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Interferon melanoma

Larisa J Geskin, James J Damiano, Christina C Patrone, Lisa H Butterfield, John M Kirkwood, Louis D Falo
In the current era of checkpoint inhibitors, some patients with metastatic melanoma have shown a significant improvement in survival. However, optimization of immunotherapy is an ongoing effort. Monocyte-derived dendritic cell (MODC) vaccines have been shown in clinical trials to be safe and capable of inducing tumor-specific immunity as well as occasional objective clinical responses. Here, we conducted a three-arm pilot clinical study in 15 patients with metastatic melanoma to evaluate three types of MODC vaccines, differing only by strategies of tumor antigen delivery...
March 14, 2018: Melanoma Research
Ken Sasaki, Yasuto Uchikado, Itaru Omoto, Masahiko Amatatsu, Koichi Megumi, Hiroshi Okumura, Kosei Maemura, Shoji Natsugoe
Standard treatment strategies have not yet been established for primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus (PMME), and far much less for recurrent disease. There are no reports of anti-programmed death-1 antibody treatment of recurrent PMME. A 60-year-old Japanese man was diagnosed with a primary malignant melanoma in the lower esophagus. The patient underwent mediastinoscope-assisted subtotal esophagectomy, and two nodal involvements were detected in the lymph nodes (LN)s along the left gastric artery. Paclitaxel and oral fluoropyrimidine were administered for 2 months as adjuvant treatment based on results of a histoculture drug response assay...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Anne M Stowman, Alexandra W Hickman, Ileana S Mauldin, Adela Mahmutovic, Alejandro A Gru, Craig L Slingluff
Desmoplastic melanomas (DM) have unique and challenging clinical presentations and histomorphology. A characteristic feature is the presence of scattered lymphoid aggregates. However, the nature of these aggregates is not defined. We hypothesized that they may be tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS), and may be associated with programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression. We searched our tissue database for 'pure' DMs and for scars as control tissues, collected clinical information, and reviewed H&E histology...
March 13, 2018: Melanoma Research
Kendra C Foley, Michael I Nishimura, Tamson V Moore
Immunotherapy is a promising method of treatment for a number of cancers. Many of the curative results have been seen specifically in advanced-stage melanoma. Despite this, single-agent therapies are only successful in a small percentage of patients, and relapse is very common. As chemotherapy is becoming a thing of the past for treatment of melanoma, the combination of cellular therapies with immunotherapies appears to be on the rise in in-vivo models and in clinical trials. These forms of therapies include tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, T-cell receptor, or chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells, cytokines [interleukin (IL-2), IL-15, IL-12, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, tumor necrosis factor-α, interferon-α, interferon-γ], antibodies (αPD-1, αPD-L1, αTIM-3, αOX40, αCTLA-4, αLAG-3), dendritic cell-based vaccines, and chemokines (CXCR2)...
March 8, 2018: Melanoma Research
Liang Yi, Dan Sun, Qian Han, Zhonghui Liu, Zeng Zeng, Yanping Wu, Xiaoyu Chai, Xinmin Liu
Immunotherapy is considered one of the most promising treatments for lung cancer. The cell signalling molecules melanoma differentiation-associated protein 5 (MDA5) and retinoic acid-inducible gene I protein (RIG‑I) are essential receptors that recognise intracellular pathogen-associated nucleic acids, whereas interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3) controls the expression of innate immunity-associated genes in macrophages. However, the innate immune response to polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid [Poly(I:C)] in lung cancer remains to be elucidated...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Tomio Matsumura, Shigeaki Hida, Masato Kitazawa, Chifumi Fujii, Akira Kobayashi, Michiko Takeoka, Shun-Ichiro Taniguchi, Shin-Ichi Miyagawa
Fascin1 is an actin-bundling protein involved in cancer cell migration and has recently been shown also to have roles in virus-mediated immune cell responses. Because viral infection has been shown to activate immune cells and to induce IFN-β expression in human cancer cells, we evaluated the effects of fascin1 on virus-dependent signaling via the membrane- and actin-associated protein retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I) in colon cancer cells. We knocked down fascin1 expression with shRNA retrovirally transduced into a DLD-1 colon cancer and L929 fibroblast-like cell lines and used luciferase reporter assays and co-immunoprecipitation to identify fascin1 targets...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Angela R Elia, Matteo Grioni, Veronica Basso, Flavio Curnis, Massimo Freschi, Angelo Corti, Anna Mondino, Matteo Bellone
PURPOSE: Irregular blood flow and endothelial cell anergy, which characterize many solid tumors, hinder tumor infiltration by cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). This confers resistance to cancer immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies directed against regulatory pathways in T lymphocytes (i.e., immune checkpoint blockade, ICB). We investigated whether NGR-TNF, a TNF derivative capable of targeting the tumor vasculature, and improving intra-tumor infiltration by activated CTLs, could sensitize tumors to ICB with antibodies specific for the PD-1 and CTLA-4 receptors...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
William Sperduto, David M King, Yoichi Watanabe, Emil Lou, Paul W Sperduto
Long-term survival for melanoma patients with multiple brain metastases is rare. A review of the literature reveals only three reported melanoma patients with multiple brain metastases who survived more than 10 years. We present a patient who is recurrence-free 11 years after the diagnosis of three brain metastases. Her treatment consisted of cytokine (interferon and interleukin-2) and chemotherapy nine months prior to developing brain and soft tissue metastases, which were treated with stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, respectively, followed by six months of chemotherapy...
