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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436934/biopolymers-codelivering-engineered-t-cells-and-sting-agonists-can-eliminate-heterogeneous-tumors
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Tyrel T Smith, Howell F Moffett, Sirkka B Stephan, Cary F Opel, Amy G Dumigan, Xiuyun Jiang, Venu G Pillarisetty, Smitha P S Pillai, K Dane Wittrup, Matthias T Stephan
Therapies using T cells that are programmed to express chimeric antigen receptors (CAR T cells) consistently produce positive results in patients with hematologic malignancies. However, CAR T cell treatments are less effective in solid tumors for several reasons. First, lymphocytes do not efficiently target CAR T cells; second, solid tumors create an immunosuppressive microenvironment that inactivates T cell responses; and third, solid cancers are typified by phenotypic diversity and thus include cells that do not express proteins targeted by the engineered receptors, enabling the formation of escape variants that elude CAR T cell targeting...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434147/increasing-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-therapy
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REVIEW
Hua Li, Yangbing Zhao
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is a promising cancer treatment that has recently been undergoing rapid development. However, there are still some major challenges, including precise tumor targeting to avoid off-target or "on-target/off-tumor" toxicity, adequate T cell infiltration and migration to solid tumors and T cell proliferation and persistence across the physical and biochemical barriers of solid tumors. In this review, we focus on the primary challenges and strategies to design safe and effective CAR T cells, including using novel cutting-edge technologies for CAR and vector designs to increase both the safety and efficacy, further T cell modification to overcome the tumor-associated immune suppression, and using gene editing technologies to generate universal CAR T cells...
April 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428075/immunotherapy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-using-chimeric-antigen-receptors-and-bispecific-antibodies
#3
Sayed Shahabuddin Hoseini, Nai-Kong V Cheung
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most lethal cancers worldwide with an overall survival rate of less than 15% in developed countries. Despite attempts at new therapeutic strategies, the majority of patients succumb to this cancer. Buttressed by the highly successful clinical impact in melanoma, immunotherapy is gaining momentum as the next treatment modality for many human cancers. Chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) contain the antigen binding moieties of a monoclonal antibody and the co-stimulatory and signaling domains associated with effector receptor signaling...
April 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426845/her2-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-virus-specific-t-cells-for-progressive-glioblastoma-a-phase-1-dose-escalation-trial
#4
Nabil Ahmed, Vita Brawley, Meenakshi Hegde, Kevin Bielamowicz, Mamta Kalra, Daniel Landi, Catherine Robertson, Tara L Gray, Oumar Diouf, Amanda Wakefield, Alexia Ghazi, Claudia Gerken, Zhongzhen Yi, Aidin Ashoori, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Cliona Rooney, Gianpietro Dotti, Adrian Gee, Jack Su, Yvonne Kew, David Baskin, Yi Jonathan Zhang, Pamela New, Bambi Grilley, Milica Stojakovic, John Hicks, Suzanne Z Powell, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Robert Grossman, Winfried S Wels, Stephen Gottschalk
Importance: Glioblastoma is an incurable tumor, and the therapeutic options for patients are limited. Objective: To determine whether the systemic administration of HER2-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified virus-specific T cells (VSTs) is safe and whether these cells have antiglioblastoma activity. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this open-label phase 1 dose-escalation study conducted at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital, patients with progressive HER2-positive glioblastoma were enrolled between July 25, 2011, and April 21, 2014...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421069/engineering-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-for-racing-in-solid-tumors-don-t-forget-the-fuel
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REVIEW
Melita Irving, Romain Vuillefroy de Silly, Kirsten Scholten, Nahzli Dilek, George Coukos
T-cells play a critical role in tumor immunity. Indeed, the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes is a predictor of favorable patient prognosis for many indications and is a requirement for responsiveness to immune checkpoint blockade therapy targeting programmed cell death 1. For tumors lacking immune infiltrate, or for which antigen processing and/or presentation has been downregulated, a promising immunotherapeutic approach is chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. CARs are hybrid receptors that link the tumor antigen specificity and affinity of an antibody-derived single-chain variable fragment with signaling endodomains associated with T-cell activation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413717/advances-of-cd19-directed-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cells-in-refractory-relapsed-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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REVIEW
