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Cancer immunology

Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
Despite recent advances in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the prognosis of patients with advanced stage of disease remains unfavorable. Several immune therapies have been applied to HCC, and their responses have not been satisfactory. The immune response to cancer is determined by the balance between the antigenicity of the tumor and the microenvironment of cancer tissues. Generally, accumulated genetic mutations are observed in HCC, which may lead to increased neoantigens on cancer cells with high antigenicity...
October 21, 2016: Oncology
Uhi Toh, Shuko Saku, Mina Okabe, Nobutaka Iwakuma, Yuko Kimitsuki, Momoko Akashi, Etsuyo Ogo, Akira Yamada, Shigeki Shichijo, Kyogo Itoh, Yoshito Akagi
Our previous phase II clinical trial showed that therapeutically selected personalized peptide vaccines(PPVs)were effective at boosting anticancer immunity; the immune response after PPV was associated with a clinical outcome as a prognostic factor for metastatic breast cancer(mBC). We conducted an early phase II study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new regimen using multiple peptide vaccines(KRM-19)for patients with metastatictriple -negative breast cancer. KRM-19 consisted of 19 mixed peptides chosen from the previously reported 31 PPVs according to their anti-tumor immunologiceffec ts and safety profiles for patients with mBC...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Kenichi Sakurai, Shigeru Fujisaki, Keita Adachi, Shuhei Suzuki, Yuki Masuo, Saki Nagashima, Yukiko Hara, Tomohiro Hirano, Katsuhisa Enomoto, Ryouichi Tomita, Kenji Gonda
We evaluated the clinical significance of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase(IDO)during fulvestrant therapyfor multiple metastatic breast cancer patients. IDO activitycan be measured using the tryptophan(Trp)/kynurenine(Kyn)ratio. Trp and Kyn were measured using high-performance liquid chromatography(HPLC). The serum Trp/Kyn level in patients with multiple metastatic breast cancer was lower than in patients without metastases. IDO activityincreased after breast cancer metastases developed. IDO activitywas correlated with the number of metastatic lesions during toremifene and fulvestrant therapy...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Paula D Bos
A prerequisite for tumor evolution toward a malignant state is the establishment of cell intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms of immune suppression (Hanahan and Weinberg, 2000, 2011; Schreiber, Old, and Smyth, 2011). Widespread recruitment of Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (TREG) is a prevailing means to dampen antitumor immunity. Advances in the characterization of TREG cell heterogeneity and physiological function of tissue resident TREG cells unfold new possibilities for nontraditional tumor-promoting functions of intratumoral TREG cells...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Wing-Hin Lee, Ching-Yee Loo, Chean-Ring Leong, Paul M Young, Daniela Traini, Ramin Rohanizadeh
The effectiveness of conventional cancer chemotherapy is hampered by the occurrence of multidrug resistance (MDR) in tumor cells. Although many studies have reported the development of novel MDR chemotherapeutic agents, clinical success is lacking owing to the high associated toxicity. Nanoparticle-based delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs has emerged as alternative approach to treat MDR cancers via exploitation of leaky vasculature in the tumor microenvironment. Accordingly, functionalization of nanoparticles with target specific ligands can be employed to achieve significant improvements in the treatment of MDR cancer...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Troels Holz Borch, Lotte Engell-Noerregaard, Trine Zeeberg Iversen, Eva Ellebaek, Özcan Met, Morten Hansen, Mads Hald Andersen, Per Thor Straten, Inge Marie Svane
INTRODUCTION: Vaccination with dendritic cells (DCs) has generally not fulfilled its promise in cancer immunotherapy due to ineffective translation of immune responses into clinical responses. A proposed reason for this is intrinsic immune regulatory mechanisms, such as regulatory T cells (Tregs). A metronomic regimen of cyclophosphamide (mCy) has been shown to selectively deplete Tregs. To test this in a clinical setting, we conducted a phase I trial to evaluate the feasibility and safety of vaccination with DCs transfected with mRNA in combination with mCy in patients with metastatic malignant melanoma (MM)...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Xuhao Zhang, Shan Zhu, Tete Li, Yong-Jun Liu, Wei Chen, Jingtao Chen
Malignant glioma is the most common and a highly aggressive cancer in the central nervous system (CNS). Cancer immunotherapy, strategies to boost the body's anti-cancer immune responses instead of directly targeting tumor cells, recently achieved great success in treating several human solid tumors. Although once considered "immune privileged" and devoid of normal immunological functions, CNS is now considered a promising target for cancer immunotherapy, featuring the recent progresses in neurobiology and neuroimmunology and a highly immunosuppressive state in malignant glioma...
