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Immune checkpoint inhibitor

Delia De Lisi, Ugo De Giorgi, Cristian Lolli, Giuseppe Schepisi, Vincenza Conteduca, Cecilia Menna, Giuseppe Tonini, Daniele Santini, Alberto Farolfi
To date, results of combination therapy studies have shown no meaningful clinical benefit over monotherapy and an unacceptably high degree of toxicity in the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), with the exception of a combination of immune-checkpoint inhibitors and the association of lenvatinib with everolimus. Lenvatinib is a potent multi-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets VEGFR pathways. Everolimus inhibits primarily mTORC1 complex, a downstream effecter of the intracellular PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway...
March 20, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Takeshi Yuasa, Shinji Urakami, Junji Yonese
Cytotoxic chemotherapy has been the mainstay of medical therapy for metastatic urothelial cancer. Currently, the gemcitabine/cisplatin regimen is widely used worldwide as the standard first-line medical treatment. Very recently, in 2017, pembrolizumab, a highly selective, humanized monoclonal IgG4κ isotype antibody against programmed death 1, was approved as a second-line treatment to be used after platina-based chemotherapy for metastatic urothelial cancer in Japan. Based on its promising anti-tumor efficacy and manageable safety profile as demonstrated in the phase III KEYNOTE-045 trial, pembrolizumab therapy is expected to be rapidly introduced for treating metastatic urothelial cancer in clinical practice...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Yifan Wang, Weiye Deng, Nan Li, Shinya Neri, Amrish Sharma, Wen Jiang, Steven H Lin
Since the approval of anti-CTLA4 therapy (ipilimumab) for late-stage melanoma in 2011, the development of anticancer immunotherapy agents has thrived. The success of many immune-checkpoint inhibitors has drastically changed the landscape of cancer treatment. For some types of cancer, monotherapy for targeting immune checkpoint pathways has proven more effective than traditional therapies, and combining immunotherapy with current treatment strategies may yield even better outcomes. Numerous preclinical studies have suggested that combining immunotherapy with radiotherapy could be a promising strategy for synergistic enhancement of treatment efficacy...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Heather H Cheng
An estimated one-fifth or more of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) harbor defects in genes involved in DNA repair pathway (e.g., BRCA2, BRCA1, and others). Early evidence suggests these alterations may be predictive of therapeutic response to PARP inhibitors and platinum chemotherapy, thought to reflect principles of synthetic lethality and are currently being investigated in an increasing number of prospective clinical trials. Other studies have examined these alterations as prognostic biomarkers and in association with response to currently available treatments...
March 16, 2018: Urologic Oncology
Taiki Hakozaki, Yusuke Okuma, Jumpei Kashima
BACKGROUND: Currently, immune checkpoint (ICP) inhibitors are essential drugs for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, in patients previously treated with ICP inhibitors, the efficacy and safety of re-challenging the same or another ICP inhibitor remain unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a patient treated with nivolumab for advanced NSCLC who was previously treated with an ICP inhibitor as the first-line chemotherapy along with heavy cytotoxic chemotherapy...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
William Tabayoyong, Jianjun Gao
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of five new immune checkpoint inhibitors for the treatment of metastatic urothelial cancer represents the first major treatment breakthrough for this disease since the introduction of combination chemotherapy over 30 years ago. This review examines the recent clinical trials leading to FDA approval of these agents, the current challenges facing immunotherapy and areas that require further research. RECENT FINDINGS: The programmed death 1 receptor (PD-1) and its ligand programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) are important negative regulators of immune activity, preventing destruction of normal tissues and autoimmunity...
March 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Periklis G Foukas, Sotirios Tsiodras, Panagiota Economopoulou, Aris Spathis, Maria Mademli, Konstantinos Leventakos, Amanda Psyrri, Petros Karakitsos, Ioannis G Panayiotides
The development of immune system modulating agents, such as immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), has revolutionized cancer treatment. Nivolumab, a human monoclonal antibody against PD-1, has emerged as an efficient treatment for various malignancies, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, it is associated with important immune related side-effects, attributed to organ-specific inflammation, such as immune-mediated pneumonitis, a relatively uncommon, albeit potentially fatal adverse event. We herein present the unique case of severe interstitial pneumonitis with concomitant detection of Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6) in a nivolumab treated patient with NSCLC...
