cases...
June 16, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623775/cancer-immunotherapy-opportunities-and-challenges-in-the-rapidly-evolving-clinical-landscape
#17
REVIEW
Leisha A Emens, Paolo A Ascierto, Phillip K Darcy, Sandra Demaria, Alexander M M Eggermont, William L Redmond, Barbara Seliger, Francesco M Marincola
Cancer immunotherapy is now established as a powerful way to treat cancer. The recent clinical success of immune checkpoint blockade (antagonists of CTLA-4, PD-1 and PD-L1) highlights both the universal power of treating the immune system across tumour types and the unique features of cancer immunotherapy. Immune-related adverse events, atypical clinical response patterns, durable responses, and clear overall survival benefit distinguish cancer immunotherapy from cytotoxic cancer therapy. Combination immunotherapies that transform non-responders to responders are under rapid development...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621843/metabolic-reprogramming-in-the-tumour-microenvironment-a-hallmark-shared-by-cancer-cells-and-t-lymphocytes
#18
REVIEW
Katrina E Allison, Brenda L Coomber, Byram W Bridle
Altered metabolism is a hallmark of cancers, including shifting oxidative phosphorylation to glycolysis and upregulating glutaminolysis to divert carbon sources into biosynthetic pathways that promote proliferation and survival. Therefore, metabolic inhibitors represent promising anti-cancer drugs. However, T cells must rapidly divide and survive in harsh microenvironments to mediate anti-cancer effects. Metabolic profiles of cancer cells and activated T lymphocytes are similar, raising the risk of metabolic inhibitors impairing the immune system...
June 16, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621686/pseudoprogression-in-microsatellite-instability-high-colorectal-cancer-during-treatment-with-combination-t-cell-mediated-immunotherapy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#19
Young Kwang Chae, Si Wang, Halla Nimeiri, Aparna Kalyan, Francis J Giles
Evading tumor-mediated immunosuppression through antibodies to immune checkpoints has shown clinical benefit in patients with select solid tumors. There is a heterogeneity of responses in patients receiving immunotherapy, including pseudoprogression in which the tumor burden increases initially before decreasing to reach disease control. The characteristics and basis of pseudoprogression, however, remains poorly understood. We hereby report a case of microsatellite instability (MSI)-high metastatic colorectal cancer treated with combination of OX40 agonist and programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) antagonist that demonstrated pseudoprogression reaching 163% increase from baseline tumor burden...
June 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619999/pd-l2-expression-in-human-tumors-relevance-to-anti-pd-1-therapy-in-cancer
#20
Jennifer H Yearley, Christopher Gibson, Ni Yu, Christina Moon, Erin Murphy, Jonathan Juco, Jared Lunceford, Jonathan Cheng, Laura Q M Chow, Tanguy Y Seiwert, Masahisa Handa, Joanne E Tomassini, Terrill McClanahan
Purpose: Tumor-associated PD-L1 expression is predictive of clinical response to PD-1-directed immunotherapy. However, PD-L1-negative patients may also respond to PD-1 checkpoint blockade, suggesting that other PD-1 ligands may be relevant to the clinical activity of these therapies. The prevalence of PD-L2, the other known ligand of PD-1, and its relationship to response to anti-PD-1 therapy were evaluated.Experimental Design: PD-L2 expression was assessed in archival tumor tissue from seven indications using a novel immunohistochemical assay...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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