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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779086/retrospective-study-of-nivolumab-for-patients-with-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas
#1
Megan Mantica, Ashley Pritchard, Frank Lieberman, Jan Drappatz
INTRODUCTION: Patients with recurrent high-grade gliomas (HGG) have limited treatment options. HGG utilize the PD-1 pathway to evade immune responses. Checkpoint inhibitors have demonstrated safety and clinical activity in patients with recurrent glioblastoma. We explored the efficacy of nivolumab in recurrent HGG with a primary objective of progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed HGG patients treated with nivolumab in our institution...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778737/cancer-immunotherapy-efficacy-and-patients-sex-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
Fabio Conforti, Laura Pala, Vincenzo Bagnardi, Tommaso De Pas, Marco Martinetti, Giuseppe Viale, Richard D Gelber, Aron Goldhirsch
BACKGROUND: Despite the acknowledged sex-related dimorphism in immune system response, little is known about the effect of patients' sex on the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors as cancer treatments. We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the heterogeneity of immune checkpoint inhibitor efficacy between men and women. METHODS: We systematically searched PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, and Scopus, from database inception to Nov 30, 2017, for randomised controlled trials of immune checkpoint inhibitors (inhibitors of PD-1, CTLA-4, or both) that had available hazard ratios (HRs) for death according to patients' sex...
May 16, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777108/factor-xiiia-expressing-inflammatory-monocytes-promote-lung-squamous-cancer-through-fibrin-cross-linking
#3
Alessandro Porrello, Patrick L Leslie, Emily B Harrison, Balachandra K Gorentla, Sravya Kattula, Subrata K Ghosh, Salma H Azam, Alisha Holtzhausen, Yvonne L Chao, Michele C Hayward, Trent A Waugh, Sanggyu Bae, Virginia Godfrey, Scott H Randell, Cecilia Oderup, Liza Makowski, Jared Weiss, Matthew D Wilkerson, D Neil Hayes, H Shelton Earp, Albert S Baldwin, Alisa S Wolberg, Chad V Pecot
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and lung squamous carcinomas (LUSC) represent about 30% of cases. Molecular aberrations in lung adenocarcinomas have allowed for effective targeted treatments, but corresponding therapeutic advances in LUSC have not materialized. However, immune checkpoint inhibitors in sub-populations of LUSC patients have led to exciting responses. Using computational analyses of The Cancer Genome Atlas, we identified a subset of LUSC tumors characterized by dense infiltration of inflammatory monocytes (IMs) and poor survival...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776373/metabolic-therapy-with-peg-arginase-induces-a-sustained-complete-remission-in-immunotherapy-resistant-melanoma
#4
Carmela De Santo, Paul Cheng, Andrew Beggs, Sharon Egan, Alberto Bessudo, Francis Mussai
BACKGROUND: Metastatic melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer with a poor prognosis. Current treatment strategies for high-stage melanoma are based around the use of immunotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors such as anti-PDL1 or anti-CTLA4 antibodies to stimulate anti-cancer T cell responses, yet a number of patients will relapse and die of disease. Here, we report the first sustained complete remission in a patient with metastatic melanoma who failed two immunotherapy strategies, by targeting tumour arginine metabolism...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775845/toward-innovative-combinational-immunotherapy-a-systems-biology-perspective
#5
REVIEW
Xue-Tao Li, Jin-Ji Yang, Yi-Long Wu, Jun Hou
The treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has advanced significantly in the last decades. Especially immune checkpoint inhibitors have shown inconceivable effect on enhancing host anti-tumor activity in NSCLC. However, the limitation of checkpoint blockade monotherapy seems unavoidable in most of the NSCLC patients and only ∼20% of them achieved response to monotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors. Thus combining immune checkpoint inhibitors with other agents with different action mechanisms holds a promise to revitalize NSCLC treatment, such as the combination of checkpoint inhibitors with angiogenesis inhibitors, or with chemotherapy, as well as the combination of two checkpoint inhibitors...