2018: IDCases
Riccardo Marconcini, Francesco Spagnolo, Luigia Stefania Stucci, Simone Ribero, Elena Marra, Francesco De Rosa, Virginia Picasso, Lorenza Di Guardo, Carolina Cimminiello, Stefano Cavalieri, Laura Orgiano, Enrica Tanda, Laura Spano, Alfredo Falcone, Paola Queirolo
Metastatic melanoma was the first malignancy in which immune checkpoint inhibitors demonstrated their successful efficacy. Currently, the knowledge on the interaction between the immune system and malignant disease is steadily increasing and new drugs and therapeutic strategies are overlooking in the clinical scenario. To provide a comprehensive overview of immune modulating drugs currently available in the treatment of melanoma as well as to discuss of possible future strategies in the metastatic melanoma setting, the present review aims at analyzing controversial aspects about the optimal immunomodulating treatment sequences, the search for biomarkers of efficacy of immunocheckpoint inhibitors, and innovative combinations of drugs currently under investigation...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Zilong Hu, Yue Ma, Zhiyang Shang, Shidong Hu, Kai Liang, Wentao Liang, Xiaowei Xing, Yufeng Wang, Xiaohui Du
Monoclonal antibodies recognizing programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) have been used for the clinical treatment of diverse tumor types as a form of immune checkpoint inhibitor, with a favorable therapeutic effect. Dendritic cells (DCs) are potent antigen-presenting cells that serve a pivotal role in the activation of T cells, particularly cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). DC vaccines loaded with tumor antigens, DC-CTLs and activated T cells have been revealed to be a safe and effective treatment approach against colorectal cancer within a clinical setting...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jessica Da Gama Duarte, Sagun Parakh, Miles C Andrews, Katherine Woods, Anupama Pasam, Candani Tutuka, Simone Ostrouska, Jonathan M Blackburn, Andreas Behren, Jonathan Cebon
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have revolutionized the treatment of advanced melanoma. The first ICI to demonstrate clinical benefit, ipilimumab, targets cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4); however, the long-term overall survival is just 22%. More than 40 years ago intralesional (IL) bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), a living attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis , was found to induce tumor regression by stimulating cell-mediated immunity following a localized and self-limiting infection...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
L C Hewitt, I Z Inam, Y Saito, T Yoshikawa, A Quaas, A Hoelscher, E Bollschweiler, G E Fazzi, V Melotte, R E Langley, M Nankivell, D Cunningham, W Allum, G G Hutchins, H I Grabsch
BACKGROUND: Oesophageal (OeC) and gastric (GC) cancer patients are treated with similar multimodal therapy and have poor survival. There remains an urgent clinical need to identify biomarkers to individualise patient management and improve outcomes. Therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors has shown promising results in other cancers. Proposed biomarkers to predict potential response to immune checkpoint inhibitors include DNA mismatch repair (MMR) and/or Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) status...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Stephane Ederhy, Jennifer Cautela, Yann Ancedy, Marion Escudier, Franck Thuny, Ariel Cohen
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March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Francesco Soria, Andrea I Beleni, David D'Andrea, Irene Resch, Kilian M Gust, Paolo Gontero, Shahrokh F Shariat
OBJECTIVES: A small subset of patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors manifest atypical patterns of response, the so-called pseudoprogression (PP) and hyperprogression (HP). Their prevalence in urothelial (UC) and renal cancer (RCC) remains, to date, mostly uninvestigated. Therefore, we aimed to provide a summary of the current knowledge about PP and HP during immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy in UC and RCC patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A systematic medline/pubmed© literature search was performed...
