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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158932/gastric-and-rectal-metastases-from-malignant-melanoma-presenting-with-hypochromic-anemia-and-treated-with-immunotherapy
#1
Pietro Genova, Maria Sorce, Daniela Cabibi, Gaspare Genova, Vittorio Gebbia, Daniela Galanti, Chiara Ancona, Maria Rosaria Valerio
The authors present a case of an 80-year-old Caucasian male with multiple gastric and rectal metastases from malignant melanoma presenting with hypochromic anemia as the sole symptom of disease without evidence of cutaneous and ocular tumor localization. The patient had a medical history positive for malignant lentigo melanoma of the occipital region of the scalp and early stage laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and prostatic carcinoma treated with radiation therapy. The authors make some considerations on intestinal involvement by metastatic melanoma and discuss the choice of not treating with endoscopic procedures the gastric metastatic lesions most likely responsible for the clinical sign present at diagnosis...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157298/impressive-response-to-immunotherapy-in-a-metastatic-gastric-cancer-patient-could-somatic-copy-number-alterations-help-patient-selection
#2
Gustavo Dos Santos Fernandes, Daniel da Motta Girardi, Luiza Dib Batista Bugiato Faria, João Paulo Giacomini Bernardes, Renata de Almeida Coudry
BACKGROUND: Metastatic gastric cancer (GC) is an incurable and aggressive disease with a poor prognosis. Immunotherapy is an attractive approach for treating patients with cancer, and studies using immunotherapy have shown promising results in melanoma, kidney and non-small cell lung cancers, among others. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 50-year-old woman with metastatic GC whose cancer had progressed after first-line chemotherapy and who received pembrolizumab as an experimental treatment...
November 21, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157296/biomarkers-for-immunotherapy-in-bladder-cancer-a-moving-target
#3
REVIEW
David H Aggen, Charles G Drake
Treatment options for metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) remained relative unchanged over the last 30 years with combination chemotherapy as the mainstay of treatment. Within the last year the landscape for mUC has seismically shifted following the approval of five therapies targeting the programmed cell death protein (PD-1)/programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) axis. Notably, the anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab demonstrated improved OS relative to chemotherapy in a randomized phase III study for second line treatment of mUC; this level 1 evidence led to approval from the U...
November 21, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156447/pd-1-blockade-in-advanced-nsclc-a-focus-on-pembrolizumab
#4
REVIEW
Solange Peters, Keith M Kerr, Rolf Stahel
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the most prevalent cancers and is responsible for a large proportion of all cancer-related deaths. Current treatment options are inadequate, reflecting a substantial unmet clinical need. Increasing knowledge regarding the mechanisms and genetic aberrations underlying tumor development and growth has heralded a new era of therapy in oncology, moving away from indiscriminate cytotoxic chemotherapy toward more finely focused, targeted medicine. The development of small-molecule drugs and monoclonal antibodies directed toward specific components of dysfunctional molecular or immune pathways, and mutated genes specific to particular cancer types, is leading the field to more personalized and less toxic treatment options, many of which have demonstrated greater efficacy and survival benefits than their chemotherapeutic counterparts...