May 8, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775689/biomarkers-for-checkpoint-inhibition-in-hematologic-malignancies
#6
REVIEW
Djordje Atanackovic, Tim Luetkens
In the past few years we have seen remarkable paradigm shifts in the treatment of many solid tumors due to the introduction of inhibitors targeting immune checkpoints such as PD-1/PD-L1 and CTLA-4. Recent results indicate that checkpoint inhibition also represents a very promising approach for certain types of hematologic malignancies. Unfortunately, treatment with checkpoint inhibitors is also associated with substantial toxicities and high costs and only a subset of patients appears to derive clinical benefit from these treatments...
May 15, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775688/gyneco-oncological-genomics-and-emerging-biomarkers-for-cancer-treatment-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#7
REVIEW
Giuseppe Curigliano
In gynecological cancers tumor infiltrating lymphocytes and upregulation of immune-related gene signatures have been associated with a better prognosis. Knowledge of tumor immunogenicity and associated gene signatures suggests that the tumor immune landscape is a key determinant to define patient prognosis and potentially to predict response to immune-checkpoint inhibitors. The aim of this review is to give an overview of immune gene signatures across gynecology histological cancer types, defining their prognostic and potential predictive role...
May 15, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775579/a-mad2-mediated-translational-regulatory-mechanism-promoting-s-phase-cyclin-synthesis-controls-origin-firing-and-survival-to-replication-stress
#8
Sophie Gay, Daniele Piccini, Christopher Bruhn, Sara Ricciardi, Paolo Soffientini, Walter Carotenuto, Stefano Biffo, Marco Foiani
Cell survival to replication stress depends on the activation of the Mec1ATR -Rad53 checkpoint response that protects the integrity of stalled forks and controls the origin firing program. Here we found that Mad2, a member of the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC), contributes to efficient origin firing and to cell survival in response to replication stress. We show that Rad53 and Mad2 promote S-phase cyclin expression through different mechanisms: while Rad53 influences Clb5,6 degradation, Mad2 promotes their protein synthesis...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774579/integrative-epigenetic-analysis-reveals-therapeutic-targets-to-the-dna-methyltransferase-inhibitor-sgi-110-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
Minmin Liu, Lian Zhang, Hongtao Li, Toshinori Hinoue, Wanding Zhou, Hitoshi Ohtani, Anthony El-Khoueiry, John Daniels, Casey O'Connell, Tanya B Dorff, Qianjin Lu, Daniel J Weisenberger, Gangning Liang
There is an urgent need for developing more effective therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) because of its aggressiveness. Guadecitabine (SGI-110) is a second-generation DNA methyltransferase inhibitor (DNMTi) currently in clinical trials for HCC and shows greater stability and performance over first generation DNMTis. In order to identify potential therapeutic targets of SGI-110 for clinical trials, HCC cell lines (SNU398, HepG2 and SNU475) were used to evaluate effects of transient SGI-110 treatment by an integrative analysis of DNA methylation, nucleosome accessibility, gene expression profiles and its clinical relevance by comparisons to TCGA HCC clinical data...
May 18, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774560/high-resolution-separation-of-monoclonal-antibodies-mixtures-and-their-charge-variants-by-an-alternative-and-generic-cze-method
#10
Alexandre Goyon, Yannis Nicolas Francois, Olivier Colas, Alain Beck, Jean Luc Veuthey, Davy Guillarme
The determination of mAb critical quality attributes (CQA) is crucial for their successful application in health diseases. A generic CZE method was developed for the high-resolution separation of various mAb charge variants, which are often recognized as important CQA. A dynamic coating of the capillary was obtained with polyethylene oxide (PEO), whereas Bis-Tris allowed the analysis of mAbs under native conditions at pH 7.0. The effect of PEO and Bis-Tris concentrations, as well as the nature of the acidic counter ion on the method performance were systematically studied...