October 16, 2016: Oncotarget
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
Perparim Limani, Michael Linecker, Philipp Kron, Panagiotis Samaras, Bernhard Pestalozzi, Roger Stupp, Alexander Jetter, Philipp Dutkowski, Beat Müllhaupt, Andrea Schlegel, Claude Nicolau, Jean-Marie Lehn, Henrik Petrowsky, Bostjan Humar, Rolf Graf, Pierre-Alain Clavien
BACKGROUND: Solid tumors, such as hepato-pancreato-biliary cancer, develop tumor hypoxia with tumor growth. Despite advances in surgery, a majority of these patients are in an unresectable condition. At this stage standard cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens are applied with limited success. Novel biological treatment options based on an antiangiogenic mechanism of action neglect other hypoxia mediated mechanisms (e.g. epithelial-mesenchymal transition, Warburg effect, and immunological response) leading to an increased invasiveness with a poor outcome...
October 19, 2016: BMC Cancer
Yi Zheng, Yicheng Yang, Shu Wu, Yongqiang Zhu, Xiaolong Tang, Xiaopeng Liu
As the second most common gynecologic malignant tumors with a high mortality rate, cervical cancer jeopardizes women's life worldwide. The low cure rate in cervical cancer patients is mainly attributed to the lack of effective therapies. One feasible novel strategy is to develop immune-based approaches such as adoptive cell immunotherapy of DCCIKs which represents a promising nontoxic antineoplastic immunotherapy preferred in clinic practice. However, the therapeutic effect is not as efficient as anticipated...
October 18, 2016: Bioengineered
E C Martino, G Misso, P Pastina, S Costantini, F Vanni, C Gandolfo, C Botta, F Capone, A Lombardi, L Pirtoli, P Tassone, C Ulivieri, P Tagliaferri, M G Cusi, M Caraglia, P Correale
The mPEBev is an anticancer regimen which combines a chemotherapy doublet, based on cisplatin and oral etoposide (mPE), with bevacizumab (mPEBev), a mAb targeting the vasculo-endothelial growth factor (VEGF). In previous studies, this regimen showed powerful anti-angiogenetic effects and significant antitumor activity in metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (mNSCLC) patients. We also recorded the best benefit in patients exhibiting low-systemic inflammatory profile at baseline. On these bases, we hypothesized that mPEBev antitumor activity could be partially related to bevacizumab-associated immunological effects...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Wenting Ma, Le Tao, Xuefei Wang, Qinyi Liu, Wei Zhang, Qiuying Li, Chunfeng He, Dongying Xue, Jie Zhang, Cheng Liu
AIMS: Sorafenib, which has been used extensively for the treatment of renal cell cancer and advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), has also been shown to have antifibrotic effects in liver fibrosis. However, the effects of sorafenib on renal fibrosis are unknown. Therefore, we investigated whether sorafenib inhibited renal fibrosis in a mouse model of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and further explored the potential mechanism. METHODS: Mice underwent UUO followed by vehicle or sorafenib treatment...
October 17, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Carmen Criscitiello, Angela Esposito, Dario Trapani, Giuseppe Curigliano
It is well recognized that the immune system plays an essential role in tumor defense. The presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes reflects an individual immunological response. In early breast cancer, the presence of TILs is associated with a more favorable outcome and response to therapy. In this review, we describe how TILs are assessed. Also, we discuss their role as prognostic and predictive biomarker in the neoadjuvant and adjuvant settings as well as in residual disease. Moreover, we discuss the possible implementation of TILs in daily clinical practice as well as in future clinical trials in order to fine tune prognosis and improve treatments...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Dan Ishihara, Laurentiu Pop, Tsuguhide Takeshima, Puneeth Iyengar, Raquibul Hannan
Cancer immunotherapy exploits the immune system's ability to differentiate between tumor target cells and host cells. Except for limited success against a few tumor types, most immunotherapies have not achieved the desired clinical efficacy until recently. The field of cancer immunotherapy has flourished with a variety of new agents for clinical use, and remarkable progress has been made in the design of effective immunotherapeutic regimens. Furthermore, the therapeutic outcome of these novel agents is enhanced when combined with conventional cancer treatment modalities including radiotherapy (RT)...
