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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529901/combining-immunotherapy-and-radiation-therapy-for-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-thymic-tumors
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REVIEW
Suchit H Patel, Andreas Rimner, Roger B Cohen
Recent work with immunotherapy has shown promising results with treatment of several solid malignancies, and there are several reports of good systemic responses with the combination of immunotherapy and radiation therapy (RT), most notably in advanced melanoma. Given the rapid increase in the use of checkpoint blockade as well as anti-tumor vaccines, we review here the preclinical rationale and ongoing clinical work in combining immunotherapy with RT for small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and thymic tumors. While there are several reports of promising results with the combination of immunotherapy and conventional systemic treatment, we focus here on the ongoing clinical studies that combine immunotherapy with RT, and highlight the emerging data for this multimodality approach as well as key preclinical and clinical issues that remain to be addressed...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521419/expression-of-excision-repair-cross-complementation-group-1-and-class-iii-%C3%AE-tubulin-in-thymic-carcinoma
#2
Katsuhiro Okuda, Risa Oda, Ayumi Suzuki, Tsutomu Tatematsu, Hiroshi Haneda, Satoru Moriyama, Motoki Yano, Ryoichi Nakanishi
Thymic carcinoma is a rare mediastinum malignant tumor derived from thymic epithelial cells. With the exception of complete resection, an effective therapy has not been established to date for advanced or relapsed thymic carcinoma. The present study examined the protein expression of excision repair cross-complementation group 1 (ERCC1) and class III β-tubulin (TUBB3), which are consider to be indicators of the anticancer activity of platinum-based and taxane-based chemotherapy, respectively. The expression of ERCC1 and TUBB3 proteins was examined in 40 thymic carcinoma patients who underwent either surgical resection or core-needle biopsy...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506304/characterization-of-genetic-aberrations-in-a-single-case-of-metastatic-thymic-adenocarcinoma
#3
Yeonghun Lee, Sehhoon Park, Se-Hoon Lee, Hyunju Lee
BACKGROUND: Thymic adenocarcinoma is an extremely rare subtype of thymic epithelial tumors. Due to its rarity, there is currently no sequencing approach for thymic adenocarcinoma. METHODS: We performed whole exome and transcriptome sequencing on a case of thymic adenocarcinoma and performed subsequent validation using Sanger sequencing. RESULTS: The case of thymic adenocarcinoma showed aggressive behaviors with systemic bone metastases. We identified a high incidence of genetic aberrations, which included somatic mutations in RNASEL, PEG10, TNFSF15, TP53, TGFB2, and FAT1...
May 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493800/iaslc-itmig-staging-system-and-lymph-node-map-for-thymic-epithelial-neoplasms
#4
Brett W Carter, Marcelo F Benveniste, Rachna Madan, Myrna C Godoy, Patricia M de Groot, Mylene T Truong, Melissa L Rosado-de-Christenson, Edith M Marom
Thymic epithelial neoplasms are rare malignancies that arise from the thymus and include thymoma, thymic carcinoma, and thymic neuroendocrine tumors. At least 15 different stage classifications have been proposed for thymic epithelial neoplasms and used to varying degrees in clinical practice, many of which have been constructed from small groups of patients. Traditionally, the Masaoka and Masaoka-Koga staging systems have been the schemes most commonly employed, and the latter has been recommended for use by the International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group (ITMIG)...
May 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486946/thymic-epithelial-tumors-phenotype-relies-on-mir-145-5p-epigenetic-regulation
#5
Teresa Bellissimo, Federica Ganci, Enzo Gallo, Andrea Sacconi, Claudia Tito, Luciana De Angelis, Claudio Pulito, Silvia Masciarelli, Daniele Diso, Marco Anile, Vincenzo Petrozza, Felice Giangaspero, Edoardo Pescarmona, Francesco Facciolo, Federico Venuta, Mirella Marino, Giovanni Blandino, Francesco Fazi
BACKGROUND: Thymoma and thymic carcinoma are the most frequent subtypes of thymic epithelial tumors (TETs). A relevant advance in TET management could derive from a deeper molecular characterization of these neoplasms. We previously identified a set of microRNA (miRNAs) differentially expressed in TETs and normal thymic tissues and among the most significantly deregulated we described the down-regulation of miR-145-5p in TET. Here we describe the mRNAs diversely regulated in TETs and analyze the correlation between these and the miRNAs previously identified, focusing in particular on miR-145-5p...
