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immunotherapy of cancer

Jingjing Song, Da Ma, Xiangqi Liu, Yichen Chen, Juan Fang, Vivian Wai Yan Lui, Sijia Zhao, Juan Xia, Bin Cheng, Zhi Wang
Thrombomodulin (TM, also known as CD141), which functions as an anticoagulant, is widely expressed on cell surface of a variety of cell types, including human blood cells as well as certain immune cells. To determine whether TM could be a potential marker for OSCC diagnosis as well as a molecular target for OSCC therapy, we examined the expression of TM in an oral cancer tissue microarray with 153 oral cancer tissues. Further, we also analyzed the expression of TM on DCs of 36 OSCC patients and 36 healthy donors...
March 18, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Dale I Godfrey, Jérôme Le Nours, Daniel M Andrews, Adam P Uldrich, Jamie Rossjohn
Most studies on the immunotherapeutic potential of T cells have focused on CD8 and CD4 T cells that recognize peptide antigens (Ag) presented by polymorphic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and MHC class II molecules, respectively. However, unconventional T cells, which interact with MHC class Ib and MHC-I like molecules, are also implicated in tumor immunity, although their role therein is unclear. These include unconventional T cells targeting MHC class Ib molecules such as HLA-E and its murine ortholog Qa-1b, natural killer T (NKT) cells, mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, and γδ T cells...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Shetal A Patel, Andy J Minn
The success of immune checkpoint blockade in patients with a wide variety of malignancies has changed the treatment paradigm in oncology. However, combination therapies with immune checkpoint blockade will be needed to overcome resistance and broaden the clinical utility of immunotherapy. Here we discuss a framework for rationally designing combination therapy strategies based on enhancing major discriminatory functions of the immune system that are corrupted by cancer-namely, antigenicity, adjuvanticity, and homeostatic feedback inhibition...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Raul Vizcardo, Nicholas D Klemen, S M Rafiqul Islam, Devikala Gurusamy, Naritaka Tamaoki, Daisuke Yamada, Haruhiko Koseki, Benjamin L Kidder, Zhiya Yu, Li Jia, Amanda N Henning, Meghan L Good, Marta Bosch-Marce, Takuya Maeda, Chengyu Liu, Zied Abdullaev, Svetlana Pack, Douglas C Palmer, David F Stroncek, Fumito Ito, Francis A Flomerfelt, Michael J Kruhlak, Nicholas P Restifo
Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived T cells may provide future therapies for cancer patients, but those generated by current methods, such as the OP9/DLL1 system, have shown abnormalities that pose major barriers for clinical translation. Our data indicate that these iPSC-derived CD8 single-positive T cells are more like CD4+ CD8+ double-positive T cells than mature naive T cells because they display phenotypic markers of developmental arrest and an innate-like phenotype after stimulation. We developed a 3D thymic culture system to avoid these aberrant developmental fates, generating a homogeneous subset of CD8αβ+ antigen-specific T cells, designated iPSC-derived thymic emigrants (iTEs)...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Karolina Popławska-Domaszewicz, Jolanta Florczak-Wyspiańska, Wojciech Kozubski, Sławomir Michalak
Paraneoplastic movement disorders are rare, autoimmune-mediated, nonmetastatic complications of malignant neoplasms. Common paraneoplastic movement disorders include paraneoplastic chorea, dystonia, cerebellar degeneration, different types of encephalitis, opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, stiff person syndrome, and neuromyotonia. Syndromes usually develop before tumor diagnosis, have subacute onset, and are associated with serum or cerebrospinal fluid antibodies. Two types of antibodies can be distinguished: antibodies against nuclear and cytoplasmic neuronal antigens (anti-Hu, anti-Ri, anti-Yo, anti-Ma, anti-CV2/CRMP5, anti-Gephrin, and anti-GABATRAP) and antibodies recently identified against cell surface and synaptic proteins (anti-NMDAR, anti-LGI1, and anti-Caspr2)...
March 21, 2018: Reviews in the Neurosciences
Nicola Silvestris, Oronzo Brunetti, Rosamaria Pinto, Daniela Petriella, Antonella Argentiero, Livia Fucci, Stefania Tommasi, Katia Danza, Simona De Summa
OBJECTIVES: Adenosquamous cancer of pancreas (ASCP) is a rare variant of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC). It is characterized by poor prognosis and lacks of literature data supporting the choice of systemic therapies. The role of immunotherapy for this malignancy is still unknown. In this study, we evaluated any differences between immune-related genes of PDAC and its adenosquamous variant with the aim to characterize these histothistotypes and eventually identify potential biomarkers useful for an immune-therapy approach in ASCP...
