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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/28439883/an-update-for-richter-syndrome-new-directions-and-developments
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REVIEW
Toby A Eyre, Anna Schuh
High-grade transformation of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia [Richter syndrome (RS)] is rare and represents a unique and uncommon clinical challenge. Clonally related diffuse large B cell type RS is a chemotherapy-resistant and devastating disease. Patients are typically elderly, immunosuppressed and present with a rapidly deteriorating performance status. Historical outcomes suggest a median overall survival of approximately 8 months. RS remains is an area of high unmet clinical need. The molecular profile and treatment needs of patients are likely to change over time with the advent of novel B cell receptor inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies and BH3 mimetics...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439615/wip1-phosphatase-as-pharmacological-target-in-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Soňa Pecháčková, Kamila Burdová, Libor Macurek
DNA damage response (DDR) pathway protects cells from genome instability and prevents cancer development. Tumor suppressor p53 is a key molecule that interconnects DDR, cell cycle checkpoints, and cell fate decisions in the presence of genotoxic stress. Inactivating mutations in TP53 and other genes implicated in DDR potentiate cancer development and also influence the sensitivity of cancer cells to treatment. Protein phosphatase 2C delta (referred to as WIP1) is a negative regulator of DDR and has been proposed as potential pharmaceutical target...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
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/28439015/mutant-p53-perturbs-dna-replication-checkpoint-control-through-topbp1-and-treslin
#5
Kang Liu, Fang-Tsyr Lin, Joshua D Graves, Yu-Ju Lee, Weei-Chin Lin
Accumulating evidence supports the gain-of-function of mutant forms of p53 (mutp53s). However, whether mutp53 directly perturbs the DNA replication checkpoint remains unclear. Previously, we have demonstrated that TopBP1 forms a complex with mutp53s and mediates their gain-of-function through NF-Y and p63/p73. Akt phosphorylates TopBP1 and induces its oligomerization, which inhibits its ATR-activating function. Here we show that various contact and conformational mutp53s bypass Akt to induce TopBP1 oligomerization and attenuate ATR checkpoint response during replication stress...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438889/fda-approval-summary-nivolumab-for-the-treatment-of-relapsed-or-progressive-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Yvette L Kasamon, R Angelo de Claro, Yaping Wang, Yuan Li Shen, Ann T Farrell, Richard Pazdur
On May 17, 2016, after an expedited priority review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to nivolumab for the treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) that has relapsed or progressed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and post-transplantation brentuximab vedotin (BV). Nivolumab in cHL had been granted breakthrough therapy designation. Accelerated approval was based on two single-arm, multicenter trials in adults with cHL. In 95 patients with relapsed or progressive cHL after autologous HSCT and post-transplantation BV, nivolumab, dosed at 3 mg/kg intravenously every 2 weeks, produced a 65% (95% confidence interval: 55%-75%) objective response rate (58% partial remission, 7% complete remission)...
April 24, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436601/management-of-skin-adverse-events-associated-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-patients-with-melanoma-a-nursing-perspective
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Melissa Thebeau, Krista Rubin, Matthias Hofmann, Julia Grimm, Alyona Weinstein, Jennifer N Choi
PURPOSE: Immune checkpoint inhibitors are associated with a unique immune-related side effect profile that requires prompt recognition and management. Skin toxicities are the most common, and often earliest occurring, drug-related adverse events (AEs) of any grade observed upon treatment with these agents. The purpose of this review is to provide practical guidance on the identification and treatment of skin AEs associated with the immune checkpoint inhibitors (ipilimumab, nivolumab, and pembrolizumab) from a nursing perspective, and demonstrate hands-on application of the guidance using relevant patient case studies...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435677/control-of-immune-cell-entry-through-the-tumour-vasculature-a-missing-link-in-optimising-melanoma-immunotherapy
#8
REVIEW
Lih Yin Tan, Carmela Martini, Zvi G Fridlender, Claudine S Bonder, Michael P Brown, Lisa M Ebert
Metastatic melanoma remains a fatal disease to many worldwide, even after the breakthrough introduction of targeted therapies such as BRAF inhibitors and immune checkpoint blockade therapies such as CTLA-4 and PD-1 inhibitors. With advances in our understanding of this disease, as well as the increasing data gathered from patient studies, the significance of the host immune response to cancer progression and response to treatment is becoming clear. More specifically, the presence of intratumoral CD8(+) cytotoxic T-cells correlates with better prognosis whereas the accumulation of monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils in the tumour is often associated with worse prognosis...
