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Honggeng Guan, Yuqiu Wan, Jing Lan, Qin Wang, Zhangyu Wang, Yecheng Li, Jiqing Zheng, Xueguang Zhang, Zemin Wang, Yueping Shen, Fang Xie
Regulatory T cells (Tregs), a key mediator in regulating anti-tumor immune suppression, tumor immune escape, metastasis and relapse, are considered an important therapeutic target in immunotherapy of human cancers. In the present investigation, elevated CD19(+) CD24(+) CD38(+) regulatory B cells (Bregs) were observed in PBMCs of invasive carcinoma of breast (IBCa) patients compared with that in patients with fibroadenoma (FIBma) or healthy individuals, and the positive correlation existed between Bregs and CD4(+) CD25(+) CD127(-) Tregs (r = 0...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Ling Li, John C Byrd, Kausar J Jabbar, Ganiraju C Manyam, Charlotte Maria de Winde, Michiel van den Brand, Alexandar Tzankov, Carlo Visco, Jing Wang, Karen Dybkaer, April Chiu, Attilio Orazi, Youli Zu, Govind Bhagat, Kristy L Richards, Eric D Hsi, William W L Choi, Jooryung Huh, Maurilio Ponzoni, Andrés J M Ferreri, Michael B Møller, Ben M Parsons, Jane N Winter, Michael Wang, Fredrick B Hagemeister, Miguel A Piris, J Han van Krieken, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Yong Li, Annemiek B van Spriel, Ken H Young
CD37 (tetraspanin TSPAN26) is a B-cell surface antigen widely expressed on mature B-cells. CD37 is involved in immune regulation and tumor suppression but its function has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we assessed CD37 expression in de novo diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and investigated its clinical and biologic significance in 773 patients treated with rituximab-CHOP and 231 patients treated with CHOP chemotherapy. We found CD37 loss (CD37(-)) in ~60% of DLBCL predicted significantly decreased survival rates in R-CHOP-treated patients, independent of the International Prognostic Index (IPI), germinal-center-B-cell-like (GCB)/activated-B-cell-like (ABC) cell-of-origin, nodal/extranodal primary origin, and the prognostic factors associated with CD37(-), including TP53 mutation, NF-κB(high), Myc(high), p-STAT3(high), survivin(high), p63(-), and BCL6 translocation...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Shouzheng Wang, Junling Li
In recent years, squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) didn't progress much in chemotherapy or target therapy. However, immunotherapy has made breakthroughs in treating squamous NSCLC. Immunotherapy includes two main broad classes of immune checkpoint inhibitors and therapeutic vaccines. Immune checkpoint inhibitors, including anti cytotoxic T-lymphocyte associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) and anti programmed death receptor 1 (PD-1) antibodies, have been tested in the phase II/III clinical trials and have demonstrated promising outcomes...
October 20, 2016: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Frederick J Kohlhapp, Erica J Huelsmann, Andrew T Lacek, Jason M Schenkel, Jevgenijs Lusciks, Joseph R Broucek, Josef W Goldufsky, Tasha Hughes, Janet P Zayas, Hubert Dolubizno, Ryan T Sowell, Regina Kühner, Sarah Burd, John C Kubasiak, Arman Nabatiyan, Sh'Rae Marshall, Praveen K Bommareddy, Shengguo Li, Jenna H Newman, Claude E Monken, Sasha H Shafikhani, Amanda L Marzo, Jose A Guevara-Patino, Ahmed Lasfar, Paul G Thomas, Edmund C Lattime, Howard L Kaufman, Andrew Zloza
In light of increased cancer prevalence and cancer-specific deaths in patients with infections, we investigated whether infections alter anti-tumor immune responses. We report that acute influenza infection of the lung promotes distal melanoma growth in the dermis and leads to accelerated cancer-specific host death. Furthermore, we show that during influenza infection, anti-melanoma CD8(+) T cells are shunted from the tumor to the infection site, where they express high levels of the inhibitory receptor programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Uma Sriram, Beth L Hill, Jonathan M Cenna, Larisa Gofman, Nicole C Fernandes, Bijayesh Haldar, Raghava Potula
Methamphetamine (METH) is a widely used psychostimulant that severely impacts the host's innate and adaptive immune systems and has profound immunological implications. T cells play a critical role in orchestrating immune responses. We have shown recently how chronic exposure to METH affects T cell activation using a murine model of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection. Using the TriCOM (trinary state combinations) feature of GemStone™ to study the polyfunctionality of T cells, we have analyzed how METH affected the cytokine production pattern over the course of chronic LCMV infection...
