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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913998/immunotherapy-for-breast-cancer-past-present-and-future
#1
Alison Spellman, Shou-Ching Tang
Immunotherapy has shown promise in many solid tumors including melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer with an evolving role in breast cancer. Immunotherapy encompasses a wide range of therapies including immune checkpoint inhibition, monoclonal antibodies, bispecific antibodies, vaccinations, antibody-drug conjugates, and identifying other emerging interventions targeting the tumor microenvironment. Increasing efficacy of these treatments in breast cancer patients requires identification of better biomarkers to guide patient selection; recognizing when to initiate these therapies in multi-modality treatment plans; establishing novel assays to monitor immune-mediated responses; and creating combined systemic therapy options incorporating conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and endocrine therapy...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913544/treatment-of-rare-factor-deficiencies-in-2016
#2
Flora Peyvandi, Marzia Menegatti
Rare bleeding disorders (RBDs) are a heterogeneous group of coagulation disorders characterized by fibrinogen, prothrombin, factors V, VII, X, XI, or XIII (FV, FVII, FX, FXI, or FXIII, respectively), and the combined factor V + VIII and vitamin K-dependent proteins deficiencies, representing roughly 5% of all bleeding disorders. They are usually transmitted as autosomal, recessive disorders, and the prevalence of the severe forms could range from 1 case in 500 000 for FVII up to 1 in 2-3 million for FXIII in the general population...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913536/reversal-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-a-practical-approach
#3
Andrew W Shih, Mark A Crowther
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have at least noninferior efficacy compared with other oral anticoagulants and have ancillary benefits, including overall better safety profiles, lack of the need for routine monitoring, rapid onset of action, and ease of administration. Reversal of these agents may be indicated in certain situations such as severe bleeding and for perioperative management. DOAC-associated bleeding should be risk stratified: patients with moderate or severe bleeding should have the DOAC discontinued and reversal strategies should be considered...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913523/advances-and-practical-use-of-monoclonal-antibodies-in-multiple-myeloma-therapy
#4
Hans C Lee, Donna M Weber
The use of proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory agents in the treatment of myeloma have resulted in significant improvements in patient outcomes over the last decade. Although these agents now form the backbone of current myeloma treatment regimens both in the frontline and in a relapsed setting, drug resistance remains an inevitable challenge that most patients will encounter during their disease course. Hence, new treatment strategies continue to be explored, and the recent regulatory approvals of the monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) daratumumab (DARA) and elotuzumab (ELO), which target the plasma cell surface proteins CD38 and signaling lymphocytic activation molecule F7 (SLAMF7), respectively, have heralded the long-awaited era of antibody-based approaches in the treatment of myeloma...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913522/role-of-stem-cell-transplant-and-maintenance-therapy-in-plasma-cell-disorders
#5
Philip L McCarthy, Sarah A Holstein
Autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) has been an important component of therapy for myeloma patients eligible for high-dose chemotherapy. Recent studies comparing early transplant to low-dose chemotherapy support the continued use of ASCT as consolidation following induction therapy, even in the era of immunomodulatory drugs, proteasome inhibitors, and other novel agents. Despite the marked improvements in outcomes with this approach, most patients will eventually experience disease progression. Thus, inclusion of post-ASCT consolidation/maintenance strategies is used to improve long-term disease control...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913521/sequencing-of-nontransplant-treatments-in-multiple-myeloma-patients-with-active-disease
#6
Andrew J Yee, Noopur S Raje
The approval of several different classes of drugs in recent years has resulted in a dramatic expansion of treatment options for multiple myeloma patients, improving both survival and quality of life. Lenalidomide and bortezomib are now core components of treatment both at time of diagnosis and at relapse. Next-generation immunomodulatory drugs, like pomalidomide, and newer proteasome inhibitors like carfilzomib and ixazomib are available for use at relapse. Drugs with novel mechanisms of action such as the histone deacetylase inhibitor panobinostat and the monoclonal antibodies targeting SLAMF7 (elotuzumab) and CD38 (daratumumab) are significant steps forward...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913484/cold-agglutinin-disease
#7
