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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
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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
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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
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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...
February 16, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165340/targeting-the-adenosine-2a-receptor-enhances-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-efficacy
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Paul A Beavis, Melissa A Henderson, Lauren Giuffrida, Jane K Mills, Kevin Sek, Ryan S Cross, Alexander J Davenport, Liza B John, Sherly Mardiana, Clare Y Slaney, Ricky W Johnstone, Joseph A Trapani, John Stagg, Sherene Loi, Lev Kats, David Gyorki, Michael H Kershaw, Phillip K Darcy
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells have been highly successful in treating hematological malignancies, including acute and chronic lymphoblastic leukemia. However, treatment of solid tumors using CAR T cells has been largely unsuccessful to date, partly because of tumor-induced immunosuppressive mechanisms, including adenosine production. Previous studies have shown that adenosine generated by tumor cells potently inhibits endogenous antitumor T cell responses through activation of adenosine 2A receptors (A2ARs)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162024/immunotherapeutic-strategies-for-the-treatment-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-where-will-we-go
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Inês Anselmo da Costa, Steffen Rausch, Stephan Kruck, Tilman Todenhöfer, Arnulf Stenzl, Jens Bedke
Historically, renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is considered a chemotherapy-resistant tumor. The cornerstone of systemic therapy included mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors, endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) and tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Currently, a new era is enteres with promising immunotherapeutic treatments, which are becoming commercially available. Areas covered: We provide a comprehensive review using PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov about the following immunotherapies in RCC: i) vaccine therapy, ii) adoptive T Cell Transfer and CAR T cells, iii) nonspecific immunotherapy-IL-2 (new formulations), iv) Checkpoint inhibitors, v) other checkpoint-molecules...
February 4, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137279/interplay-between-ccr7-and-notch1-axes-promotes-stemness-in-mmtv-pymt-mammary-cancer-cells
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Sarah T Boyle, Krystyna A Gieniec, Carly E Gregor, Jessica W Faulkner, Shaun R McColl, Marina Kochetkova
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the major cause of cancer-related mortality in women. It is thought that quiescent stem-like cells within solid tumors are responsible for cancer maintenance, progression and eventual metastasis. We recently reported that the chemokine receptor CCR7, a multi-functional regulator of breast cancer, maintains the stem-like cell population. METHODS: This study used a combination of molecular and cellular assays on primary mammary tumor cells from the MMTV-PyMT transgenic mouse with or without CCR7 to examine the signaling crosstalk between CCR7 and Notch pathways...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129121/masked-chimeric-antigen-receptor-for-tumor-specific-activation
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Xiaolu Han, Paul D Bryson, Yifan Zhao, Gunce E Cinay, Si Li, Yunfei Guo, Natnaree Siriwon, Pin Wang
Adoptive cellular therapy based on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-engineered T (CAR-T) cells is a powerful form of cancer immunotherapy. CAR-T cells can be redirected to specifically recognize tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) and induce high levels of antitumor activity. However, they may also display "on-target off-tumor" toxicities, resulting from low-level expression of TAAs in healthy tissues. These adverse effects have raised considerable safety concerns and limited the clinical application of this otherwise promising therapeutic modality...
January 4, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129120/targeting-of-aberrant-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-integrin-expression-in-solid-tumors-using-chimeric-antigen-receptor-engineered-t-cells
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Lynsey M Whilding, Ana C Parente-Pereira, Tomasz Zabinski, David M Davies, Roseanna M G Petrovic, Y Vincent Kao, Shobhit A Saxena, Alex Romain, Jose A Costa-Guerra, Shelia Violette, Hiroaki Itamochi, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, Sabari Vallath, John F Marshall, John Maher
Expression of the αvβ6 integrin is upregulated in several solid tumors. In contrast, physiologic expression of this epithelial-specific integrin is restricted to development and epithelial re-modeling. Here, we describe, for the first time, the development of a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that couples the recognition of this integrin to the delivery of potent therapeutic activity in a diverse repertoire of solid tumor models. Highly selective targeting αvβ6 was achieved using a foot and mouth disease virus-derived A20 peptide, coupled to a fused CD28(+)CD3 endodomain...
