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Tumor microenvironent

Amar Patel, Lawrence Fong
Immunotherapies have emerged as a revolutionary modality for cancer treatment, and a variety of immune-based approaches are currently being investigated in the field of prostate cancer. Despite the 2010 approval of sipuleucel-T, subsequent progress in prostate cancer immunotherapy development has been limited by disappointing results with novel vaccination approaches and by prostate cancer's general resistance to immune checkpoint blockade. Nevertheless, there remains strong preclinical and clinical evidence to suggest that prostate cancer is a susceptible target for immune therapies...
March 15, 2018: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Anna S Berghoff, Priscilla K Brastianos
Brain metastases (BMs) reflect an area of high clinical need, as up to 40% of patients with metastatic cancer will develop this morbid and highly fatal complication. Historically, treatment strategies have relied on local approaches including radiosurgery, whole-brain radiotherapy, and neurosurgical resection. Recently, targeted and immune-modulating therapies have shown promising responses and have been introduced in the clinical management of patients with BMs. Recent improvements in genomic technologies have enriched our understanding of BMs and have demonstrated that BMs present with significant genetic divergence from the originating primary tumor, such that potentially targetable genetic alterations are detected only in the BMs...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
Evgenii Tcyganov, Jerome Mastio, Eric Chen, Dmitry I Gabrilovich
In recent years, myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) have emerged as one of the major inhibitors of immune effector cell function in cancer. MDSC represent a heterogeneous population of largely immature myeloid cells that are characterized by a pathological state of activation and display potent immune suppressive activity. Two major subsets of MDSC have been identified: monocytic (M-MDSC) and polymorphonuclear (PMN-MDSC). PMN-MSDC share phenotypic and morphologic features with neutrophils, whereas M-MDSC are similar to monocytes and are characterized by high plasticity...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
Sophie Outh-Gauer, Marie Alt, Christophe Le Tourneau, Jérémy Augustin, Chloé Broudin, Cassandre Gasne, Thomas Denize, Haitham Mirghani, Elizabeth Fabre, Madeleine Ménard, Florian Scotte, Eric Tartour, Cécile Badoual
Cancer occurrence can be understood as the result of dysfunctions in immune tumoral microenvironment. Here we review the recent understandings of those microenvironment changes, regarding their causes and prognostic significance in head and neck (HN) carcinoma. We will focus on HN squamous cell cancer (SCC) and nasopharyngeal carcinomas (NPC). Their overall poor prognosis may be improved with immunotherapy in a subset of patients, as supported by current clinical trials. However, finding reliable markers of therapeutic response is crucial for patient selection, due to potential severe adverse reactions and high costs...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Mitsuru Futakuchi, Takao Nitanda, Saeko Ando, Harutoshi Matsumoto, Eri Yoshimoto, Katsumi Fukamachi, Masumi Suzui
BACKGROUND: We examined the effects of recombinant human osteoclastogenesis inhibitory factor (hOCIF) on osteolysis, proliferation of mammary tumor cells, and induction of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in the tumor-bone and tumor-subcutaneous microenvironments (TB- and TS-microE). METHODS: Mouse mammary tumor cells were transplanted onto the calvaria or into a subcutaneous lesion of female mice, creating a TB-microE and a TS-microE, and the mice were then treated with hOCIF...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Kusum Vats, Rohit Sharma, Haladhar Dev Sarma, Drishty Satpati, Ashutosh Dash
AIMS: The urokinase plasminogen activator receptors (uPAR) over-expressed on tumor cells and their invasive microenvironment are clinically significant molecular targets for cancer research. uPAR-expressing cancerous lesions can be suitably identified and their progression can be monitored with radiolabeled uPAR targeted imaging probes. Hence this study aimed at preparing and evaluating two 68Ga-labeled AE105 peptide conjugates, 68Ga-NODAGA-AE105 and 68Ga-HBED-CC-AE105 as uPAR PET-probes...