March 16, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Mark Owyong, Gizem Efe, Michael Owyong, Aamna J Abbasi, Vaishnavi Sitarama, Vicki Plaks
There is a growing list of cancer immunotherapeutics approved for use in a population with an increasing number of aged individuals. Cancer immunotherapy (CIT) mediates tumor destruction by activating anti-tumor immune responses that have been silenced through the oncogenic process. However, in an aging individual, immune deregulation is positively correlated with age. In this context, it is vital to examine the age-related changes in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and specifically, those directly affecting critical players to ensure CIT efficacy...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
William Pao, Chia-Huey Ooi, Fabian Birzele, Astrid Ruefli-Brasse, Michael A Cannarile, Bernhard Reis, Sebastian H Scharf, David A Schubert, Klas Hatje, Nadege Pelletier, Olivia Spleiss, John C Reed
Checkpoint inhibitor therapy has been a breakthrough in cancer research, but only some patients with cancer derive substantial benefit. Although mechanisms underlying sensitivity and resistance to checkpoint inhibitors are being elucidated, the importance of organ-specific regulation of immunity is currently underappreciated. Here, we call for a greater understanding of tissue-specific immunoregulation, namely, "tissue-specific immunostats," to make advances in treatments for cancer. A better understanding of how individual organs at baseline regulate the immune system could enable an improved precision medicine approach to cancer immunotherapy...
March 15, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Marina Chiara Garassino, Byoung-Chul Cho, Joo-Hang Kim, Julien Mazières, Johan Vansteenkiste, Hervé Lena, Jesus Corral Jaime, Jhanelle E Gray, John Powderly, Christos Chouaid, Paolo Bidoli, Paul Wheatley-Price, Keunchil Park, Ross A Soo, Yifan Huang, Catherine Wadsworth, Phillip A Dennis, Naiyer A Rizvi
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint inhibitors are a new standard of care for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR tyrosine kinase or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) genetic aberrations (EGFR-/ALK-), but clinical benefit in patients with EGFR mutations or ALK rearrangements (EGFR+/ALK+) has not been shown. We assessed the effect of durvalumab (anti-PD-L1) treatment in three cohorts of patients with NSCLC defined by EGFR/ALK status and tumour expression of PD-L1...
March 12, 2018: Lancet Oncology
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
Benjamin L Solomon, Ignacio Garrido-Laguna
The advent of immune checkpoint inhibitors (PD-1, PD-L1 and CTLA-4) has resulted in unprecedented long-term remissions of unresectable cancers. The efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors was recently demonstrated in gastrointestinal malignancies with mismatch repair deficiencies (dMMR). Pembrolizumab became the first tissue-agnostic US FDA-approved drug based on the presence of the predictive biomarker dMMR. In addition, the FDA in 2017 approved pembrolizumab for PD-L1-positive advanced gastric cancer in third-line and second-line hepatocellular therapy...
March 15, 2018: Future Oncology
Amanda Przespolewski, Andras Szeles, Eunice S Wang
Evasion of the host immune system is a key mechanism to promote malignant progression. Therapeutically targeting immune pathways has radically changed the treatment paradigm for solid and lymphoid tumors but has yet to be approved for myeloid malignancies. Here, we summarize the most recent advances in immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Topics reviewed here include adoptive cellular approaches (chimeric antigen receptor-T cells, natural killer and other immune cells), checkpoint inhibitors (anti-PD-1/PD-L1, anti-CTLA-4 and TIM-3) and vaccines (WT-1, HLA-A2 and hTERT)...
March 15, 2018: Future Oncology
Weinan Guo, Jinyuan Ma, Tianli Pei, Tao Zhao, Sen Guo, Xiuli Yi, Yu Liu, Shiyu Wang, Guannan Zhu, Zhe Jian, Tianwen Gao, Chunying Li, Wenjun Liao, Qiong Shi
Melanoma is the most malignant skin cancer with increasing incidence worldwide. Although innovative therapies such as BRAF inhibitor and immune checkpoint inhibitor have gained remarkable advances, metastatic melanoma remains an incurable disease for its notorious aggressiveness. Therefore, further clarification of the underlying mechanism of melanoma pathogenesis is critical for the improvement of melanoma therapy. Ubiquitination is an important regulatory event for cancer hallmarks and melanoma development, and the deubiquitinating enzymes including ubiquitin-specific peptidase (USP) families are greatly implicated in modulating cancer biology...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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