March 21, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Hiroshi Uchi
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but aggressive skin cancer with frequent metastasis and death. MCC has a mortality rate of 30%, making it more lethal than malignant melanoma, and incidence of MCC has increased almost fourfold over the past 20 years in the USA. MCC has long been considered to be an immunogenic cancer because it occurs more frequently in immunosuppressed patients from organ transplant and HIV infection than in those with immunocompetent. Chronic UV light exposure and clonal integration of Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) are two major causative factors of MCC...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Andrea Fabianova, Monika Barathova, Lucia Csaderova, Veronika Simko, Miriam Zatovicova, Martina Labudova, Jaromir Pastorek
Renal cell carcinoma is one of the most frequent cancer diseases with high resistance to radio- and chemotherapy. Mutation of VHL gene is frequent in these tumors leading to simulation of hypoxic conditions. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, belonging to RNA viruses, is a neglected human pathogen and teratogen. We have found that infection of renal cell carcinoma cells by lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus strain MX causes a decrease of carbonic anhydrase IX protein and RNA level. Lower expression of carbonic anhydrase IX on the cell surface provides less target for carbonic anhydrase IX-targeted immunotherapy...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Sharon Wei Ling Lee, Giulia Adriani, Erica Ceccarello, Andrea Pavesi, Anthony Tanoto Tan, Antonio Bertoletti, Roger Dale Kamm, Siew Cheng Wong
In the hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma tumor microenvironment (TME), monocytes reportedly impede natural T cell functions via PD-L1/PD-1 signaling. However, it remains unclear if T cell receptor-redirected T cells (TCR T cells) are similarly inhibited. Hence, we developed a 3D intrahepatic TME microfluidic model to investigate the immunosuppressive potential of monocytes toward HBV-specific TCR T cells and the role of PD-L1/PD-1 signaling. Interestingly, in our 3D static microfluidic model, we observed that monocytes suppressed only retrovirally transduced (Tdx) TCR T cell cytotoxicity toward cancer cells via PD-L1/PD-1, while mRNA electroporated (EP) TCR T cell cytotoxicity was not affected by the presence of monocytes...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Benjamin J Wolf, Jiyoung Elizabeth Choi, Mark A Exley
iNKT cells are a subset of innate-like T cells that utilize an invariant TCR alpha chain complexed with a limited repertoire of TCR beta chains to recognize specific lipid antigens presented by CD1d molecules. Because iNKT cells have an invariant TCR, they can be easily identified and targeted in both humans and mice via standard reagents, making this a population of T cells that has been well characterized. iNKT cells are some of the first cells to respond during an infection. By making different types of cytokines in response to different infection stimuli, iNKT cells help determine what kind of immune response then develops...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Hiroaki Senju, Asuka Kumagai, Yoichi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Katsumi Nakatomi, Shota Fukami, Kengo Shiraishi, Yuka Harada, Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Haruki Okamura, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Hiroshi Mukae
When pathogenic stresses are recognized by innate immune cells, inflammasomes are assembled and caspase-1 is activated, resulting in the conversion of pro-IL-18 into mature IL-18. Because natural killer (NK) cells express IL-18 receptors, IL-18 may play roles in immune functions of NK cells. In the present study, we examined the effect of IL-18 on NK cells derived from lung cancer patients and healthy adult volunteers. When peripheral blood NK cells were stimulated with IL-2, the cells formed clusters beginning on day 5-6 and proliferated thereafter, in which the number of NK cells increased by 10-fold in 10 days...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Anne Mills, Sara Zadeh, Emily Sloan, Zachary Chinn, Susan C Modesitt, Kari L Ring
Mismatch repair-deficient endometrial carcinomas are optimal candidates for immunotherapy given their high neoantigen loads, robust lymphoid infiltrates, and frequent PD-L1 expression. However, co-opting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway is just one mechanism that tumors can utilize to evade host immunity. Another immune modulatory molecule that has been demonstrated in endometrial carcinoma is indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO). We herein evaluate IDO expression in 60 endometrial carcinomas and assess results in relation to PD-L1 and mismatch repair status...
