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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441784/tim-3-up-regulation-in-patients-with-gastric-cancer-and-peptic-ulcer-disease
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Mahdieh aghavi-Alhosseini, Mohsen Tehrani, Abolghasem Ajami, Alireza Rafiei, Tarang Taghvaei, Laleh Vahedi-Larijani, Hadi Hossein-Nataj, Hossein Asgarian-Omran
Background: T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain protein-3 (Tim-3), an inhibitory immunoregulatory receptor, has been recently implicated in tumor biology and tumor-associated immune suppression. In the present study, expression of Tim-3 was evaluated in gastric cancer (GC) and peptic ulcer disease (PUD) at both mRNA and protein levels. Methods: A total of 133 gastric tissue biopsies, comprising 43 from GC cases, 48 from PUD and 42 from non-ulcer dyspepsia (NUD) serving as controls were collected. Additionally, non-neoplastic adjacent tissue biopsies were also obtained from 6 patients with GC...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441526/it-s-t-time-for-normal-blood-vessels
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Bernard Thienpont, Diether Lambrechts
In a new report in Nature, Tian and colleagues (2017) describe that T cell activation in tumors induces blood vessel normalization. Because abnormal vasculature in tumors is known to reduce chemotherapy effectiveness and T lymphocyte infiltration and to increase metastasis, this suggests an exciting novel angle for checkpoint immunotherapy.
April 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441372/assessing-response-of-high-grade-gliomas-to-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Solmaz Sahebjam, Dexter G Stallworth, Sepideh Mokhtari, Nam D Tran, John A Arrington
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapeutic agents, especially checkpoint inhibitors, have emerged as the mainstay of therapy for several solid and hematological malignancies. These therapies are under investigation for the treatment of high-grade gliomas and brain metastases. METHODS: This article reviews the unique challenges encountered when evaluating changes on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of glioblastomas seen in response to immunotherapy and checkpoint inhibitors and how to effectively incorporate MRI findings into the response assessment of high-grade gliomas to these emerging therapies...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441264/cd19-isoforms-enabling-resistance-to-cart-19-immunotherapy-are-expressed-in-b-all-patients-at-initial-diagnosis
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Jeannette Fischer, Claudia Paret, Khalifa El Malki, Francesca Alt, Arthur Wingerter, Marie A Neu, Bettina Kron, Alexandra Russo, Nadine Lehmann, Lea Roth, Eva-M Fehr, Sebastian Attig, Alexander Hohberger, Thomas Kindler, Jörg Faber
B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) is the commonest childhood cancer and the prognosis of children with relapsed or therapy refractory disease remains a challenge. Treatment with chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells targeting the CD19 antigen (CART-19 therapy) has been presented as a promising approach toward improving the outcome of relapsed or refractory disease. However, 10%-20% of the patients suffer another relapse. Epitope-loss under therapy pressure has been suggested as a mechanism of tumor cells to escape the recognition from CART-19 therapy...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440953/immunotherapy-with-single-agent-nivolumab-for-advanced-leiomyosarcoma-of-the-uterus-results-of-a-phase-2-study
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Eytan Ben-Ami, Constance M Barysauskas, Sarah Solomon, Kadija Tahlil, Rita Malley, Melissa Hohos, Kathleen Polson, Margaret Loucks, Mariano Severgnini, Tara Patel, Amy Cunningham, Scott J Rodig, F Stephen Hodi, Jeffrey A Morgan, Priscilla Merriam, Andrew J Wagner, Geoffrey Shapiro, Suzanne George
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy has changed the therapeutic landscape in oncology. Advanced uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS) remains an incurable disease in most cases, and despite new drug approvals, improvements in overall survival have been modest at best. The goal of this study was to evaluate programmed-death 1 (PD-1) inhibition with nivolumab in this patient population. METHODS: This single-center phase 2 trial completed enrollment between May and October 2015. Patients received 3 mg/kg of intravenous nivolumab on day 1 of each 2-week cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity...
April 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440187/genetic-modifications-of-icosahedral-plant-virus-based-nanoparticles-for-vaccine-and-immunotherapy-applications
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Kannan Badri Narayanan, Sung Soo Han
Vaccine development is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Vaccines made of live-attenuated pathogens can revert to virulent live strains, which causes safety concerns. On the other hand, the use of purified antigenic components as subunit vaccines is safer, but less effective, as these components induce lower levels of protective immunity. Multiple copy presentation of an antigenic determinant in a well-ordered and well-defined orientation on a nanosized particle can mimic the natural host-pathogen surface interaction to provide antigen stability and immunogenicity similar to that of conventional vaccines with improved safety...
April 24, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439495/immunotherapies-in-sarcoma-updates-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Marwan Ghosn, Elie El Rassy, Hampig Raphael Kourie
Sarcomas are malignant tumors that are characterized by a wide diversity of subtypes with various cytogenetic profiles. Despite major treatment breakthroughs, standard treatment modalities combining chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery failed to improve overall survival. Therefore, high expectations are foreseen with immunotherapy upon its maturation and better understanding of its mechanism of action. This paper presents a targeted review of the published data and ongoing clinical trials in immunotherapies of sarcomas, mainly adoptive cell therapies, cancer vaccines and immune checkpoint inhibitors...
