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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642816/safe-and-effective-administration-of-t-vec-in-a-patient-with-heart-transplantation-and-recurrent-locally-advanced-melanoma
#1
Gustavo Schvartsman, Kristen Perez, Jill E Flynn, Jeffrey N Myers, Hussein Tawbi
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy plays a key role in the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Patients with autoimmune conditions and/or on immunosuppressive therapy due to orthotropic transplants, however, are systematically excluded from clinical trials. Talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) is the first oncolytic virus to be approved by the FDA for cancer therapy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of T-VEC being administered in the setting of an organ transplant recipient. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we present the case of a patient with recurrent locally advanced cutaneous melanoma receiving salvage T-VEC therapy in the setting of orthotropic heart transplantation...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640512/a-major-responder-to-ipilimumab-and-nivolumab-in-metastatic-uveal-melanoma-with-concomitant-autoimmunity
#2
Pui Ying Chan, Peter Hall, Gordon Hay, Victoria M L Cohen, Peter W Szlosarek
The use of immune checkpoint inhibition has led to major improvements in outcome for patients with metastatic cutaneous melanoma. The combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab has demonstrated greater activity over single agent immunotherapy in phase III trials. Clinical trials of combination CTLA-4 and PD-1 inhibition are underway in uveal melanoma, for which there are currently no data. Here, we present the case of a 74-year-old male patient with metastatic uveal melanoma, who was treated with a combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab...
June 22, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636555/overcoming-resistance-to-targeted-therapy-with-immunotherapy-and-combination-therapy-for-metastatic-melanoma
#3
REVIEW
Hilary R Keller, Xin Zhang, Li Li, Helmut Schaider, James W Wells
Resistance to targeted therapy is an ongoing problem for the successful treatment of Stage IV metastatic melanoma. For many patients, the use of targeted therapies, such as BRAF kinase inhibitors, were initially promising yet resistance inevitably occurred. Even after combining BRAF kinase inhibitors with MEK pathway inhibitors to offset re-activation of the MAP kinase pathway, resistance is still documented. Similarly, outcomes with immune checkpoint inhibitors as monotherapy were optimistic for some patients without relapse or progression, yet the majority of patients undergoing monotherapy have progressive disease...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634284/co-administration-of-rankl-and-ctla4-antibodies-enhances-lymphocyte-mediated-anti-tumor-immunity-in-mice
#4
Elizabeth Ahern, Heidi Harjunpaa, Deborah Barkauskas, Stacey Allen, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Hideo Yagita, David Wyld, William C Dougall, Michele W L Teng, Mark J Smyth
Purpose: Novel partners for established immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of cancer are needed to address the problems of primary and acquired resistance. The efficacy of combination RANKL and CTLA4 blockade in anti-tumor immunity has been suggested by recent case reports in melanoma. Here we provide a rationale for this combination in mouse models of cancer. <br />Experimental Design: The efficacy and mechanism of a combination of RANKL and CTLA4 blockade was examined by tumor infiltrating lymphocyte analysis, tumor growth and metastasis using a variety of neutralizing antibodies and gene-targeted mice...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592387/dabrafenib-plus-trametinib-in-patients-with-braf-v600-mutant-melanoma-brain-metastases-combi-mb-a-multicentre-multicohort-open-label-phase-2-trial
#5
Michael A Davies, Philippe Saiag, Caroline Robert, Jean-Jacques Grob, Keith T Flaherty, Ana Arance, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Luc Thomas, Thierry Lesimple, Laurent Mortier, Stergios J Moschos, David Hogg, Iván Márquez-Rodas, Michele Del Vecchio, Céleste Lebbé, Nicolas Meyer, Ying Zhang, Yingjie Huang, Bijoyesh Mookerjee, Georgina V Long
BACKGROUND: Dabrafenib plus trametinib improves clinical outcomes in BRAF(V600)-mutant metastatic melanoma without brain metastases; however, the activity of dabrafenib plus trametinib has not been studied in active melanoma brain metastases. Here, we report results from the phase 2 COMBI-MB trial. Our aim was to build on the current body of evidence of targeted therapy in melanoma brain metastases through an evaluation of dabrafenib plus trametinib in patients with BRAF(V600)-mutant melanoma brain metastases...