May 10, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400429/genomic-analysis-of-thymic-epithelial-tumors-identifies-novel-subtypes-associated-with-distinct-clinical-features
#6
Hyun-Sung Lee, Hee-Jin Jang, Rohan Shah, David Yoon, Masatsugu Hamaji, Ori Wald, Ju-Seog Lee, David J Sugarbaker, Bryan M Burt
PURPOSE To reconcile the heterogeneity of thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) and gain deeper understanding of the molecular determinants of TETs, we set out to establish a clinically relevant molecular classification system for these tumors. <p>EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Molecular subgrouping of TETs was performed in 120 patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas using a multidimensional approach incorporating analyses of DNA mutations, mRNA expression, and somatic copy number alterations (SCNA), and validated in two independent cohorts...
April 11, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386277/thyroid-related-protein-expression-in-the-human-thymus
#7
Mi Jeong Kim, So Won Oh, Hyewon Youn, Juri Na, Keon Wook Kang, Do Joon Park, Young Joo Park, Ja June Jang, Kyu Eun Lee, Kyeong Cheon Jung, June-Key Chung
Radioiodine whole body scan (WBS), related to sodium iodide symporter (NIS) function, is widely used to detect recurrence/metastasis in postoperative patients with thyroid cancer. However, the normal thymic uptake of radioiodine has occasionally been observed in young patients. We evaluated the expression of thyroid-related genes and proteins in the human thymus. Thymic tissues were obtained from 22 patients with thyroid cancer patients of all ages. The expression of NIS, thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR), thyroperoxidase (TPO), and thyroglobulin (Tg) was investigated using immunohistochemistry and quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367393/thymic-carcinoma-treated-by-cyberknife-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy
#8
Yuko Harada, Shinichiro Miyazaki
The standard treatment for advanced thymic carcinoma has not yet been established. Most patients have no symptoms until the advanced stage. Radiation therapy has been used for advanced stage cancer, usually in combination with surgery or chemotherapy; however, the survival rates are 30%-50%. We performed hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy with CyberKnife (Accuray, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) for 10 cases of advanced thymic cancer. All cases reached at least partial remission (PR) in two months with progression-free irradiated lesions and minimal radiation-related toxicity...
February 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347273/stage-ivb-thymic-carcinoma-patients-with-lymph-node-metastases-have-better-prognoses-than-those-with-hematogenous-metastases
#9
Yu Yang, Xing-Wen Fan, Hong-Bing Wang, Yin Xu, Dou-Dou Li, Kai-Liang Wu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to analyze the pattern of lymphogenous and hematogenous metastases in patients with stage IVb thymic carcinomas and identify prognostic factors for their survivals. METHODS: Between September 1978 and October 2014, 68 patients with pathologically confirmed stage IVb thymic carcinomas were treated at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center. Forty-three patients had lymph node involvement without distant metastases, and the remaining 25 patients had hematogenous metastases...