Guoqing Wei, Lijuan Ding, Jiasheng Wang, Yongxian Hu, He Huang
Refractory/relapsed B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia remains to be a significant cause of cancer-associated morbidity and mortality for children and adults. Developing novel and effective molecular-targeted approaches is thus a major priority. Chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell (CAR-T) therapy, as one of the most promising targeted immunotherapies, has drawn extensive attention and resulted in multiple applications. According to published studies, CD19-directed CAR-T cells (CD19 CAR-T) can reach a complete remission rate of 94% in both children and adults with refractory/relapsed ALL, much higher than that of chemotherapy...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410137/flag-tagged-cd19-specific-car-t-cells-eliminate-cd19-bearing-solid-tumor-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#7
Robert Berahovich, Shirley Xu, Hua Zhou, Hizkia Harto, Qumiao Xu, Andres Garcia, Fenyong Liu, Vita M Golubovskaya, Lijun Wu
Autologous T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) specific for CD19 have demonstrated remarkable efficacy as therapeutics for B cell malignancies. In the present study, we generated FLAG-tagged CD19-specific CAR-T cells (CD19-FLAG) and compared them to their non-tagged counterparts for their effects on solid and hematological cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. For solid tumors, we used HeLa cervical carcinoma cells engineered to overexpress CD19 (HeLa-CD19), and for hematological cancer we used Raji Burkitt's lymphoma cells, which endogenously express CD19...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407743/new-drugs-new-toxicities-severe-side-effects-of-modern-targeted-and-immunotherapy-of-cancer-and-their-management
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REVIEW
Frank Kroschinsky, Friedrich Stölzel, Simone von Bonin, Gernot Beutel, Matthias Kochanek, Michael Kiehl, Peter Schellongowski
Pharmacological and cellular treatment of cancer is changing dramatically with benefits for patient outcome and comfort, but also with new toxicity profiles. The majority of adverse events can be classified as mild or moderate, but severe and life-threatening complications requiring ICU admission also occur. This review will focus on pathophysiology, symptoms, and management of these events based on the available literature.While standard antineoplastic therapy is associated with immunosuppression and infections, some of the recent approaches induce overwhelming inflammation and autoimmunity...
April 14, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405515/psca-and-muc1-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-as-targets-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells
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Xinru Wei, Yunxin Lai, Jin Li, Le Qin, Youdi Xu, Ruocong Zhao, Baiheng Li, Simiao Lin, Suna Wang, Qiting Wu, Qiubin Liang, Muyun Peng, Fenglei Yu, Yangqiu Li, Xuchao Zhang, Yilong Wu, Pentao Liu, Duanqing Pei, Yao Yao, Peng Li
In recent years, immunotherapies, such as those involving chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, have become increasingly promising approaches to non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment. In this study, we explored the antitumor potential of prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA)-redirected CAR T and mucin 1 (MUC1)-redirected CAR T cells in tumor models of NSCLC. First, we generated patient-derived xenograft (PDX) mouse models of human NSCLC that maintained the antigenic profiles of primary tumors. Next, we demonstrated the expression of PSCA and MUC1 in NSCLC, followed by the generation and confirmation of the specificity and efficacy of PSCA- and MUC1-targeting CAR T cells against NSCLC cell lines in vitro...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404896/retargeting-of-t-lymphocytes-to-psca-or-psma-positive-prostate-cancer-cells-using-the-novel-modular-chimeric-antigen-receptor-platform-technology-unicar
#10
Anja Feldmann, Claudia Arndt, Ralf Bergmann, Simon Loff, Marc Cartellieri, Dominik Bachmann, Roberta Aliperta, Mirjam Hetzenecker, Florian Ludwig, Susann Albert, Pauline Ziller-Walter, Alexandra Kegler, Stefanie Koristka, Sebastian Gärtner, Marc Schmitz, Armin Ehninger, Gerhard Ehninger, Jens Pietzsch, Jörg Steinbach, Michael Bachmann
New treatment options especially of solid tumors including for metastasized prostate cancer (PCa) are urgently needed. Recent treatments of leukemias with chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) underline their impressive therapeutic potential. However CARs currently applied in the clinics cannot be repeatedly turned on and off potentially leading to severe life threatening side effects. To overcome these problems, we recently described a modular CAR technology termed UniCAR: UniCAR T cells are inert but can be turned on by application of one or multiple target modules (TMs)...
