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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633756/immunotherapy-the-wave-of-the-future-in-bladder-cancer
#1
Daniel P Petrylak
Urothelial cell carcinoma (UC) is one of the most common cancers and one of the most deadly. Metastatic UC is particularly hard to treat, because it is typically diagnosed when patients are elderly and have medical comorbidities. Many patients with metastatic UC are unable to receive cisplatin-based chemotherapy, due to older age at diagnosis and comorbidities, and even when platinum chemotherapy can be administered, it has limited success in prolonging survival. Recently, improved understanding of molecular targets and immunologic characteristics of urothelial tumor cells has resulted in new therapeutic approaches that may help optimize first- and second-line therapy...
June 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633612/clinical-features-and-treatment-outcomes-in-large-granular-lymphocytic-leukemia-lgll
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Srinivasa R Sanikommu, Michael J Clemente, Peter Chomczynski, Manuel G Afable, Andres Jerez, Swapna Thota, Bhumika Patel, Cassandra Hirsch, Aziz Nazha, John Desamito, Alan Lichtin, Brad Pohlman, Mikkael A Sekeres, Tomas Radivoyevitch, Jaroslaw P Maciejewski
Large granular lymphocytic leukemia (LGLL) represents a clonal/oligoclonal lymphoproliferation of cytotoxic T and natural killer cells often associated with STAT3 mutations. When symptomatic, due to mostly anemia and neutropenia, therapy choices are often empirically-based, because only few clinical trials and systematic studies have been performed. Incorporating new molecular and flow cytometry parameters, we identified 204 patients fulfilling uniform criteria for LGLL diagnoses and analyzed clinical course with median follow-up of 36 months, including responses to treatments...
June 20, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629761/cytokines-for-the-induction-of-antitumor-effectors-the-paradigm-of-cytokine-induced-killer-cik-cells
#3
Elisa Cappuzzello, Roberta Sommaggio, Paola Zanovello, Antonio Rosato
Cytokine-Induced killer (CIK) cells are raising growing interest in cellular antitumor therapy, as they can be easily expanded with a straightforward and inexpensive protocol, and are safe requiring only GMP-grade cytokines to obtain very high amounts of cytotoxic cells. CIK cells do not need antigen-specific stimuli to be activated and proliferate, as they recognize and destroy tumor cells in an HLA-independent fashion through the engagement of NKG2D. In several preclinical studies and clinical trials, CIK cells showed a reduced alloreactivity compared to conventional T cells, even when challenged across HLA-barriers; only in a few patients, a mild GVHD occurred after treatment with allogeneic CIK cells...
June 3, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629457/molecular-imaging-biomarkers-for-cell-based-immunotherapies
#4
REVIEW
Mohammad Haris, Puneet Bagga, Hari Hariharan, Bevin McGettigan-Croce, Laura A Johnson, Ravinder Reddy
While many decades of scientific research studies have gone into harnessing the power of the immune system to fight cancer, only recently have cancer immunotherapeutic approaches begun to show robust clinical responses in patients with a variety of cancers. These treatments are adding to the current arsenal of cancer treatments; surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and increasing the therapeutic options for cancer patients. Despite these advances, issues associated with these therapies include that not all patients respond to these therapies, and some patients who respond experience varying degrees of toxicities...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629173/autophagic-mechanism-in-anti-cancer-immunity-its-pros-and-cons-for-cancer-therapy
#5
REVIEW
Ying-Ying Li, Lynn G Feun, Angkana Thongkum, Chiao-Hui Tu, Shu-Mei Chen, Medhi Wangpaichitr, Chunjing Wu, Macus T Kuo, Niramol Savaraj
Autophagy, a self-eating machinery, has been reported as an adaptive response to maintain metabolic homeostasis when cancer cells encounter stress. It has been appreciated that autophagy acts as a double-edge sword to decide the fate of cancer cells upon stress factors, molecular subtypes, and microenvironmental conditions. Currently, the majority of evidence support that autophagy in cancer cells is a vital mechanism bringing on resistance to current and prospective treatments, yet whether autophagy affects the anticancer immune response remains unclear and controversial...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628857/identification-of-b-and-t-cell-epitope-based-peptide-vaccine-from-igf-1-receptor-in-breast-cancer
#6
Manijeh Mahdavi, Violaine Moreau, Majid Kheirollahi
The insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) plays a key role in proliferation, growth, differentiation, and development of several human malignancies including breast and pancreatic adenocarcinoma. IGF-1R targeted immunotherapeutic approaches are particularly attractive, as they may potentially elicit even stronger antitumor responses than traditional targeted approaches. Cancer peptide vaccines can produce immunologic responses against cancer cells by triggering helper T cell (Th) or cytotoxic T cells (CTL) in association with Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class I or II molecules on the cell surface of antigen presenting cells...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628776/3d-printed-lattices-as-an-activation-and-expansion-platform-for-t-cell-therapy
