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lung cancer immunology

Jutaek Nam, Sejin Son, Lukasz J Ochyl, Rui Kuai, Anna Schwendeman, James J Moon
Photothermal therapy (PTT) is a promising cancer treatment modality, but PTT generally requires direct access to the source of light irradiation, thus precluding its utility against disseminated, metastatic tumors. Here, we demonstrate that PTT combined with chemotherapy can trigger potent anti-tumor immunity against disseminated tumors. Specifically, we have developed polydopamine-coated spiky gold nanoparticles as a new photothermal agent with extensive photothermal stability and efficiency. Strikingly, a single round of PTT combined with a sub-therapeutic dose of doxorubicin can elicit robust anti-tumor immune responses and eliminate local as well as untreated, distant tumors in >85% of animals bearing CT26 colon carcinoma...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Véronique Hofman, Sandra Lassalle, Coraline Bence, Elodie Long-Mira, Sacha Nahon-Estève, Simon Heeke, Virginie Lespinet-Fabre, Catherine Butori, Marius Ilié, Paul Hofman
The identification of certain genomic alterations ( EGFR , ALK , ROS1 , BRAF ) or immunological markers (PD-L1) in tissues or cells has led to targeted treatment for patients presenting with late stage or metastatic lung cancer. These biomarkers can be detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and/or by molecular biology (MB) techniques. These approaches are often complementary but depending on, the quantity and quality of the biological material, the urgency to get the results, the access to technological platforms, the financial resources and the expertise of the team, the choice of the approach can be questioned...
March 13, 2018: Cancers
Nathan Esplin, Khadija Fergiani, Timothy B Legare, John W Stelzer, Hammad Bhatti, Sayed K Ali
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous regression has been defined as occurring when the malignant tumor mass partially or completely disappears without any treatment or as a result of a therapy considered inadequate to influence systemic neoplastic disease. Recently, studies have implicated immunological responses as likely being involved. We report a case of a patient with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung who experienced spontaneous regression following biopsy without other intervention. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57-year-old white man was referred to our pulmonary clinic after an incidental finding of a nodule in the lower lobe of his left lung...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Aileen Weiwei Li, Miguel C Sobral, Soumya Badrinath, Youngjin Choi, Amanda Graveline, Alexander G Stafford, James C Weaver, Maxence O Dellacherie, Ting-Yu Shih, Omar A Ali, Jaeyun Kim, Kai W Wucherpfennig, David J Mooney
Existing strategies to enhance peptide immunogenicity for cancer vaccination generally require direct peptide alteration, which, beyond practical issues, may impact peptide presentation and result in vaccine variability. Here, we report a simple adsorption approach using polyethyleneimine (PEI) in a mesoporous silica microrod (MSR) vaccine to enhance antigen immunogenicity. The MSR-PEI vaccine significantly enhanced host dendritic cell activation and T-cell response over the existing MSR vaccine and bolus vaccine formulations...
March 5, 2018: Nature Materials
Jessica Moskovitz, Jennifer Moy, Robert L Ferris
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Discussion of current strategies targeting the immune system related to solid tumors with emphasis on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).This review will outline the current challenges with immunotherapy and future goals for treatment using these agents. RECENT FINDINGS: Agents targeting immune checkpoint receptors (IR) such as program death 1 (PD1) have been used in the clinical realm for melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and the use of these agents for these malignancies has provided crucial information about how and why patients respond or not to inhibitory checkpoint receptor blockade therapy (ICR)...
March 3, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
Ryo Koda, Hirofumi Watanabe, Masafumi Tsuchida, Noriaki Iino, Kazuo Suzuki, Go Hasegawa, Naofumi Imai, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: Acute tubulointerstitial nephritis (ATIN) has been increasingly recognized as an important manifestation of kidney injury associated with the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors (anti-PD-1 and anti-CTLA-4). While the exact pathophysiology remains unknown, corticosteroids are the mainstay of management. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 67-year-old man with stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer who developed kidney injury during treatment with the anti-PD-1 antibody nivolumab...
