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Corinna La Rosa, Jeff Longmate, Joy Martinez, Qiao Zhou, Teodora I Kaltcheva, Weimin Tsai, Jennifer Drake, Mary Carroll, Felix Wussow, Flavia Chiuppesi, Nicola Hardwick, Sanjeet Dadwal, Ibrahim Aldoss, Ryotaro Nakamura, John A Zaia, Don J Diamond
Attenuated poxvirus Modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) is a useful viral-based vaccine for clinical investigation, because of its excellent safety profile and property of inducing potent immune responses against recombinant (r) antigens. We developed Triplex by constructing an rMVA encoding three immunodominant CMV antigens which stimulates a host anti-viral response: UL83 (pp65), UL123 (IE1-exon4), and UL122 (IE2-exon5). We completed the first clinical evaluation of the Triplex vaccine in 24 healthy adults, with or without immunity to CMV and vaccinia virus (previous DryVax smallpox vaccination)...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Neil H Segal, Theodore F Logan, F Stephen Hodi, David F McDermott, Ignacio Melero, Omid Hamid, Henrik Schmidt, Caroline Robert, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Paolo A Ascierto, Michele Maio, Walter J Urba, Tara C Gangadhar, Satyendra Suryawanshi, Jaclyn Neely, Maria Jure-Kunkel, Suba Krishnan, Holbrook E Kohrt, Mario Sznol, Ronald Levy
PURPOSE: Urelumab is an agonist antibody to CD137 with potential application as an immuno-oncology therapeutic. Data were analyzed to assess safety, tolerability, and pharmacodynamic activity of urelumab, including the dose selected for ongoing development in patients with advanced solid tumors and lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred and forty-six patients with advanced cancers who had progressed after standard treatment received at least one dose of urelumab in one of three dose-escalation, monotherapy studies...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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
L M Laiglesia, S Lorente-Cebrián, P L Prieto-Hontoria, M Fernández-Galilea, S M R Ribeiro, N Sáinz, J A Martínez, M J Moreno-Aliaga
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, has been reported to have beneficial effects in obesity-associated metabolic disorders. The objective of the present study was to determine the effects of EPA on the regulation of genes involved in lipid metabolism, and the ability of EPA to induce mitochondrial biogenesis and beiging in subcutaneous adipocytes from overweight subjects. Fully differentiated human subcutaneous adipocytes from overweight females (BMI: 28.1-29.8kg/m(2)) were treated with EPA (100-200 μM) for 24 h...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Wolfgang Merkt, Hanns-Martin Lorenz, Carsten Watzl
BACKGROUND: Rituximab has broad and increasing application in rheumatic diseases. It is known from lymphoma studies that natural killer (NK) cells can lyse rituximab-coated transformed B cells. However, the role of NK cells in mediating rituximab-induced depletion of non-malignant B cells is unknown. The purpose of this study was to provide fundamental data on rituximab-mediated effects on NK cells in PBMCs without tumor cells, in order to simulate effects that could be relevant in patients with rheumatic disease...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Stephen J Blake, Amani Makkouk, Cariad Chester, Holbrook E Kohrt, Mark J Smyth
Studies of sequential anti-CD137/anti-CD20 therapy have previously shown that the efficacy of anti-CD20 was heavily reliant upon anti-CD137; however, the exact mechanism of the anti-B-cell lymphoma efficacy, and whether this correlates with enhanced adverse effects or toxicity, had not been elucidated. Here, we observed that sequential anti-CD137 administration with anti-CD20 resulted in a synergistic therapy, largely dependent upon Fc receptors (FcR), to prolong survival in an experimental B-cell lymphoma therapy model...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Blanca Homet Moreno, Stephen Mok, Begonya Comin-Anduix, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Antoni Ribas
The combination of targeted therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors has become the standard of care in patients with BRAF (V600E) mutant melanoma, but responses are not durable. In addition, the impressive clinical benefits with anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies (Ab) in patients with heavily pretreated metastatic melanoma and the synergistic effect of dabrafenib, trametinib and anti-PD-1 compared with single therapy alone groups support the idea that combining dabrafenib, trametinib and immunotherapy based on PD-1 blockade could be an interesting approach in the treatment of metastatic melanoma...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Won Kyung Cho, Sung-Won Shin, Shin-Yeong Kim, Chang-Won Hong, Changhoon Choi, Won Park, Jae Myoung Noh
PURPOSE: This study is to investigate the effect of captopril when combined with irradiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 4T1 (mouse mammary carcinoma) cells were injected in the right hind leg of Balb/c mice. Mice were randomized to four groups; control (group 1), captopril-treated (group 2), irradiated (group 3), irradiated and captopril-treated concurrently (group 4). Captopril was administered by intraperitoneal injection (10 mg/kg) daily and irradiation was delivered on the tumor-bearing leg for 15 Gy in 3 fractions...