December 14, 2017: Curēus
Devayani Machiraju, Iris Moll, Christoffer Gebhardt, Antje Sucker, Kristina Buder-Bakhaya, Dirk Schadendorf, Jessica C Hassel
Interferons (IFN) have a direct growth-inhibiting effect on tumor cells through Janus kinase-dependent activation of the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT1). In vitro, signaling through STAT5 has been demonstrated to counteract this effect and lead to IFN resistance of melanoma cell lines. In 32 patients treated with IFN-α in an adjuvant setting, we investigated paraffin-embedded tumor tissue from primary melanomas and melanoma metastases for expression of STAT3 and STAT5, by immunohistochemistry, and for expression of phosphorylated signaling transduction activating transcription factor (pSTAT)3 and pSTAT5, by immunofluorescence...
February 26, 2018: Melanoma Research
Qingyuan Zhu, Peng Tan, Yinyin Li, Meng Lin, Chaoran Li, Jingrong Mao, Jun Cui, Wei Zhao, Helen Y Wang, Rong-Fu Wang
Melanoma differentiation-associated gene-5 (MDA5) recognizes distinct subsets of viruses including Encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) of picornavirus family, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the specificity of the viral recognition of MDA5 in immune cells remain obscure. DHX29 is a RNA helicase required for the translation of 5' structured mRNA of host and many picornaviruses (such as EMCV). We identify that DXH29 as a key RNA co-sensor, plays a significant role for specific recognition and triggering anti-EMCV immunity...
February 20, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Jinfeng Cao, Niels J Brouwer, Ekaterina S Jordanova, Marina Marinkovic, Sjoerd G van Duinen, Nadine E de Waard, Bruce R Ksander, Arend Mulder, Frans H J Claas, Mirjam H M Heemskerk, Martine J Jager
Purpose: Antitumor T cells need expression of HLA class I molecules but can be inhibited by ligands such as programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1). We determined expression and regulation of these molecules in human conjunctival melanoma (CM) samples, cell lines, and murine xenografts. Methods: Immunofluorescence staining was performed to examine the expression of HLA-A, HLA-B/C, and β-2-microglobulin (B2M) in 23 primary CM samples. HLA class I expression was compared with clinicopathologic characteristics, the presence of tumor-infiltrating leukocytes, and PD-L1/PD-1 status...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Tokuhiro Matsubara, Tsutomu Nishida, Yu Higaki, Ryo Tomita, Hiromi Shimakoshi, Akiyoshi Shimoda, Naoto Osugi, Aya Sugimoto, Kei Takahashi, Dai Nakamatsu, Kaori Mukai, Masashi Yamamoto, Koji Fukui, Shiro Adachi, Masami Inada
A 42-year-old man was diagnosed with cStage IIIb malignant melanoma and underwent resection. After interferon-beta therapy, 18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography ( 18 F-FDG PET/CT) showed multiple lung metastases, and he received nivolumab (2 mg/kg) every 3 weeks, resulting in a total of 17 cycles. After treatment, 18 F-FDG PET/CT showed a significant decrease in the size of the metastases, but he had a Grade 4 ALT elevation. Liver histology revealed drug-induced liver damage...
February 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
P Raghuraman, C Sudandiradoss
Singleton Merton syndrome, a critical and rare multifactorial disorder that is closely linked to R516Q mutation in MDA5 protein associated with an enhanced interferon response in the affected individual. In the present study, we provide conclusive key evidence on R516Q mutation and their connectivity towards sequence-structural basis dysfunction of MDA5 protein. Among the various mutations, we found R516Q is the most pathogenic mutation based on mutational signature Q-A-[RE]-G-R-[GA]-R-A-[ED]-[DE]-S-[ST]-Y-[TSAV]-L-V designed from our work...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Sandro Pasquali, Andreas V Hadjinicolaou, Vanna Chiarion Sileni, Carlo Riccardo Rossi, Simone Mocellin
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of people with metastatic cutaneous melanoma, a skin cancer, is generally poor. Recently, new classes of drugs (e.g. immune checkpoint inhibitors and small-molecule targeted drugs) have significantly improved patient prognosis, which has drastically changed the landscape of melanoma therapeutic management. This is an update of a Cochrane Review published in 2000. OBJECTIVES: To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of systemic treatments for metastatic cutaneous melanoma...