February 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392558/the-challenges-of-solid-tumor-for-designer-car-t-therapies-a-25-year-perspective
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EDITORIAL
Richard P Junghans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389661/crispr-cas9-mediated-pd-1-disruption-enhances-anti-tumor-efficacy-of-human-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells
#12
Levi J Rupp, Kathrin Schumann, Kole T Roybal, Rachel E Gate, Chun J Ye, Wendell A Lim, Alexander Marson
Immunotherapies with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells and checkpoint inhibitors (including antibodies that antagonize programmed cell death protein 1 [PD-1]) have both opened new avenues for cancer treatment, but the clinical potential of combined disruption of inhibitory checkpoints and CAR T cell therapy remains incompletely explored. Here we show that programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression on tumor cells can render human CAR T cells (anti-CD19 4-1BBζ) hypo-functional, resulting in impaired tumor clearance in a sub-cutaneous xenograft model...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366766/phase-i-escalating-dose-trial-of-car-t-therapy-targeting-cea-metastatic-colorectal-cancers
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Chengcheng Zhang, Zhe Wang, Zhi Yang, Meiling Wang, Shiqi Li, Yunyan Li, Rui Zhang, Zhouxing Xiong, Zhihao Wei, Junjie Shen, Yongli Luo, Qianzhen Zhang, Limei Liu, Hong Qin, Wei Liu, Feng Wu, Wei Chen, Feng Pan, Xianquan Zhang, Ping Bie, Houjie Liang, Gabriele Pecher, Cheng Qian
Chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cells have shown promising efficacy in treatment of hematological malignancies, but its applications in solid tumors need further exploration. In this study, we investigated CAR-T therapy targeting carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA)-positive colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with metastases to evaluate its safety and efficacy. Five escalating dose levels (DLs) (1 × 10(5) to 1 × 10(8)/CAR(+)/kg cells) of CAR-T were applied in 10 CRC patients. Our data showed that severe adverse events related to CAR-T therapy were not observed...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360017/modification-of-cytokine-induced-killer-cells-with-folate-receptor-alpha-fr%C3%AE-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptors-enhances-their-antitumor-immunity-toward-fr%C3%AE-positive-ovarian-cancers
#14
Shuguang Zuo, Yuqing Wen, Hean Panha, Gongpeng Dai, Liping Wang, Xuequn Ren, Kanda Fu
Folate receptor alpha (FRα) is aberrantly expressed in ovarian cancers but largely absent in normal tissues, and therefore represents an attractive target for immunotherapy. In recent years, modification of T cells with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) targeting FRα has been reported to improve antitumor immunity of T cells. However, there are limited data regarding CAR-modified cytokine-induced killer (CAR-CIK) cells. In the present study, we modified CIK cells with FRα-specific CARs and investigated their antitumor immunity against ovarian cancers...