Sigbjørn Berentsen
Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a well-defined clinicopathologic entity in which a specific, clonal lymphoproliferative B-cell bone marrow disorder results in autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The immune hemolysis is entirely complement-dependent, predominantly mediated by activation of the classical pathway and phagocytosis of erythrocytes opsonized with complement protein C3b. Typical clinical features in CAD have diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Pharmacologic treatment should be offered to patients with symptom-producing anemia or disabling circulatory symptoms...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913471/sequencing-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-therapies
#8
Jacqueline C Barrientos
It is an unprecedented time for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with the recent approval of several targeted agents for use in frontline, relapsed, refractory, and high-risk disease. Traditionally, frontline management of CLL has been a combination of chemotherapy (fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, bendamustine, or chlorambucil) with an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (rituximab, ofatumumab, obinutuzumab). The current landscape is rapidly evolving with the advent of therapies that demonstrate selective inhibition of important pathways necessary for CLL proliferation and survival...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912844/heparanase-from-basic-research-to-therapeutic-applications-in-cancer-and-inflammation
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Israel Vlodavsky, Preeti Singh, Ilanit Boyango, Lilach Gutter-Kapon, Michael Elkin, Ralph D Sanderson, Neta Ilan
Heparanase, the sole heparan sulfate degrading endoglycosidase, regulates multiple biological activities that enhance tumor growth, angiogenesis and metastasis. Heparanase expression is enhanced in almost all cancers examined including various carcinomas, sarcomas and hematological malignancies. Numerous clinical association studies have consistently demonstrated that upregulation of heparanase expression correlates with increased tumor size, tumor angiogenesis, enhanced metastasis and poor prognosis. In contrast, knockdown of heparanase or treatments of tumor-bearing mice with heparanase-inhibiting compounds, markedly attenuate tumor progression further underscoring the potential of anti-heparanase therapy for multiple types of cancer...
November 2016: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910963/daratumumab-monoclonal-antibody-therapy-to-treat-multiple-myeloma
#10
C Xia, M Ribeiro, S Scott, S Lonial
Daratumumab (Darzalex[TM]) is a human monoclonal antibody (MAb) that targets CD38; a surface protein highly expressed across multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Preclinical studies have shown daratumumab induces MM cell death through several mechanisms, including complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP), apoptosis upon secondary crosslinking and immunomodulatory effects via a decrease in immune suppressive cells. Daratumumab has a favorable toxicity profile and encouraging clinical activity as a single agent and in combination with lenalidomide in heavily pretreated, relapsed patients in whom other novel agents (such as bortezomib, thalidomide and lenalidomide) and stem cell transplant have already failed...
October 2016: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910803/the-prognostic-and-predictive-value-of-tmprss2-erg-gene-fusion-and-erg-protein-expression-in-prostate-cancer-biopsies
#11
Kasper Drimer Berg
BACKGROUND: The clinical course of prostate carcinoma (PCa) is very heterogeneous. Consequently, a personalised approach for risk stratification and treatment planning is important. Recently, it has become evident that PCa, also at the genomic level, is heterogeneous. An early and common alteration is the gene fusion between the transmembrane protease serine 2 (TMPRSS2) gene and the v-ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog (ERG) gene resulting in expression of the oncoprotein ERG...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910156/ixekizumab-treatment-improves-fingernail-psoriasis-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-results-from-the-randomized-controlled-and-open-label-phases-of-uncover-3
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P van de Kerkhof, L Guenther, A B Gottlieb, M Sebastian, J J Wu, P Foley, A Morita, O Goldblum, L Zhang, J Erickson, S Ball, P Rich
BACKGROUND: Fingernail psoriasis is difficult to treat. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to evaluate the effect of ixekizumab, a monoclonal antibody selectively targeting IL-17A, on fingernail psoriasis. METHODS: This Phase 3, double-blind trial (UNCOVER-3) randomized patients to placebo, etanercept (50-mg twice weekly), or 80 mg ixekizumab as one injection every 4 (IXE Q4W) or 2 weeks (IXE Q2W) after a 160-mg starting dose. At Week 12, ixekizumab patients received open-label IXE Q4W through Week 60; placebo patients received a 160-mg starting ixekizumab dose and etanercept patients a 4-week placebo washout before starting IXE Q4W...
