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Toll like receptors and cancer

Jianhua Zhu, Jing Luo, Yongchao Li, Min Jia, Yueqin Wang, Yan Huang, Shuhong Ke
High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a ubiquitous nuclear protein with multi-functions and plays an important role in tumorigenesis and metastasis in various human cancers. In the present study, we found that HMGB1 induced migration of in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells by up-regulating integrin αvβ3 expression. Further investigation evidenced that HMGB1 activated Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and NF-κB, which was responsible for αvβ3 up-regulation. Furthermore, HMGB1-induced integrin αvβ3 expression led to focal adhesion kinase (FAK) phosphorylation and increased paxillin and talin mRNA expression...
October 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Qian Chen, Ligeng Xu, Chao Liang, Chao Wang, Rui Peng, Zhuang Liu
A therapeutic strategy that can eliminate primary tumours, inhibit metastases, and prevent tumour relapses is developed herein by combining adjuvant nanoparticle-based photothermal therapy with checkpoint-blockade immunotherapy. Indocyanine green (ICG), a photothermal agent, and imiquimod (R837), a Toll-like-receptor-7 agonist, are co-encapsulated by poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA). The formed PLGA-ICG-R837 nanoparticles composed purely by three clinically approved components can be used for near-infrared laser-triggered photothermal ablation of primary tumours, generating tumour-associated antigens, which in the presence of R837-containing nanoparticles as the adjuvant can show vaccine-like functions...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
E Fehri, E Ennaifer, R Bel Haj Rhouma, L Guizani-Tabbane, I Guizani, S Boubaker
Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) plays a major role in the fight against DNA viruses infections. Despite its antitumor properties, inappropriate activation of TLR9 during chronic inflammation may cause the activation of transcription factors inducing pro-cancerous activities. Thus, the relationship between TLR9 and cancer remains highly confrontational especially in gynecological cancers and cervical cancer induced by viruses. In this review, we focus on the beneficial and detrimental role of TLR9 in gynecological carcinogenesis...
July 2016: Current Research in Translational Medicine
Sreya Bagchi, Sha Li, Chyung-Ru Wang
Adoptive immunotherapy for cancer treatment is an emerging field of study. Till now, several tumor-derived, peptide-specific T cell responses have been harnessed for treating cancers. However, the contribution of lipid-specific T cells in tumor immunity has been understudied. CD1 molecules, which present self- and foreign lipid antigens to T cells, are divided into group 1 (CD1a, CD1b, and CD1c) and group 2 (CD1d). Although the role of CD1d-restricted natural killer T cells (NKT) in several tumor models has been well established, the contribution of group 1 CD1-restricted T cells in tumor immunity remains obscure due to the lack of group 1 CD1 expression in mice...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Arshad Khan, Robert L Hunter, Chinnaswamy Jagannath
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are non-hematopoietic cells that occur in almost all human tissues and can be cultured and expanded to large numbers in vitro. They secrete growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines and express Toll-like receptors on their surface, although multiple cell biological mechanisms remain unclear. MSCs are multi-potent and can differentiate into many cell types including adipocytes, neuronal cells and osteoclasts. Despite gaps in cell biology, because of their immunomodulatory and regenerative capacity, several hundred clinical trials have used MSCs for therapy of cancer, autoimmune diseases and control of inflammation during organ transplantation...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Darlene A Monlish, Sima T Bhatt, Laura G Schuettpelz
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a family of pattern recognition receptors that shape the innate immune system by identifying pathogen-associated molecular patterns and host-derived damage-associated molecular patterns. TLRs are widely expressed on both immune cells and non-immune cells, including hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, effector immune cell populations, and endothelial cells. In addition to their well-known role in the innate immune response to acute infection or injury, accumulating evidence supports a role for TLRs in the development of hematopoietic and other malignancies...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Maria New, Semira Sheikh, Mina Bekheet, Heidi Olzscha, Marie-Laetitia Thezenas, Matthew A Care, Susan Fotheringham, Reuben M Tooze, Benedikt M Kessler, Nicholas B La Thangue
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have proven useful therapeutic agents for certain haematological cancers. However, HDAC inhibition causes diverse cellular outcomes, and identification of cancer-relevant pathways within these outcomes remains unresolved. In this study, we utilized an unbiased loss-of-function screen and identified the Toll-like receptor (TLR) adaptor protein MYD88 as a key regulator of the anti-proliferative effects of HDAC inhibition. High expression of MYD88 exhibited increased sensitivity to HDAC inhibitors; conversely, low expression coincided with reduced sensitivity...
