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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225538/may-you-live-in-interesting-times
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Whether or not the so-called curse, "May you live in interesting times" is apocryphal, we have to acknowledge that we do indeed live in interesting times. It has been only three months since the October 2016 issue of MEDICC Review, but the changes since-in many directions-have been head-spinning. For starters, scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have launched a clinical trial of CIMAvax, the therapeutic lung cancer vaccine developed at Cuba's Molecular Immunology Center, surely a win-win for the citizens of both countries...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223433/global-cancer-in-women-burden-and-trends
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Lindsey A Torre, Farhad Islami, Rebecca L Siegel, Elizabeth M Ward, Ahmedin Jemal
There are striking disparities in the global cancer burden in women, yet few publications highlight cancer occurrence in this population, particularly for cancers that are not sex-specific. This paper, the first in a series of two, summarizes the current burden, trends, risk factors, prevention, early detection, and survivorship of all cancers combined and seven sites (breast, cervix, uterine corpus, ovary, colorectum, lung, and liver) that account for about 60% of the cancer burden among women worldwide, using data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220304/immunosenescence-and-cancer
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Graham Pawelec
Age is a major risk factor for solid cancers, hitherto conventionally viewed in the context of the cell biology of carcinogenesis. However, if cancers are immunogenic, the immune system could protect against tumorigenesis ("immunosurveillance"), and vaccination or other immunomodulatory treatments should be therapeutically beneficial, as has been recently dramatically documented in a fraction of patients with certain tumors responding to immune checkpoint blockade. This begs the question that if immunity decreases with age ("immunosenescence"), this may contribute to increased cancer disease in the elderly and a lower likelihood of clinical benefit from immunotherapy...
February 20, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220126/the-immunoregulatory-potential-of-particle-radiation-in-cancer-therapy
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Daniel K Ebner, Walter Tinganelli, Alexander Helm, Alessandra Bisio, Shigeru Yamada, Tadashi Kamada, Takashi Shimokawa, Marco Durante
Cancer treatment, today, consists of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and most recently immunotherapy. Combination immunotherapy-radiotherapy (CIR) has experienced a surge in public attention due to numerous clinical publications outlining the reduction or elimination of metastatic disease, following treatment with specifically ipilimumab and radiotherapy. The mechanism behind CIR, however, remains unclear, though it is hypothesized that radiation transforms the tumor into an in situ vaccine which immunotherapy modulates into a larger immune response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219205/-preparation-of-chaperone-antigen-peptide-vaccine-derived-from-human-gastric-cancer-stem-cells-and-its-immune-function
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Y Q Jiang, Q M Guo, X P Xu, J C Liang, Y Y He, S H An, F Su, C Y Li, C X Huang
Objective: To explore the method of extracting chaperone antigen peptide complexes from gastric cancer stem cells and its immune function. Methods: Gastric cancer stem cells and gastric cancer cells were screened by low temperature ultrasonic lysis. After salting out and dialysis, the lysate supernatant was processed with SDS-PAGE to analyze the expression of chaperone antigen peptide complexes, and then was separated and purified with CNBr-activated SepharoseTM 4B. Reverse high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), SDS-PAGE and Western blotting were used to analyze the purity and nature of the acquired albumen...
February 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219022/rationale-for-stimulator-of-interferon-genes-targeted-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Thaiz Rivera Vargas, Isis Benoit-Lizon, Lionel Apetoh
The efficacy of checkpoint inhibitor therapy illustrates that cancer immunotherapy, which aims to foster the host immune response against cancer to achieve durable anticancer responses, can be successfully implemented in a routine clinical practice. However, a substantial proportion of patients does not benefit from this treatment, underscoring the need to identify alternative strategies to defeat cancer. Despite the demonstration in the 1990's that the detection of danger signals, including the nucleic acids DNA and RNA, by dendritic cells (DCs) in a cancer setting is essential for eliciting host defence, the molecular sensors responsible for recognising these danger signals and eliciting anticancer immune responses remain incompletely characterised, possibly explaining the disappointing results obtained so far upon the clinical implementation of DC-based cancer vaccines...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218682/immune-mediated-therapies-for-liver-cancer
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REVIEW
Rajagopal N Aravalli, Clifford J Steer
In recent years, immunotherapy has gained renewed interest as an alternative therapeutic approach for solid tumors. Its premise is based on harnessing the power of the host immune system to destroy tumor cells. Development of immune-mediated therapies, such as vaccines, adoptive transfer of autologous immune cells, and stimulation of host immunity by targeting tumor-evasive mechanisms have advanced cancer immunotherapy. In addition, studies on innate immunity and mechanisms of immune evasion have enhanced our understanding on the immunology of liver cancer...
