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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29391351/t-cell-homing-therapy-for-reducing%C3%A2-regulatory-t-cells%C3%A2-and-preserving-effector-t-cell-function-in-large-solid-tumors
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Jiemiao Hu, Chuang Sun, Chantale Bernatchez, Xueqing Xia, Patrick Hwu, Gianpietro Dotti, Shulin Li
PURPOSE: Infused autologous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and tumor-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells typically surround malignant lesions or penetrate small tumor nodules, but fail to penetrate large solid tumors, significantly compromising their antitumor impact. Strategies to overcome this primary challenge are largely required. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We tested the effects of IL-12 plus doxorubicin on T cell penetration and efficacy in solid tumors in a murine lung cancer model, a murine breast carcinoma lung metastasis model and two human xenograft tumor models bearing large tumors (>10 mm)...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346301/braf-and-mek-inhibitors-influence-the-function-of-reprogrammed-t-cells-consequences-for-adoptive-t-cell-therapy
#2
Jan Dörrie, Lek Babalija, Stefanie Hoyer, Kerstin F Gerer, Gerold Schuler, Lucie Heinzerling, Niels Schaft
BRAF and MEK inhibitors (BRAFi/MEKi), the standard treatment for patients with BRAFV600 mutated melanoma, are currently explored in combination with various immunotherapies, notably checkpoint inhibitors and adoptive transfer of receptor-transfected T cells. Since two BRAFi/MEKi combinations with similar efficacy are approved, potential differences in their effects on immune cells would enable a rational choice for triple therapies. Therefore, we characterized the influence of the clinically approved BRAFi/MEKi combinations dabrafenib (Dabra) and trametinib (Tram) vs...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321369/enhancing-car-t-cell-persistence-through-icos-and-4-1bb-costimulation
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Sonia Guedan, Avery D Posey, Carolyn Shaw, Anna Wing, Tong Da, Prachi R Patel, Shannon E McGettigan, Victoria Casado-Medrano, Omkar U Kawalekar, Mireia Uribe-Herranz, Decheng Song, J Joseph Melenhorst, Simon F Lacey, John Scholler, Brian Keith, Regina M Young, Carl H June
Successful tumor eradication by chimeric antigen receptor-expressing (CAR-expressing) T lymphocytes depends on CAR T cell persistence and effector function. We hypothesized that CD4+ and CD8+ T cells may exhibit distinct persistence and effector phenotypes, depending on the identity of specific intracellular signaling domains (ICDs) used to generate the CAR. First, we demonstrate that the ICOS ICD dramatically enhanced the in vivo persistence of CAR-expressing CD4+ T cells that, in turn, increased the persistence of CD8+ T cells expressing either CD28- or 4-1BB-based CARs...
January 11, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306566/bispecific-chimeric-antigen-receptors-targeting-the-cd4-binding-site-and-high-mannose-glycans-of-gp120-optimized-for-anti-human-immunodeficiency-virus-potency-and-breadth-with-minimal-immunogenicity
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Mustafa H Ghanem, Sara Bolivar-Wagers, Barna Dey, Agnes Hajduczki, Diego A Vargas-Inchaustegui, David T Danielson, Virgilio Bundoc, Li Liu, Edward A Berger
BACKGROUND AIMS: Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) offer great potential toward a functional cure of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. To achieve the necessary long-term virus suppression, we believe that CARs must be designed for optimal potency and anti-HIV specificity, and also for minimal probability of virus escape and CAR immunogenicity. CARs containing antibody-based motifs are problematic in the latter regard due to epitope mutation and anti-idiotypic immune responses against the variable regions...
