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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338065/prospects-for-combining-targeted-and-conventional-cancer-therapy-with-immunotherapy
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Philip Gotwals, Scott Cameron, Daniela Cipolletta, Viviana Cremasco, Adam Crystal, Becker Hewes, Britta Mueller, Sonia Quaratino, Catherine Sabatos-Peyton, Lilli Petruzzelli, Jeffrey A Engelman, Glenn Dranoff
Over the past 25 years, research in cancer therapeutics has largely focused on two distinct lines of enquiry. In one approach, efforts to understand the underlying cell-autonomous, genetic drivers of tumorigenesis have led to the development of clinically important targeted agents that result in profound, but often not durable, tumour responses in genetically defined patient populations. In the second parallel approach, exploration of the mechanisms of protective tumour immunity has provided several therapeutic strategies - most notably the 'immune checkpoint' antibodies that reverse the negative regulators of T cell function - that accomplish durable clinical responses in subsets of patients with various tumour types...
March 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337200/metabolic-hallmarks-of-tumor-and-immune-cells-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
#2
REVIEW
Kathrin Renner, Katrin Singer, Gudrun E Koehl, Edward K Geissler, Katrin Peter, Peter J Siska, Marina Kreutz
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes and NK cells play an important role in eliminating malignant tumor cells and the number and activity of tumor-infiltrating T cells represent a good marker for tumor prognosis. Based on these findings, immunotherapy, e.g., checkpoint blockade, has received considerable attention during the last couple of years. However, for the majority of patients, immune control of their tumors is gray theory as malignant cells use effective mechanisms to outsmart the immune system. Increasing evidence suggests that changes in tumor metabolism not only ensure an effective energy supply and generation of building blocks for tumor growth but also contribute to inhibition of the antitumor response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336379/synthetic-nanovaccines-for-immunotherapy
#3
Min Luo, Layla Z Samandi, Zhaohui Wang, Zhijian J Chen, Jinming Gao
Although vaccination is historically one of the most successful strategies for the prevention of infectious diseases, development of vaccines for cancer and many chronic infections, such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, has remained a challenge. Strong and long-lasting antigen-specific T cell responses are critical for therapy of these diseases. A major challenge in achieving a robust CD8+ T cell response is the requirement of spatio-temporal orchestration of antigen cross-presentation in antigen-presenting cells with innate stimulation...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335888/second-and-third-generation-drugs-for-immuno-oncology-treatment-the-more-the-better
#4
REVIEW
Wolfram C M Dempke, Klaus Fenchel, Peter Uciechowski, Stephen P Dale
Recent success in cancer immunotherapy (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD1/PD-L1) has confirmed the hypothesis that the immune system can control many cancers across various histologies, in some cases producing durable responses in a way not seen with many small-molecule drugs. However, only less than 25% of all patients do respond to immuno-oncology drugs and several resistance mechanisms have been identified (e.g. T-cell exhaustion, overexpression of caspase-8 and β-catenin, PD-1/PD-L1 gene amplification, MHC-I/II mutations)...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335655/the-therapeutic-potential-of-targeting-abc-transporters-to-combat-multi-drug-resistance
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Piyush Bugde, Riya Biswas, Fabrice Merien, Jun Lu, Dong-Xu Liu, Mingwei Chen, Shufeng Zhou, Yan Li
Most disseminated cancers remain fatal despite the availability of a variety of conventional and novel treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, and biologically targeted therapy. A major factor responsible for the failure of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer is the development of multidrug resistance (MDR). The overexpression of various ABC transporters in cancer cells can efficiently remove the anticancer drug from the cell, thus causing the drug to lose its effect. Areas covered: In this review, we summarised the ongoing research related to the mechanism, function, and regulation of ABC transporters...
March 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335643/prospects-and-progress-of-atezolizumab-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#6
Johan Vansteenkiste, Els Wauters, Keunchil Park, Achim Rittmeyer, Alan Sandler, Alexander Spira
Immunotherapy has recently come to the forefront of oncology treatment as a potential means of combating cancer by restoring the body's adaptive cancer-immunity cycle. Atezolizumab is a monoclonal antibody agent that specifically targets programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), a key molecule in the cancer-immunity pathway, to block binding to its receptors PD-1 and B7.1. Areas covered: This review covers the role of atezolizumab in the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Several studies have reported promising efficacy in this indication...
March 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334886/glioblastoma-associated-microglia-and-macrophages-targets-for-therapies-to-improve-prognosis
#7
Candice C Poon, Susobhan Sarkar, V Wee Yong, John J P Kelly
Glioblastoma is the most common and most malignant primary adult human brain tumour. Diagnosis of glioblastoma carries a dismal prognosis. Treatment resistance and tumour recurrence are the result of both cancer cell proliferation and their interaction with the tumour microenvironment. A large proportion of the tumour microenvironment consists of an inflammatory infiltrate predominated by microglia and macrophages, which are thought to be subverted by glioblastoma cells for tumour growth. Thus, glioblastoma-associated microglia and macrophages are logical therapeutic targets...