October 23, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152725/regressed-melanocytic-nevi-secondary-to-pembrolizumab-therapy-an-emerging-melanocytic-dermatologic-effect-from-immune-checkpoint-antibody-blockade
#5
Shakuntala H Mauzo, Michael T Tetzlaff, Kelly Nelson, Rodabe Amaria, Sapna Patel, Phyu P Aung, Priyadharsini Nagarajan, Carlos A Torres-Cabala, Adi Diab, Victor G Prieto, Jonathan L Curry
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint antibody blockade is an emerging therapeutic option for treating certain cancers including melanoma. This therapy is associated with dermatologic and systemic toxicities, some of which are more severe than others and may require withholding therapy. CASE REPORTS: We report two patients with melanocytic nevi that regressed with pembrolizumab therapy. The first patient had stage IV BRAF K601E/L584F mutant melanoma that developed a regressed melanocytic nevus while being treated with pembrolizumab...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146734/humanized-mice-in-studying-efficacy-and-mechanisms-of-pd-1-targeted-cancer-immunotherapy
#6
Minan Wang, Li-Chin Yao, Mingshan Cheng, Danying Cai, Jan Martinek, Chong-Xian Pan, Wei Shi, Ai-Hong Ma, Ralph W De Vere White, Susan Airhart, Edison T Liu, Jacques Banchereau, Michael A Brehm, Dale L Greiner, Leonard D Shultz, Karolina Palucka, James G Keck
Establishment of an in vivo small animal model of human tumor and human immune system interaction would enable preclinical investigations into the mechanisms underlying cancer immunotherapy. To this end, non-obese diabetic (NOD).Cg-Prkdc(scid)IL2rg(tm1Wjl) /Sz (null; NSG) mice were transplanted with human (h)CD34(+) hematopoietic progenitor and stem cells, which leads to the development of human hematopoietic and immune systems [humanized NSG (HuNSG)]. HuNSG mice received human leukocyte antigen partially matched tumor implants from patient-derived xenografts [PDX; nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), sarcoma, bladder cancer, and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC)] or from a TNBC cell line-derived xenograft (CDX)...
November 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145737/pembrolizumab-as-first-line-therapy-for-metastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#7
Martin Reck
This review describes trials evaluating the monoclonal antibody pembrolizumab (an immunotherapy that blocks the interaction between programmed death-1 and programmed death-ligand 1 and 2 [PD-L1/PD-L2]) as first-line therapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In the Phase III KEYNOTE-024 study, pembrolizumab monotherapy significantly improved progression-free survival (primary end point) and overall survival, and was associated with fewer adverse events compared with platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with NSCLC with PD-L1 expression on ≥50% of tumor cells...
November 17, 2017: Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144791/is-there-a-role-for-programmed-death-ligand-1-testing-and-immunotherapy-in-colorectal-cancer-with-microsatellite-instability-part-i-colorectal-cancer-microsatellite-instability-testing-and-clinical-implications
#8
Esmeralda Celia Marginean, Barbara Melosky
CONTEXT: - Colorectal cancer (CRC) represents the third most-common cancer in developed countries and is a leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Two recognized pathways contribute to CRC development: a more-common chromosomal instability pathway and, in 15% of cases, a deficient mismatch repair or microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) pathway. The MSI-H CRC can be associated with somatic or germline mutations. Microsatellite status has been recognized as a prognostic and predictive biomarker...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143108/immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-colitis-the-flip-side-of-the-wonder-drugs
#9
Naziheh Assarzadegan, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert A Anders
Immune checkpoint inhibitors block the co-inhibitory receptors on T cells to activate their cytotoxic immune function and are rapidly being explored for the treatment of various advanced-stage malignancies. These novel drugs have already significantly increased survival rates. The first available immune checkpoint inhibitors were cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) inhibitors (such as ipilimumab), followed by programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death protein ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitors (such as pembrolizumab and nivolumab)...