2016: PloS One
E Liniker, A M Menzies, B Y Kong, A Cooper, S Ramanujam, S Lo, R F Kefford, G B Fogarty, A Guminski, T W Wang, M S Carlino, A Hong, G V Long
The anti-PD-1 antibodies nivolumab and pembrolizumab are active in metastatic melanoma; however, there is limited data on combining anti-PD-1 antibody and radiotherapy (RT). We sought to review clinical outcomes of patients receiving RT and anti-PD-1 therapy. All patients receiving anti-PD-1 antibody and RT for metastatic melanoma were identified. RT and systemic treatment, clinical outcome, and toxicity data were collected. Fifty-three patients were included; 35 patients received extracranial RT and/or intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and 21 received whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) (three of whom also received SRS/extracranial RT)...
2016: Oncoimmunology
David J Pinato, Robert J Shiner, Solomon D T White, James R M Black, Pritesh Trivedi, Justin Stebbing, Rohini Sharma, Francesco A Mauri
Purpose: There is inconclusive evidence to suggest the expression of programmed cell death (PD) ligand 1 (PD-L1) is a putative predictor of response to PD-1/PD-L1-targeted therapies in lung cancer. We evaluated the heterogeneity in the expression of PD-1 ligands in isogeneic primary and metastatic LC specimens. Experimental Design: From 12,580 post mortem cases, we identified 214 patients with untreated metastatic LC, of which 98 had adequately preserved tissues to construct a syngeneic primary LC/metastasis tissue microarray...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Hiroyuki Inoue, Jae-Hyun Park, Kazuma Kiyotani, Makda Zewde, Azusa Miyashita, Masatoshi Jinnin, Yukiko Kiniwa, Ryuhei Okuyama, Ryota Tanaka, Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Hiroshi Kato, Akimichi Morita, Jun Asai, Norito Katoh, Kenji Yokota, Masashi Akiyama, Hironobu Ihn, Satoshi Fukushima, Yusuke Nakamura
Immune checkpoint inhibitors blocking the interaction between programmed death-1 (PD-1) and PD-1 ligand-1 (PD-L1) are revolutionizing the cancer immunotherapies with durable clinical responses. Although high expression of PD-L1 in tumor tissues has been implicated to correlate with the better response to the anti-PD-1 therapies, this association has been controversial. In this study, to characterize immune microenvironment in tumors, we examined mRNA levels of immune-related genes and characterized T cell repertoire in the tumors of 13 melanoma patients before and after nivolumab treatment...
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
Shaheenah Dawood, Hope S Rugo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes the role of the PD-1 axis and reviews current data and future directions inhibiting PD-1 and PD-L1 in breast cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Four phase I monotherapy expansion trials in patients with metastatic breast cancer have demonstrated low but durable single agent responses to PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors, ranging from 4.8 to 19%. Higher response rates are seen in triple negative breast cancer, compared with hormone receptor positive disease...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Naftali Stern
As both the rate of hypertension and cancer rise with age, concomitant hypertension in patients receiving treatment for cancer is very common. Increase in blood pressure during cancer treatment requires careful clinical assessment. Distinction between discontinuation or malabsorption of antihypertensive treatment due to factors such as nausea/vomiting/diarrhea and anti-cancer drug specific effects must be first made. De-novo hypertension during cancer treatment is likely related to anticancer drugs per se. Classical chemotherapeutic agents such as cyclophosphamide, cisplatin and busulfan have been previously linked to rising blood pressure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Catherine Forconi, Philippe Gatault, Elodie Miquelestorena-Standley, Johan Noble, Sally Al-Hajj, Romain Guillemain, Marc Stern, Thomas Hoffmann, Louis Prat, Caroline Suberbielle, Emeline Masson, Anne Cesbron-Gautier, Catherine Gaudy-Graffin, Alain Goudeau, Gilles Thibault, Fabrice Ivanes, Roseline Guibon, Ihab Kazma, Yvon Lebranchu, Matthias Büchler, Antoine Magnan, Jean-Michel Halimi, Christophe Baron
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has a role in chronic rejection and graft loss in kidney transplant (KTx) and lung transplant (LTx) recipients. In addition, donor CMV seropositivity is an independent risk factor for renal graft loss. The anti-CMV response might modulate this risk. Expression of programmed cell death 1 (PD-1), a receptor involved in viral-specific T-cell exhaustion, is influenced by a single nucleotide polymorphism called PD-1.3 (wild-type allele G, variant allele A)...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Rong-Miao Zhou, Yan Li, Na Wang, Xi Huang, Shi-Ru Cao, Bao-En Shan
Programmed death-1 (PD-1) is an immunoinhibitory receptor belonging to the CD28 family. This study was designed to investigate the association of PD-1 rs36084323:A>G, rs2227981:C>T, rs2227982:C>T and rs10204525:A>G single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with the risk and prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in a high-incidence population from Northern China. These four SNPs were genotyped by polymerase chain reaction ligase detection reaction (PCR-LDR) method in 584 ESCC patients and 585 healthy controls...