October 12, 2016: Cancer Research
Anna Pomerenke, Simon R Lea, Sarah Herrick, Mark A Lindsay, Dave Singh
PURPOSE: Viruses are a common cause of exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They activate toll-like receptors (TLRs) 3, 7, and 8, leading to a pro-inflammatory response. We have characterized the responses of TLR3 and TLR7/8 in lung tissue explants from COPD patients and control smokers. METHODS: We prepared lung whole tissue explants (WTEs) from patients undergoing surgery for confirmed or suspected lung cancer. In order to mimic the conditions of viral infection, we used poly(I:C) for TLR3 stimulation and R848 for TLR7/8 stimulation...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Bradley J Monk, Andrea Facciabene, William E Brady, Carol Aghajanian, Paula M Fracasso, Joan Walker, Heather A Lankes, Kristi L Manjarrez, Gwenn Danet-Desnoyers, Katherine M Bell-McGuinn, Carolyn K McCourt, Alexander Malykhin, Robert M Hershberg, George Coukos
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy is an emerging paradigm for the treatment of cancer, but the potential efficacy of many drugs cannot be sufficiently tested in the mouse. We sought to develop a rational combination of motolimod-a novel Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist that stimulates robust innate immune responses in humans but diminished responses in mice-with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), a chemotherapeutic that induces immunogenic cell death. METHODS: We followed an integrative pharmacologic approach including healthy human volunteers, non-human primates, NSG-HIS ("humanized immune system") mice reconstituted with human CD34+ cells, and cancer patients to test the effects of motolimod and to assess the combination of motolimod with PLD for the treatment of ovarian cancer...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Christina J Groß, Ritu Mishra, Katharina S Schneider, Guillaume Médard, Jennifer Wettmarshausen, Daniela C Dittlein, Hexin Shi, Oliver Gorka, Paul-Albert Koenig, Stephan Fromm, Giovanni Magnani, Tamara Ćiković, Lara Hartjes, Joachim Smollich, Avril A B Robertson, Matthew A Cooper, Marc Schmidt-Supprian, Michael Schuster, Kate Schroder, Petr Broz, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Bruce Beutler, Bernhard Kuster, Jürgen Ruland, Sabine Schneider, Fabiana Perocchi, Olaf Groß
Imiquimod is a small-molecule ligand of Toll-like receptor-7 (TLR7) that is licensed for the treatment of viral infections and cancers of the skin. Imiquimod has TLR7-independent activities that are mechanistically unexplained, including NLRP3 inflammasome activation in myeloid cells and apoptosis induction in cancer cells. We investigated the mechanism of inflammasome activation by imiquimod and the related molecule CL097 and determined that K(+) efflux was dispensable for NLRP3 activation by these compounds...
September 24, 2016: Immunity
Lintao Wang, Qian Chen, Haixia Qi, Chunming Wang, Cheng Wang, Junfeng Zhang, Lei Dong
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents used for cancer treatment, but it causes systemic inflammation and serious multi-organ side effects in many patients. In this study, we report that upregulation of the pro-inflammatory Toll-like receptor TLR4 in macrophages by DOX is an important step in generating its toxic side effects. In patient serum, DOX treatment resulted in leakage of endotoxin (ET) and inflammatory cytokines into circulation. In mice, DOX damaged the intestinal epithelium, which also resulted in leakage of ET from the gut flora into circulation...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Research
David Lynch, Adrian Murphy
Modulation of the interaction between the immune system and the tumor microenvironment has long been a target of cancer research, including colorectal cancer (CRC). Approaches explored to date include vaccines (autologous, peptide, dendritic cell, viral and bacterial), cytokine therapy, toll-like receptors (TLRs), autologous cell therapy and checkpoint inhibition. Until recently these approaches have been shown to have only modest efficacy in reducing tumor burden. However, significant breakthroughs have been made, with the use of checkpoint inhibitors targeting programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1), programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1), and cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4)...
August 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Shirin Mahmoodi, Navid Nezafat, Abolfazl Barzegar, Monica Negahdaripour, Ali-Reza Nikanfar, Nosratollah Zarghami, Younes Ghasemi
Breast cancer (BC) remains as one of the important causes of cancer deaths among women globally. Therefore, finding an effective treatment for BC is really needed. Cancer immunotherapy, as an emerging field, has a notable role in BC therapy. Peptide vaccines possess an outstanding role among different strategies in cancer immunotherapy. In vaccine design for cancer, induction of cellular and humoral immune responses should be considered. In the current study, cytolytic T lymphocytes (CTL) epitopes were evoked from human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2), mucin 1 protein (MUC1), and heparanase antigenic proteins; and helper T lymphocytes (HTL) epitopes were determined from survivin protein by various immunoinformatics servers...