November 15, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142786/extraordinary-clinical-benefit-to-sequential-treatment-with-targeted-therapy-and-immunotherapy-of-a-braf-v600e-and-pd-l1-positive-metastatic-lung-adenocarcinoma
#10
Shuyu D Li, Annia Martial, Alexa B Schrock, Jane J Liu
Background: The treatment algorithm for metastatic non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) has been evolving rapidly due to the development of new therapeutic agents. Although guidelines are provided by National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) for treatment options according to biomarker testing results, sequentially applying the three main modalities (chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy) remains an ad hoc practice in clinic. In light of recent FDA approval of dabrafenib and trametinib combination for metastatic NSCLCs with BRAF V600E mutation, one question arises due to insufficient clinical data is if the targeted therapy should be used before immunotherapy in patients with both BRAF V600E and PD-L1 expression...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137370/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-related-therapies-for-advanced-melanoma-a-bayesian-network-analysis
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Xin Li, Junpeng Wang, Yun Yao, Lei Yang, Zhiqin Li, Cheng Yu, Peiyan Zhao, Yongli Yu, Liying Wang
Objectives: We aimed to compare and rank the effects of 9 immune checkpoint inhibitor-related therapies for treating advanced melanoma. Methods: We searched Pubmed, Cochrane databases, Web of Science, and ClinicalTrials.gov for randomized controlled trials of the immune checkpoint inhibitor-related treatments for advanced melanoma. Analysis was done on a Bayesian framework. Results: Twelve trials including 5413 patients were identified. Ipilimumab plus nivolumab, nivolumab, and pembrolizumab were significantly more efficacious for progression-free survival (PFS) than ipilimumab (hazard ratio [HR], 0...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131040/adverse-reactions-to-biologics-melanoma-ipilimumab-nivolumab-pembrolizumab
#12
Shelley Ji Eun Hwang, Pablo Fernández-Peñas
With increasing use of immunotherapies such as anti-cytotoxic T cell lymphocyte antigen-4 and anti-programmed cell death 1 antibodies, various skin toxicities have emerged. Severity of skin toxicities varies from mild lichenoid reaction to severe toxic epidermal necrolysis. Appropriate diagnosis and management of these skin toxicities are essential for optimal patient care and to avoid unnecessary cessation of anti-cancer therapies. This review summarises a wide range of cutaneous manifestations associated with immunotherapy usage in patients with metastatic melanoma...
2018: Current Problems in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129441/health-related-quality-of-life-results-for-pembrolizumab-versus-chemotherapy-in-advanced-pd-l1-positive-nsclc-keynote-024-a-multicentre-international-randomised-open-label-phase-3-trial
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Julie R Brahmer, Delvys Rodríguez-Abreu, Andrew G Robinson, Rina Hui, Tibor Csőszi, Andrea Fülöp, Maya Gottfried, Nir Peled, Ali Tafreshi, Sinead Cuffe, Mary O'Brien, Suman Rao, Katsuyuki Hotta, Jin Zhang, Gregory M Lubiniecki, Anne C Deitz, Reshma Rangwala, Martin Reck
BACKGROUND: In the phase 3 KEYNOTE-024 trial, treatment with pembrolizumab conferred longer progression-free survival than did platinum-based therapy in patients with treatment-naive, advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) tumour proportion score of 50% or greater (PD-L1-positive). Here we report the prespecified exploratory endpoint of pembrolizumab versus chemotherapy on patient-reported outcomes (PROs). METHODS: In this multicentre, international, randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial, we recruited patients with treatment-naive, stage IV NSCLC in 102 sites in 16 countries...
November 9, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126032/human-myeloma-igg4-reveals-relatively-rigid-asymmetric-y-like-structure-with-different-conformational-stability-of-ch2-domains
#14
Vladimir M Tischenko, Zav'yalov Vladimir P, Sergey N Ryazantsev
Human IgG4 (hIgG4) has weak pro-inflammatory activity. The structural basis for this is still unclear. Here a 3D model of myeloma hIgG4 was created at ∼3nm resolution using electron microscopy (EM) with negative staining and single-particle 3D reconstruction. The hIgG4 model reveals relatively rigid asymmetric Y-like structure. The model shows that one Fab subunit is closer to the upper portion of the Fc subunit (CH2 domain) than the other Fab. This is in agreement with X-ray crystallography and X-ray/neutron scattering, recently published by others...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125905/arthritis-after-cancer-immunotherapy-symptom-duration-and-treatment-response
#15
Melanie H Smith, Anne R Bass
OBJECTIVE: Musculoskeletal manifestations of immune related adverse events (irAEs) after checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy for cancer remain incompletely characterized and poorly understood. A recently published case series suggested that immunotherapy-induced arthritis is an aggressive process requiring high dose corticosteroids. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of all patients with musculoskeletal irAEs first seen by one of the authors between 2014 and 2016...