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Bahman Delalat, Frances Harding, Batjargal Gundsambuu, Elena M De-Juan-Pardo, Felix M Wunner, Marie-Luise Wille, Marek Jasieniak, Kristen A L Malatesta, Hans J Griesser, Antonio Simula, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Nicolas H Voelcker, Simon C Barry
One of the most significant hurdles to the affordable, accessible delivery of cell therapy is the cost and difficulty of expanding cells to clinically relevant numbers. Immunotherapy to prevent autoimmune disease, tolerate organ transplants or target cancer critically relies on the expansion of specialized T cell populations. We have designed 3D-printed cell culture lattices with highly organized micron-scale architectures, functionalized via plasma polymerization to bind monoclonal antibodies that trigger cell proliferation...
June 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628092/tissue-resident-memory-features-are-linked-to-the-magnitude-of-cytotoxic-t-cell-responses-in-human-lung-cancer
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Anusha-Preethi Ganesan, James Clarke, Oliver Wood, Eva M Garrido-Martin, Serena J Chee, Toby Mellows, Daniela Samaniego-Castruita, Divya Singh, Grégory Seumois, Aiman Alzetani, Edwin Woo, Peter S Friedmann, Emma V King, Gareth J Thomas, Tilman Sanchez-Elsner, Pandurangan Vijayanand, Christian H Ottensmeier
Therapies that boost the anti-tumor responses of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) have shown promise; however, clinical responses to the immunotherapeutic agents currently available vary considerably, and the molecular basis of this is unclear. We performed transcriptomic profiling of tumor-infiltrating CTLs from treatment-naive patients with lung cancer to define the molecular features associated with the robustness of anti-tumor immune responses. We observed considerable heterogeneity in the expression of molecules associated with activation of the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and of immunological-checkpoint molecules such as 4-1BB, PD-1 and TIM-3...
June 19, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627455/gemcitabine-vitamin-e-conjugates-synthesis-characterization-entrapment-into-nanoemulsions-and-in-vitro-deamination-and-antitumor-activity
#9
Ahmed Abu-Fayyad, Sami Nazzal
Gemcitabine is the first line therapy for pancreatic cancer. It is, however, extensively metabolized to the inactive form by deamination enzymatic reaction. Conjugation of gemcitabine with fatty acids on its 4-amino group was found to protect it from deamination deactivation reaction. The objective of the present study was to test the in-vitro anticancer activity of gemcitabine conjugated to the γ-tocotrienol isomer of vitamin E against pancreatic tumor cells. This objective was based on reported studies in which it was demonstrated that free tocotrienol isomers of vitamin E can potentiate the anticancer activity of gemcitabine...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626426/potential-of-central-eastern-and-western-africa-medicinal-plants-for-cancer-therapy-spotlight-on-resistant-cells-and-molecular-targets
#10
REVIEW
Armelle T Mbaveng, Victor Kuete, Thomas Efferth
Cancer remains a major health hurdle worldwide and has moved from the third leading cause of death in the year 1990 to second place after cardiovascular disease since 2013. Chemotherapy is one of the most widely used treatment modes; however, its efficiency is limited due to the resistance of cancer cells to cytotoxic agents. The present overview deals with the potential of the flora of Central, Eastern and Western African (CEWA) regions as resource for anticancer drug discovery. It also reviews the molecular targets of phytochemicals of these plants such as ABC transporters, namely P-glycoprotein (P-gp), multi drug-resistance-related proteins (MRPs), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP, ABCG2) as well as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/ErbB-1/HER1), human tumor suppressor protein p53, caspases, mitochondria, angiogenesis, and components of MAP kinase signaling pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626406/late-onset-inflammatory-bowel-disease-like-syndrome-after-ipilimumab-therapy-a-case-report
#11
Reem Akel, Bilal Anouti, Arafat Tfayli
BACKGROUND: Antitumor immunotherapy has become a major player in cancer therapy. Ipilimumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody against the cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), an important downregulator of T-cell activation. Ipilimumab has demonstrated tumor regression and improvement in overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma. Unfortunately, immune activation induced by this drug has been associated with several immune-mediated adverse effects, namely diarrhea and colitis...