February 27, 2018: BMC Nephrology
M Ilie, J Benzaquen, V Hofman, S Lassalle, N Yazbeck, S Leroy, S Heeke, C Bence, B Mograbi, N Glaichenhaus, C H Marquette, P Hofman
Immunotherapy aims to amplify the anticancer immune response through reactivation of the lymphocytic response raised against several tumor neo-antigens. To obtain an effective immune response, this therapeutic approach requires that a number of immunological checkpoints be passed, such as the activation of excitatory costimulatory signals or the avoidance of coinhibitory molecules. Among the immune checkpoints, the interaction of the membrane-bound ligand PD-1 and its receptor PD-L1 has received much attention because of remarkable efficacy in numerous clinical trials for various cancer types, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
February 21, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Jian Su, Qixin Leng, Yanli Lin, Jie Ma, Fangran Jiang, Cheng-Ju Lee, HongBin Fang, Feng Jiang
We have demonstrated that assessments of microRNA (miRNA) expressions in circulating peripheral blood mononucleated cell (PBMC) and sputum specimens, respectively, may help diagnose lung cancer. To assess the individual and combined analysis of the miRNAs across the different body fluids for lung cancer early detection, we analyse a panel of 3 sputum miRNAs (miRs-21, 31, and 210) and a panel of 2 PBMC miRNAs (miRs-19b-3p and 29b-3p) in a discovery cohort of 68 patients with lung cancer and 66 cancer-free smokers...
2018: Biomarkers in Cancer
Mirko Barone, Giuseppe Cipollone, Felice Mucilli
The effects of immunomodulation processes in patients undergoing video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy are still debated; although, the reduced surgical stress of minimally invasive surgery is evident. The immunological repercussions could also influence the evolution of the disease and the prognosis of patients. The article aims to raise some points of reflection by considering available evidences and reiterating, once again, the prognostic utility of a minimally invasive procedure rather than classical approach...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Daniel Kogan, Alexander Grabner, Christopher Yanucil, Christian Faul, Vijay Kumar Ulaganathan
Immune evasion and the suppression of anti-tumor responses during cancer progression are considered hallmarks of cancer and are typically attributed to tumor-derived factors. Although the molecular basis for the crosstalk between tumor and immune cells is an area of active investigation, whether host-specific germline variants can dictate immunosuppressive mechanisms has remained a challenge to address. A commonly occurring germline mutation (c.1162G>A/rs351855 G/A) in the FGFR4 (CD334) gene enhances STAT3 signaling and is associated with poor prognosis and accelerated progression of multiple cancer types...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Wen Song, Jing Kuang, Chu-Xin Li, Mingkang Zhang, Diwei Zheng, Xuan Zeng, Chuanjun Liu, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Metastasis and recurrence are two unavoidable and intractable problems in cancer therapy, despite of various robust therapeutic approaches. Currently, it seems that immunotherapy is an effective approach to solve the problems, but the high heterogeneity of tumor tissue, inefficient presentation of tumor antigen and deficient targeting ability of therapy usually blunt the efficacy of immunotherapy and hinder its clinical application. Herein, an approach based on combining photodynamic and immunological therapy was designed and developed...
February 8, 2018: ACS Nano
Liam Friel Tremble, Morgan A O'Brien, Patrick F Forde, Declan M Soden
Electrochemotherapy is an evolving therapy which has recently been shown to induce an immunogenic form of cell death. It is hypothesized that the immunogenic cell death induced by electrochemotherapy may compliment the responses seen with anti-cancer immunotherapies. We therefore examined the effect of electrochemotherapy in combination with ICOS activation, which promotes the activity of previously activated T cells. In comparison to either monotherapy which resulted in no curative outcomes in any model, in a CT26 primary tumour 50% of mice were cured, with 100% of cured mice surviving tumour rechallenge...
February 3, 2018: Cancer Letters
Giuseppe Badalamenti, Daniele Fanale, Lorena Incorvaia, Nadia Barraco, Angela Listì, Rossella Maragliano, Bruno Vincenzi, Valentina Calò, Juan Lucio Iovanna, Viviana Bazan, Antonio Russo
In recent years, multiple strategies for eliciting anti-tumor immunity have been developed in different clinical studies. Currently, immunotherapy was clinically validated as effective treatment option for many tumors such as melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Some surface receptors of immune cells, called immune checkpoint receptors, may inhibit activity of proinflammatory lymphocytes, following binding with specific ligands. Cancer cells exploit these mechanisms to inactivate tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) to escape from immunosurveillance...