January 3, 2018: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301753/exosomes-associated-with-human-ovarian-tumors-harbor-a-reversible-checkpoint-of-t-cell-responses
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Gautam N Shenoy, Jenni L Loyall, Orla Maguire, Vandana Iyer, Raymond J Kelleher, Hans Minderman, Paul K Wallace, Kunle Odunsi, Sathy V Balu-Iyer, Richard B Bankert
Nano-sized membrane-encapsulated extracellular vesicles isolated from the ascites fluids of ovarian cancer patients are identified as exosomes based on their biophysical and compositional characteristics. We report here that T cells pulsed with these tumor-associated exosomes during TCR-dependent activation inhibit various activation endpoints including translocation of NFkB and NFAT into the nucleus, upregulation of CD69 and CD107a, production of cytokines and cell proliferation. Additionally, the activation of virus-specific CD8+ T cells that are stimulated with the cognate viral peptides presented in the context of class I MHC is also suppressed by the exosomes...
January 4, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288199/comparison-of-t-cell-activities-mediated-by-human-tcrs-and-cars-that-use-the-same-recognition-domains
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Daniel T Harris, Marlies V Hager, Sheena N Smith, Qi Cai, Jennifer D Stone, Philipp Kruger, Melissa Lever, Omer Dushek, Thomas M Schmitt, Philip D Greenberg, David M Kranz
Adoptive T cell therapies have achieved significant clinical responses, especially in hematopoietic cancers. Two types of receptor systems have been used to redirect the activity of T cells, normal heterodimeric TCRs or synthetic chimeric Ag receptors (CARs). TCRs recognize peptide-HLA complexes whereas CARs typically use an Ab-derived single-chain fragments variable that recognizes cancer-associated cell-surface Ags. Although both receptors mediate diverse effector functions, a quantitative comparison of the sensitivity and signaling capacity of TCRs and CARs has been limited due to their differences in affinities and ligands...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287970/closed-system-manufacturing-of-cd19-and-dual-targeted-cd20-19-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-using-the-clinimacs-prodigy-device-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Fenlu Zhu, Nirav Shah, Huiqing Xu, Dina Schneider, Rimas Orentas, Boro Dropulic, Parameswaran Hari, Carolyn A Keever-Taylor
BACKGROUND AIMS: Multiple steps are required to produce chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells, involving subset enrichment or depletion, activation, gene transduction and expansion. Open processing steps that increase risk of contamination and production failure are required. This complex process requires skilled personnel and costly clean-room facilities and infrastructure. Simplified, reproducible CAR-T-cell manufacturing with reduced labor intensity within a closed-system is highly desirable for increased availability for patients...
December 26, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284044/long-term-persistence-and-function-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-derived-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-in-a-nonhuman-primate-model-of-hiv-aids
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Anjie Zhen, Christopher W Peterson, Mayra A Carrillo, Sowmya Somashekar Reddy, Cindy S Youn, Brianna B Lam, Nelson Y Chang, Heather A Martin, Jonathan W Rick, Jennifer Kim, Nick C Neel, Valerie K Rezek, Masakazu Kamata, Irvin S Y Chen, Jerome A Zack, Hans-Peter Kiem, Scott G Kitchen
Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cells have emerged as a powerful immunotherapy for various forms of cancer and show promise in treating HIV-1 infection. However, significant limitations are persistence and whether peripheral T cell-based products can respond to malignant or infected cells that may reappear months or years after treatment remains unclear. Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells (HSPCs) are capable of long-term engraftment and have the potential to overcome these limitations. Here, we report the use of a protective CD4 chimeric antigen receptor (C46CD4CAR) to redirect HSPC-derived T-cells against simian/human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) infection in pigtail macaques...