November 5, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910098/gata-3-specific-dnazyme-a-novel-approach-for-stratified-asthma-therapy
#13
REVIEW
Holger Garn, Harald Renz
It is now well established that type-2 immune mechanisms drive the inflammation in about 50% of asthma patients. The major cellular and molecular players regulating this important network have been identified. In terms of therapeutic intervention, cytokine and cytokine-receptor pathways have been given major attention, since these molecules are relatively easily accessible for a blockade through monoclonal antibodies, and a number of positive clinical results support this concept. However, targeting events controlling the type-2 immunity network upstream of selective cytokine pathways would be equally attractive...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908345/determining-when-to-add-nonstatin-therapy-a-quantitative-approach
#14
Jennifer G Robinson, Roeland Huijgen, Kausik Ray, Jane Persons, John J P Kastelein, Michael J Pencina
BACKGROUND: Costs and uncertainty about the benefits of nonstatin therapies limit their use. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to identify patients who might benefit from the addition of a nonstatin to background statin therapy. METHODS: We performed systematic reviews of subgroup analyses from randomized trials and observational studies with statin-treated participants to determine estimated 10-year absolute risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and to define high-risk and very high-risk patients...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908252/the-combination-of-new-immunotherapy-and-radiotherapy-a-new-potential-treatment-for-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#15
Paola Claudia Sacco, Paolo Maione, Cesare Guida, Cesare Gridelli
Lung cancer is the main reason of cancer death worldwide. About 30% of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases are diagnosed with locally advanced disease (stage III). This is a mixed population including patients who have far more extensive and bulky disease than others. Management of these patients continue to be a challenge; frequently, patients have both local recurrence and distant metastases in this stage and the prognosis is very poor with a 5-year overall survival estimated between 3% and 7% for inoperable disease...
December 1, 2016: Current Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908237/plant-factories-for-the-production-of-monoclonal-antibodies
#16
REVIEW
E V Sheshukova, T V Komarova, Y L Dorokhov
Like animal cells, plant cells bear mechanisms for protein synthesis and posttranslational modification (glycosylation and phosphorylation) that allow them to be seriously considered as factories for therapeutic proteins, including antibodies, with the development of biotechnology. The plant platform for monoclonal antibody production is an attractive approach due to its flexibility, speed, scalability, low cost of production, and lack of contamination risk from animal-derived pathogens. Contemporary production approaches for therapeutic proteins rely on transgenic plants that are obtained via the stable transformation of plant cells as well as the transient (temporary) expression of foreign proteins...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906865/management-of-post-transplant-lymphoproliferative-disorders
#17
Gabriela Llaurador, Lauren McLaughlin, Birte Wistinghausen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) is a major complication of hematopoietic stem cell and solid organ transplantation. The incidence of transplantation in childhood has been steadily rising, making PTLD the most common form of lymphoproliferation in childhood. The purpose of this review is to summarize the role of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in the pathophysiology and discuss the management of PTLD. RECENT FINDINGS: More than 90% of pediatric PTLD is EBV-positive...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904739/review-of-siltuximab-in-the-treatment-of-multicentric-castleman-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Shayna Sarosiek, Ruchit Shah, Nikhil C Munshi
Castleman's disease (CD) is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder that has multiple histologic patterns, as well as two distinct clinical forms: unicentric or multicentric. Multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD) may have mild symptoms in some cases, but in others it can progress to severe pancytopenia, life-threatening infection, secondary malignancy, multiorgan failure, or death. Recent research has determined that the etiology of the disease signs and symptoms is related to elevated cytokines, including interleukin 6 (IL-6)...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903674/atezolizumab-a-pd-l1-blocking-antibody-for-bladder-cancer
#19
Brant A Inman, Thomas A Longo, Sundhar Ramalingam, Michael R Harrison
Atezolizumab (Tecentriq™, MPDL3280A) is an FcγR-binding deficient, fully humanized, IgG1 monoclonal antibody designed to interfere with the binding of PD-L1 ligand to its two receptors, PD-1 and B7.1. By blocking the PD-L1/PD-1 immune checkpoint, atezolizumab reduces immunosuppressive signals found within the tumor microenvironement and consequently increases T cell mediated immunity against the tumor. Atezolizumab has been FDA-approved as second-line therapy for advanced bladder cancer. This accelerated approval was based on phase 2 trial data in patients with metastatic bladder cancer that showed unexpected and durable tumor responses...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902994/targeted-immunomodulatory-therapy-an-overview
#20
Ashley L Lefebvre, Laura McAuliffe
Monoclonal antibodies and other biologic response modifiers have allowed for targeted drug therapy in managing various autoimmune diseases. A number of immune pathways have been exploited in the development of targeted immunomodulatory therapies, including cytokine-directed therapies such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukins, integrins, B-cells, and co-stimulation modulators. With new targeted therapies in the pipeline, more options are becoming available for treatment of autoimmune diseases. [Full article available at http://rimed...
December 1, 2016: Rhode Island Medical Journal
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