March 16, 2018: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Kara Pham, Emma Turian, Kai Liu, Shuwang Li, John Lowengrub
We consider the nonlinear dynamics of an avascular tumor at the tissue scale using a two-fluid flow Stokes model, where the viscosity of the tumor and host microenvironment may be different. The viscosities reflect the combined properties of cell and extracellular matrix mixtures. We perform a linear morphological stability analysis of the tumors, and we investigate the role of nonlinearity using boundary-integral simulations in two dimensions. The tumor is non-necrotic, although cell death may occur through apoptosis...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Vivek Murthy, Janna Minehart, Daniel H Sterman
Modern cancer immunotherapies represent a major shift in paradigm with respect to how we understand innate and adaptive responses to malignancy. Successful tumors co-opt normal immunosurveillance mechanisms by potent interactions between the tumor and local draining lymph nodes. Tumor cells mediate a complex and dynamic immunoediting procedure that results in increased vascular efflux into the draining lymphatics, an immunosuppressive microenvironment rich in regulatory T-lymphocytes, dysfunctional antigen presentation, and downregulation of normal effector lymphocyte responses...
December 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
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
Linda Ziani, Salem Chouaib, Jerome Thiery
Among cells present in the tumor microenvironment, activated fibroblasts termed cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), play a critical role in the complex process of tumor-stroma interaction. CAFs, one of the prominent stromal cell populations in most types of human carcinomas, have been involved in tumor growth, angiogenesis, cancer stemness, extracellular matrix remodeling, tissue invasion, metastasis, and even chemoresistance. During the past decade, these activated tumor-associated fibroblasts have also been involved in the modulation of the anti-tumor immune response on various levels...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Xiaowen Sun, Lei Deng, You Lu
Microvessels promote proliferation of tumor cells by delivering oxygen and nutrients, but rapid growth of tumors results in unmet demands for oxygen and nutrients, thereby creating a hypoxia microenvironment. Under hypoxic conditions, vascular endothelial cells (ECs) initiate the formation of immature and abnormal microvasculature. This results in leakage and tortuosity that facilitates tumor cell invasion, metastasis and resistance to cytotoxic treatment. Radiotherapy (RT) is a vital tumor treatment modality...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
Marwa M Abu-Serie
Liver cancer is mainly originated by cancer stem cells (CSCs). Due to difference in pH between normal and tumor cell microenvironments, targeting hepatic CSCs exploiting pH-dependent charge switchable nanoparticles (NPs) is extremely required to limit nonselective toxicity to normal hepatocytes (NHCs) and to completely eliminate the root of cancer origin. In this study, NPs were prepared from cationic chitosan and then coated with anionic albumin namely uncoated and coated NPs, respectively. Both NPs were loaded with diethyldithiocarbamate (DDC) which is an inhibitor of the critical enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) 1A1, for CSCs survival...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
IlKyoo Koh, Junghwa Cha, Junseong Park, Junjeong Choi, Seok-Gu Kang, Pilnam Kim
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common brain tumor with very aggressive and infiltrative. Extracellular matrix (ECM) plays pivotal roles in the infiltrative characteristics of GBM. To understand the invasive characteristic of GBM, it is necessary to study cell-ECM interaction in the physiologically relevant biomimetic model that recapitulates the GBM-specific ECM microenvironment. Here, we propose biomimetic GBM-specific ECM microenvironment for studying mode and dynamics of glioblastoma cell invasion...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sen Xu, Zong-Yuan Yang, Ping Jin, Xin Yang, Xiaoting Li, Xiao Wei, Ya Wang, Sixiang Long, Taoran Zhang, Gang Chen, Chaoyang Sun, Ding Ma, Qinglei Gao
Ovarian cancer (OC) is a devastating disease due to its high incidence of relapse and chemoresistance. The tumor microenvironment, especially the tumor stroma compartment, was proven to contribute tremendously to the unsatisfactory chemotherapeutic efficacy in OC. Cytotoxic agents not only effect tumor cells, but also modulate the phenotype and characteristics of the vast stromal cell population, which can in turn alter the tumor cell response to chemointervention. In this study, we focused on the tumor stroma response to cytotoxic agents and the subsequent effect on the OC tumor cells...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Zhiqi Xie, Wangwei Guo, Ningning Guo, Mingyi Huangfu, Huina Liu, Mengting Lin, WenHong Xu, Jiejian Chen, TianTian Wang, Qichun Wei, Min Han, Jianqing Gao
Although existing nanomedicines have focused on the tumor microenvironment with the goal of improving the effectiveness of conventional chemotherapy, the penetration of a tumor's core still represents a formidable barrier for existing drug delivery systems. Therefore, a novel multifunctional hypoxia-induced size-shrinkable nanoparticle has been designed to increase the penetration of drugs, nucleic acids, or probes into tumors. This cooperative strategy relies on three aspects: (i) the responsiveness of nanoparticles to hypoxia, which shrink when triggered by low oxygen concentrations; (ii) the core of a nanoparticle involves an internal cavity and strong positive charges on the surface to deliver both doxorubicin and siRNA; and (iii) a reactive oxygen species (ROS) probe is incorporated in the nanoparticle to monitor its preliminary therapeutic response in real time, which is expected to realize the enhanced efficacy together with the ability to self-monitor the anticancer activity...