May 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621316/combination-of-p53-dc-vaccine-and-rad-p53-gene-therapy-induced-ctls-cytotoxic-against-p53-deleted-human-prostate-cancer-cells-in-vitro
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H Saito, K Kitagawa, T Yoneda, Y Fukui, M Fujsawa, D Bautista, T Shirakawa
Recently, the US FDA approved sipuleucel-T, which is composed of autologous DCs stimulated with a recombinant fusion protein of prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), as the first immunotherapeutic agent for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). However, sipuleucel-T demonstrated only modest efficacy in mCPRC patients. Researchers are now investigating the potential of p53 protein as a tumor-associated antigen (TAA) loaded in DC-based cancer vaccine...
June 16, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619747/successful-immune-checkpoint-blockade-in-a-patient-with-advanced-stage-microsatellite-unstable-biliary-tract-cancer
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Elena Czink, Matthias Kloor, Benjamin Goeppert, Stefan Froehling, Sebastian Uhrig, Tim F Weber, Joern Meinel, Christian Sutter, Karl Heinz Weiss, Peter Schirmacher, Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz, Dirk Jaeger, Christoph Springfeld
Cancers acquire multiple somatic mutations that can lead to the generation of immunogenic mutation-induced neoantigens. These neoantigens can be recognized by the host's immune system. However, continuous stimulation of immune cells against tumor antigens can lead to immune cell exhaustion, which allows uncontrolled outgrowth of tumor cells. Recently, immune checkpoint inhibitors have emerged as a novel approach to overcome immune cell exhaustion and re-activate anti-tumor immune responses. In particular, antibodies blocking the exhaustion-mediating programmed death receptor (PD-1)/PD-L1 pathway have shown clinical efficacy...
June 15, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616288/decreased-expression-of-perforin-in-cd8-t-lymphocytes-in-patients-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-and-its-potential-value-as-a-marker-for-efficacy-of-treatment
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Hongbin Jiang, Huili Gong, Qing Zhang, Jin Gu, Li Liang, Jun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cytolytic activity against mycobacteria tuberculosis (MTB) within the infected macrophage is a crucial step in the immunity against TB infection, as MTB is an intracellular bacterium. Cytotoxic molecules such as perforin and granzymes produced by cytolytic T cells directly participate in this process. In this study, we evaluated the cytotoxicity function employing flow cytometry analysis of the level of expression of interferon-γ (IFN-γ), perforin and granzyme B in CD8(+) T cells from patients with active pulmonary TB (PTB), stable PTB and healthy controls, and explored whether MTB antigen (MTB Ag)-stimulated cytotoxic molecules would be useful for monitoring responses to anti-TB treatment...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615199/impaired-downregulation-of-nkg2d-ligands-by-nef-protein-from-elite-controllers-sensitizes-hiv-1-infected-cells-to-adcc
#15
Nirmin Alsahafi, Jonathan Richard, Jérémie Prévost, Mathieu Coutu, Nathalie Brassard, Matthew S Parsons, Daniel E Kaufmann, Mark Brockman, Andrés Finzi
HIV-1 Nef clones isolated from a rare subset of HIV-1-infected elite controllers (EC), with the ability to suppress viral load to undetectable levels in the absence of antiretroviral therapy, are unable to fully downregulate CD4 from the plasma membrane of CD4+ T cells. Residual CD4 left at the plasma membrane allows Env-CD4 interaction, which leads to increased exposure of Env CD4-induced epitopes and increases susceptibility of infected cells to antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). ADCC is mediated largely by natural killer (NK) cells, which control their activation status through the cumulative signals received through activating and inhibitory receptors...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614096/two-cases-of-sinusitis-induced-by-immune-checkpoint-inhibition
#16
Eric Dein, William Sharfman, Jean Kim, Fouad Gellad, Ami A Shah, Clifton O Bingham, Laura C Cappelli
We report the acute onset of aseptic sinusitis in 2 patients receiving the immune checkpoint inhibitors, ipilimumab and nivolumab, for treatment of metastatic melanoma. Ipilimumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4, and nivolumab, targeting programmed cell death-1, have been associated with numerous immune-related adverse events. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of aseptic sinusitis as a consequence of immune checkpoint inhibition therapy.