May 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356156/chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-a-novel-therapy-for-solid-tumors
#15
REVIEW
Shengnan Yu, Anping Li, Qian Liu, Tengfei Li, Xun Yuan, Xinwei Han, Kongming Wu
The chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cell therapy is a newly developed adoptive antitumor treatment. Theoretically, CAR-T cells can specifically localize and eliminate tumor cells by interacting with the tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) expressing on tumor cell surface. Current studies demonstrated that various TAAs could act as target antigens for CAR-T cells, for instance, the type III variant epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFRvIII) was considered as an ideal target for its aberrant expression on the cell surface of several tumor types...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346697/car-t-cell-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Carl J DeSelm, Zachary E Tano, Anna M Varghese, Prasad S Adusumilli
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy utilizes genetic engineering to redirect a patient's own T cells to target cancer cells. The remarkable results in hematological malignancies prompted investigating this approach in solid tumors such as pancreatic cancer. The complex tumor microenvironment, stromal hindrance in limiting immune response, and expression of checkpoint blockade on T cells pose hurdles. Herein, we summarize the opportunities, challenges, and state of knowledge in targeting pancreatic cancer with CAR T-cell therapy...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346400/t-lymphocyte-homing-an-underappreciated-yet-critical-hurdle-for-successful-cancer-immunotherapy
#17
Robert Sackstein, Tobias Schatton, Steven R Barthel
Advances in cancer immunotherapy have offered new hope for patients with metastatic disease. This unfolding success story has been exemplified by a growing arsenal of novel immunotherapeutics, including blocking antibodies targeting immune checkpoint pathways, cancer vaccines, and adoptive cell therapy (ACT). Nonetheless, clinical benefit remains highly variable and patient-specific, in part, because all immunotherapeutic regimens vitally hinge on the capacity of endogenous and/or adoptively transferred T-effector (Teff) cells, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, to home efficiently into tumor target tissue...
March 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345023/enhancement-of-psma-directed-car-adoptive-immunotherapy-by-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade
#18
Inna Serganova, Ekaterina Moroz, Ivan Cohen, Maxim Moroz, Mayuresh Mane, Juan Zurita, Larissa Shenker, Vladimir Ponomarev, Ronald Blasberg
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy in hematologic malignancies has shown remarkable responses, but the same level of success has not been observed in solid tumors. A new prostate cancer model (Myc-CaP:PSMA(+)) and a second-generation anti-hPSMA human CAR T cells expressing a Click Beetle Red luciferase reporter) were used to study hPSMA targeting and assess CAR T cell trafficking and persistence by bioluminescence imaging (BLI). We investigated the antitumor efficacy of human CAR T cells targeting human prostate-specific membrane antigen (hPSMA), in the presence and absence of the target antigen; first alone and then combined with a monoclonal antibody targeting the human programmed death receptor 1 (anti-hPD1 mAb)...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345004/homology-directed-recombination-for-enhanced-engineering-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells
#19
Malika Hale, Baeckseung Lee, Yuchi Honaker, Wai-Hang Leung, Alexandra E Grier, Holly M Jacobs, Karen Sommer, Jaya Sahni, Shaun W Jackson, Andrew M Scharenberg, Alexander Astrakhan, David J Rawlings
Gene editing by homology-directed recombination (HDR) can be used to couple delivery of a therapeutic gene cassette with targeted genomic modifications to generate engineered human T cells with clinically useful profiles. Here, we explore the functionality of therapeutic cassettes delivered by these means and test the flexibility of this approach to clinically relevant alleles. Because CCR5-negative T cells are resistant to HIV-1 infection, CCR5-negative anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells could be used to treat patients with HIV-associated B cell malignancies...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344995/global-manufacturing-of-car-t-cell-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Bruce L Levine, James Miskin, Keith Wonnacott, Christopher Keir
Immunotherapy using chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells has demonstrated high response rates in patients with B cell malignancies, and chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy is now being investigated in several hematologic and solid tumor types. Chimeric antigen receptor T cells are generated by removing T cells from a patient's blood and engineering the cells to express the chimeric antigen receptor, which reprograms the T cells to target tumor cells. As chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy moves into later-phase clinical trials and becomes an option for more patients, compliance of the chimeric antigen receptor T cell manufacturing process with global regulatory requirements becomes a topic for extensive discussion...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
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