January 30, 2018: Cellular Immunology
Daniel Katzman, Shirley Wu, Daniel H Sterman
In cryo-immunotherapy, target tumors are treated with cryoablation to generate anti-tumor immune responses. Since immune checkpoint inhibitors have demonstrated that lung cancer can be an immunotherapy responsive disease, there has been renewed interest in the immunological aspects of cryoablation of lung cancer. Herein, we review pre-clinical and clinical trials of cryoablation of primary lung tumors. We examine the magnitude of cryoablation induced anti-tumor immune responses and the synergy between cryoablation and either other immunotherapies or molecular targeted therapies to improve treatment responses in advanced lung cancer...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Jun Akimoto, Masamichi Nakayama, Soichi Takagi, Teruo Okano
BACKGROUND/AIM: In vivo subcutaneous tumor models are generally prepared by the injection of a cancer cell suspension to evaluate the pharmaceutical effects on tumor tissues. However, dispersed cells show low biological activities because of enzyme-induced cell harvest treatment, thus limiting the formation of tumor tissues. In this study, a biologically active cancer cell monolayer (cell sheet) was used to improve the efficiency of subcutaneous tumor formation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mouse lung squamous cancer cells (KLN-205) were transplanted on the subcutis of immunocompetent and immunodeficient mice in the form of a dispersed cell suspension or cell sheet, and the tumor formation abilities were independently investigated with considering immunological effects...
February 2018: Anticancer Research
E Ghorani, R Rosenthal, N McGranahan, J L Reading, M Lynch, K S Peggs, C Swanton, S A Quezada
Background: Cancer mutations generate novel (neo-)peptides recognised by T cells, but the determinants of recognition are not well characterised. The difference in predicted class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC-I) binding affinity between wild-type and corresponding mutant peptides (differential agretopicity index; DAI) may reflect clinically relevant cancer peptide immunogenicity. Our aim was to explore the relationship between DAI, measures of immune infiltration and patient outcomes in advanced cancer...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Markus Kieler, Matthias Unseld, Daniela Bianconi, Gerald Prager
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a lethal disease with a devastating 5-year overall survival of only approximately 7%. Although just 4% of all malignant diseases are accounted to PDAC, it will become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths before 2030. Immunotherapy has proven to be a promising therapeutic option in various malignancies such as melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), microsatellite instability-high gastrointestinal cancer, urinary tract cancer, kidney cancer, and others...
February 2018: Pancreas
Chi Young Jung, Scott J Antonia
Lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Although progress in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been made over the past decade, the 5-year survival rate in patients with lung cancer remains only 10%-20%. Obviously, new therapeutic options are required for patients with advanced NSCLC and unmet medical needs. Cancer immunotherapy is an evolving treatment modality that uses a patient's own immune systems to fight cancer...
January 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Vincent K Lam, Vassiliki Papadimitrakopoulou
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Contemporary advances in the understanding of the molecular and immunologic basis of metastatic lung cancer have firmly changed its treatment paradigm to a personalized, biomarker-driven approach. However, the majority of lung-cancer patients [especially lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC)] still do not have effective targeted therapeutic options. Master protocols, such as Lung-MAP, represent an innovative clinical trial approach designed to accelerate evaluation of novel biomarker-driven therapies...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Muhammad Baghdadi, Hiraku Endo, Atsushi Takano, Kozo Ishikawa, Yosuke Kameda, Haruka Wada, Yohei Miyagi, Tomoyuki Yokose, Hiroyuki Ito, Haruhiko Nakayama, Yataro Daigo, Nao Suzuki, Ken-Ichiro Seino
Despite recent advances in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancers, the 5-year survival rate remains unsatisfactory, which necessitates the identification of novel factors that associates with disease progression and malignant degree for improving diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Recent progress in cancer immunology research has unveiled critical roles for colony stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R) in multiple aspects of the tumor microenvironment. CSF1R is expressed on tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), and mediates important pro-tumorigenic functions...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
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