November 10, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123950/immune-evasion-mechanisms-and-immune-checkpoint-inhibition-in-advanced-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#16
REVIEW
Dirk Schadendorf, Paul Nghiem, Shailender Bhatia, Axel Hauschild, Philippe Saiag, Lisa Mahnke, Subramanian Hariharan, Howard L Kaufman
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare skin cancer caused by Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) infection and/or ultraviolet radiation-induced somatic mutations. The presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes is evidence that an active immune response to MCPyV and tumor-associated neoantigens occurs in some patients. However, inhibitory immune molecules, including programmed death-1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1), within the MCC tumor microenvironment aid in tumor evasion of T-cell-mediated clearance...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120224/is-there-a-role-for-programmed-death-ligand-1-testing-and-immunotherapy-in-colorectal-cancer-with-microsatellite-instability-part-ii-the-challenge-of-programmed-death-ligand-1-testing-and-its-role-in-microsatellite-instability-high-colorectal-cancer
#17
Esmeralda Celia Marginean, Barbara Melosky
CONTEXT: - The world of oncology has changed dramatically in the past few years with the introduction of checkpoint inhibitors and immunotherapy. The promising findings of a small, phase 2 clinical trial that led to the US Food and Drug Administration breakthrough designation and approval of the anti-programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck, Kenilworth, New Jersey) to treat metastatic/refractory microsatellite instability-high colorectal cancer (CRC) has significantly boosted interest in immunomodulatory therapies in microsatellite instability-high CRC...
November 9, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119276/phase-ib-ii-study-of-gemcitabine-nab-paclitaxel-and-pembrolizumab-in-metastatic-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
#18
Glen J Weiss, Lisa Blaydorn, Julia Beck, Kirsten Bornemann-Kolatzki, Howard Urnovitz, Ekkhard Schütz, Vivek Khemka
Background A single center phase Ib/II study of gemcitabine, nab-paclitaxel, and pembrolizumab (GNP) to evaluate the safety and efficacy in metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) was conducted (NCT02331251). Methods PDAC patients (pts) with measurable disease, biopsy proven metastasis, adequate laboratory tests, and KPS ≥ 70% received GNP until progression or toxicity. Safety monitoring, RECIST 1.1, and irRECIST assessments were conducted. Response imaging was performed prior to cycle 4, then every 3 months...
November 8, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118007/pd-1-expression-and-clinical-pd-1-blockade-in-b-cell-lymphomas
#19
Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Jianfeng Zhou, Ken H Young
PD-1 blockade targeting the PD-1 immune checkpoint has demonstrated unprecedented clinical efficacy in the treatment of advanced cancers including hematologic malignancies. This article reviews the landscape of PD-1/PD-L1 expression and current PD-1 blockade immunotherapy trials in B-cell lymphomas. Most notably, in relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma, which frequently has increased PD-1(+) tumor-infiltrating T cells, 9p24 genetic alteration and high PD-L1 expression, anti-PD-1 monotherapy has demonstrated remarkable objective response rates (ORR) of 65-87% and durable disease control in phase I/II clinical trials...
November 8, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116900/safety-and-antitumor-activity-of-the-anti-programmed-death-1-antibody-pembrolizumab-in-patients-with-advanced-esophageal-carcinoma
#20
Toshihiko Doi, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Shadia I Jalal, Sanatan Saraf, Jared Lunceford, Minori Koshiji, Jaafar Bennouna
Purpose The anti-programmed death-1 antibody pembrolizumab was evaluated in KEYNOTE-028, a multicohort, phase IB study of patients with programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1)-positive advanced solid tumors. Results from the esophageal carcinoma cohort are reported herein. Patients and Methods Eligible patients with squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma of the esophagus or gastroesophageal junction in whom standard therapy failed and who had PD-L1-positive tumors received pembrolizumab 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks for up to 2 years or until confirmed disease progression or intolerable toxicity...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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