December 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213269/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-malaria-vectored-vaccines-given-with-routine-expanded-program-on-immunization-vaccines-in-gambian-infants-and-neonates-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Victorine A Mensah, Sophie Roetynck, Ebrima K Kanteh, Georgina Bowyer, Amy Ndaw, Francis Oko, Carly M Bliss, Ya Jankey Jagne, Riccardo Cortese, Alfredo Nicosia, Rachel Roberts, Flavia D'Alessio, Odile Leroy, Babacar Faye, Beate Kampmann, Badara Cisse, Kalifa Bojang, Stephen Gerry, Nicola K Viebig, Alison M Lawrie, Ed Clarke, Egeruan B Imoukhuede, Katie J Ewer, Adrian V S Hill, Muhammed O Afolabi
Background: Heterologous prime-boost vaccination with chimpanzee adenovirus 63 (ChAd63) and modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) encoding multiple epitope string thrombospondin-related adhesion protein (ME-TRAP) has shown acceptable safety and promising immunogenicity in African adult and pediatric populations. If licensed, this vaccine could be given to infants receiving routine childhood immunizations. We therefore evaluated responses to ChAd63 MVA ME-TRAP when co-administered with routine Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) vaccines...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167392/tcr-engagement-negatively-affects-cd8-but-not-cd4-car-t-cell-expansion-and-leukemic-clearance
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Yinmeng Yang, M Eric Kohler, Christopher D Chien, Christopher T Sauter, Elad Jacoby, Chunhua Yan, Ying Hu, Kelsey Wanhainen, Haiying Qin, Terry J Fry
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-expressing T cells induce durable remissions in patients with relapsed/refractory B cell malignancies. CARs are synthetic constructs that, when introduced into mature T cells, confer a second, non-major histocompatibility complex-restricted specificity in addition to the endogenous T cell receptor (TCR). The implications of TCR activation on CAR T cell efficacy has not been well defined. Using an immunocompetent, syngeneic murine model of CD19-targeted CAR T cell therapy for pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in which the CAR is introduced into T cells with known TCR specificity, we demonstrate loss of CD8 CAR T cell efficacy associated with T cell exhaustion and apoptosis when TCR antigen is present...
November 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157295/single-cell-multiplexed-cytokine-profiling-of-cd19-car-t-cells-reveals-a-diverse-landscape-of-polyfunctional-antigen-specific-response
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Qiong Xue, Emily Bettini, Patrick Paczkowski, Colin Ng, Alaina Kaiser, Timothy McConnell, Olja Kodrasi, Máire F Quigley, James Heath, Rong Fan, Sean Mackay, Mark E Dudley, Sadik H Kassim, Jing Zhou
BACKGROUND: It remains challenging to characterize the functional attributes of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-engineered T cell product targeting CD19 related to potency and immunotoxicity ex vivo, despite promising in vivo efficacy in patients with B cell malignancies. METHODS: We employed a single-cell, 16-plex cytokine microfluidics device and new analysis techniques to evaluate the functional profile of CD19 CAR-T cells upon antigen-specific stimulation. CAR-T cells were manufactured from human PBMCs transfected with the lentivirus encoding the CD19-BB-z transgene and expanded with anti-CD3/anti-CD28 coated beads...
November 21, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103912/optimization-of-il13r%C3%AE-2-targeted-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-for-improved-anti-tumor-efficacy-against-glioblastoma
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Christine E Brown, Brenda Aguilar, Renate Starr, Xin Yang, Wen-Chung Chang, Lihong Weng, Brenda Chang, Aniee Sarkissian, Alfonso Brito, James F Sanchez, Julie R Ostberg, Massimo D'Apuzzo, Behnam Badie, Michael E Barish, Stephen J Forman
T cell immunotherapy is emerging as a powerful strategy to treat cancer and may improve outcomes for patients with glioblastoma (GBM). We have developed a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapy targeting IL-13 receptor α2 (IL13Rα2) for the treatment of GBM. Here, we describe the optimization of IL13Rα2-targeted CAR T cells, including the design of a 4-1BB (CD137) co-stimulatory CAR (IL13BBζ) and a manufacturing platform using enriched central memory T cells. Utilizing orthotopic human GBM models with patient-derived tumor sphere lines in NSG mice, we found that IL13BBζ-CAR T cells improved anti-tumor activity and T cell persistence as compared to first-generation IL13ζ-CAR CD8(+) T cells that had shown evidence for bioactivity in patients...
