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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815409/insulin-like-growth-factor-igf-pathway-targeting-in-cancer-role-of-the-igf-axis-and-opportunities-for-future-combination-studies
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Aaron Simpson, Wilfride Petnga, Valentine M Macaulay, Ulrike Weyer-Czernilofsky, Thomas Bogenrieder
Despite a strong preclinical rationale for targeting the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis in cancer, clinical studies of IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R)-targeted monotherapies have been largely disappointing, and any potential success has been limited by the lack of validated predictive biomarkers for patient enrichment. A large body of preclinical evidence suggests that the key role of the IGF axis in cancer is in driving treatment resistance, via general proliferative/survival mechanisms, interactions with other mitogenic signaling networks, and class-specific mechanisms such as DNA damage repair...
August 16, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809532/transient-and-local-expression-of-chemokine-and-immune-checkpoint-traps-to-treat-pancreatic-cancer
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Lei Miao, Jingjing Li, Qi Liu, Richard Feng, Manisit Das, C Michael Lin, Tyler J Goodwin, Oleksandra Dorosheva, Rihe Liu, Leaf Huang
Pancreatic tumor is known to be resistant to immunotherapy due to the extensive immune suppressive tumor microenvironment (TME). We hypothesized that CXCL12 and PD-L1 are two key molecules controlling the immunosuppressive TME. Fusion proteins, called traps, designed to bind with these two molecules with high affinity (Kd = 4.1 nM and 0.22 nM, respectively) were manufactured and tested for specific binding with the targets. Plasmid DNA encoding for each trap was formulated in nanoparticles and injected IV to mice bearing orthotopic pancreatic cancer...
August 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808502/clinical-significance-of-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-for-gastric-cancer-in-the-era-of-immunology
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REVIEW
Byung Woog Kang, Jong Gwang Kim, In Hee Lee, Han Ik Bae, An Na Seo
Immunotherapy has begun to revolutionize cancer treatment, by introducing therapies that target the host immune system instead of the tumor, therapies that possess unique adverse event profiles, and therapies that may cure certain types of cancer. The immune microenvironment of tumors is emerging as the most important means of understanding the relationship between a patient' immune system and their cancer, informing prognosis, and guiding immunotherapy, such as an antibody blockade of immune checkpoints. For some solid tumors, simple quantitation of lymphocyte infiltration would seem to have prognostic significance, suggesting that lymphocyte infiltration is not passive but may actively promote or inhibit tumor growth...
July 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808500/emerging-molecular-targets-and-therapy-for-cholangiocarcinoma
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REVIEW
Hamzeh Kayhanian, Elizabeth C Smyth, Chiara Braconi
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a rare cancer arising from the biliary tree with a poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. Recent large scale molecular characterisation studies have identified recurrent genetic alterations in CCA which may be amenable to therapeutic targeting. In this review we explore the genomic landscape of CCA and examine results from trials of molecularly targeted agents and immunotherapy in this disease. Challenges in CCA diagnosis, treatment and trial design are discussed and we reflect on future directions which may lead to improved outcomes for CCA patients...
July 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805741/alcohol-and-cancer-mechanisms-and-therapies
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REVIEW
Anuradha Ratna, Pranoti Mandrekar
Several scientific and clinical studies have shown an association between chronic alcohol consumption and the occurrence of cancer in humans. The mechanism for alcohol-induced carcinogenesis has not been fully understood, although plausible events include genotoxic effects of acetaldehyde, cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1)-mediated generation of reactive oxygen species, aberrant metabolism of folate and retinoids, increased estrogen, and genetic polymorphisms. Here, we summarize the impact of alcohol drinking on the risk of cancer development and potential underlying molecular mechanisms...
August 14, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803721/conditioning-neoadjuvant-therapies-for-improved-immunotherapy-of-cancer
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REVIEW
Zachary Benson, Saeed H Manjili, Mehran Habibi, Georgi Guruli, Amir A Toor, Kyle K Payne, Masoud H Manjili
Recent advances in the treatment of melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by combining conventional therapies with anti-PD1/PD-L1 immunotherapies, have renewed interests in immunotherapy of cancer. The emerging concept of conventional cancer therapies combined with immunotherapy differs from the classical concept in that it is not simply taking advantage of their additive anti-tumor effects, but it is to use certain therapeutic regimens to condition the tumor microenvironment for optimal response to immunotherapy...
