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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303311/-immunotherapy-of-cancer-with-checkpoint-inhibitors-not-only-in-malignant-melanoma
#1
A Neubauer
The newest weapon in cancer therapy is checkpoint inhibition, which is the result of basic immunology research. The success of this therapy is based on the fact that upon light microscopy, many solid tumors harbor lymphocytic cells infiltrating the tumor (TILs), and in many solid tumors, the presence of these TILs are prognostic. Ipilimumab was the first monoclonal antibody developed against a target present on T cells after becoming activated, CTLA-4. In malignant melanoma, ipilimumab showed its beneficial effect as compared to a placebo peptide...
March 16, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302023/anti-egfrviii-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cells-for-adoptive-cell-therapy-of-glioblastoma
#2
Pei-Pei Ren, Ming Li, Tian-Fang Li, Shuang-Yin Han
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most devastating brain tumors with poor prognosis and high mortality. Although radical surgical treatment with subsequent radiation and chemotherapy can improve the survival, the efficacy of such regimens is insufficient because the GBM cells can spread and destroy normal brain structures. Moreover, these non-specific treatments may damage adjacent healthy brain tissue. It is thus imperative to develop novel therapies to precisely target invasive tumor cells without damaging normal tissues...
March 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301076/clinical-development-of-anti-cd19-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-therapy-for-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma
#3
Shinichi Makita, Kiyoshi Yoshimura, Kensei Tobinai
B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) is the most frequent hematological malignancy. Although refined chemotherapy regimens and several new therapeutics including rituximab, a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, have improved its prognosis in recent decades, there are still a substantial number of patients with chemorefractory B-NHL. Anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is expected to be an effective adoptive cell treatment and has the potential to overcome the chemorefractoriness of B-cell leukemia and lymphoma...
March 16, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289713/th17-cells-are-refractory-to-senescence-and-retain-robust-antitumor-activity-after-long-term-ex-vivo-expansion
#4
Jacob S Bowers, Michelle H Nelson, Kinga Majchrzak, Stefanie R Bailey, Baerbel Rohrer, Andrew D M Kaiser, Carl Atkinson, Luca Gattinoni, Chrystal M Paulos
Adoptive immunotherapy for solid tumors relies on infusing large numbers of T cells to mediate successful antitumor responses in patients. While long-term rapid-expansion protocols (REPs) produce sufficient numbers of CD8(+) T cells for treatment, they also cause decline in the cell's therapeutic fitness. In contrast, we discovered that IL-17-producing CD4(+) T cells (Th17 cells) do not require REPs to expand 5,000-fold over 3 weeks. Also, unlike Th1 cells, Th17 cells do not exhibit hallmarks of senescence or apoptosis, retaining robust antitumor efficacy in vivo...
March 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287848/immunomodulating-and-immunoresistance-properties-of-cancer-initiating-cells-implications-for-the-clinical-success-of-immunotherapy
#5
Cristina Maccalli, Giorgio Parmiani, Soldano Ferrone
Cancer-initiating cells (CICs) represent a relatively rare subpopulation of cells endowed with self-renewal, stemness properties, tumorigenicity in immunodeficient mice, and resistance to standard therapies as well as to immunotherapy. Here, we review the biological and immunological characteristics of CICs with special focus on the immunomodulating mechanisms they utilize to escape from immunosurveillance. The recently developed immunotherapeutic strategies have yielded remarkable clinical results in many types of tumors, indicating that indeed a patient's immune system can mount an immune response, which is effective in controlling tumor growth...
March 13, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284008/effective-and-persistent-antitumor-activity-of-her2-directed-car-t-cells-against-gastric-cancer-cells-in-vitro-and-xenotransplanted-tumors-in-vivo
#6
Yanjing Song, Chuan Tong, Yao Wang, Yunhe Gao, Hanren Dai, Yelei Guo, Xudong Zhao, Yi Wang, Zizheng Wang, Weidong Han, Lin Chen
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) proteins are overexpressed in a high proportion of gastric cancer (GC) cases and affect the maintenance of cancer stem cell (CSC) subpopulations, which are used as targets for the clinical treatment of patients with HER2-positive GC. Despite improvements in survival, numerous HER2-positive patients fail treatment with trastuzumab, highlighting the need for more effective therapies. In this study, we generated a novel type of genetically modified human T cells, expressing a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR), and targeting the GC cell antigen HER2, which harbors the CD137 and CD3ζ moieties...
March 10, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277849/targeting-indolent-non-hodgkin-lymphoma
#7
Lori A Leslie, Alan P Skarbnik, Coleen Bejot, Susan Stives, Tatyana A Feldman, Andre H Goy
Due to recent advancements in the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of B-cell malignancies, there has been an explosion of innovative agents in development. The purpose of this review is to efficiently summarize novel therapies with activity in indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (iNHL) targeting surface antigens, signaling pathways, and the tumor microenvironment. Areas covered: A literature search was performed to identify preclinical data and clinical trials focused on the use of targeted therapies in iNHL subtypes including follicular lymphoma, marginal zone lymphoma, small lymphocytic lymphoma, and lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma/Waldenström macroglobulinemia...