September 2016: Radiation Oncology Journal
Anne-Laure Hafner, Julian Contet, Christophe Ravaud, Xi Yao, Phi Villageois, Kran Suknuntha, Karima Annab, Pascal Peraldi, Bernard Binetruy, Igor I Slukvin, Annie Ladoux, Christian Dani
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) show great promise for obesity treatment as they represent an unlimited source of brown/brite adipose progenitors (BAPs). However, hiPSC-BAPs display a low adipogenic capacity compared to adult-BAPs when maintained in a traditional adipogenic cocktail. The reasons of this feature are unknown and hamper their use both in cell-based therapy and basic research. Here we show that treatment with TGFβ pathway inhibitor SB431542 together with ascorbic acid and EGF were required to promote hiPSCs-BAP differentiation at a level similar to adult-BAP differentiation...
2016: Scientific Reports
Xie Jinhua, Wang Ji, Cheng Shouliang, Zheng Liangfeng, Ji Feiyue, Yang Lin, Zhang Yan, Ji Haoming
Inhibition of immune checkpoint proteins (checkpoints) has become a promising anti-esophageal cancer strategy. We here tested expressions of immune checkpoints in human esophageal cancers. Our results showed the expressions of many immune checkpoints, including CD28, CD27, CD137L, programmed death 1 (PD-1), T cell immunoglobulin mucin-3 (TIM-3), T cell Ig and ITIM domain (TIGIT), CD160, cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4), CD200, CD137 and CD158, were dysregulated in peripheral T cells of esophageal cancer patients...
August 25, 2016: Oncotarget
Jinfeng Liu, Shiguang Huang, Xin-Zhuan Su, Jianping Song, Fangli Lu
Malaria-associated acute lung injury (ALI) is a frequent complication of severe malaria that is often caused by "excessive" immune responses. To better understand the mechanism of ALI in malaria infection, here we investigated the roles of galectin (Gal)-1, 3, 8, 9 and the receptors of Gal-9 (Tim-3, CD44, CD137, and PDI) in malaria-induced ALI. We injected alpha (α)-lactose into mice-infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbANKA) to block galectins and found significantly elevated total proteins in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, higher parasitemia and tissue parasite burden, and increased numbers of CD68(+) alveolar macrophages as well as apoptotic cells in the lungs after blockage...
2016: Scientific Reports
María E Rodriguez-Ruiz, Inmaculada Rodriguez, Saray Garasa, Benigno Barbes, Jose Luis Solorzano, Jose Luis Perez-Gracia, Sara Labiano, Miguel F Sanmamed, Arantza Azpilikueta, Elixabet Bolaños, Alfonso R Sanchez-Paulete, M Angela Aznar, Ana Rouzaut, Kurt A Schalper, Maria Jure-Kunkel, Ignacio Melero
Preclinical and clinical evidence indicate that the proimmune effects of radiotherapy can be synergistically augmented with immunostimulatory mAbs to act both on irradiated tumor lesions and on distant, nonirradiated tumor sites. The combination of radiotherapy with immunostimulatory anti-PD1 and anti-CD137 mAbs was conducive to favorable effects on distant nonirradiated tumor lesions as observed in transplanted MC38 (colorectal cancer), B16OVA (melanoma), and 4T1 (breast cancer) models. The therapeutic activity was crucially performed by CD8 T cells, as found in selective depletion experiments...
October 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Radhika Thokala, Simon Olivares, Tiejuan Mi, Sourindra Maiti, Drew Deniger, Helen Huls, Hiroki Torikai, Harjeet Singh, Richard E Champlin, Tamara Laskowski, George McNamara, Laurence J N Cooper
Adoptive immunotherapy infusing T cells with engineered specificity for CD19 expressed on B- cell malignancies is generating enthusiasm to extend this approach to other hematological malignancies, such as acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). CD123, or interleukin 3 receptor alpha, is overexpressed on most AML and some lymphoid malignancies, such as acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), and has been an effective target for T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). The prototypical CAR encodes a VH and VL from one monoclonal antibody (mAb), coupled to a transmembrane domain and one or more cytoplasmic signaling domains...