February 6, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Anje Cauwels, Sandra Van Lint, Geneviève Garcin, Jennyfer Bultinck, Franciane Paul, Sarah Gerlo, José Van der Heyden, Yann Bordat, Dominiek Catteeuw, Lode De Cauwer, Elke Rogge, Annick Verhee, Gilles Uzé, Jan Tavernier
Despite approval for the treatment of various malignancies, clinical application of cytokines such as type I interferon (IFN) is severely impeded by their systemic toxicity. AcTakines (Activity-on-Target cytokines) are optimized immunocytokines that, when injected in mice, only reveal their activity upon cell-specific impact. We here show that type I IFN-derived AcTaferon targeted to the tumor displays strong antitumor activity without any associated toxicity, in contrast with wild type IFN. Treatment with CD20-targeted AcTaferon of CD20+ lymphoma tumors or melanoma tumors engineered to be CD20+, drastically reduced tumor growth...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Hideki Mori, Masamoto Murakami, Teruko Tsuda, Kenji Kameda, Ryo Utsunomiya, Kana Masuda, Ken Shiraishi, Xiuju Dai, Mikiko Tohyama, Hiroki Nakaoka, Koji Sayama
BACKGROUND: High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a nuclear protein that stabilizes DNA and facilitates gene transcription. Additionally, cell stress or death induces the release of HMGB1 outside the cell membrane, where HMGB1 functions as an alarmin, causing an inflammatory response in combination with other cytokines, damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), and pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of reduced-HMGB1 (previously termed chemoattractive-HMGB1) on polyinosine-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)]-induced inflammation in normal human keratinocytes (NHKs)...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
Jin-Cheng Song, Xiao-Lei Ding, Xiu-Hua Sun, Mohammed Safi, Juan Tian
RATIONALE: Melanoma with brain metastasis is associated with a poor prognosis and high mortality rate. As patients with this condition have been excluded from most clinical trials, data on the use of anti-programmed death 1 therapy for these patients are limited. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was a 62-year-old man with a 10-year history of melanotic nevus in his right forearm. He was admitted to another hospital in August 2015 due to the growth of the melanotic nevus over 1 year and complaint of a mass in the right mid-axillary area...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nikhil I Khushalani
The Oncology Grand Rounds series is designed to place original reports published in the Journal into clinical context. A case presentation is followed by a description of diagnostic and management challenges, a review of the relevant literature, and a summary of the authors' suggested management approaches. The goal of this series is to help readers better understand how to apply the results of key studies, including those published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, to patients seen in their own clinical practice...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Niki Karachaliou, Maria Gonzalez-Cao, Guillermo Crespo, Ana Drozdowskyj, Erika Aldeguer, Ana Gimenez-Capitan, Cristina Teixido, Miguel Angel Molina-Vila, Santiago Viteri, Maria De Los Llanos Gil, Salvador Martin Algarra, Elisabeth Perez-Ruiz, Ivan Marquez-Rodas, Delvys Rodriguez-Abreu, Remedios Blanco, Teresa Puertolas, Maria Angeles Royo, Rafael Rosell
Background: Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) may be induced by oncogenic signals or can be upregulated via interferon gamma (IFN-γ). We have explored whether the expression of IFNG, the gene encoding IFN-γ, is associated with clinical response to the immune checkpoint blockade in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and melanoma patients. The role of inflammation-associated transcription factors STAT3, IKBKE, STAT1 and other associated genes has also been examined. Methods: Total RNA from 17 NSCLC and 21 melanoma patients was analyzed by quantitative reverse transcription PCR...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
Yanling Liu, Huan Liu, Yingqing Xiang, Xiaoyan Chen, Ping Xu, Weiping Min
Objective To study the role of indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase 2 (IDO2) in anti-tumor therapy and its effect on the immune response when using IDO2 as therapeutic target. Methods B16-BL6 cells were used to construct mouse xenografted melanoma model. IDO2-shRNA that contained IDO2-siRNA or control shRNA (scrambled-shRNA) was injected hydrodynamically via the tail vein to treat melanoma. The tumor size was measured by vernier caliper. Flow cytometry was performed to analyze the percentage of regulatory T cells (Tregs), T cell apoptosis rate in draining lymph nodes and the expressions of co-stimulatory molecules on splenic dendritic cells (DCs) from different treatment groups...
December 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
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