June 13, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613923/the-era-of-checkpoint-blockade-in-lung-cancer-taking-the-brakes-off-the-immune-system
#17
Edmund K Moon, Corey J Langer, Steven M Albelda
Despite recent advances with targeted kinase inhibitors and better tolerated chemotherapy, the treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains suboptimal. One recent advance that holds great promise is immunotherapy - an approach that enhances a patient's immune system to better recognize and react to abnormal cells. The most successful immunotherapeutic strategy to date uses antibodies to block inhibitory receptors (also called "checkpoints") that are upregulated on the T cells that infiltrate the tumor...
June 14, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611778/peg-interferon-lambda-treatment-induces-robust-innate-and-adaptive-immunity-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
#18
Sandra Phillips, Sameer Mistry, Antonio Riva, Helen Cooksley, Tanya Hadzhiolova-Lebeau, Slava Plavova, Krum Katzarov, Marieta Simonova, Stephan Zeuzem, Clive Woffendin, Pei-Jer Chen, Cheng-Yuan Peng, Ting-Tsung Chang, Stefan Lueth, Robert De Knegt, Moon-Seok Choi, Heiner Wedemeyer, Michael Dao, Chang-Wook Kim, Heng-Chen Chu, Megan Wind-Rotolo, Roger Williams, Elizabeth Cooney, Shilpa Chokshi
IFN-lambda (IFNλ) is a member of the type III IFN family and is reported to possess anti-pathogen, anti-cancer, and immunomodulatory properties; however, there are limited data regarding its impact on host immune responses in vivo. We performed longitudinal and comprehensive immunosurveillance to assess the ability of pegylated (peg)-IFNλ to augment antiviral host immunity as part of a clinical trial assessing the efficacy of peg-IFNλ in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. These patients were pretreated with directly acting antiviral therapy (entecavir) for 12 weeks with subsequent addition of peg-IFNλ for up to 32 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611673/reversing-egfr-mediated-immunoescape-by-targeted-monoclonal-antibody-therapy
#19
REVIEW
Fernando Concha-Benavente, Robert L Ferris
Uncontrolled growth is a signature of carcinogenesis, in part mediated by overexpression or overstimulation of growth factor receptors. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mediates activation of multiple oncogenic signaling pathways and escape from recognition by the host immune system. We discuss how EGFR signaling downregulates tumor antigen presentation, upregulates suppressive checkpoint receptor ligand programmed death ligand (PD-L1), induces secretion of inhibitory molecules such as transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) and reprograms the metabolic pathways in cancer cells to upregulate aerobic glycolysis and lactate secretion that ultimately lead to impaired cellular immunity mediated by natural killer (NK) cell and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604557/antigen-presentation-by-individually-transferred-hla-class-i-genes-in-hla-a-hla-b-hla-c-null-human-cell-line-generated-using-the-multiplex-crispr-cas9-system
#20
Cheol-Hwa Hong, Hyun-Jung Sohn, Hyun-Joo Lee, Hyun-Il Cho, Tai-Gyu Kim
Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) are essential immune molecules that affect transplantation and adoptive immunotherapy. When hematopoietic stem cells or organs are transplanted with HLA-mismatched recipients, graft-versus-host disease or graft rejection can be induced by allogeneic immune responses. The function of each HLA allele has been studied using HLA-deficient cells generated from mutant cell lines or by RNA interference, zinc finger nuclease, and the CRISPR/Cas9 system. To improve HLA gene editing, we attempted to generate an HLA class I null cell line using the multiplex CRISPR/Cas9 system by targeting exons 2 and 3 of HLA-A, HLA-B, and HLA-C genes simultaneously...
July 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
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