April 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439087/3d-microfluidic-model-for-evaluating-immunotherapy-efficacy-by-tracking-dendritic-cell-behaviour-toward-tumor-cells
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Stefania Parlato, Adele De Ninno, Rosa Molfetta, Elena Toschi, Debora Salerno, Arianna Mencattini, Giulia Romagnoli, Alessandra Fragale, Lorenzo Roccazzello, Maria Buoncervello, Irene Canini, Enrico Bentivegna, Mario Falchi, Francesca Romana Bertani, Annamaria Gerardino, Eugenio Martinelli, Corrado Natale, Rossella Paolini, Luca Businaro, Lucia Gabriele
Immunotherapy efficacy relies on the crosstalk within the tumor microenvironment between cancer and dendritic cells (DCs) resulting in the induction of a potent and effective antitumor response. DCs have the specific role of recognizing cancer cells, taking up tumor antigens (Ags) and then migrating to lymph nodes for Ag (cross)-presentation to naïve T cells. Interferon-α-conditioned DCs (IFN-DCs) exhibit marked phagocytic activity and the special ability of inducing Ag-specific T-cell response. Here, we have developed a novel microfluidic platform recreating tightly interconnected cancer and immune systems with specific 3D environmental properties, for tracking human DC behaviour toward tumor cells...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439064/immunotherapy-of-dual-function-vector-with-both-immunostimulatory-and-b-cell-lymphoma-2-bcl-2-silencing-effects-on-gastric-carcinoma
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Lanying Ma, Mei Han, Zumureti Keyoumu, Hua Wang, Saifuding Keyoumu
BACKGROUND Tumorigenesis is a kind of pathology marked by infinite proliferation and restrained apoptosis compared with normal cells. The abnormal expression of some proto-oncogenes and apoptosis inhibition are essential for tumor growth, which has been confirmed by molecular biologic and immunologic studies. The hypofunction of the host immune system also drives the development and metastasis of malignant tumors. Bcl-2, which has a critical role in regulating apoptosis, is overexpressed in several cancers...
April 25, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438066/angiogenesis-inhibitors-in-tackling-recurrent-glioblastoma
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Thomas Hundsberger, David A Reardon, Patrick Y Wen
Despite aggressive multimodality treatment of glioblastoma, outcome remains poor and patients mostly die of local recurrences. Besides reoperation and occasionally reirradiation, systemic treatment of recurrent glioblastoma consists of alkylating chemotherapy (lomustine, temozolomide), bevacizumab and combinations thereof. Unfortunately, antiangiogenic agents failed to improve survival either as a monotherapy or in combination treatments. This review provides current insights into tumor-derived escape mechanisms and other areas of treatment failure of antiangiogenic agents in glioblastoma...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437678/efficacy-safety-tolerability-and-price-of-newly-approved-drugs-in-solid-tumors
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REVIEW
Tristan A Barnes, Eitan Amir, Arnoud J Templeton, Susana Gomez-Garcia, Beatriz Navarro, Bostjan Seruga, Alberto Ocana
BACKGROUND: New anti-cancer drugs utilize diverse mechanisms of action. Here we evaluate their differential efficacy, safety, tolerability and price. METHODS: Drugs approved for solid tumor treatment between 2000 and 2015 were identified and analyzed in subgroups: agents targeting oncogenes (group 1), anti-angiogenics (group 2), immunotherapy (group 3), and chemotherapy (group 4). Hazard ratios (HRs) were extracted from the registration trials and pooled in a meta-analysis...
April 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435676/understanding-cd8-t-cell-responses-toward-the-native-and-alternate-hla-a-02-01-restricted-wt1-epitope
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Thi Ho Nguyen, Amabel Cl Tan, Sue D Xiang, Anne Goubier, Kim L Harland, E Bridie Clemens, Magdalena Plebanski, Katherine Kedzierska
The Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) antigen is expressed in solid and hematological malignancies, but not healthy tissues, making it a promising target for cancer immunotherapies. Immunodominant WT1 epitopes, the native HLA-A2/WT1126-134 (RMFPNAPYL) (HLA-A2/RMFPNAPYL epitope (WT1A)) and its modified variant YMFPNAPYL (HLA-A2/YMFPNAPYL epitope (WT1B)), can induce WT1-specific CD8(+) T cells, although WT1B is more stably bound to HLA-A*02:01. Here, to further determine the benefits of those two targets, we assessed the naive precursor frequencies; immunogenicity and cross-reactivity of CD8(+) T cells directed toward these two WT1 epitopes...
