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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214899/therapeutic-targeting-of-epithelial-plasticity-programs-focus-on-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#1
Reem Malek, Hailun Wang, Kekoa Taparra, Phuoc T Tran
Mounting data points to epithelial plasticity programs such as the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) as clinically relevant therapeutic targets for the treatment of malignant tumors. In addition to the widely realized role of EMT in increasing cancer cell invasiveness during cancer metastasis, the EMT has also been implicated in allowing cancer cells to avoid tumor suppressor pathways during early tumorigenesis. In addition, data linking EMT to innate and acquired treatment resistance further points towards the desire to develop pharmacological therapies to target epithelial plasticity in cancer...
2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212290/defining-clinical-response-criteria-and-early-response-criteria-for-precision-oncology-current-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
#2
Vivek Subbiah, Hubert H Chuang, Dhiraj Gambhire, Kalevi Kairemo
In this era of precision oncology, there has been an exponential growth in the armamentarium of genomically targeted therapies and immunotherapies. Evaluating early responses to precision therapy is essential for "go" versus "no go" decisions for these molecularly targeted drugs and agents that arm the immune system. Many different response assessment criteria exist for use in solid tumors and lymphomas. We reviewed the literature using the Medline/PubMed database for keywords "response assessment" and various known response assessment criteria published up to 2016...
February 15, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210763/artemisinin-and-its-derivatives-in-cancer-therapy-status-of-progress-mechanism-of-action-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Archana Bhaw-Luximon, Dhanjay Jhurry
Since the late 1990s, there has been rapid multiplication of data on the anti-cancer properties of artemisinins. This article reviews the status of progress of artemisinin and its derivatives as anti-cancer agents in clinical trials, case reports, and in vitro/in vivo studies. Particular attention is laid on the combinations of artemisinins and synthetic chemodrugs to enhance the latter's efficacy. An attempt is here made to rationalize the synergistic effects of a few common anti-cancer drugs of the anthracycline, taxane, anti-metabolite, and platinum-based drug families...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209496/uterine-leiomyosarcoma-epidemiology-contemporary-treatment-strategies-and-the-impact-of-uterine-morcellation
#4
Stephanie Ricci, Rebecca L Stone, Amanda N Fader
Leiomyosarcoma, a rare tumor subtype, accounts for 1% of all uterine malignancies, but contributes to a significant proportion of uterine cancer deaths. Surgery is considered the mainstay of treatment for all soft tissue sarcomas, including uterine variants. However, uterine leiomyosarcoma is challenging to diagnose preoperatively and can mimic the appearance of benign uterine leiomyomas. Recently, concerns have grown in this regard, as surgeons have utilized uterine morcellation and myomectomy procedures unknowingly in the setting of occult uterine sarcoma...
February 13, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205191/novel-and-expanded-oncology-drug-approvals-of-2016-part-1-new-options-in-solid-tumor-management
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REVIEW
Todd C Knepper, James Saller, Christine M Walko
The nonradiologic medical management of solid tumors has evolved from the use of traditional cytotoxic agents to modern targeted therapies, monoclonal antibodies, and immunotherapies. Advances in the understanding of cancer biology and therapeutic strategies have resulted in increasing numbers of new drug applications and approvals. Consequently, practicing oncologists need to learn how the newly available agents function and what toxicities to watch for, as well as ways to optimize the use of both new drugs and previously approved drugs with new indications...
February 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202513/myeloid-cells-that-impair-immunotherapy-are-restored-in-melanomas-which-acquire-resistance-to-braf-inhibitors
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Shannon M Steinberg, Tamer Shabaneh, Peisheng Zhang, Viktor Martyanov, Zhenghui Li, Brian Malik, Tammara Wood, Andrea Boni, Aleksey Molodtsov, Christina V Angeles, Tyler J Curiel, Michael Whitfield, Mary Jo Turk
Acquired resistance to BRAFV600E inhibitors (BRAFi) in melanoma remains a common clinical obstacle, as is the case for any targeted drug therapy that can be developed given the plastic nature of cancers. While there has been significant focus on the cancer cell-intrinsic properties of BRAFi resistance, the impact of BRAFi resistance on host immunity has not been explored. Here we provide preclinical evidence that resistance to BRAFi in an autochthonous mouse model of melanoma is associated with restoration of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) in the tumor microenvironment initially reduced by BRAFi treatment...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197389/adaptive-resistance-to-anti-pd1-therapy-by-tim-3-upregulation-is-mediated-by-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#7