June 2, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589078/recent-clinical-trials-of-cancer-immunogene-therapy-in-companion-animals
#6
REVIEW
Liliana M E Finocchiaro, Gerardo C Glikin
This mini-review presents the results of veterinary clinical trials on immunogene therapy published from 2014 to 2016. A variety of tumors, among them melanoma (canine and equine), mastocytoma (canine), mammary adenocarcinoma (canine) and fibrosarcoma (feline) were treated by using diverse strategies. Non-viral vectors were usually employed to transfer genes of cytokines, suicide enzymes and/or tumor associated antigens. In general terms, minor or no adverse collateral effects were related to these procedures, and treated patients frequently improved their conditions (better quality of life, delayed or suppressed recurrence or metastatic spread, increased survival)...
May 20, 2017: World Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587477/a-review-of-binimetinib-for-the-treatment-of-mutant-cutaneous-melanoma
#7
Peter Koelblinger, Joelle Dornbierer, Reinhard Dummer
Although significant progress has been made in the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma, at least half of all advanced melanoma patients eventually progress and pass away due to their disease. In particular, patients with NRAS-mutated melanoma still face limited therapeutic options, with immunotherapy being the current treatment type of choice. Binimetinib is a selective inhibitor of MEK, a central kinase in the tumor-promoting MAPK pathway. The results of a recent Phase III trial rendered binimetinib the first targeted therapy agent to significantly improve progression-free survival in NRAS-mutated melanoma...
June 7, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562096/emerging-growth-factor-receptor-antagonists-for-the-treatment-of-advanced-melanoma
#8
Sarah E Fenton, Jeffrey A Sosman, Sunandana Chandra
Therapy for metastatic melanoma has undergone a rapid transformation over the past 5-10 years. Advances in immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors, including both anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1/PD-L1, have led to durable responses in up to 50% of patients. As our understanding of the processes driving the transformation of melanocytes has improved, progress in targeted therapies has also continued. Areas covered: Angiogenesis and the tumor's dependence on an expanded vascular supply has been a target for novel therapies since the 1970's, as this tissue is derived from endothelial cells that are genetically stable in adults...
June 2017: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561662/systemic-therapy-options-for-patients-with-unresectable-melanoma
#9
Melinda Yushak, Paul Chapman, Caroline Robert, Ragini Kudchadkar
There has been a therapeutic revolution in the treatment of metastatic melanoma over the past decade. Patients presenting with inoperable disease have several therapeutic options, which can include both targeted and immune therapy. Immune checkpoint inhibitors have demonstrated an improvement in overall survival and led to some durable responses. However, toxicity, especially in combination regimens, can be severe. Adverse events should be anticipated, diagnosed as early as possible, monitored, and managed...
2017: American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547860/inhibition-of-melanoma-metastasis-by-dual-peptide-plga-nps
#10
Denise Costa Arruda, Thaís Dolzany de Oliveira, Patrícia Harume Fukuda Cursino, Vera Susana Carneiro Maia, Rodrigo Berzaghi, Luiz R Travassos, Dayane Batista Tada
Despite the positive results observed in vitro and in vivo, clinical trials with bioactive peptides are generally hampered by their fast degradation in the biological system. Two bioactive peptides, P20 (CSSRTMHHC) and the combined peptide C (CVNHPAFACGYGHTMYYHHYQHHL) have been identified as anticancer therapeutics. Combined peptide C consists of peptide C (CVNHPAFAC), a tumor-homing peptide, conjugated to the antiangiogenic peptide HTMYYHHYQHHL with a GYG. In this work, PLGA NPs with peptide C were applied as a dual-peptide carrier for application in cancer therapy...