March 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435391/programmed-cell-death-1-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-advanced-melanoma
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REVIEW
Jacek Mackiewicz, Andrzej Mackiewicz
The treatment landscape of advanced melanoma has changed significantly following the discovery and marketing authorisation of immune checkpoints inhibitors. Ipilimumab (anti-CTLA-4) was the first one to be approved, and it. demonstrated long-term survival in about 20% of patients. Subsequently, anti-programmed cell death-1 (a-PD-1) antibodies (pembrolizuamb, nivolumab), inhibitors of PD-1/programmed cell death-1 ligand (PD1-L) synapse, showed higher clinical efficacy with lower toxicity comparing to ipilimumab...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434648/nivolumab-in-patients-with-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-checkmate-040-an-open-label-non-comparative-phase-1-2-dose-escalation-and-expansion-trial
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Anthony B El-Khoueiry, Bruno Sangro, Thomas Yau, Todd S Crocenzi, Masatoshi Kudo, Chiun Hsu, Tae-You Kim, Su-Pin Choo, Jörg Trojan, Theodore H Welling, Tim Meyer, Yoon-Koo Kang, Winnie Yeo, Akhil Chopra, Jeffrey Anderson, Christine Dela Cruz, Lixin Lang, Jaclyn Neely, Hao Tang, Homa B Dastani, Ignacio Melero
BACKGROUND: For patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, sorafenib is the only approved drug worldwide, and outcomes remain poor. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of nivolumab, a programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) immune checkpoint inhibitor, in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with or without chronic viral hepatitis. METHODS: We did a phase 1/2, open-label, non-comparative, dose escalation and expansion trial (CheckMate 040) of nivolumab in adults (≥18 years) with histologically confirmed advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with or without hepatitis C or B (HCV or HBV) infection...
April 20, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434510/pd-l1-testing-for-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-mesothelioma-for-want-of-anything-better
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EDITORIAL
Sylvie Lantuejoul, Nolwenn Le Stang, Francesca Damiola, Arnaud Scherpereel, Francoise Galateau-Sallé
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434399/the-next-generation-of-immunotherapy-keeping-lung-cancer-in-check
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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
#13
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/28433679/part-i-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-pyrazole-benzimidazole-conjugates-as-checkpoint-kinase-2-chk2-inhibitors-with-studying-their-activities-alone-and-in-combination-with-genotoxic-drugs
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Shadia A Galal, Ahmed S Abdelsamie, Samia A Shouman, Yasmin M Attia, Hamed I Ali, Ashraf Tabll, Reem El-Shenawy, Yasmine S El Abd, Mamdouh M Ali, Abeer E Mahmoud, Abeer H Abdel-Halim, Amal A Fyiad, Adel S Girgis, Hoda I El-Diwani
Activated checkpoint kinase 2 (Chk2) is a tumor suppressor as one of the main enzymes that affect the cell cycle. 2-Biarylbenzimidazoles are potent selective class of Chk2 inhibitors; the structure-based design was applied to synthesize a new series of this class with replacing the lateral aryl group by substituted pyrazoles. Ten pyrazole-benzimidazole conjugates from the best fifty candidates according to docking programs have been subjected to chemical synthesis in this study. The activities of the conjugates 5-14 as checkpoint kinase inhibitors and as antitumor alone and in combination with genotoxic drugs were evaluated...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433197/-what-is-the-place-of-the-combinations-for-immunotherapy-with-chemotherapy-or-with-other-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#15
REVIEW
Gaëlle Douchet, Sandrine Aspeslagh
Immune checkpoint blockade by the use of anti-PD(L)1 or anti-CTLA4 antibodies can induce long lasting disease response and maybe cure in a lot of advanced cancer patients. This ongoing immunotherapy revolution has given new hope to cancer patients and oncologists. However, still the majority of cancer patients do not respond to immune checkpoint blockade and novel therapeutical possibilities are being tested in several clinical trials. One of the possibilities to enhance responses to immune checkpoint blockade is the combination with chemotherapy or with other immune checkpoint blockade molecules...