Gulidanna Shayan, Raghvendra Srivastava, Jing Li, Nicole Schmitt, Lawrence P Kane, Robert L Ferris
Programmed Death 1 (PD-1) and T cell Ig and mucin domain-3 protein (Tim-3) are immune checkpoint receptors that are expressed on tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) in tumor-bearing mice and humans. As anti-PD-1 single agent response rates are only <20% in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients, it is important to understand how multiple inhibitory checkpoint receptors maintain suppressed cellular immunity. One such receptor, Tim-3, activates downstream proliferative pathways through Akt/S6, and is highly expressed in dysfunctional TIL...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197365/crispr-cas9-mediated-disruption-of-pd-1-on-human-t-cells-for-adoptive-cellular-therapies-of-ebv-positive-gastric-cancer
#8
Shu Su, Zhengyun Zou, Fangjun Chen, Naiqing Ding, Juan Du, Jie Shao, Lin Li, Yao Fu, Bian Hu, Yang Yang, Huizi Sha, Fanyan Meng, Jia Wei, Xingxu Huang, Baorui Liu
The successful use of immune cell checkpoint inhibitors PD-1 and PD-L1, over the past 5 y has raised the concern of using immunotherapy to treat various cancers. Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric cancer (EBVaGC) exhibits high infiltration of lymphocytes and high amplification of immune-related genes including PD-L1 as distinguished from Epstein-Barr virus-non-associated gastric cancer (EBVnGC). Here, we presume that this PD-1/PD-L1 pathway may hinder the efficacy of adoptive T cell therapy toward EBVaGC...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197364/noninvasive-monitoring-of-cancer-therapy-induced-activated-t-cells-using-18-f-fb-il-2-pet-imaging
#9
S V Hartimath, O Draghiciu, S van de Wall, V Manuelli, R A J O Dierckx, H W Nijman, T Daemen, E F J de Vries
Cancer immunotherapy urgently calls for methods to monitor immune responses at the site of the cancer. Since activated T lymphocytes may serve as a hallmark for anticancer responses, we targeted these cells using the radiotracer N-(4-[(18)F]fluorobenzoyl)-interleukin-2 ([(18)F]FB-IL-2) for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. Thus, we noninvasively monitored the effects of local tumor irradiation and/or immunization on tumor-infiltrating and systemic activated lymphocytes in tumor-bearing mice. A 10- and 27-fold higher [(18)F]FB-IL-2 uptake was observed in tumors of mice receiving tumor irradiation alone or in combination with immunization, respectively...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193698/the-innate-and-adaptive-infiltrating-immune-systems-as-targets-for-breast-cancer-immunotherapy
#10
Andrew Mk Law, Elgene Lim, Christopher Ormandy, David Gallego-Ortega
A cancer cell-centric view has long dominated the field of cancer biology. Research efforts have focussed on aberrant cancer cell signalling pathways and on changes to cancer cell DNA. Mounting evidence demonstrates that many cancer-associated cell types within the tumour stroma co-evolve and support tumour growth and development, greatly modifying cancer cell behaviour, facilitating invasion and metastasis, and controlling dormancy and sensitivity to drug therapy. Thus, these stromal cells represent potential targets for cancer therapy...
February 13, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193624/transcriptional-mechanisms-of-resistance-to-anti-pd-1-therapy
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Maria Libera Ascierto, Alvin Makohon-Moore, Evan J Lipson, Janis M Taube, Tracee L McMiller, Alan E Berger, Jinshui Fan, Genevieve Kaunitz, Tricia Cottrell, Zachary Kohutek, Alexander Favorov, Vladimir Makarov, Nadeem Riaz, Timothy A Chan, Leslie Cope, Ralph H Hruban, Drew M Pardoll, Barry S Taylor, David B Solit, Christine A Iacobuzio-Donahue, Suzanne L Topalian
PURPOSE: To explore factors associated with response and resistance to anti-PD-1 therapy, we analyzed multiple disease sites at autopsy in a patient with widely metastatic melanoma who had a heterogeneous response. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-six melanoma specimens (four pre-mortem, 22 post-mortem) were subjected to whole-exome sequencing. Candidate immunologic markers and gene expression were assessed in ten cutaneous metastases showing response or progression during therapy...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186088/current-status-of-immunotherapy-for-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor
#12
REVIEW
Y Tan, J C Trent, B A Wilky, D A Kerr, A E Rosenberg
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) contain tumor-infiltrating immune cells and their presence provides an opportunity and rationale for developing effective forms of immunotherapy. The types of tumor-infiltrating inflammatory cells and relevant immune checkpoint inhibitors are the focus of active investigation. The most numerous tumor-infiltrating inflammatory cells are tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and CD3+ T cells. Studies have shown that patients with GISTs that harbor increased numbers of CD3+ T cells have better outcomes...