February 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215654/dendritic-cell-vaccination-in-combination-with-docetaxel-for-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-a-randomized-phase-ii-study
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Per Kongsted, Troels Holz Borch, Eva Ellebaek, Trine Zeeberg Iversen, Rikke Andersen, Özcan Met, Morten Hansen, Henriette Lindberg, Lisa Sengeløv, Inge Marie Svane
BACKGROUND AIMS: We investigated whether the addition of an autologous dendritic cell-based cancer vaccine (DCvac) induces an immune response in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer treated with docetaxel. METHODS: Forty-three patients were randomized 1:1 to receive up to 10 cycles of docetaxel alone, 75 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks or in combination with DCvac. Monocytes were harvested following a leukapheresis procedure, matured ex vivo and subsequently transfected with messenger RNA encoding multiple tumor-associated antigens (TAAs)...
February 15, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215530/rationale-for-the-combination-of-dendritic-cell-based-vaccination-approaches-with-chemotherapy-agents
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I Truxova, M Hensler, P Skapa, M J Halaska, J Laco, A Ryska, R Spisek, J Fucikova
Owing to their central role in the initiation and regulation of antitumor immunity, dendritic cells (DCs) have been widely tested for use in cancer immunotherapy. Despite several encouraging clinical applications, existing DC-based immunotherapy efforts have yielded inconsistent results. Recent work has identified strategies that may allow for more potent DC-based vaccines, such as the combination with antitumor agents that have the potential to synergistically enhance DC functions. Selected cytotoxic agents may stimulate DCs either by directly promoting their maturation or through the induction of immunogenic tumor cell death...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215050/racial-disparities-in-preventable-risk-factors-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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Sunshine Dwojak, Neil Bhattacharyya
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To demonstrate racial differences in preventable risk behaviors/practices that contribute to head and neck cancer (HNCA). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of large national risk factor survey. METHODS: The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 2013 was analyzed. Demographic data were extracted, including age, sex, and race. Social habits considered risk factors for HNCA were also extracted, including alcohol consumption, smoking, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination status...
February 19, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214895/development-of-cancer-vaccines-targeting-brachyury-a-transcription-factor-associated-with-tumor-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Duane H Hamilton, Justin M David, Charli Dominguez, Claudia Palena
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is recognized as a relevant process during the progression of carcinomas towards metastatic disease. Epithelial cancer cells undergoing an EMT program may acquire mesenchymal features, motility, invasiveness, and resistance to a variety of anticancer therapeutics. Preventing or reverting the EMT process in carcinomas has the potential to minimize tumor dissemination and the emergence of therapeutic resistance. One of the strategies currently under investigation to target tumor cells undergoing EMT is the generation of a sustained immune response directed against an essential molecular driver of the process...
2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214651/a-review-on-the-evolution-of-pd-1-pd-l1-immunotherapy-for-bladder-cancer-the-future-is-now
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REVIEW
Joaquin Bellmunt, Thomas Powles, Nicholas J Vogelzang
The treatment of bladder cancer has evolved over time to encompass not only the traditional modalities of chemotherapy and surgery, but has been particularly impacted by the use of immunotherapy. The first immunotherapy was the live, attenuated bacterial Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine, which has been the standard of care non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer since 1990. Modern immunotherapy has focused on inhibitors of checkpoint proteins, which are molecules that impede immune function, thereby allowing tumor cells to grow and proliferate unregulated...