March 6, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272967/the-basics-of-car-t-design-and-challenges-in-immunotherapy-of-solid-tumors-ovarian-cancer-as-a-model
#8
Xuequn Xu, Jin Qiu, Yi Sun
Chimeric antigen receptor T cells are T cells genetically engineered with CAR constructs which mainly contain scFV and TCR zeta chain. With promising development in blood cancers, CAR T trials are also applied in solid cancers. However, the treatment effect in solid cancers is lower than expected. This review summarizes difference of CAR T applications in solid and blood cancers. Future challenges of CAR T cell treatment in solid cancer are also discussed using ovarian cancer as an example.
March 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258702/advances-in-targeting-co-inhibitory-and-co-stimulatory-pathways-in-transplantation-settings-the-yin-to-the-yang-of%C3%A2-cancer-immunotherapy
#9
REVIEW
Leslie S Kean, Laurence A Turka, Bruce R Blazar
In the past decade, the power of harnessing T-cell co-signaling pathways has become increasingly understood to have significant clinical importance. In cancer immunotherapy, the field has concentrated on two related modalities: First, targeting cancer antigens through highly activated chimeric antigen T cells (CAR-Ts) and second, re-animating endogenous quiescent T cells through checkpoint blockade. In each of these strategies, the therapeutic goal is to re-ignite T-cell immunity, in order to eradicate tumors...
March 2017: Immunological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257957/the-cancer-immunity-cycle-as-rational-design-for-synthetic-cancer-drugs-novel-dc-vaccines-and-car-t-cells
#10
REVIEW
Mohanraj Ramachandran, Anna Dimberg, Magnus Essand
Cell therapy is an advanced form of cancer immunotherapy that has had remarkable clinical progress in the past decade in the search for cure of cancer. Most success has been achieved for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells where CAR T-cells targeting CD19 show very high complete response rates for patients with refractory acute B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and are close to approval for this indication. CD19 CAR T-cells are also effective against B-cell chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL) and B-cell lymphomas...
February 28, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237835/integration-of-a-cd19-car-into-the-tcr-alpha-chain-locus-streamlines-production-of-allogeneic-gene-edited-car-t-cells
#11
Daniel T MacLeod, Jeyaraj Antony, Aaron J Martin, Rachel J Moser, Armin Hekele, Keith J Wetzel, Audrey E Brown, Melissa A Triggiano, Jo Ann Hux, Christina D Pham, Victor V Bartsevich, Caitlin A Turner, Janel Lape, Samantha Kirkland, Clayton W Beard, Jeff Smith, Matthew L Hirsch, Michael G Nicholson, Derek Jantz, Bruce McCreedy
Adoptive cellular therapy using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies have produced significant objective responses in patients with CD19(+) hematological malignancies, including durable complete responses. Although the majority of clinical trials to date have used autologous patient cells as the starting material to generate CAR T cells, this strategy poses significant manufacturing challenges and, for some patients, may not be feasible because of their advanced disease state or difficulty with manufacturing suitable numbers of CAR T cells...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235763/armed-oncolytic-adenovirus-expressing-pd-l1-mini-body-enhances-anti-tumor-effects-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-in-solid-tumors
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Kiyonori Tanoue, Amanda Rosewell Shaw, Norihiro Watanabe, Caroline E Porter, Bhakti Rana, Stephen Gottschalk, Malcolm K Brenner, Masataka Suzuki
Chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells (CAR T-cells) produce pro-inflammatory cytokines that increase expression of T cell checkpoint signals such as PD-L1, which may inhibit their functionality against solid tumors. In this study, we evaluated in human tumor xenograft models the pro-inflammatory properties of an oncolytic adenovirus (Onc.Ad) with a helper-dependent Ad (HDAd) that expresses a PD-L1 blocking mini-antibody (mini-body) (HDPDL1), as a strategy to enhance CAR T-cell killing. Co-administration of these agents (CAd-VECPDL1) exhibited oncolytic effects with production of PD-L1 mini-body locally at the tumor site...
February 24, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223167/intracavitary-t4-immunotherapy-of-malignant-mesothelioma-using-pan-erbb-re-targeted-car-t-cells
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Astero Klampatsa, Daniela Y Achkova, David M Davies, Ana C Parente-Pereira, Natalie Woodman, James Rosekilly, Georgina Osborne, Thivyan Thayaparan, Andrea Bille, Michael Sheaf, James F Spicer, Juliet King, John Maher
Malignant mesothelioma remains an incurable cancer. We demonstrated that mesotheliomas expressed EGFR (79.2%), ErbB4 (49.0%) and HER2 (6.3%), but lacked ErbB3. At least one ErbB family member was expressed in 88% of tumors. To exploit ErbB dysregulation in this disease, patient T-cells were engineered by retroviral transduction to express a panErbB-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR), co-expressed with a chimeric cytokine receptor that allows interleukin (IL)-4 mediated CAR T-cell proliferation. This combination is referred to as T4 immunotherapy...