February 4, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334399/association-of-hiv-status-with-local-immune-response-to-anal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-implications-for-immunotherapy
#8
Elizabeth L Yanik, Genevieve J Kaunitz, Tricia R Cottrell, Farah Succaria, Tracee L McMiller, Maria L Ascierto, Jessica Esandrio, Haiying Xu, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Toby Cornish, Evan J Lipson, Suzanne L Topalian, Eric A Engels, Janis M Taube
Importance: The programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) pathway play an important immunosuppressive role in cancer and chronic viral infection, and have been effectively targeted in cancer therapy. Anal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is associated with both human papillomavirus and HIV infection. To date, patients with HIV have been excluded from most trials of immune checkpoint blocking agents, such as anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1, because it was assumed that their antitumor immunity was compromised compared with immunocompetent patients...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332219/targeting-immunotherapy-to-the-tumor-microenvironment
#9
Michael Dougan, Stephanie K Dougan
Targeting drugs to the tumor microenvironment has long been appreciated as a means of increasing local concentrations and decreasing systemic toxicities. How drug targeting might apply to immune-based therapies is less clear. In this review, we explain the immunology of cancer, with a focus on the principles of in situ vaccination. Certain types of therapies are more amenable to local versus systemic delivery; these include cytokines, adjuvants, radiation, and agents targeting tumor-resident cell populations...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332095/identification-of-t-cell-target-antigens-in-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-using-an-integrated-proteomics-based-approach-in-patient-specimens
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Carmen Rapp, Rolf Warta, Slava Stamova, Ali Nowrouzi, Christoph Geisenberger, Zoltan Gal, Saskia Roesch, Steffen Dettling, Simone Juenger, Mariana Bucur, Christine Jungk, Philip DaoTrong, Rezvan Ahmadi, Felix Sahm, David Reuss, Valentina Fermi, Esther Herpel, Volker Eckstein, Niels Grabe, Christoph Schramm, Markus A Weigand, Juergen Debus, Andreas von Deimling, Andreas Unterberg, Amir Abdollahi, Philipp Beckhove, Christel Herold-Mende
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly aggressive brain tumor and still remains incurable. Among others, an immature subpopulation of self-renewing and therapy-resistant tumor cells-often referred to as glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs)-has been shown to contribute to disease recurrence. To target these cells personalized immunotherapy has gained a lot of interest, e.g. by reactivating pre-existing anti-tumor immune responses against GSC antigens. To identify T cell targets commonly presented by GSCs and their differentiated counterpart, we used a proteomics-based separation of GSC proteins in combination with a T cell activation assay...
March 22, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331617/current-approaches-to-increase-car-t-cell-potency-in-solid-tumors-targeting-the-tumor-microenvironment
#11
REVIEW
Irene Scarfò, Marcela V Maus
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy represents a revolutionary treatment for haematological malignancies (i.e. B-ALL). However, the success of this type of treatment has not yet been achieved in solid tumors. One hypothesis is that the immunosuppressive nature of the tumor microenvironment (TME) influences and affects the efficacy of adoptive immunotherapy. Understanding the role of the TME and its interaction with CAR T-cells is crucial to improve the potency of adoptive immunotherapy. In this review, we discuss the strategies and potential combinatorial approaches recently developed in mouse models to enhance the efficacy of CAR T-cells, with particular emphasis on the translational potential of these approaches...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330372/car-t-cell-therapy-progress-and-prospects
#12
Olivia Wilkins, Allison May Keeler, Terence R Flotte
Lentivirus-mediated transduction of autologous T-cells with a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) to confer a desired epitope-specificity as a targeted immunotherapy for cancer has been among the first human gene therapy techniques to demonstrate widespread therapeutic efficacy. Other approaches to using gene therapy to enhance anti-tumor immunity have been less specific and less effective. These included amplification, marking, and cytokine transduction of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL), recombinant virus-based expression of tumor antigens as a tumor vaccine, and transduction of antigen-presenting cells (APCs) with tumor antigens...
March 23, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326837/checkpoint-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-brain-metastases-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-melanoma
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Hampig Raphael Kourie, Hassan Kanaan, Gil Awada, Ahmad Hussein Awada
Brain metastases (BMs) are representing a new challenge for the oncologist; their incidence is increasing due to the better overall survival and systemic disease control in many malignancies, consequent to new potent cytotoxic and targeted therapies. In the era of immunotherapies, checkpoint inhibitors are representing a new therapeutic option in different solid tumors and settings; preliminary results showed potential activity of these agents in patients with BM, when administered as single agent or in combination with radiation therapy...