March 27, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336378/optimized-biodegradable-polymeric-reservoir-mediated-local-and-sustained-co-delivery-of-dendritic-cells-and-oncolytic-adenovirus-co-expressing-il-12-and-gm-csf-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#10
Eonju Oh, Jung-Eun Oh, JinWoo Hong, YoonHo Chung, Yunki Lee, Ki Dong Park, Sungwan Kim, Chae-Ok Yun
Administration of dendritic cells (DCs) combined with oncolytic adenovirus (Ad) expressing antitumor cytokines induces a potent antitumor effect and antitumor immunity by ameliorating the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. However, this combination therapy has significant limitations due to rapid dissemination and inactivation of the therapeutics at the tumor site, necessitating multiple injections of both therapeutics. To overcome these limitations, we have utilized gelatin-based hydrogel to co-deliver oncolytic Ad co-expressing interleukin (IL)-12 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) (oAd) and DCs for sustained release of both therapeutics...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323731/thymic-carcinoma-with-endobronchial-metastasis-a-case-report
#11
Makoto Nagamata, Yusuke Okuma, Yukio Hosomi, Tsunekazu Hishima
Thymic carcinoma is a rare cancer, accounting for only 1% to 4% of thymic epithelial tumors. Endobronchial metastasis is a rare presentation of these tumors. A 64-year-old man presented with a cough. Lung cancer was suspected because a chest radiograph showed a 7-cm mass in the left pulmonary hilum. Computed tomography showed a mass in the anterior mediastinum and an infiltrate in the upper lobe of the left lung. Bronchoscopy demonstrated bilateral polypoid tumors in the left B bronchus and the right B bronchus...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285814/thymic-determinants-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-differentiation
#12
REVIEW
Miguel Muñoz-Ruiz, Nital Sumaria, Daniel J Pennington, Bruno Silva-Santos
γd T cells have emerged as major sources of the proinflammatory cytokines interleukin-17 (IL-17) and interferon-γ (IFNγ) in multiple models of infection, cancer and autoimmune disease. However, unlike their αβ T cell counterparts that require peripheral activation for effector cell differentiation, γδ T cells instead can be 'developmentally programmed' in the thymus to generate discrete γδ T cell effector subsets with distinctive molecular signatures. Nonetheless, recent studies have presented conflicting viewpoints on the signals involved in thymic γδ T cell development and differentiation, namely on the role of both T cell receptor (TCR)-dependent and TCR-independent factors...
May 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275684/thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-to-cut-a-long-story-short
#13
REVIEW
Katerina Tsilingiri, Giulia Fornasa, Maria Rescigno
Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) was identified more than 20 years ago as a secreted factor of a mouse thymic stromal cell line; later, a human orthologue was also identified. The signaling pathway triggered by TSLP has been extensively studied, and upregulation of the cytokine itself is linked to the pathogenesis of numerous Th2-related diseases, including atopic dermatitis, asthma, allergic responses, as well as certain types of cancers. On the other hand, TSLP mediates several immune homeostatic functions in both the gut and the thymus...
March 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261208/t-cell-subpopulations-in-healthy-elderly-and-lung-cancer-patients-insights-from-cuban-studies
#14
REVIEW
Danay Saavedra, Beatriz Garcia, Agustin Lage
The senescence of the immune system and the risk of cancer increase with aging. Age itself entails changes in the immune system, which are related to a decrease in thymic output of naïve lymphocytes, an accumulation of chronic antigenic load, notably chronic viral infections such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), and replicative senescence of lymphocytes. These changes could eventually contribute to cancer risk and affect the response to cancer treatment. However, several confounding factors make it difficult to draw a picture of causal relationships...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258440/comprehensive-characterization-of-genes-associated-with-the-tp53-signal-transduction-pathway-in-various-tumors
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Shumpei Ohnami, Keiichi Ohshima, Takeshi Nagashima, Kenichi Urakami, Yuji Shimoda, Junko Saito, Akane Naruoka, Keiichi Hatakeyama, Tohru Mochizuki, Masakuni Serizawa, Sumiko Ohnami, Masatoshi Kusuhara, Ken Yamaguchi
The TP53 signal transduction pathway is an attractive target for cancer treatments. In this study, we conducted a comprehensive molecular evaluation of 907 patients with cancer in Japan to identify genomic alterations in the TP53 pathway. TP53 mutations were frequently detected in many cancers, except melanoma, thymic tumors, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and renal cancers. The frequencies of non-synonymous single nucleotide variants (SNVs) in the TP53 family members TP63 and TP73 were relatively low, although genes with increased frequencies of SNVs were as follows: PTEN (11...