March 20, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Sana Hibino, Shunsuke Chikuma, Taisuke Kondo, Minako Ito, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Setsuko Omata-Mise, Akihiko Yoshimura
Enhanced infiltration of regulatory T (Treg) cells into tumor tissue is detrimental to cancer patients and closely associated with poor prognosis as they create an immunosuppressive state that suppresses anti-tumor immune responses. Therefore, breaking Treg-mediated immune tolerance is important when considering cancer immunotherapy. Here we show that the Nr4a nuclear receptors, key transcription factors maintaining Treg cell genetic programs, contribute to Treg-mediated suppression of anti-tumor immunity in the tumor microenvironment...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Research
Laura Soldati, Laura Di Renzo, Emilio Jirillo, Paolo A Ascierto, Francesco M Marincola, Antonino De Lorenzo
Immunotherapy has matured into standard treatment for several cancers, but much remains to be done to extend the reach of its effectiveness particularly to cancers that are resistant within each indication. This review proposes that nutrition can affect and potentially enhance the immune response against cancer. The general mechanisms that link nutritional principles to immune function and may influence the effectiveness of anticancer immunotherapy are examined. This represents also the premise for a research project aimed at identifying the best diet for immunotherapy enhancement against tumours (D...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Siambi Kikete, Li Luo, Beitian Jia, Li Wang, Gregory Ondieki, Yuhong Bian
Today, cancers pose a major public health burden. Although a myriad of cancer treatments are available, only a few have achieved clinical efficacy. This is partly attributed to cancers capability to evade host immunity by converting dendritic cells (DCs) from potent stimulators to negative modulators of immunity. Dendritic cell-based immunotherapy attempts to resolve this problem by manipulating the functional characteristics of DCs. Plant-derived polysaccharides (PDPs) can stimulate the maturation of DCs conferring on them the capacity to present internalised tumorigenic antigens to naïve T cells and subsequently priming T cells to eliminate tumours...
March 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
Qiongshu Li, Muyun Liu, Man Wu, Xin Zhou, Shaobin Wang, Yuan Hu, Youfu Wang, Yixin He, Xiaoping Zeng, Junhui Chen, Qubo Liu, Dong Xiao, Xiang Hu, Weibin Liu
Placenta-specific 1 (PLAC1), a novel cancer-testis antigen (CTA), is expressed in a number of different human malignancies. It is frequently produced in breast cancer, serving a function in tumorigenesis. Adoptive immunotherapy using T cell receptor (TCR)-engineered T cells against CTA mediates objective tumor regression; however, to the best of our knowledge, targeting PLAC1 using engineered T cells has not yet been attempted. In the present study, the cDNAs encoding TCRα- and β-chains specific for human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*0201-restricted PLAC1 were cloned from a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte, generated by in vitro by the stimulation of CD8+ T cells using autologous HLA-A2+ dendritic cells loaded with a PLAC1-specific peptide (p28-36, VLCSIDWFM)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yiming Wang, Rena Ma, Fang Liu, Seul A Lee, Li Zhang
Blockade of programmed death 1 (PD-1) protein and its ligand programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) has been used as cancer immunotherapy in recent years, with the blockade of PD-1 being more widely used than blockade of PD-L1. PD-1 and PD-L1 blockade therapy showed benefits in patients with various types of cancer; however, such beneficial effects were seen only in a subgroup of patients. Improving the efficacy of PD-1 and PD-L1 blockade therapy is clearly needed. In this review, we summarize the recent studies on the effects of gut microbiota on PD-1 and PD-L1 blockade and discuss the new perspectives on improving efficacy of PD-1 and PD-L1 blockade therapy in cancer treatment through modulating gut microbiota...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Yifan Wang, Weiye Deng, Nan Li, Shinya Neri, Amrish Sharma, Wen Jiang, Steven H Lin
Since the approval of anti-CTLA4 therapy (ipilimumab) for late-stage melanoma in 2011, the development of anticancer immunotherapy agents has thrived. The success of many immune-checkpoint inhibitors has drastically changed the landscape of cancer treatment. For some types of cancer, monotherapy for targeting immune checkpoint pathways has proven more effective than traditional therapies, and combining immunotherapy with current treatment strategies may yield even better outcomes. Numerous preclinical studies have suggested that combining immunotherapy with radiotherapy could be a promising strategy for synergistic enhancement of treatment efficacy...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Pedro O Flores-Villanueva, Malathesha Ganachari, Heinner Guio, Jaime A Mejia, Julio Granados
Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death among both men and women in the United States, where non-small cell lung cancer accounts for ∼85% of lung cancer. Lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) is the major histologic subtype. The presence of actionable mutations prompts the use of therapies designed to specifically address the deleterious effects of those cancer-driving mutations; these therapies have already shown promise in cases carrying those actionable mutations (∼30%). Innovative therapeutic approaches are needed for the treatment of 70% of patients suffering from lung ADC...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Tuan Hiep Tran, Thi Thu Phuong Tran, Hanh Thuy Nguyen, Cao Dai Phung, Jee-Heon Jeong, Martina H Stenzel, Sung Giu Jin, Chul Soon Yong, Duy Hieu Truong, Jong Oh Kim
Crosstalk among immune cells has attracted considerable attention with the advent of immunotherapy as a novel therapeutic approach for challenging diseases, especially cancer, which is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Dendritic cells-the key antigen-presenting cells-play a pivotal role in immunological response by presenting exogenous epitopes to T cells, which induces the self-defense mechanisms of the body. Furthermore, nanotechnology has provided promising ways for diagnosing and treating cancer in the last decade...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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