January 4, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129119/improving-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cell-function-by-reversing-the-immunosuppressive-tumor-microenvironment-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Somala Mohammed, Sujita Sukumaran, Pradip Bajgain, Norihiro Watanabe, Helen E Heslop, Cliona M Rooney, Malcolm K Brenner, William E Fisher, Ann M Leen, Juan F Vera
The adoptive transfer of T cells redirected to tumor-associated antigens via transgenic expression of chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has produced tumor responses, even in patients with refractory diseases. To target pancreatic cancer, we generated CAR T cells directed against prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA) and demonstrated specific tumor lysis. However, pancreatic tumors employ immune evasion strategies such as the production of inhibitory cytokines, which limit CAR T cell persistence and function...
January 4, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128714/donor-origin-car-t-cells-graft-versus-malignancy-effect-without-gvhd-a-systematic-review
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Faiz Anwer, Al-Aman Shaukat, Umar Zahid, Muhammad Husnain, Ali McBride, Daniel Persky, Melissa Lim, Nida Hasan, Irbaz Bin Riaz
CD19, CD20 chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR T) cell therapy has shown promising results for the treatment of relapsed or refractory hematological malignancies. Best results have been reported in acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients with a complete response rate above 80%. Patients who received donor-derived CAR T cells for the relapsed malignancy after stem cell transplantation (allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplant) were identified from the published trials. A total of 72 patients from seven studies were treated with donor-derived CAR T cells...
January 2017: Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116322/genetically-modified-t-cell-based-adoptive-immunotherapy-in-hematological-malignancies
#18
REVIEW
Baixin Ye, Creed M Stary, Qingping Gao, Qiongyu Wang, Zhi Zeng, Zhihong Jian, Lijuan Gu, Xiaoxing Xiong
A significant proportion of hematological malignancies remain limited in treatment options. Immune system modulation serves as a promising therapeutic approach to eliminate malignant cells. Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) play a central role in antitumor immunity; unfortunately, nonspecific approaches for targeted recognition of tumor cells by CTLs to mediate tumor immune evasion in hematological malignancies imply multiple mechanisms, which may or may not be clinically relevant. Recently, genetically modified T-cell-based adoptive immunotherapy approaches, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy and engineered T-cell receptor (TCR) T-cell therapy, promise to overcome immune evasion by redirecting the specificity of CTLs to tumor cells...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114254/adoptive-cell-therapy-for-metastatic-melanoma
#19
Efrat Merhavi-Shoham, Orit Itzhaki, Gal Markel, Jacob Schachter, Michal J Besser
Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) is a powerful form of immunotherapy by inducing durable complete responses that significantly extend the survival of melanoma patients. Mutation-derived neoantigens were recently identified as key factors for tumor recognition and rejection by TILs. The isolation of T-cell receptor (TCR) genes directed against neoantigens and their retransduction into peripheral T cells may provide a new form of ACT.Genetic modifications of T cells with chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) have demonstrated remarkable clinical results in hematologic malignancies, but are so far less effective in solid tumors...
January 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111040/-immunotherapy-in-brain-tumors
#20
Emilie De Carli, Matthieu Delion, Audrey Rousseau
Diffuse gliomas represent the most common primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors in adults and children alike. Glioblastoma is the most frequent and malignant form of diffuse glioma with a median overall survival of 15 months despite aggressive treatments. New therapeutic approaches are needed to prolong survival in this always fatal disease. The CNS has been considered for a long time as an immune privileged organ, in part because of the existence of the blood-brain barrier. Nonetheless, immunotherapy is a novel approach in the therapeutic management of glioma patients, which has shown promising results in several clinical trials, especially in the adult population...
February 2017: Annales de Pathologie
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