September 14, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Gabriela Maria Wiedemann, Severin Johannes Jacobi, Michael Chaloupka, Angelina Krächan, Svetlana Hamm, Stefan Strobl, Roland Baumgartner, Simon Rothenfusser, Peter Duewell, Stefan Endres, Sebastian Kobold
Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) agonists are potent immune stimulants able to overcome cancer-associated immune suppression. Due to dose-limiting systemic toxicities, only the topically applied TLR7 agonist (imiquimod) has been approved for therapy of skin tumors. There is a need for TLR7-activating compounds with equivalent efficacy but less toxicity. SC1, a novel small molecule agonist for TLR7, is a potent type-1 interferon inducer, comparable to the reference TLR7 agonist resiquimod, yet with lower induction of proinflammatory cytokines...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Yohei Takeda, Masahiro Azuma, Misako Matsumoto, Tsukasa Seya
BACKGROUND: Dendritic cells (DCs) mount tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), and the double-stranded RNA adjuvant Poly(I:C) stimulates Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) signal in DC, which in turn induces type I interferon (IFN) and interleukin-12 (IL-12), then cross-primes cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). Proliferation of CTLs correlates with tumor regression. How these potent cells expand with high quality is crucial to the outcome of CTL therapy. However, good markers reflecting the efficacy of DC-target immunotherapy have not been addressed...
2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Xing Ke, Shuping Zhang, Meng Wu, Jianfang Lou, Jiexin Zhang, Ting Xu, Lei Huang, Peijun Huang, Fang Wang, Shiyang Pan
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) derived from peripheral blood monocytes recruit into tumor microenvironment and display functions associated with tumor progression. The mechanisms by which TAMs display roles that associated with the invasion ability of ovarian cancer have not been well investigated. In our research, we found abundant TAMs infiltrate in ovarian cancer compared with benign ovarian tumor tissues. Levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, MMP-9 and MMP-10, and Toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling proteins were evaluated in ovarian cancer...
September 5, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Thomas A Rasmussen, Jenny L Anderson, Fiona Wightman, Sharon R Lewin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides an overview of anticancer therapies in various stages of clinical development as potential interventions to target HIV persistence. RECENT FINDINGS: Epigenetic drugs developed for cancer have been investigated in vitro, ex vivo and in clinical trials as interventions aimed at reversing HIV latency and depleting the amount of virus that persists on antiretroviral therapy. Treatment with histone deacetylase inhibitors induced HIV expression in patients on antiretroviral therapy but did not reduce the frequency of infected cells...
September 7, 2016: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
Peng Yin, Xin Liu, Aaron S Mansfield, Susan M Harrington, Yinghua Li, Yiyi Yan, Haidong Dong
CpG oligodeoxynucleotides, as a ligand of toll-like receptor (TLR)-9, have demonstrated promising antitumor effects in some clinical trials; however, its toxicity and low efficacy as a systemic therapy has limited its therapeutic applications. In order to improve its therapeutic efficacy, we investigated the mechanisms of CpG-induced antitumor immunity in the context of CD8+ T cell responses. We show that IL-12 is required for the expansion of IFN-γ producing tumor-reactive CD8+ T cells capable of rejecting tumors...
September 2, 2016: Oncotarget
Maria Batool, Muhammad Ayaz Anwar, Sangdun Choi
The crucial role of Toll-like Receptors (TLRs) in innate and adaptive immune systems is well discussed in the literature. In cancer, TLRs act as a double-edged sword that can promote or suppress tumor growth. Areas covered: In this article, the authors uncover the potential role of TLRs in lymphomas, which are cancers related to the lymphatic system and blood cells. TLRs are de facto inflammation-inducing receptors that can either worsen disease or ameliorate lymphoma treatment. From this perspective, the usage of TLRs to modulate the immune system toward lymphoma regression is desirable...
November 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Ronaldo A Ribeiro, Carlos W S Wanderley, Deysi V T Wong, José Maurício S C Mota, Caio A V G Leite, Marcellus H L P Souza, Fernando Q Cunha, Roberto C P Lima-Júnior
PURPOSE: Intestinal mucositis and diarrhea are common manifestations of anticancer regimens that include irinotecan, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and other cytotoxic drugs. These side effects negatively impact therapeutic outcomes and delay subsequent cycles of chemotherapy, resulting in dose reductions and treatment discontinuation. Here, we aimed to review the experimental evidence regarding possible new targets for the management of irinotecan- and 5-FU-related intestinal mucositis. METHODS: A literature search was performed using the PubMed and MEDLINE databases...
September 2, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
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