October 14, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Amy K Erbe, Wei Wang, Jacob Goldberg, Mikayla Gallenberger, KyungMann Kim, Lakeesha Carmichael, Dustin Hess, Eneida A Mendonca, Yiqiang Song, Jacquelyn A Hank, Su-Chun Cheng, Sabina Signoretti, Michael Atkins, Alexander Carlson, James W Mier, David J Panka, David F McDermott, Paul M Sondel
BACKGROUND: Fc-gamma receptors (FCGRs) are expressed on immune cells, bind to antibodies, and trigger antibody-induced cell-mediated anti-tumor responses when tumor-reactive antibodies are present. The affinity of the FCGR/antibody interaction is variable and dependent upon FCGR polymorphisms. Prior studies of cancer patients treated with immunotherapy indicate that FCGR polymorphisms can influence antitumor response for certain immunotherapies that act via therapeutically administered mAbs or via endogenous tumor-reactive antibodies induced from tumor antigen vaccines...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Benjamin H Kaffenberger, David Shetlar, Scott Norton, Misha Rosenbach
Global temperatures continue to rise, reaching new records almost every year this decade. Although the causes are debated, climate change is a reality. Consequences of climate change include melting of the arctic ice cap, rising of sea levels, changes in precipitation patterns, and increased severe weather events. This article updates dermatologists about the effects of climate change on the epidemiology and geographic ranges of selected skin diseases in North America. Although globalization, travel, and trade are also important to changing disease and vector patterns, climate change creates favorable habitats and expanded access to immunologically naïve hosts...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Matthew R Collinson-Pautz, Kevin M Slawin, Jonathan M Levitt, David M Spencer
Therapeutic DNA-based vaccines aim to prime an adaptive host immune response against tumor-associated antigens, eliminating cancer cells primarily through CD8+ cytotoxic T cell-mediated destruction. To be optimally effective, immunological adjuvants are required for the activation of tumor-specific CD8+ T cells responses by DNA vaccination. Here, we describe enhanced anti-tumor efficacy of an in vivo electroporation-delivered DNA vaccine by inclusion of a genetically encoded chimeric MyD88/CD40 (MC) adjuvant, which integrates both innate and adaptive immune signaling pathways...
2016: PloS One
Georgios Lolas, Lasse Jensen, George C Bourantas, Vasiliki Tsikourkitoudi, Konstantinos Syrigos
With the exception of a limited number of sites in the body, primary tumors infrequently lead to the demise of cancer patients. Instead, mortality and a significant degree of morbidity result from the growth of secondary tumors in distant organs. Tumor survival, growth and dissemination are associated with the formation of both new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and new lymph vessels (lymphagenesis or lymphangiogenesis). Although intensive research in tumor angiogenesis has been going on for the past four decades, experimental results in tumor lymphangiogenesis began to appear only in the last 10 years...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Katarzyna A Rejniak
Solid tumor dissemination from the primary site to the sites of metastasis involves tumor cell transport through the blood or lymph circulation systems. Once the tumor cells enter the bloodstream, they encounter a new hostile microenvironment. The cells must withstand hemodynamic forces and overcome the effects of fluid shear. The cells are exposed to immunological signaling insults from leukocytes, to collisions with erythrocytes, and to interactions with platelets or macrophages. Finally, the cells need to attach to the blood vessel walls and extravasate to the surrounding stroma to form tumor metastases...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Robert Rosenblatt, Markus Johansson, Farhood Alamdari, Alexander Sidiki, Benny Holmström, Johan Hansson, Janos Vasko, Per Marits, Susanne Gabrielsson, Katrine Riklund, Ola Winqvist, Amir Sherif
PURPOSE: To determine whether sentinel node detection (SNd) in muscle-invasive urothelial bladder cancer (MIBC) can be performed in patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and determine whether SNd is feasible in all pT stages, including pT0. BACKGROUND: Previous published series of SNd in MIBC have not included patients undergoing NAC, and systematic reports of pT0 patients w/wo NAC were absent. Translational immunological tumor research on MIBC focusing on SNd, in the era of NAC, requires technical feasibility...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Urology
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