October 5, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089311/slamf7-car-t-cells-eliminate-myeloma-and-confer-selective-fratricide-of-slamf7-normal-lymphocytes
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Tea Gogishvili, Sophia Danhof, Sabrina Prommersberger, Julian Rydzek, Martin Schreder, Christian Brede, Hermann Einsele, Michael Hudecek
SLAMF7 is under intense investigation as a target for immunotherapy in multiple myeloma. Here, we redirected the specificity of T-cells to SLAMF7 through expression of a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) derived from the huLuc63 antibody (Elotuzumab), and demonstrate that SLAMF7-CAR T-cells prepared from patients and healthy donors confer potent antimyeloma reactivity. We confirmed uniform, high-level expression of SLAMF7 on malignant plasma cells in previously untreated and in relapsed/refractory (R/R) myeloma patients who had received prior treatment with proteasome-inhibitors and immunomodulatory agents (IMiDs)...
October 31, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023549/supraphysiologic-control-over-hiv-1-replication-mediated-by-cd8-t-cells-expressing-a-re-engineered-cd4-based-chimeric-antigen-receptor
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Rachel S Leibman, Max W Richardson, Christoph T Ellebrecht, Colby R Maldini, Joshua A Glover, Anthony J Secreto, Irina Kulikovskaya, Simon F Lacey, Sarah R Akkina, Yanjie Yi, Farida Shaheen, Jianbin Wang, Keith A Dufendach, Michael C Holmes, Ronald G Collman, Aimee S Payne, James L Riley
HIV is adept at avoiding naturally generated T cell responses; therefore, there is a need to develop HIV-specific T cells with greater potency for use in HIV cure strategies. Starting with a CD4-based chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that was previously used without toxicity in clinical trials, we optimized the vector backbone, promoter, HIV targeting moiety, and transmembrane and signaling domains to determine which components augmented the ability of T cells to control HIV replication. This re-engineered CAR was at least 50-fold more potent in vitro at controlling HIV replication than the original CD4 CAR, or a TCR-based approach, and substantially better than broadly neutralizing antibody-based CARs...
October 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924019/kinetics-and-biomarkers-of-severe-cytokine-release-syndrome-after-cd19-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cell-therapy
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Kevin A Hay, Laïla-Aïcha Hanafi, Daniel Li, Juliane Gust, W Conrad Liles, Mark M Wurfel, José A López, Junmei Chen, Dominic Chung, Susanna Harju-Baker, Sindhu Cherian, Xueyan Chen, Stanley R Riddell, David G Maloney, Cameron J Turtle
Lymphodepletion chemotherapy followed by infusion of CD19-specific chimeric antigen receptor-modified (CAR) T cells has produced impressive antitumor responses in patients with refractory CD19+ B-cell malignancies but is often associated with cytokine release syndrome (CRS). Our understanding of CRS continues to evolve, and identification of the kinetics of CRS and predictive clinical and laboratory biomarkers of severity are needed to evaluate strategies to mitigate toxicity. We report the clinical presentation of and identify biomarkers of severe CRS in 133 adult patients who received CD19 CAR T cells...
November 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818060/rna-transfection-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-with-a-chimeric-antigen-receptor-or-an-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-receptor-a-safer-alternative-to-genetically-engineered-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-for-the-immunotherapy-of-melanoma
#16
Dennis C Harrer, Bianca Simon, Shin-Ichiro Fujii, Kanako Shimizu, Ugur Uslu, Gerold Schuler, Kerstin F Gerer, Stefanie Hoyer, Jan Dörrie, Niels Schaft
BACKGROUND: Adoptive T-cell therapy relying on conventional T cells transduced with T-cell receptors (TCRs) or chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has caused substantial tumor regression in several clinical trials. However, genetically engineered T cells have been associated with serious side-effects due to off-target toxicities and massive cytokine release. To obviate these concerns, we established a protocol adaptable to GMP to expand and transiently transfect γ/δ T cells with mRNA...