May 25, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537004/mek-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-and-solid-tumors
#11
REVIEW
Antonio M Grimaldi, Ester Simeone, Lucia Festino, Vito Vanella, Martina Strudel, Paolo A Ascierto
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an intracellular signaling pathway involved in the regulation of cellular proliferation and the survival of tumor cells. Several different mutations, involving BRAF or NRAS, exert an oncogenic effect by activating the MAPK pathway, resulting in an increase in cellular proliferation. These mutations have become targets for new therapeutic strategies in melanoma and other cancers. Selective MEK inhibitors have the ability to inhibit growth and induce cell death in BRAF- and NRAS-mutant melanoma cell lines...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529629/the-antihelminthic-drug-niclosamide-effectively-inhibits-the-malignant-phenotypes-of-uveal-melanoma-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#12
Jingfeng Zhou, Bei Jin, Yanli Jin, Yizhi Liu, Jingxuan Pan
Uveal melanoma (UM) is a lethal intraocular malignancy with an average survival of only 2~8 months in patients with hepatic metastasis. Currently, there is no effective therapy for metastatic UM. Here, we reported that niclosamide, an effective repellence of tapeworm that has been approved for use in patients for approximately 50 years, exhibited strong antitumor activity in UM cells in vitro and in vivo. We showed that niclosamide potently inhibited UM cell proliferation, induced apoptosis and reduced migration and invasion...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523098/incb24360-epacadostat-a-highly-potent-and-selective-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-1-ido1-inhibitor-for-immuno-oncology
#13
Eddy W Yue, Richard Sparks, Padmaja Polam, Dilip Modi, Brent Douty, Brian Wayland, Brian Glass, Amy Takvorian, Joseph Glenn, Wenyu Zhu, Michael Bower, Xiangdong Liu, Lynn Leffet, Qian Wang, Kevin J Bowman, Michael J Hansbury, Min Wei, Yanlong Li, Richard Wynn, Timothy C Burn, Holly K Koblish, Jordan S Fridman, Tom Emm, Peggy A Scherle, Brian Metcalf, Andrew P Combs
A data-centric medicinal chemistry approach led to the invention of a potent and selective IDO1 inhibitor 4f, INCB24360 (epacadostat). The molecular structure of INCB24360 contains several previously unknown or underutilized functional groups in drug substances, including a hydroxyamidine, furazan, bromide, and sulfamide. These moieties taken together in a single structure afford a compound that falls outside of "drug-like" space. Nevertheless, the in vitro ADME data is consistent with the good cell permeability and oral bioavailability observed in all species (rat, dog, monkey) tested...
May 11, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509765/multicenter-real-life-experience-with-checkpoint-inhibitors-and-targeted-therapy-agents-in-advanced-melanoma-patients-in-switzerland
#14
Joanna Mangana, Phil F Cheng, Corina Kaufmann, Valerie C Amann, Anna L Frauchiger, Viola Stögner, Ulrike Held, Roger von Moos, Olivier Michielin, Ralph P Braun, Mitchell P Levesque, Simone M Goldinger, Reinhard Dummer
Metastatic melanoma is a highly aggressive disease. Recent progress in immunotherapy (IT) and targeted therapy (TT) has led to significant improvements in response and survival rates in metastatic melanoma patients. The current project aims to determine the benefit of the introduction of these new therapies in advanced melanoma across several regions of Switzerland. This is a retrospective multicenter analysis of 395 advanced melanoma patients treated with standard chemotherapy, checkpoint inhibitors, and kinase inhibitors from January 2008 until December 2014...
June 1, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508938/immunotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-uveal-melanoma-current-status-and-emerging-therapies
#15
REVIEW
Kimberly M Komatsubara, Richard D Carvajal
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Uveal melanoma is a distinct subset of melanoma with a biology and treatment approach that is unique from that of cutaneous melanoma. Here we will review the current data evaluating immunotherapies in both the adjuvant and metastatic settings in uveal melanoma. RECENT FINDINGS: In the adjuvant setting, interferon demonstrated no survival benefit in uveal melanoma, and studies evaluating immune-based strategies such as vaccine therapy are ongoing...