February 2, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214188/prevalence-of-human-papillomavirus-infection-among-71-435-women-in-jiangxi-province-china
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Tian-Yu Zhong, Ji-Chun Zhou, Rong Hu, Xiao-Na Fan, Xiao-Ying Xie, Zhao-Xia Liu, Min Lin, Yi-Guo Chen, Xiao-Mei Hu, Wei-Hua Wang, Long Li, Hua-Ping Xiao
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women worldwide. Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been identified as an etiological factor for cervical cancer. Data on the prevalence and subtype distribution of HPV infection in Jiangxi Province are incomplete. In this study, we investigated HPV subtype distribution and prevalence in Jiangxi Province between August 1, 2010, and December 31, 2015. A total of 71,435 individuals ranging in age from 16 to 77 years were recruited. Cervicovaginal swabs were collected from each participant, and HPV screening was performed...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213874/disease-burden-of-human-papillomavirus-infection-in-the-netherlands-1989-2014-the-gap-between-females-and-males-is-diminishing
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Scott A McDonald, Venetia Qendri, Johannes Berkhof, Hester E de Melker, Johannes A Bogaards
PURPOSE: Besides cervical cancer, HPV infection is linked to a multitude of diseases in both males and females, suggesting that vaccination programmes should be re-evaluated, with a judicious assessment made of the disease burden stratified by sex, age, and genotype. Projections of burden into the near future are also needed to provide a benchmark for evaluating the impact of vaccination programmes, and to assess the need for scaling-up preventive measures. METHODS: Using the disability-adjusted life-years (DALY) measure, we estimated the total HPV-associated disease burden in the Netherlands...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212457/papillomaviruses-a-systematic-review
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Rodrigo Pinheiro Araldi, Suely Muro Reis Assaf, Rodrigo Franco de Carvalho, Márcio Augusto Caldas Rocha de Carvalho, Jacqueline Mazzuchelli de Souza, Roberta Fiusa Magnelli, Diego Grando Módolo, Franco Peppino Roperto, Rita de Cassia Stocco, Willy Beçak
In the last decades, a group of viruses has received great attention due to its relationship with cancer development and its wide distribution throughout the vertebrates: the papillomaviruses. In this article, we aim to review some of the most relevant reports concerning the use of bovines as an experimental model for studies related to papillomaviruses. Moreover, the obtained data contributes to the development of strategies against the clinical consequences of bovine papillomaviruses (BPV) that have led to drastic hazards to the herds...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205361/immunotherapy-against-metastatic-bladder-cancer-by-combined-administration-of-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-and-interleukin-2-surface-modified-mb49-bladder-cancer-stem-cells-vaccine
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Chun-Yan Wang, Rui Hua, Li Liu, Xiaomin Zhan, Simei Chen, Song Quan, Qing-Jun Chu, Yong-Tong Zhu
In previous studies, it has been shown that the granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) or interleukin-2 (IL-2) surface modified MB49 bladder cancer stem cells (MCSCs) vaccine could induce a specific antitumor immunity and against bladder cancer in mice model respectively. However, whether combined administration of GM-CSF and IL-2 could produce specific immune responses to cancer stem cells (CSCs) was uncertain. MCSCs were established and characterized. GM-CSF and IL-2 MCSCs vaccines were prepared and bioactivity was evaluated...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203287/specific-immunotherapy-in-renal-cancer-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Armin Hirbod-Mobarakeh, Hesam Addin Gordan, Zahra Zahiri, Mohammad Mirshahvalad, Sima Hosseinverdi, Brian I Rini, Nima Rezaei
BACKGROUND: Renal cell cancer (RCC) is the tenth most common malignancy in adults. In recent years, several approaches of active and passive immunotherapy have been studied extensively in clinical trials of patients with RCC. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the clinical efficacy of various approaches of specific immunotherapy in patients with RCC. METHODS: We searched Medline, Scopus, CENTRAL, TRIP, DART, OpenGrey and ProQuest without any language filter through to 9 October 2015...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202532/cd40-signaling-drives-potent-cellular-immune-responses-in-heterologous-cancer-vaccinations
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Supot Nimanong, Dmitrij Ostroumov, Jessica Wingerath, Sarah Knocke, Norman Woller, Engin Guerlevik, Christine Falk, Michael P Manns, Florian Kuehnel, Thomas C Wirth
Antagonistic antibodies targeting co-inhibitory receptors have revolutionized the treatment of cancer by inducing durable immune responses and clinical remissions in patients. In contrast, success of agonistic costimulatory antibodies has thus far been limited due to insufficient induction of adaptive immune responses. Here we describe a novel vaccination method consisting of a primary dendritic cell immunization followed by a composite vaccination including an agonistic CD40 antibody, soluble antigen and a TLR3 agonist, referred to as CoAT...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201977/targeting-the-immune-niche-within-the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-the-rise-of-immunotherapy-in-multiple-myeloma
#19
Klaus Podar, D Jäger
Multiple Myeloma (MM) cells inhibit the development of an effective anti-MM immune response via defects in T cell function, ineffective antigen presentation; reduced phagocytic capacity; natural killer and dendritic cell dysfunction; decreased responsiveness to IL-2 and defects in B cell immunity; upregulation of inhibitory pathways; and production of excessive pro-inflammatory cytokines. Moreover, immune cells including plasmacytoid dendritic cells and macrophages trigger tumor cell proliferation, survival, and drug resistance...
February 13, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197393/preclinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-the-ty21a-vaccine-strain-for-intravesical-immunotherapy-of-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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Sonia Domingos-Pereira, Valérie Cesson, Mathieu F Chevalier, Laurent Derré, Patrice Jichlinski, Denise Nardelli-Haefliger
Intravesical Bacillus-Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunotherapy can reduce recurrence/progression of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), although significant adverse events and treatment failure argue for alternative options. Here, we examined whether another attenuated live vaccine, Vivotif/Ty21a, used since more than 30 y against typhoid fever, may be safely used intravesically to improve bladder-tumor treatment. Mice-bearing MB49 orthotopic bladder-tumors treated with intravesical Ty21a or BCG were compared for survival and bacteria recovery...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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