March 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434891/nanotechnology-based-therapeutic-modality-to-boost-anti-tumor-immunity-and-collapse-tumor-defense
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REVIEW
Xiaomeng Hu, Tingting Wu, Yuling Bao, Zhiping Zhang
Cancer is still the leading cause of death. While traditional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy play dominating roles, recent breakthroughs in cancer immunotherapy indicate that the influence of immune system on cancer development is virtually beyond our expectation. Manipulating the immune system to fight against cancer has been thriving in recent years. Further understanding of tumor anatomy provides opportunities to put a brake on immunosuppression by overcoming tumor intrinsic resistance or modulating tumor microenvironment...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434400/role-of-modern-immunotherapy-in-gastrointestinal-malignancies-a-review-of-current-clinical-progress
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REVIEW
Zin W Myint, Gaurav Goel
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are a group of highly aggressive malignancies with a huge disease burden worldwide. There is clearly a significant unmet need for new drugs and therapies to further improve the treatment outcomes of GI malignancies. Immunotherapy is a novel treatment strategy that is emerging as an effective and promising treatment option against several types of cancers. CTLA-4 and PD-1 are critical immune checkpoint molecules that negatively regulate T cell activation via distinct mechanisms...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434399/the-next-generation-of-immunotherapy-keeping-lung-cancer-in-check
#15
REVIEW
Ashwin Somasundaram, Timothy F Burns
Lung cancer is the deadliest malignancy with more cancer deaths per year than the next three cancers combined. Despite remarkable advances in targeted therapy, advanced lung cancer patients have not experienced a significant improvement in mortality. Lung cancer has been shown to be immunogenic and responsive to checkpoint blockade therapy. Checkpoint signals such as CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1 dampen T cell activation and allow tumors to escape the adaptive immune response. Response rates in patients with pretreated, advanced NSCLC were much higher and more durable with PD-1 blockade therapy compared to standard-of-care, cytotoxic chemotherapy...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434398/the-use-of-immunotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-melanoma
#16
REVIEW
Tala Achkar, Ahmad A Tarhini
Patients with advanced melanoma have a compromised anti-tumor immune response leading to tumor immune tolerance and a tumor microenvironment conducive to disease progression. Immunotherapy that successfully overcomes this tumor-mediated immune suppression has made the greatest impact in the management of this disease over the past few years. This progress through immunotherapy builds upon earlier successes that interferon-α had in the treatment of melanoma in the adjuvant setting, as well as that of high-dose interleukin-2 in advanced melanoma...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434181/management-options-for-biochemically-recurrent-prostate-cancer
#17
REVIEW
Farhad Fakhrejahani, Ravi A Madan, William L Dahut
Prostate cancer is the most common solid tumor malignancy in men worldwide. Treatment with surgery and radiation can be curative in organ-confined disease. Unfortunately, about one third of men develop biochemically recurrent disease based only on rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the absence of visible disease on conventional imaging. For these patients with biochemical recurrent prostate cancer, there is no uniform guideline for subsequent management. Based on available data, it seems prudent that biochemical recurrent prostate cancer should initially be evaluated for salvage radiation or prostatectomy, with curative intent...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434112/dendritic-cell-based-vaccination-strategy-an-evolving-paradigm
#18
REVIEW
Anna C Filley, Mahua Dey
Malignant gliomas (MG), tumors of glial origin, are the most commonly diagnosed primary intracranial malignancies in adults. Currently available treatments have provided only modest improvements in overall survival and remain limited by inevitable local recurrence, necessitating exploration of novel therapies. Among approaches being investigated, one of the leading contenders is immunotherapy, which aims to modulate immune pathways to stimulate the selective destruction of malignant cells. Dendritic cells (DCs) are potent initiators of adaptive immune responses and therefore crucial players in the development and success of immunotherapy...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433543/phenformin-inhibits-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-and-enhances-the-anti-tumor-activity-of-pd-1-blockade-in-melanoma
#19
Sun Hye Kim, Man Li, Sebastian Trousil, Yaqing Zhang, Marina Pasca di Magliano, Kenneth D Swanson, Bin Zheng
Biguanides, such as the diabetes therapeutics metformin and phenformin, have demonstrated antitumor activity both in vitro and in vivo. However, their potential effects on the tumor microenvironment are largely unknown. Here we report that phenformin selectively inhibits granulocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells (G-MDSCs) in spleens of tumor bearing mice and ex vivo. Phenformin induces production of reactive oxygen species in G-MDSC, whereas the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine attenuates the inhibitory effects of phenformin...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430664/identification-of-a-novel-pd-l1-positive-solid-tumor-transplantable-in-hla-a-0201-drb1-0101-transgenic-mice
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Laurie Rangan, Jeanne Galaine, Romain Boidot, Mohamad Hamieh, Magalie Dosset, Julie Francoual, Laurent Beziaud, Jean-René Pallandre, Elodie Lauret Marie Joseph, Afag Asgarova, Christophe Borg, Talal Al Saati, Yann Godet, Jean Baptiste Latouche, Séverine Valmary-Degano, Olivier Adotévi
HLA-A*0201/DRB1*0101 transgenic mice (A2/DR1 mice) have been developed to study the immunogenicity of tumor antigen-derived T cell epitopes. To extend the use and application of this mouse model in the field of antitumor immunotherapy, we described a tumor cell line generated from a naturally occurring tumor in A2/DR1 mouse named SARC-L1. Histological and genes signature analysis supported the sarcoma origin of this cell line. While SARC-L1 tumor cells lack HLA-DRB1*0101 expression, a very low expression of HLA-A*0201 molecules was found on these cells...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
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