July 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501764/open-label-multicentre-safety-study-of-vemurafenib-in%C3%A2-3219-patients-with-braf-v600-mutation-positive-metastatic-melanoma-2-year-follow-up-data-and-long-term-responders-analysis
#16
Christian U Blank, James Larkin, Ana M Arance, Axel Hauschild, Paola Queirolo, Michele Del Vecchio, Paolo A Ascierto, Ivana Krajsova, Jacob Schachter, Bart Neyns, Claus Garbe, Vanna Chiarion Sileni, Mario Mandalà, Helen Gogas, Enrique Espinosa, Geke A P Hospers, Wilson H Miller, Susan Robson, Martina Makrutzki, Vladan Antic, Michael P Brown
BACKGROUND: The orally available BRAF kinase inhibitor vemurafenib is an effective and tolerable treatment option for patients with metastatic melanoma harbouring BRAF(V600) mutations. We assessed the safety of vemurafenib in a large population of patients with few alternative treatment options; we report updated 2-year safety. METHODS: This was an open-label, multicentre study of vemurafenib (960 mg bid) in patients with previously treated or untreated BRAF mutation-positive metastatic melanoma (cobas(®) 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test)...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482673/immunotherapy-of-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma
#17
Zhe Yu, Lu Si
Malignant melanoma (MM) is the primary cause of skin cancer related death and the incidence is increasing in the past years. Advanced MM still has a poor prognosis, but in recent years, the development of immunotherapy has changed its poor prognosis. Immune checkpoints show the revolutionary treatment of metastatic melanoma. Ipilimumab and pembrolizumab, monoclonal antibodies against the CTLA-4 and PD-1 respectively, have been shown to prolong overall survival (OS) in patients with advanced melanoma. The combination immunotherapy seems to be superior to monotherapy...
April 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475671/dabrafenib-plus-trametinib-versus-dabrafenib-monotherapy-in-patients-with-metastatic-braf-v600e-k-mutant-melanoma-long-term-survival-and-safety-analysis-of-a-phase-3-study
#18
G V Long, K T Flaherty, D Stroyakovskiy, H Gogas, E Levchenko, F de Braud, J Larkin, C Garbe, T Jouary, A Hauschild, V Chiarion-Sileni, C Lebbe, M Mandalà, M Millward, A Arance, I Bondarenko, J B A G Haanen, J Hansson, J Utikal, V Ferraresi, P Mohr, V Probachai, D Schadendorf, P Nathan, C Robert, A Ribas, M A Davies, S R Lane, J J Legos, B Mookerjee, J-J Grob
Background: Previous analysis of COMBI-d (NCT01584648) demonstrated improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) with combination dabrafenib and trametinib versus dabrafenib monotherapy in BRAF V600E/K-mutant metastatic melanoma. This study was continued to assess 3-year landmark efficacy and safety after ≥36-month follow-up for all living patients. Patients and methods: This double-blind, phase 3 study enrolled previously untreated patients with BRAF V600E/K-mutant unresectable stage IIIC or stage IV melanoma...
May 5, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464441/current-studies-of-immunotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#19
Volkan Dogan, Thorsten Rieckmann, Adrian Münscher, Chia-Jung Busch
BACKGROUND: Recently enormous progress in cancer therapy has been achieved by the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors. Activating the body's own immune system has added a novel and powerful therapeutic option for the treatment of melanoma and lung cancer. Furthermore, the potential use of immunotherapy is being extensively explored also in other malignancies. OBJECTIVE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes current clinical studies using immune checkpoint modulators for the treatment of head and neck cancer (HNSCC)...
May 2, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444227/incidence-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-brain-metastases-at-diagnosis-of-systemic-malignancy-a-population-based-study
#20
Daniel N Cagney, Allison M Martin, Paul J Catalano, Amanda J Redig, Nancy U Lin, Eudocia Q Lee, Patrick Y Wen, Ian F Dunn, Wenya Linda Bi, Stephanie E Weiss, Daphne A Haas-Kogan, Brian M Alexander, Ayal A Aizer
Background: Brain metastases are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Population-level data describing the incidence and prognosis of patients with brain metastases are lacking. The aim of this study was to characterize the incidence and prognosis of patients with brain metastases at diagnosis of systemic malignancy using recently released data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program. Methods: We identified 1,302,166 patients diagnosed with non-hematologic malignancies originating outside of the central nervous system between 2010-2013 and described the incidence proportion and survival of patients with brain metastases...
April 24, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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