April 19, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432648/rationale-for-new-checkpoint-inhibitor-combinations-in-melanoma-therapy
#16
Mario Mandalà, Carlo Tondini, Barbara Merelli, Daniela Massi
The use of monoclonal antibodies that block immunologic checkpoints, which mediate adaptive immune resistance, has revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma patients. Specifically, targeting single immune suppressive molecules such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), or programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) expressed on T cells or its primary ligand, programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), resulted in pronounced clinical benefit for a subset of melanoma patients. Although single-agent immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy has demonstrated promising clinical activity in metastatic melanoma patients, there is still a significant proportion of patients who show primary resistance to these therapies...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431920/the-microbiome-in-anti-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Stavros Bashiardes, Timur Tuganbaev, Sara Federici, Eran Elinav
The commensal microbiome constitutes an important modulator of host physiology and risk of disease, including cancer development and progression. Lately, the microbiome has been suggested to modulate the efficacy of anti-cancer treatment. Examples include chemotherapy and total body irradiation-induced barrier function disruption, leading to microbial efflux that drives activation of anti-tumorigenic T cells; Microbiome-driven release of reactive oxygen species contributing to the efficacy of platinum salts; and microbiome-induced immune priming promoting the anti-tumor effects of alkylating chemotherapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors...
April 18, 2017: Seminars in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431010/clinical-trial-of-the-anti-pd-l1-antibody-bms-936559-in-hiv-1-infected-participants-on-suppressive-antiretroviral-therapy
#18
Cynthia L Gay, Ronald J Bosch, Justin Ritz, Jason M Hataye, Evgenia Aga, Randall L Tressler, Stephen W Mason, Carey K Hwang, Dennis M Grasela, Neelanjana Ray, Josh C Cyktor, John M Coffin, Edward P Acosta, Richard A Koup, John W Mellors, Joseph J Eron
Background.: Reversing immune exhaustion with an anti-PD-L1 antibody may improve HIV-1-specific immunity and increase clearance of HIV-1 expressing cells. Methods.: Phase I, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled dose-escalating study of BMS-936559including HIV-1-infected adults ≥18 to ≤70 years on suppressive antiretroviral therapy with CD4+ counts ≥350 cells/μL and detectable plasma HIV-1 RNA by single copy assay. Data on single infusions of BMS-936559 (0...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430840/checkpoint-dependent-phosphorylation-of-med1-trap220-in-response-to-dna-damage
#19
Hyun-Ju Kim, Jeanho Yun
Mediator complex subunit 1 (Med1)/Thyroid hormone receptor-associated protein 220 (TRAP220), an essential component of thyroid hormone receptor-associated proteins (TRAP)/mediator, plays important roles in hormone responses and tumorigenesis. However, the role of Med1 in the DNA damage response has not been studied. In this study, we found that DNA damage, resulted from γ-irradiation, ultraviolet (UV)-irradiation, or hydroxyurea, induced phosphorylation of Med1 in vivo. Phosphorylation of Med1 was abrogated by either caffeine or wortmannin treatment, suggesting that Med1 is phosphorylated through the DNA damage checkpoint pathway...
April 19, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430635/unsuccessful-mitosis-in-multicellular-tumour-spheroids
#20
Annie Molla, Morgane Couvet, Jean-Luc Coll
Multicellular spheroids are very attractive models in oncology because they mimic the 3D organization of the tumour cells with their microenvironment. We show here using 3 different cell types (mammary TSA/pc, embryonic kidney Hek293 and cervical cancer HeLa), that when the cells are growing as spheroids the frequency of binucleated cells is augmented as occurs in some human tumours.We therefore describe mitosis in multicellular spheroids by following mitotic markers and by time-lapse experiments. Chromosomes alignment appears to be correct on the metaphasic plate and the passenger complex is well localized on centromere...
February 24, 2017: Oncotarget
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