August 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803259/opportunities-and-challenges-in-the-immunological-therapy-of-pediatric-malignancy-a-concise-snapshot
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REVIEW
Francesco Ceppi, Maja Beck-Popovic, Jean-Pierre Bourquin, Raffaele Renella
Over the last 50 years, collaborative clinical trials have reduced the number of children dying from pediatric cancer significantly. Unfortunately, certain tumor types have remained resistant to conventional surgical, radiotherapy and chemotherapy combinations, and relapsing and/or refractory disease remains associated with dismal outcomes. Recently, renewed attention has been given to the role for immunotherapies in pediatric oncology. In fact, these combine several attractive features, including (but possibly not limited to) the specificity for cancer cells, potentially in vivo persistence and longevity, and potency against refractory disease...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802891/time-to-second-line-treatment-and-subsequent-relative-survival-in-older-patients-with-relapsed-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-small-lymphocytic-lymphoma
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Eric M Ammann, Tait D Shanafelt, Melissa C Larson, Kara B Wright, Bradley D McDowell, Brian K Link, Elizabeth A Chrischilles
BACKGROUND: Novel targeted therapies offer excellent short-term outcomes in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). However, there is disagreement over how widely these therapies should be used in place of standard chemo-immunotherapy (CIT). We investigated whether stratification on the length of the interval between first-line (T1) and second-line (T2) treatments could identify a subgroup of older patients with relapsed CLL/SLL with an expectation of normal overall survival, and for whom CIT could be an acceptable treatment choice...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801306/inducible-activation-of-myd88-and-cd40-in-car-t-cells-results-in-controllable-and-potent-antitumor-activity-in-preclinical-solid-tumor-models
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Melinda Mata, Claudia Gerken, Phuong Nguyen, Giedre Krenciute, David M Spencer, Stephen Gottschalk
Adoptive immunotherapy with T-cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has had limited success for solid tumors in early phase clinical studies. We reasoned that introducing into CAR T-cells an inducible co-stimulatory (iCO) molecule consisting of a chemical inducer of dimerization (CID)-binding domain and the MyD88 and CD40 signaling domains would improve and control CAR T-cell activation. In the presence of CID, T-cells expressing HER2-CARζ and a MyD88/CD40-based iCO molecule (HER2ζ.iCO T-cells) had superior T-cell proliferation, cytokine production, and ability to sequentially kill targets in vitro relative to HER2ζ...
August 11, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799906/of-mice-macaques-and-men-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-immunotherapy-for-hiv-1
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REVIEW
Yoshiaki Nishimura, Malcolm A Martin
The neutralizing antibodies targeting the HIV-1 envelope protein have been a major focus for HIV therapy. Early studies with anti-HIV-1 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) administered to infected individuals showed some promise, as they resulted in transient reductions in plasma viremia in some recipients. However, resistant viral variants rapidly emerged. A major development during the past 6 to 7 years has been the isolation and characterization of highly potent and broadly neutralizing mAbs (bNAbs) from infected individuals known as "elite neutralizers...
August 9, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799876/melanoma-brain-metastasis-the-impact-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-braf-mutational-status-and-targeted-and-or-immune-based-therapies-on-treatment-outcome
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Rupesh Kotecha, Jacob A Miller, Vyshak A Venur, Alireza M Mohammadi, Samuel T Chao, John H Suh, Gene H Barnett, Erin S Murphy, Pauline Funchain, Jennifer S Yu, Michael A Vogelbaum, Lilyana Angelov, Manmeet S Ahluwalia
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to investigate the impact of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), BRAF status, and targeted and immune-based therapies on the recurrence patterns and factors associated with overall survival (OS) among patients with melanoma brain metastasis (MBM). METHODS A total of 366 patients were treated for 1336 MBMs; a lesion-based analysis was performed on 793 SRS lesions. The BRAF status was available for 78 patients: 35 had BRAF (mut) and 43 had BRAF wild-type ( BRAF-WT) lesions. The Kaplan-Meier method evaluated unadjusted OS; cumulative incidence analysis determined the incidences of local failure (LF), distant failure, and radiation necrosis (RN), with death as a competing risk...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799436/immunotherapy-based-approaches-in-myelofibrosis
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Lucia Masarova, Srdan Verstovsek, Hagop Kantarjian, Naval Daver
Aberrant regulation of the immune system with up-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines contributes to disease pathophysiology in myelofibrosis (MF). Therapeutic options for MF associated anemia, thrombocytopenia, and bone marrow fibrosis remain limited. Areas covered: This review focuses on immune based therapies in MF, including immunomodulatory imide drugs (IMiDs), interferons, monoclonal antibodies and targeted agents (SL-401), and checkpoint inhibitors. Published literature was reviewed using available databases (PubMed, Cochrane, Scopus) and web pages (clinicaltrials...
August 11, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799073/immunotherapy-in-breast-cancer-the-emerging-role-of-pd-1-and-pd-l1
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REVIEW
François Bertucci, Anthony Gonçalves
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the review is to summarize the data regarding PD-L1 expression in breast cancer and the results of first clinical trials with PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitors in patients with metastatic breast cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: PD-L1 expression is heterogeneous across primary breast cancers, and is generally associated with the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and the presence of poor-prognosis features such as high grade, and aggressive molecular subtypes (triple-negative (TN), basal, HER2-enriched)...