March 3, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231294/association-of-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-and-t-lymphocytes-with-the-pathogenesis-and-progression-of-hbv-associated-primary-liver-cancer
#16
Xiaoli Liu, Lingling He, Junyan Han, Lijia Wang, Mengge Li, Yuyong Jiang, Xianbo Wang, Zhiyun Yang
BACKGROUND: The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a new prognostic predictor for patients with liver cancer. The association of NLR and T lymphocytes with the pathogenesis and progression of liver cancer is poorly understood. METHODS: Seventy-three patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated primary liver cancer (HBV-PLC), 50 patients with HBV-associated liver cirrhosis (HBV-LC) and 37 patients with chronic HBV infection (CHB) were prospectively enrolled from July 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 in Beijing Ditan Hospital, Capital Medical University (Beijing, China)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162296/-efficacy-of-pd-1-pd-l1%C3%A2-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-and-pd-l1%C3%A2-testing-in-thoracic-cancers
#17
Michaël Duruisseaux, Isabelle Rouquette, Julien Adam, Alexis Cortot, Aurélie Cazes, Laure Gibault, Diane Damotte, Sylvie Lantuejoul
Tumoral immune environment is a major component of cancer. Its composition and its organization represent a reproducible characteristic of tumors and a validated prognostic factor. In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), cytotoxic T CD8+ lymphocyte density, associated with a Th1 environment and tertiary lymphoid structures impacts survival. Tumor cell-immune cell interaction is targeted by PD1/PD-L1 inhibitors. In advanced NSCLC, PD1/PD-L1 inhibitors are more effective than second-line chemotherapy. Pembrolizumab outperforms first-line chemotherapy in NSCLC strongly positive for PD-L1...
February 2017: Annales de Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134578/evolution-of-classification-of-thymic-epithelial-tumors-in-the-era-of-dr-thomas-v-colby
#18
REVIEW
Anja C Roden
CONTEXT: -Numerous histomorphologic and staging classifications of thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) have been proposed during the last century, suggesting that the classification of these tumors is challenging and controversial. Difficulties of classifying TETs include various combinations of epithelial cells and lymphocytes and the paucity of these tumors. The prognostic significance, specifically of the histomorphologic classifications, has been debated. Early classifications were also challenged by the uncertainty of the neoplastic component(s) of the tumor...
February 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126540/the-impact-of-postoperative-radiotherapy-for-thymoma-and-thymic-carcinoma
#19
Matthew W Jackson, David A Palma, D Ross Camidge, Bernard L Jones, Tyler P Robin, David J Sher, Matthew Koshy, Brian D Kavanagh, Laurie E Gaspar, Chad G Rusthoven
INTRODUCTION: The optimal role for postoperative radiotherapy (PORT) for thymoma and thymic carcinoma remains controversial. We used the National Cancer Data Base to investigate the impact of PORT on overall survival (OS). METHODS: Patients who underwent an operation for thymoma or thymic carcinoma were categorized into Masaoka-Koga stage groups I to IIA, IIB, III, and IV. Patients who did not undergo an operation or those who received preoperative radiation were excluded...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119349/expression-of-pten-and-its-pseudogene-ptenp1-and-promoter-methylation-of-pten-in-non-tumourous-thymus-and-thymic-tumours
#20
Atsuko Masunaga, Mutsuko Omatsu, Toshiaki Kunimura, Shugo Uematsu, Yoshito Kamio, Akihiko Kitami, Yohei Miyagi, Kenzo Hiroshima, Takashi Suzuki
AIMS: Mutation or promoter methylation of the phosphatase tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10 tumour suppressor gene (PTEN) promotes some cancers. Moreover, PTENP1 (PTEN pseudogene) transcript regulates PTEN expression and is thought to be associated with tumourigenesis in some cancers. Here, we investigated PTEN expression in thymic epithelium and thymic epithelial tumours. METHODS: Immunohistochemical analysis of PTEN was performed on two non-tumourous thymus (NT) samples, 33 thymomas (three type A, eight type AB, 11 type B1, six type B2, and five type B3), and four thymic carcinomas (TCs)...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
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