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immunotherapy of cancer

Liqing Wang, Suresh Kumar, Satinder Dahiya, Feng Wang, Jian Wu, Kheng Newick, Rongxiang Han, Arabinda Samanta, Ulf H Beier, Tatiana Akimova, Tricia R Bhatti, Benjamin Nicholson, Mathew P Kodrasov, Saket Agarwal, David E Sterner, Wei Gu, Joseph Weinstock, Tauseef R Butt, Steven M Albelda, Wayne W Hancock
Foxp3+ T-regulatory (Treg) cells are known to suppress protective host immune responses to a wide variety of solid tumors, but their therapeutic targeting is largely restricted to their transient depletion or "secondary" modulation, e.g. using anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody. Our ongoing studies of the post-translational modifications that regulate Foxp3 demonstrated that the histone/protein acetyltransferase, Tip60, plays a dominant role in promoting acetylation, dimerization and function in Treg cells. We now show that the ubiquitin-specific protease, Usp7, controls Treg function largely by stabilizing the expression and promoting the multimerization of Tip60 and Foxp3...
October 15, 2016: EBioMedicine
J Chee, B W S R Robinson, R A Holt, J Creaney
Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer is an exciting advancement in lung cancer therapy. Anti-tumor immunity can be augmented by checkpoint blockade therapy, which removes the inhibition/brakes imposed on the immune system by the tumor. Checkpoint blockade therapy with anti-PD1/anti-PDL1 antibodies causes tumor regression in around 25% of lung cancer patients. In another approach, the immune system is forced or accelerated to attack the tumour, via augmentation of the anti-tumour response against mutations carried by each lung tumour...
October 18, 2016: Chest
C Franklin, E Livingstone, A Roesch, B Schilling, D Schadendorf
Malignant melanoma contributes the majority of skin cancer related deaths and shows an increasing incidence in the past years. Despite all efforts of early diagnosis, metastatic melanoma still has a poor prognosis and remains a challenge for treating physicians. In recent years, improved knowledge of the pathophysiology and a better understanding of the role of the immune system in tumour control have led to the development and approval of several immunotherapies. Monoclonal antibodies against different immune checkpoints have been revolutionizing the treatment of metastatic and unresectable melanoma...
September 2, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Margarida Ferreira-Teixeira, Daniela Paiva-Oliveira, Belmiro Parada, Vera Alves, Vitor Sousa, Obinna Chijioke, Christian Münz, Flávio Reis, Paulo Rodrigues-Santos, Célia Gomes
BACKGROUND: High-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) has a high risk of recurrence and progression to muscle-invasive forms, which seems to be largely related to the presence of tumorigenic stem-like cell populations that are refractory to conventional therapies. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of Natural Killer (NK) cell-based adoptive immunotherapy against chemoresistant bladder cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) in a pre-clinical relevant model, using NK cells from healthy donors and NMIBC patients...
October 21, 2016: BMC Medicine
Yi Wang, Yao-Xin Lin, Sheng-Lin Qiao, Hong-Wei An, Yang Ma, Zeng-Ying Qiao, R P Yeshan J Rajapaksha, Hao Wang
Immunotherapy has shown a promising effect for a variety of cancers. However, the immune treatment efficiency of solid tumor is limited due to barely infiltration of immune cells in solid tumor. Researchers realized conversion of tumor supportive macrophages to tumor against ones was an effective method to induce the functional reverse of macrophage and contributed to the subsequent antitumor response. The current challenge in the field is that while making use of cytokines usually coupled with poor-distribution and systemic side effects...