August 17, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708810/role-of-normalized-t-cell-subsets-in-predicting-comorbidities-in-a-large-cohort-of-geriatric-hiv-infected-patients
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Andrea Calcagno, Stefania Piconi, Emanuele Focà, Silvia Nozza, Federica Carli, Chiara Montrucchio, Annamaria M Cattelan, Giancarlo Orofino, Benedetto M Celesia, Valentina Morena, Giuseppe V De Socio, Giovanni Guaraldi
BACKGROUND: Adults aging with HIV are at greater risk for several comorbidities. The CD4 cell count and CD4/CD8 ratio often fail to normalize in elderly patients despite prolonged antiretroviral therapy; this has been associated with concomitant diseases and poor prognosis. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis in antiretroviral-treated HIV-positive patients aged 65 years and older. The aim of the study was to describe the predictors of normalized T-cell subsets ("nT", CD4/CD8 ratio ≥1 and CD4 ≥500 cells/μL) in a cohort of geriatric HIV-positive patients and its association with HIV-associated non-AIDS conditions (HANA)...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697888/regulated-expansion-and-survival-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cells-using-small-molecule-dependent-inducible-myd88-cd40
#18
Aaron E Foster, Aruna Mahendravada, Nicholas P Shinners, Wei-Chun Chang, Jeannette Crisostomo, An Lu, Mariam Khalil, Eva Morschl, Joanne L Shaw, Sunandan Saha, MyLinh T Duong, Matthew R Collinson-Pautz, David L Torres, Tania Rodriguez, Tsvetelina Pentcheva-Hoang, J Henri Bayle, Kevin M Slawin, David M Spencer
Anti-tumor efficacy of T cells engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) is dependent on their specificity, survival, and in vivo expansion following adoptive transfer. Toll-like receptor (TLR) and CD40 signaling in T cells can improve persistence and drive proliferation of antigen-specific CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells following pathogen challenge or in graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) settings, suggesting that these costimulatory pathways may be co-opted to improve CAR-T cell persistence and function...
September 6, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659311/memory-t-cells-expressing-an-nkg2d-car-efficiently-target-osteosarcoma-cells
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Lucía Fernández, Jean-Yves Metais, Adela Escudero, María Vela, Jaime Valentín, Isabel Vallcorba, Alejandra Leivas, Juan Torres, Antonio Valeri, Ana Patiño-García, Joaquín Martínez, Wing Leung, Antonio Pérez-Martínez
Purpose: NKG2D ligands (NKG2DL) are expressed on various tumor types and immunosuppressive cells within tumor microenvironments, providing suitable targets for cancer therapy. Various immune cells express NKG2D receptors, including natural killer (NK) cells and CD8+ T cells. Interactions between NKG2DL and NKG2D receptors are essential for NK-cell elimination of osteosarcoma tumor-initiating cells. In this report, we used NKG2D-NKG2DL interactions to optimize an immunotherapeutic strategy against osteosarcoma...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651374/cd70-a-novel-target-of-car-t-cell-therapy-for-gliomas
#20
Linchun Jin, Haitao Ge, Yu Long, Changlin Yang, Yifan Emily Chang, Luyan Mu, Elias J Sayour, Gabriel De Leon, Qiong J Wang, James C Yang, Paul S Kubilis, Hongbo Bao, Songsong Xia, Dunyue Lu, Yingjun Kong, Li Hu, Yujiao Shang, Chencheng Jiang, Jing Nie, Shimin Li, Yunhe Gu, Jiahang Sun, Duane A Mitchell, Zhiguo Lin, Jianping Huang
Background: Cancer immunotherapy represents a promising treatment approach for malignant-gliomas, but is hampered by the limited number of ubiquitously expressed tumor antigens and the profoundly immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. We identified CD70 as a novel immunosuppressive ligand and glioma target. Methods: Normal tissues derived from 52 different organs, and primary and recurrent low-grade gliomas (LGGs) and glioblastomas (GBMs) were thoroughly evaluated for CD70 gene and protein expression...
June 23, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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