September 2016: Cancer Genetics
Yong Yu, Jason C H Tsang, Cui Wang, Simon Clare, Juexuan Wang, Xi Chen, Cordelia Brandt, Leanne Kane, Lia S Campos, Liming Lu, Gabrielle T Belz, Andrew N J McKenzie, Sarah A Teichmann, Gordon Dougan, Pentao Liu
Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) functionally resemble T lymphocytes in cytotoxicity and cytokine production but lack antigen-specific receptors, and are important regulators in immune response and tissue homeostasis(1, 2). ILCs are generated from common lymphoid progenitors (CLPs), which are subsequently committed to innate lymphoid lineages in the α lymphoid progenitor (αLP), early innate lymphoid progenitor (EILP), common helper innate lymphoid progenitor (CHILP) and innate lymphoid cell progenitor (ILCP) compartments(3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)...
September 29, 2016: Nature
Julio Ramírez, José Iniciarte-Mundo, Andrea Cuervo, Virginia Ruiz-Esquide, M Victoria Hernández, Raimón Sanmartí, Juan D Cañete
OBJECTIVES: To analyse clinical, serological and sonographic differences between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and polyarticular psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients on anti-TNF therapy in clinical remission. METHODS: Angiogenic and proinflammatory cytokine serum levels were determined by multiplex ELISA in patients with RA and PsA in clinical remission (DAS28-ESR<2.6), clinically-active RA patients (DAS28>3.2) and healthy controls. Ultrasound (US) scans were made of both wrists and hands...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Gustavo Dix Junqueira Pinto, Luciano de Souza Viana, Cristovam Scapulatempo Neto, Sérgio Vicente Serrano
Lung cancer is the leading world cause of cancer-related death, in both genders, and smoking is the main etiological factor. The discovery of immune checkpoints corroborates the hypothesis that ligands presented in tumors modulate the mechanisms of carcinogenesis and the immune activity of tumor microenvironment. Among the most studied coregulatory molecules, PD-1 (programmed cell death 1) and its ligand PD-L1 (programmed cell death 1 ligand 1) are noteworthy. The present study aims to enhance the understanding of the tumor microenvironment of lung cancer patients who underwent surgery, by means of analysis of PD-L1 expression in tumor cells and in intratumoral immune cells (IICs)...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Zhaohui Jin, Harry H Yoon
Preliminary clinical studies of anti-programmed cell death-1 (anti-PD-1) therapy in gastro-esophageal cancers have suggested promising single-agent activity. In patients who received prior treatment for advanced disease, pembrolizumab has been associated with a response rate of 20% in programmed cell death-1 ligand 1 (PD-L1)-positive tumors, and nivolumab with a response rate of 12% in unselected tumors. Both agents yielded a median duration of response lasting ~6-7 months. PD-L1 expression and microsatellite instability (MSI) have emerged as potential predictive markers for PD-1/PD-L1 blockade...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Alberto M Marchevsky, Ann E Walts
The checkpoint protein programmed cell death ligand-1 protein (PD-L1) binds to its receptor (PD-1) activating the PD-L1/PD-1 pathway, an important therapeutic target. There is limited information regarding PD-L1 and PD-1 expression in thymic lesions. Sections from non-neoplastic thymi (n=20), thymomas WHO types A, AB, B1, B2 and B3 (n=38) and thymic squamous cell carcinoma (n=8) were stained for PD-L1 (clone SP142 Spring BioScience), PD-1 (MRQ22 Cell Marque), CD4 (clone SPO32 Cell Marque) and CD8 (JCB117 Ventana)...
October 13, 2016: Human Pathology
Corey J Langer, Shirish M Gadgeel, Hossein Borghaei, Vassiliki A Papadimitrakopoulou, Amita Patnaik, Steven F Powell, Ryan D Gentzler, Renato G Martins, James P Stevenson, Shadia I Jalal, Amit Panwalkar, James Chih-Hsin Yang, Matthew Gubens, Lecia V Sequist, Mark M Awad, Joseph Fiore, Yang Ge, Harry Raftopoulos, Leena Gandhi
BACKGROUND: Limited evidence exists to show that adding a third agent to platinum-doublet chemotherapy improves efficacy in the first-line advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) setting. The anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab has shown efficacy as monotherapy in patients with advanced NSCLC and has a non-overlapping toxicity profile with chemotherapy. We assessed whether the addition of pembrolizumab to platinum-doublet chemotherapy improves efficacy in patients with advanced non-squamous NSCLC...
October 10, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Huaizhou Wang, Beiying Wu, Lei Li, Liang Hu, Jiafei Lin, Cen Jiang, Gang Cai, Qian Shen
Similar to programmed death-1 (PD-1), B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) is a co-inhibitory molecule of the CD28 family. PD-1 is involved in T cell exhaustion during chronic viral infection. However, the role of BTLA in virus-specific T cells is poorly defined. Here we investigated the expression and function of BTLA in T cells from patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The phenotype of peripheral and intrahepatic HBV-specific T cells from 43 patients with chronic HBV infection was assessed by flow cytometry...
October 6, 2016: Cellular Immunology
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