October 4, 2016: Biomaterials
Zhaoxu Li, Junzhe Zhang, Jicun Tang, Ruiying Wang
γδ T cells has been shown to exhibit profound antitumor effects in a broad range of tumor entities, including OS. However, resistance to γδ T cells is a serious problem in the management of OS. This study investigates the impact of celastrol on the expression of death receptors 4/5 (DR4/5) on OS cell lines (HOS, U2OS) and cancer cell lysis by γδ T cells. The results showed that celastrol increased transcription of DR4/5 in HOS and U2OS, leading to increased cell surface, and total DR4/5 protein expression...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Stacey Bagby, Wells A Messersmith, Todd M Pitts, Anna Capasso, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Peter J Klauck, Jihye Kim, Aik-Choon Tan, S Gail Eckhardt, John J Tentler, John Arcaroli
Patient derived tumor xenograft (PDTX) models provide a necessary platform in facilitating anti-cancer drug development prior to human trials. Human tumor pieces are injected subcutaneously into athymic nude mice (immunocompromised, T cell deficient) to create a bank of tumors and subsequently are passaged into different generations of mice in order to maintain these tumors from patients. Importantly, cellular heterogeneity of the original tumor is closely emulated in this model, which provides a more clinically relevant model for evaluation of drug efficacy studies (single agent and combination), biomarker analysis, resistant pathways and cancer stem cell biology...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
S Sengupta, G Mao, Z S Gokaslan, P Sampath
Glioblastoma (GBM) is by far the most common and the most aggressive of all the primary brain malignancies. No curative therapy exists, and median life expectancy hovers at around 1 year after diagnosis, with a minute fraction surviving beyond 5 years. The difficulty in treating GBM lies in the cancer's protected niche within the blood-brain barrier and the heterogeneity of the cancer cells, which possess varying degrees of susceptibility to various common modalities of treatment. Over time, it is the tumor heterogeneity of GBM and the ability of the cancer stem cells to evolve in response treatment that renders the cancer refractory to conventional treatment...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
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
Ettore D'Argento, Sabrina Rossi, Giovanni Schinzari, Antonia Strippoli, Michele Basso, Alessandra Cassano, Carlo Barone
New treatments-as immunotherapies and new antiangiogenic agents-are now available in second-line setting for patients affected by EGFR wild-type and ALK-negative non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Nintedanib, ramucirumab, nivolumab and pembrolizumab have to be included in the therapeutic sequences for patients affected by NSCLC, but no clear selection criteria are to date offered, except for patients with PD-L1 expression ≥50 %. Performance status, smoking habits and comorbidities should be considered as clinical criteria in order to select the appropriate treatment, but also tumour characteristics as histotype, platinum resistance and rapid progression after a first-line therapy should be taken into account...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Domenico Ribatti
The immune system plays a major role in the surveillance against tumors. To avoid attack from the immune system, tumor cells develop different strategies to escape immune surveillance. Evidence of immune surveillance comes from both animal models and clinical observations. Mice with a wide variety of immunodeficiencies have a high rate of tumor incidence and are more susceptible to transplanted or chemical carcinogen-induced tumors. Immunosuppressed patients have a high incidence of tumors. However, many patients develop cancer even in the presence of an apparently normal immune system...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
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
Navnit Kumar Mishra, Anil Kumar Sharma, Tapan Kumar Mukherjee
Melanoma is a cancer associated with melanocytes of epidermis. There has been a consistent increase in the number of melanoma patients because of the depletion of the ozone layer which makes it of paramount importance to explore the immunogenic potential of various peptides in melanoma therapy. In the current study, a mutated decapeptide (ELAGIGILTV) epitope ID 12941 was taken from the melanoma antigen recognized by T-cells. This epitope displayed relatively better affinity for histocompatibility leukocyte antigen influencing the proliferation of cytotoxic T-cells...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Mojtaba Rastgoosalami, Bahram Memar, Seyed Amir Aledavood, Azar Fanipakdel
BACKGROUND: Aberrant expression of cancer-testis antigens (CTA) in breast carcinoma tissue, and its natural expression in the testis, the tissue away from the immune system, makes them good candidates for cancer immunotherapy and vaccines designing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the expression of a CTA (MAGE-1) in invasive breast cancer and its correlation with prognostic factors. METHODS: Paraffin blocks of breast cancer tissues from 113 patients operated in 2011 - 2013 were stained for MAGE-1expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Cancer Prevention
Marco Ruella, Marcela V Maus
Immunotherapy is the revolution in cancer treatment of this last decade. Among multiple approaches able to harness the power of the immune system against cancer, T cell based immunotherapies represent one of the most successful examples. In particular, biotechnological engineering of protein structures, like the T cell receptor or the immunoglobulins, allowed the generation of synthetic peptides like chimeric antigen receptors and bispecific antibodies that are able to redirect non-tumor specific T cells to recognize and kill leukemic cells...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Yoichi Kato
We assessed the efficacy of WT1 class I peptide and WT1 class II peptide pulsed dendritic cell(DC)therapy for a wide range of advanced cancers. This retrospective study included 60 advanced cancer patients who were vaccinated 5times or more in this clinic between September 2013 and December 2015. The clinical response was examined. This treatment was approved by the ethics panel at this institution. Sixty patients were injected an average of 6.15times with dendritic cells(DCs) (2.6×10 / 7 cells/injection)...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
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
Behjatolah Monzavi-Karbassi, Fariba Jousheghany, Thomas Kieber-Emmons
Development of cancer vaccines targeting tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) is an alternative approach to chemotherapy with sustained anti-tumor effects. The success of active immunotherapy has been hampered by tumor-induced immune suppressors. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a population of immune suppressors with a proven role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Removing or subduing Tregs activity leads to more robust anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we used a cell-based vaccination strategy in the 4T1 murine mammary model to examine whether bulk removal of certain TAAs, using their glycan profile, can affect the immunogenicity of the vaccine...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
C Grassberger, H Paganetti
The variety of treatment options for cancer patients has increased significantly in recent years. Not only do we combine radiation with surgery and chemotherapy, new therapeutic approaches such as immunotherapy and targeted therapies are starting to play a bigger role. Physics has made significant contributions to radiation therapy treatment planning and delivery. In particular, treatment plan optimization using inverse planning techniques has improved dose conformity considerably. Furthermore, medical physics is often the driving force behind tumor control and normal tissue complication modeling...
October 19, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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