March 12, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Yimin Niu, Jianhua Zhu, Yang Li, Huihui Shi, Yaxiang Gong, Rui Li, Qiang Huo, Tao Ma, Yang Liu
The penetration of nanomedicine into solid tumor still constitutes a great challenge for cancer therapy, which lead to the failure of thorough clearance of tumor cells. Aiming at solving this issue, lots of encouraging progress has been made in the development of multistage nanoparticles triggered by various stimuli in the past few years. Besides, the therapeutical effects of nanoagents are also greatly impacted by the complex tumor microenvironment, and remodeling tumor microenvironment has become another important approach for promoting nanoparticles penetration...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Jifu E, Feihu Yan, Zhengchun Kang, Liangliang Zhu, Junjie Xing, Enda Yu
Tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) are the primary sites of tumor antigen presentation, as well as the origin of metastasis in most cases. Hence, the type and function of immune cells in TDLNs are critical to the microenvironment and potentially affect the clinical outcome of the malignancy. CD8+ CXCR5+ T cells are recently described to present high effector functions in infectious diseases, but their role in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unclear. In forty-four Stage III CRC patients, we examined the CD8+ CXCR5+ T cells in blood, tumor, and TDLN...
March 12, 2018: Human Immunology
Yuta Takashima, Jun Sakakibara-Konishi, Yutaka Hatanaka, Kanako C Hatanaka, Yoshihito Ohhara, Satoshi Oizumi, Yasuhiro Hida, Kichizo Kaga, Ichiro Kinoshita, Hirotoshi Dosaka-Akita, Yoshihiro Matsuno, Masaharu Nishimura
BACKGROUND: Approximately 20% to 30% of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-activating mutations are not responsive to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Although primary resistance to EGFR-TKIs has been attributed to various genetic alterations, little is known about the clinical and immunopathologic features of patients with primary resistance. The tumor immune microenvironment, including tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), has been reported to play an important role in tumor progression in those with NSCLC...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Lung Cancer
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, Aixa E Soyano, Keith L Knutson, Saranya Chumsri, Yanyan Lou
Immune checkpoints consist of inhibitory and stimulatory pathways that maintain self-tolerance and assist with immune response. In cancer, immune checkpoint pathways are often activated to inhibit the nascent anti-tumor immune response. Immune checkpoint therapies act by blocking or stimulating these pathways and enhance the body's immunological activity against tumors. Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated molecule-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand-1(PD-L1) are the most widely studied and recognized inhibitory checkpoint pathways...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Matthew G K Benesch, Iain T K MacIntyre, Todd P W McMullen, David N Brindley
A quarter-century after the discovery of autotaxin in cell culture, the autotaxin-lysophosphatidate (LPA)-lipid phosphate phosphatase axis is now a promising clinical target for treating chronic inflammatory conditions, mitigating fibrosis progression, and improving the efficacy of existing cancer chemotherapies and radiotherapy. Nearly half of the literature on this axis has been published during the last five years. In cancer biology, LPA signaling is increasingly being recognized as a central mediator of the progression of chronic inflammation in the establishment of a tumor microenvironment which promotes cancer growth, immune evasion, metastasis, and treatment resistance...
March 15, 2018: Cancers
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