February 10, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185462/-options-of-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-prostate-cancer
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I Richter, J Dvořák, J Bartoš
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer is one of the most common malignancies in men. Chemotherapy has an important role in the management of prostate cancer, especially for the treatment of castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). According to recently published studies, chemotherapy can also be used to treat advanced hormone sensitive disease. AIM: The aim of this report is to review the currently available options for chemotherapy of prostate cancer. RESULTS: Docetaxel is a chemotherapeutic agent used for standard treatment of mCRPC as 1st line therapy...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183256/current-and-emerging-treatments-for-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Carla Cavaliere, Carmine D Aniello, Chiara Della Pepa, Salvatore Pisconti, Massimiliano Berretta, Gaetano Facchini
In the last decades the treatment of mRCC, metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma, has become more and more complex due to the approval of a great number of effective systemic treatments that have significantly improved the prognosis of patients suffering from such disease. An increasing knowledge of the genetic aberrations and the molecular pathways alterations that underlie RCC, has promoted the development of several novel agents, known as target therapies (TTs). Even though TTs are not curative and all patients eventually progressed, an adequate sequencing of these drugs can provide a significant benefit in terms of PFS, Progression Free Survival, and hopefully OS, Overall Survival...
February 8, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183254/metastatic-colorectal-cancer-role-of-target-therapies-and-future-perspectives
#15
Anna Nappi, Massimiliano Berretta, Carmela Romano, Salvatore Tafuto, Antonino Cassata, Rossana Casaretti, Lucrezia Silvestro, Chiara De Divitiis, Lara Alessandrini, Francesco Fiorica, Alessandro Ottaiano, Guglielmo Nasti
Today, we are experiencing a real cultural revolution in the therapeutic approach to cancer of the colon - rectum, that, by orphan disease, it is now becoming an important paradigm of scientific innovations and concepts. Survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (m-CRC) has been significantly improved with the introduction of the monoclonal antibodies that have as target the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Novel agents such as aflibercept and regorafenib have recently been approved...
February 8, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179283/immune-based-therapies-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Hind Rafei, Ehab El-Bahesh, Antoine Finianos, Samah Nassereddine, Imad Tabbara
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Treatment of non-small cell lung cancer has evolved tremendously over the past decade. Specifically, immune checkpoint inhibitors have become an increasingly interesting target of pharmacological blockade. These immune inhibitors have shown promising results in front-line therapy and after failure of multiple lines, as well as in monotherapy and combination with other therapies. Vaccination in non-small cell lung cancer is also an emerging field of research that holds promising results for the future of immunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer...
2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178709/neoplastic-meningitis-due-to-lung-breast-and-melanoma-metastases
#17
Emilie Le Rhun, Sophie Taillibert, Marc C Chamberlain
BACKGROUND: Neoplastic meningitis, a central nervous system (CNS) complication of cancer metastatic to the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), is relevant to oncologists due to the impact of the disease on patient quality of life and survival rates. METHODS: A review of the literature of articles published in English was conducted with regard to neoplastic meningitis. RESULTS: The incidence of neoplastic meningitis is increasing because patients with cancer are surviving longer in part because of the use of novel therapies with poor CNS penetration...
January 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178631/establishment-of-a-spontaneous-metastasis-tumor-model-for-human-erbb-2-vaccine
#18
Xin Dai, Yu He, Wenbing Yao, Xiangdong Gao
Human ErbB-2 (Her-2) is a critical target for cancer immunotherapy, and its over-expression can promote cancer migration and invasion. Compared with passive antibody therapy, vaccination treatment is more effective in the prevention of cancer recurrence. BALB-neuT mouse is a spontaneous metastasis tumor model used for testing the anti-tumor metastatic effect of rat ErbB-2 (neu) vaccine. However, no spontaneous metastasis tumor model used for evaluating Her-2 vaccine has been developed. In the current study, we attempted to use murine melanoma cell lines to establish a stable spontaneous metastasis tumor model for Her-2 vaccines...
February 5, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177902/identification-of-patient-specific-and-tumor-shared-t-cell-receptor-sequences-in-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients
#19
Chiara Massa, Harlan Robins, Cindy Desmarais, Dagmar Riemann, Corinna Fahldieck, Paolo Fornara, Barbara Seliger
A major requirement for cancer immunotherapy is the development of biomarkers for prognosis and for monitoring therapy response. In an attempt to evaluate the immune response of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients, tumor lesions and / or blood samples from 12 RCC patients underwent deep T cell receptor (TCR) sequencing. Despite the low number of samples, different TCR distribution patterns could be detected. Most of the RCC patients presented "patient-specific" TCR sequences, and those clonotypes were present at higher frequency in tumor lesions suggesting a specific extravasation from the blood...
February 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174389/-molecular-biology-for-surgical-treatment-of-lung-cancer
#20
Kenichi Suda, Tetsuya Mitsudomi
Progress in lung cancer research achieved during the last 10 years was summarized. These include identification of novel driver mutations and application of targeted therapies, resistance mechanisms to targeted therapies, and immunotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors. Molecular biology also affects the field of surgical treatment. Several molecular markers have been reported to predict benign/ malignant or stable/growing tumors, although far from clinical application. In perioperative period, there is a possibility of atrial natriuretic peptide to prevent cancer metastasis...
January 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
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