2016: PloS One
Jing Liu, Stephen J Blake, Heidi Harjunpää, Kirsten A Fairfax, Michelle C R Yong, Stacey Allen, Holbrook E Kohrt, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Mark J Smyth, Michele W L Teng
New combination immunotherapies are displaying both efficacy and immune-related adverse events (irAE) in humans. However, grade 3/4 irAEs occur in a high proportion, which can lead to discontinuation of treatment and can result in fatalities if not promptly treated. Prolonged T regulatory cell (Treg) depletion in tumor-bearing Foxp3-DTR mice using diphtheria toxin (DT) mirrored the spectrum of antitumor responses and severity of irAEs that can occur in ipilimumab/nivolumab-treated patients. In contrast, transient Treg depletion or anti-CTLA-4/PD-1 therapy had equivalent effects in mice, lowering the immune tolerance threshold and allowing irAEs to be more easily induced following treatment with additional immunomodulatory antibodies...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Heleen van den Heuvel, Kirstin M Heutinck, Ellen P M W van der Meer-Prins, Si La Yong, Frans H J Claas, Ineke J M Ten Berge
UNLABELLED: Virus-specific T cells have the intrinsic capacity to cross-react against allogeneic HLA antigens, a phenomenon known as heterologous immunity. In transplantation, these cells may contribute to the alloimmune response and negatively impact graft outcome. This study describes the various techniques that can be used to detect heterologous immune responses of virus-specific CD8(+) T cells against allogeneic HLA antigens. The strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches are discussed and illustrated by experimental data...
November 2015: Transplantation Direct
Raghvendra M Srivastava, Sumita Trivedi, Fernando Concha-Benavente, Sandra P Gibson, Carly Reeder, Soldano Ferrone, Robert L Ferris
PURPOSE: Cetuximab, an EGFR-specific antibody (mAb), modestly improves clinical outcome in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients. Cetuximab mediates natural killer (NK) cell:dendritic cell (DC) cross-talk by cross-linking FcγRIIIa, which is important for inducing anti-tumor cellular immunity. Cetuximab activated NK cells upregulate the costimulatory receptor CD137 (4-1BB) which, when triggered by agonistic mAb urelumab, might enhance NK cell functions, to promote T cell based immunity...
August 5, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Wai W Cheung, Stephanie Cherqui, Wei Ding, Mary Esparza, Ping Zhou, Jianhua Shao, Richard L Lieber, Robert H Mak
BACKGROUND: Muscle wasting is a common complication in patients with infantile nephropathic cystinosis, but its mechanism and association with energy metabolism is not known. We define the metabolic phenotype in Ctns(-/-) mice, an established murine model of infantile nephropathic cystinosis, with focus on muscle wasting and energy homeostasis. METHODS: Male Ctns(-/-) mice and wild-type (WT) controls were studied at 1, 4, 9, and 12 months of age. As Ctns(-/-) mice started to develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) at 9 months of age, 9- and 12-month-old Ctns(-/-) mice were also compared with age-matched WT mice with CKD...
May 2016: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
Min Dai, Yuen Yee Yip, Ingegerd Hellstrom, Karl Erik Hellstrom
Immunomodulatory monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have efficacy in patients with advanced cancer and are the focus of intensive research. However, cures are infrequent and responses vary among tumor types and among subjects with the same tumor. An in vitro test would be valuable to determine the most effective mAb combination for a given case and to evaluate novel agents. Toward this goal, we investigated the ability of various mAb combinations to generate a tumor-destructive immune response in vitro in the presence of lymphoid cells from mice with established TC1 lung carcinoma, B16 melanoma, or SW1 melanoma...
October 2016: Journal of Immunotherapy
Maria-Luisa Schubert, Angela Gabriele Hückelhoven, Jean-Marc Hoffmann, Anita Schmitt, Patrick Wuchter, Leopold Sellner, Susanne Hofmann, Anthony D Ho, Peter Dreger, Michael Schmitt
Novel therapies with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) transduced T cells (TCs) sparked new hope for patients with relapsed or refractory CD19-positive leukemia or lymphoma even after stem cell therapies. This review focuses on CARs recognizing the B cell antigen CD19. Both retro- and lentiviral vectors are used encoding the different anti-CD19 CAR constructs comprising costimulatory molecules like CD28, CD137/4-1BB and OX40 either alone (2nd generation CARs) or in combination (3rd generation CARs). Current up-to-date published studies on anti-CD19 CAR therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) with observed side effects are discussed and an outlook on 59 ongoing trials is given...
August 1, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
Sakthi Rajendran, Weng Tong Ho, Herbert Schwarz
CD137 and its ligand, CD137L, are expressed on activated T cells and antigen-presenting cells (APC), respectively, and are powerful inducers of cellular, type 1 immune responses. CD137 is ectopically expressed by Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells, the malignant cells in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). Here we report that CD137 transmits signals into HRS cells, which induce the secretion of IL-13. IL-13 in conditioned supernatants of HRS cell lines inhibits the secretion of IFNγ by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
June 2016: Oncoimmunology
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