May 17, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774099/camptothecin-induces-g-2-m-phase-arrest-through-the-atm-chk2-cdc25c-axis-as-a-result-of-autophagy-induced-cytoprotection-implications-of-reactive-oxygen-species
#11
Rajapaksha Gedara Prasad Tharanga Jayasooriya, Matharage Gayani Dilshara, Ilandarage Menu Neelaka Molagoda, Cheol Park, Sang Rul Park, Seungheon Lee, Yung Hyun Choi, Gi-Young Kim
In the present study, we report that camptothecin (CPT) caused irreversible cell cycle arrest at the G2 /M phase, and was associated with decreased levels of cell division cycle 25C (Cdc25C) and increased levels of cyclin B1, p21, and phospho-H3. Interestingly, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) inhibitor, glutathione, decreased CPT-induced G2 /M phase arrest and moderately induced S phase arrest, indicating that the ROS is required for the regulation of CPT-induced G2 /M phase arrest. Furthermore, transient knockdown of nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), in the presence of CPT, increased the ROS' level and further shifted the cell cycle from early S phase to the G2 /M phase, indicating that Nrf2 delayed the S phase in response to CPT...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774061/immunotherapy-in-non-metastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-can-the-benefits-of-stage-iv-therapy-be-translated-into-earlier-stages
#12
REVIEW
Griet Deslypere, Dorothée Gullentops, Els Wauters, Johan Vansteenkiste
Over the last decade, several steps forward in the treatment of patients with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NCSLC) were made. Examples are the use of pemetrexed, pemetrexed maintenance therapy, or bevacizumab for patients with nonsquamous NSCLC. A big leap forward was the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in patients selected on the basis of an activating oncogene, such as epidermal growth factor receptor ( EGFR ) activating mutations or anaplastic lymphoma kinase ( ALK ) translocations. However, all of these achievements could not be translated into survival benefits when studied in randomized controlled trials in patients with nonmetastatic NSCLC...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773584/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-cell-cycle-regulation-in-adrenocortical-carcinoma
#13
Sofia Pereira, Mariana P Monteiro, Isabelle Bourdeau, Andre Lacroix, Duarte Pignatelli
Adrenocortical carcinomas are rather rare endocrine tumors that often have a poor prognosis. The reduced survival rate associated with these tumors is due to their aggressive biological behavior, combined with the scarcity of effective treatment options that are currently available. The recent identification of the genomic alterations present in ACC have provided further molecular mechanisms to develop consistent strategies for the diagnosis, prevention of progression and treatment of advanced ACCs. Taken together, molecular and genomic advances could be leading the way to develop personalized medicine in ACCs similarly to similar developments in lung or breast cancers...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773570/hdna2-nuclease-helicase-promotes-centromeric-dna-replication-and-genome-stability
#14
Zhengke Li, Bochao Liu, Weiwei Jin, Xiwei Wu, Mian Zhou, Vincent Wenzhe Liu, Ajay Goel, Zhiyuan Shen, Li Zheng, Binghui Shen
DNA2 is a nuclease/helicase that is involved in Okazaki fragment maturation, replication fork processing, and end resection of DNA double-strand breaks. Similar such helicase activity for resolving secondary structures and structure-specific nuclease activity are needed during DNA replication to process the chromosome-specific higher order repeat units present in the centromeres of human chromosomes. Here, we show that DNA2 binds preferentially to centromeric DNA The nuclease and helicase activities of DNA2 are both essential for resolution of DNA structural obstacles to facilitate DNA replication fork movement...
May 17, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770170/targeted-therapy-or-immunotherapy-optimal-treatment-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
REVIEW
Merly Contratto, Jennifer Wu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Sorafenib is the only food and drug administration (FDA) approved as first line systemic treatment in HCC. Regorafenib and nivolumab are the only FDA approved second line treatment after progression on sorafenib. We will discuss all potential first and second line options in HCC. In addition, we also will explore sequencing treatment options in HCC, and examine biomarkers that can potentially predict benefits from treatments such as immune checkpoint inhibitor...