August 10, 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794805/treatment-of-advanced-metastatic-soft-tissue-sarcoma-latest-evidence-and-clinical-considerations
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REVIEW
Gino K In, James S Hu, William W Tseng
Soft tissue sarcoma (STS) is a biologically heterogeneous malignancy with over 50 subtypes. Historically, there have been few systemic treatment options for this relatively rare disease. Traditional cytotoxic agents, such as anthracyclines, alkylating agents, and taxanes have limited clinical benefit beyond the first-line setting; across all high-grade STS subtypes, median overall survival remains approximately 12-18 months for advanced metastatic disease. The development of targeted therapies has led to recent US Food and Drug Administration approval of four new treatments for high-grade STS in the advanced metastatic setting...
August 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790919/potential-new-therapies-for-pediatric-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma
#15
REVIEW
Wenyong Long, Yang Yi, Shen Chen, Qi Cao, Wei Zhao, Qing Liu
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is an extensively invasive malignancy with infiltration into other regions of the brainstem. Although large numbers of specific targeted therapies have been tested, no significant progress has been made in treating these high-grade gliomas. Therefore, the identification of new therapeutic approaches is of great importance for the development of more effective treatments. This article reviews the conventional therapies and new potential therapeutic approaches for DIPG, including epigenetic therapy, immunotherapy, and the combination of stem cells with nanoparticle delivery systems...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783540/survival-of-melanoma-patients-treated-with-targeted-therapy-and-immunotherapy-after-systematic-upfront-control-of-brain-metastases-by-radiosurgery
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C Gaudy-Marqueste, A S Dussouil, R Carron, L Troin, N Malissen, A Loundou, S Monestier, S Mallet, M A Richard, J M Régis, J J Grob
BACKGROUND: Targeted therapy (TT) and immunotherapies (ITs) have dramatically improved survival in metastatic melanoma (MM). However, their efficacy on brain metastasis (BM) remains limited and poorly documented. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort of consecutive MM patients (pts) with BMs, all systematically upfront treated by Gamma-Knife (GK) at first BM and retreated in case of new BMs, from 2010 to 2015 at the time when ipilimumab BRAF ± MEK inhibitors and anti-PD1 were introduced in practice...
August 4, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782588/impact-of-aging-immune-system-on-neurodegeneration-and-potential-immunotherapies
#17
REVIEW
Zhanfeng Liang, Yang Zhao, Linhui Ruan, Linnan Zhu, Kunlin Jin, Qichuan Zhuge, Dong-Ming Su, Yong Zhao
The interaction between the nervous and immune systems during aging is an area of avid interest, but many aspects remain unclear. This is due, not only to the complexity of the aging process, but also to a mutual dependency and reciprocal causation of alterations and diseases between both the nervous and immune systems. Aging of the brain drives whole body systemic aging, including aging-related changes of the immune system. In turn, the immune system aging, particularly immunosenescence and T cell aging initiated by thymic involution that are sources of chronic inflammation in the elderly (termed inflammaging), potentially induces brain aging and memory loss in a reciprocal manner...
August 4, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780932/cancer-nanomedicine-lessons-for-immuno-oncology
#18
REVIEW
Shiladitya Sengupta
Cancer nanotechnology and cancer immunotherapy are two parallel themes that have emerged over the last few decades in the search for a cure for cancer. Exciting applications can emerge at the intersection of these two fields. However, it is important to learn from the past successes and failures of cancer nanomedicines for its future applications in cancer immunotherapy. This review discusses the two key parameters that defined clinical success in the case of cancer nanomedicines: (i) physicochemical design principles, and (ii) clinical trial design, which are frequently overlooked in most analyses of the state of the field...
August 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780888/anti-gd2-immunotherapy-for-neuroblastomas
#19
Sameer Sait, Shakeel I Modak
Current therapeutic approaches for high-risk neuroblastoma (HR-NB) include high-dose chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy; interventions that are associated with long and short-term toxicities. Effective immunotherapy holds particular promise for improving survival and quality of life by reducing exposure to cytotoxic agents. GD2, a surface glycolipid is the most common target for immunotherapy. Areas covered: We review the status of anti-GD2 immunotherapies currently in clinical use for neuroblastomas and novel GD2-targeted strategies in preclinical development...
August 7, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780700/natural-killer-cells-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-current-status-and-perspectives-for-future-immunotherapeutic-approaches
#20
REVIEW
Min Yu, Zonghai Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is currently the fifth most common malignancy and the third leading cause of cancer-related mortalities worldwide. In the last few years, treatments for HCC have significantly improved from a mere surgical resection to a series of minimally invasive therapies and targeted drugs. However, recurrence frequently occurs even upon curative therapeutics, and drug therapies generally produce disappointing results, with the overall prognosis dismal. This challenging clinical scenario warrants new effective and life-prolonging strategies for patients with HCC...
August 5, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
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