February 20, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222796/new-development-in-car-t-cell-therapy
#14
REVIEW
Zhenguang Wang, Zhiqiang Wu, Yang Liu, Weidong Han
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-engineered T cells (CAR-T cells) have yielded unprecedented efficacy in B cell malignancies, most remarkably in anti-CD19 CAR-T cells for B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) with up to a 90% complete remission rate. However, tumor antigen escape has emerged as a main challenge for the long-term disease control of this promising immunotherapy in B cell malignancies. In addition, this success has encountered significant hurdles in translation to solid tumors, and the safety of the on-target/off-tumor recognition of normal tissues is one of the main reasons...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202953/fully-human-cd19-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptors-for-t-cell-therapy
#15
D Sommermeyer, T Hill, S M Shamah, A I Salter, Y Chen, K M Mohler, S R Riddell
Impressive results have been achieved by adoptively transferring T-cells expressing CD19-specific CARs with binding domains from murine mAbs to treat B-cell malignancies. T-cell mediated immune responses specific for peptides from the murine scFv antigen-binding domain of the CAR can develop in patients and result in premature elimination of CAR T-cells increasing the risk of tumor relapse. As fully human scFv might reduce immunogenicity, we generated CD19-specific human scFvs with similar binding characteristics as the murine FMC63-derived scFv using human Ab/DNA libraries...
March 21, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201977/targeting-the-immune-niche-within-the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-the-rise-of-immunotherapy-in-multiple-myeloma
#16
Klaus Podar, D Jäger
Multiple Myeloma (MM) cells inhibit the development of an effective anti-MM immune response via defects in T cell function, ineffective antigen presentation; reduced phagocytic capacity; natural killer and dendritic cell dysfunction; decreased responsiveness to IL-2 and defects in B cell immunity; upregulation of inhibitory pathways; and production of excessive pro-inflammatory cytokines. Moreover, immune cells including plasmacytoid dendritic cells and macrophages trigger tumor cell proliferation, survival, and drug resistance...
February 13, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193777/tracing-the-path-of-car-t-cells
#17
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Adding a radioactive tag to CAR T cells has allowed these engineered cells to be monitored as they home in on brain tumors in patients. The technique could help promote a deeper understanding of why this immunotherapy isn't more broadly effective, and why resistance sometimes develops.
February 13, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187291/the-principles-of-engineering-immune-cells-to-treat-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Wendell A Lim, Carl H June
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells have proven that engineered immune cells can serve as a powerful new class of cancer therapeutics. Clinical experience has helped to define the major challenges that must be met to make engineered T cells a reliable, safe, and effective platform that can be deployed against a broad range of tumors. The emergence of synthetic biology approaches for cellular engineering is providing us with a broadly expanded set of tools for programming immune cells. We discuss how these tools could be used to design the next generation of smart T cell precision therapeutics...
February 9, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186088/current-status-of-immunotherapy-for-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor
#19
REVIEW
Y Tan, J C Trent, B A Wilky, D A Kerr, A E Rosenberg
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) contain tumor-infiltrating immune cells and their presence provides an opportunity and rationale for developing effective forms of immunotherapy. The types of tumor-infiltrating inflammatory cells and relevant immune checkpoint inhibitors are the focus of active investigation. The most numerous tumor-infiltrating inflammatory cells are tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and CD3+ T cells. Studies have shown that patients with GISTs that harbor increased numbers of CD3+ T cells have better outcomes...
February 10, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183713/vaccination-targeting-native-receptors-to-enhance-the-function-and-proliferation-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-modified-t-cells
#20
Miyuki Tanaka, Haruko Tashiro, Bilal Omer, Natasha Lapteva, Jun Ando, Minhtran Ngo, Birju Mehta, Gianpietro Dotti, Paul R Kinchington, Ann M Leen, Claudia Rossig, Cliona M Rooney
PURPOSE: The multiple mechanisms used by solid tumors to suppress tumor-specific immune responses are a major barrier to the success of adoptively-transferred tumor-specific T-cells. Since viruses induce potent innate and adaptive immune responses, we hypothesized that the immunogenicity of viruses could be harnessed for the treatment of solid tumors if virus-specific T-cells (VSTs) were modified with tumor-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). We tested this hypothesis using VZV-specific T-cells (VZVSTs) expressing a CAR for GD2, a disialoganglioside expressed on neuroblastoma and certain other tumors, since the live-attenuated VZV vaccine could be used for in vivo stimulation...
February 9, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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