May 15, 2018: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770138/ny-eso-1-based-immunotherapy-of-cancer-current-perspectives
#16
REVIEW
Remy Thomas, Ghaneya Al-Khadairi, Jessica Roelands, Wouter Hendrickx, Said Dermime, Davide Bedognetti, Julie Decock
NY-ESO-1 or New York esophageal squamous cell carcinoma 1 is a well-known cancer-testis antigen (CTAs) with re-expression in numerous cancer types. Its ability to elicit spontaneous humoral and cellular immune responses, together with its restricted expression pattern, have rendered it a good candidate target for cancer immunotherapy. In this review, we provide background information on NY-ESO-1 expression and function in normal and cancerous tissues. Furthermore, NY-ESO-1-specific immune responses have been observed in various cancer types; however, their utility as biomarkers are not well determined...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769383/incidence-of-thyroid-function-test-abnormalities-in-patients-receiving-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-for-cancer-treatment
#17
Nisha Subhash Patel, Anais Oury, Gregory A Daniels, Lyudmila Bazhenova, Sandip Pravin Patel
BACKGROUND: With the advent of immune-checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) therapy (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1), immune-related adverse events such as thyroid function test abnormalities (TFTAs) are common, with a reported incidence range of 2%-15% depending upon the ICI used. The aim of this study is to describe the incidence of TFTAs retrospectively in patients who received ICI therapy. METHODS: A total of 285 patients were reviewed (178 male, 107 female; 16-94 years of age), of whom 218 had no baseline TFTAs, 61 had baseline TFTAs, and 6 had a history of thyroidectomy (excluded)...
May 16, 2018: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769307/orally-bioavailable-and-blood-brain-barrier-penetrating-atm-inhibitor-az32-radiosensitizes-intracranial-gliomas-in-mice
#18
Jeremy Karlin, Jasmine Allen, Syed F Ahmad, Gareth Hughes, Victoria Sheridan, Rajesh Odedra, Paul Farrington, Elaine B Cadogan, Lucy C Riches, Antonio Garcia-Trinidad, Andrew G Thomason, Bhavika Patel, Jennifer Vincent, Alan Lau, Kurt G Pike, Thomas A Hunt, Amrita Sule, Nicholas C K Valerie, Laura Biddlestone-Thorpe, Jenna Kahn, Jason M Beckta, Nitai Mukhopadhyay, Bernard Barlaam, Sebastien L Degorce, Jason Kettle, Nicola Colclough, Joanne Wilson, Aaron Smith, Ian P Barrett, Li Zheng, Tianwei Zhang, Yingchun Wang, Kan Chen, Martin Pass, Stephen T Durant, Kristoffer Valerie
Inhibition of ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) during radiotherapy of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) may improve tumor control by short-circuiting the response to radiation-induced DNA damage. A major impediment for clinical implementation is that current inhibitors have limited CNS bioavailability, thus, the goal was to identify ATM inhibitors (ATMi) with improved CNS penetration. Drug screens and refinement of lead compounds identified AZ31 and AZ32. The compounds were then tested in vivo for efficacy and impact on tumor and healthy brain...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769207/mitigating-sox2-potentiated-immune-escape-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-with-a-sting-inducing-nanosatellite-vaccine
#19
Yee Sun Tan, Kanokwan Sansanaphongpricha, Yuying Xie, Christopher R Donnelly, Xiaobo Luo, Blake R Heath, Xinyi Zhao, Emily L Bellile, Hongxiang Hu, Hongwei Chen, Peter J Polverini, Qianming Chen, Simon Young, Thomas E Carey, Jacques E Nör, Robert L Ferris, Gregory Wolf, Duxin Sun, Yu L Lei
PURPOSE: The response rates of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) to checkpoint blockade are below 20%. We aim to develop a mechanism-based vaccine to prevent HNSCC immune escape. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed RNA-Seq of sensitive and resistant HNSCC cells to discover central pathways promoting resistance to immune killing. Using biochemistry, animal models, HNSCC microarray and immune cell deconvolution, we assessed the role of SOX2 in inhibiting STING-type I interferon (IFN-I) signaling-mediated anti-tumor immunity...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769205/playing-the-melanoma-endgame
#20
Jessica L F Teh, Andrew E Aplin
Treatments for melanoma are of two main types: targeted therapies and immune checkpoint inhibitors. However, both are only effective in a subset of patients and are limited by acquired resistance.  Here, the authors present the preclinical basis to broadly target different forms of therapy-resistant melanoma.
May 16, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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