February 28, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325255/mucosal-melanoma-of-the-head-and-neck
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REVIEW
Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Remo Accorona, Gerardo Botti, Davide Farina, Piero Fossati, Gemma Gatta, Helen Gogas, Davide Lombardi, Roberto Maroldi, Piero Nicolai, Marco Ravanelli, Vito Vanella
Mucosal melanoma of the head and neck is a very rare and aggressive malignancy with a very poor prognosis. The nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, and oral cavity are the most common locations. One-, 3- and 5-year survival rates between 2000 and 2007 were 63%, 30% and 20%, respectively. Cigarette smoking seems to be a risk factor even though the evidence for this is very low. Clinical signs and symptoms are usually nonspecific. While surgery is considered the mainstay of treatment for most mucosal melanomas of the head and neck region, radiotherapy has a role in local control of the disease after surgery...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325214/antibody-based-cancer-therapy-successful-agents-and-novel-approaches
#15
D Hendriks, G Choi, M de Bruyn, V R Wiersma, E Bremer
Since their discovery, antibodies have been viewed as ideal candidates or "magic bullets" for use in targeted therapy in the fields of cancer, autoimmunity, and chronic inflammatory disorders. A wave of antibody-dedicated research followed, which resulted in the clinical approval of a first generation of monoclonal antibodies for cancer therapy such as rituximab (1997) and cetuximab (2004), and infliximab (2002) for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. More recently, the development of antibodies that prevent checkpoint-mediated inhibition of T cell responses invigorated the field of cancer immunotherapy...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325191/genetics-of-gastric-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Matthew S Strand, Albert Craig Lockhart, Ryan C Fields
Gastric cancer represents a major cause of cancer mortality worldwide despite a declining incidence. New molecular classification schemes developed from genomic and molecular analyses of gastric cancer have provided a framework for understanding this heterogenous disease, and early findings suggest these classifications will be relevant for designing and implementing new targeted therapies. The success of targeted therapy and immunotherapy in breast cancer and melanoma, respectively, has not been duplicated in gastric cancer, but trastuzumab and ramucirumab have demonstrated efficacy in select populations...
April 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325150/managing-expectations-in-the-transition-to-proof-of-concept-studies
#17
Thomas Kieber-Emmons, Issam Makhoul, Angela Pennisi, Eric R Siegel, Peter D Emanuel, Bejotaloh Monzavi-Karbassi, Zenon Steplewski, J Thaddeus Beck, Laura F Hutchins
BACKGROUND: As we are moving away from the traditional chemotherapy era to targeted therapy, the validity of old assessment paradigms associated with therapeutics are being raised in the context of immunotherapy. The old paradigm required elaborate assessment of toxicity with no expectation of efficacy in early phase trials. Safety data from Phase 1 and 2 studies with many immunotherapeutics show that they display limited toxicities and draw attention to the need to demonstrate efficacy in the early evaluation of new agents...
March 21, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324750/biological-mechanisms-of-immune-escape-and-implications-for-immunotherapy-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
REVIEW
Jennifer D Moy, Jessica M Moskovitz, Robert L Ferris
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is an aggressive malignancy with high morbidity and mortality. Despite advances in cytotoxic therapies and surgical techniques, overall survival (OS) has not improved over the past few decades. This emphasises the need for intense investigation into novel therapies with good tumour control and minimal toxicity. Cancer immunotherapy has led this endeavour, attempting to improve tumour recognition and expand immune responses against tumour cells. While various forms of HNSCC immunotherapy are in preclinical trials, the most promising direction thus far has been with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), targeting growth factor and immune checkpoint receptors...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323141/mechanistic-and-pharmacologic-insights-on-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#19
REVIEW
Randy F Sweis, Jason J Luke
The concept of augmenting the immune system to eradicate cancer dates back at least a century. A major resurgence in cancer immunotherapy has occurred over the past decade since the identification and targeting of negative regulators with antibody therapies to augment the anti-tumor immune response. Unprecedented responses across a broad array of cancer types elevated this class of therapies to the forefront of cancer treatment. The most successful drugs to date target the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) pathways...
March 18, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323111/nanoparticles-for-tumor-immunotherapy
#20
REVIEW
Xinlong Zang, Xiuli Zhao, Haiyang Hu, Mingxi Qiao, Yihui Deng, Dawei Chen
Although most researches and therapies have been focused on the tumor itself, it is becoming clear that immune cells can not only suppress tumor development but support and maintain their malignant type. Promising recent developments in immunology will provide opportunities for tumor-specific immunotherapy, which can orchestrate the patients immune system to target, fight and eradicate cancer cells without destroying healthy cells. However, antitumor immunity driven by self-immune system alone may be therapeutically insufficient...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
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