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Microenvironment lymphoma

Jing-Yu Hu, Dan Yu, Yao-Hui Wu
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the bone is rare and typically causes an extensive bone lesion. The present study describes a case of diffuse large B-cell primary non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the bone, which occurred in the right femur, and was initially treated with surgery and chemotherapy. Following a 7-year period of complete remission, a new, similar lesion was identified in the left femur. With both lesions, there was no accompanying destruction of any other bones or organ involvement. Metastasis of PLB to the contralateral side is extremely rare and, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of this particular presentation in China or worldwide...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jun-Ichi Kawada, Shotaro Ando, Yuka Torii, Takahiro Watanabe, Yoshitaka Sato, Yoshinori Ito, Hiroshi Kimura
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a ubiquitous oncogenic virus that is associated with B cell lymphomas, including Burkitt lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma. Previous studies have shown that the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway is activated in EBV-associated lymphomas and can be a novel therapeutic target. An oral dual inhibitor of PI3Kγ and PI3Kδ, duvelisib, is in clinical trials for the treatment of lymphoid malignancies. In this study, we evaluated how duvelisib affects the activity of the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway and if it has antitumor effects in EBV-associated lymphoma cell lines...
March 9, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Albert T Gacerez, Charles L Sentman
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapy has shown promise against B cell malignancies in the clinic. However, limited success in patients with solid tumors has prompted the development of new CAR strategies. In this study, a B7H6-specific CAR was combined with different variants of T-bet, a transcription factor that acts as the master regulator to induce a Th1 phenotype in CD4+ T cells, to create more effective CAR T cells. Skewing CD4+ CAR T cells into a Th1 improved CAR T cell functional activity while promoting a robust proinflammatory response against B7H6-expressing tumors...
March 7, 2018: Cancer Gene Therapy
Keith E Steele, Tze Heng Tan, René Korn, Karma Dacosta, Charles Brown, Michael Kuziora, Johannes Zimmermann, Brian Laffin, Moritz Widmaier, Lorenz Rognoni, Ruben Cardenes, Katrin Schneider, Anmarie Boutrin, Philip Martin, Jiping Zha, Tobias Wiestler
BACKGROUND: Immuno-oncology and cancer immunotherapies are areas of intense research. The numbers and locations of CD8+ tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are important measures of the immune response to cancer with prognostic, pharmacodynamic, and predictive potential. We describe the development, validation, and application of advanced image analysis methods to characterize multiple immunohistochemistry-derived CD8 parameters in clinical and nonclinical tumor tissues. METHODS: Commercial resection tumors from nine cancer types, and paired screening/on-drug biopsies of non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) patients enrolled in a phase 1/2 clinical trial investigating the PD-L1 antibody therapy durvalumab (NCT01693562), were immunostained for CD8...
March 6, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Bijal Shah, Xiaohong Zhao, Ariosto S Silva, Kenneth H Shain, Jianguo Tao
Ibrutinib resistance, as a result of coordinated rewiring of signaling networks and enforced tumor microenvironment (TME)-lymphoma interactions, drives unrestrained proliferation and disease progression. To combat resistance mechanisms, we must identify the compensatory resistance pathways and the central modulators of reprogramming events. Targeting the transcriptome and kinome reprogramming of lymphoma cells represents a rational approach to mitigate ibrutinib resistance in B cell malignancies. However, with the apparent heterogeneity and plasticity of tumors shown in therapy response, a one size fits all approach may be unattainable...
March 2018: Trends in Cancer
Lara A Aqrawi, Janicke Liaaen Jensen, Gunnvor Øijordsbakken, Ann-Kristin Ruus, Ståle Nygård, Marit Holden, Roland Jonsson, Hilde Kanli Galtung, Kathrine Skarstein
A characteristic feature of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is the destruction of salivary and lacrimal glands mediated by mononuclear cell infiltration. Adipocytes can also occupy a large portion of the salivary gland (SG) tissue area, although little is known about their significance in pSS. We have previously investigated adipose tissue infiltration in SG biopsies from pSS patients and non-SS sicca controls. Our findings indicated the distinct incidence of adipose tissue replacement in pSS patients, where adipocytes were detected in interleukin (IL) 6 rich regions...
March 5, 2018: Autoimmunity
Jodi Chiu, Daniel M Ernst, Armand Keating
An understanding of interactions within the tumor microenvironment (TME) of classic Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) has helped pave the way to novel immunotherapies that have enabled dormant and tumor-tolerant immune cells to be reactivated. The immunosuppressive nature of the TME in cHL specifically inhibits the proliferation and activity of natural killer (NK) cells, which contributes to tumor immune-escape mechanisms. This deficiency of NK cells begins at the tumor site and progresses systemically in patients with advanced disease or adverse prognostic factors...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Anjum B Khan, Ben Carpenter, Pedro Santos E Sousa, Constandina Pospori, Reema Khorshed, James Griffin, Pedro Veliça, Mathias Zech, Sara Ghorashian, Calum Forrest, Sharyn Thomas, Sara Gonzalez Anton, Maryam Ahmadi, Angelika Holler, Barry Flutter, Zaida Ramirez-Ortiz, Terry K Means, Clare L Bennett, Hans Stauss, Emma Morris, Cristina Lo Celso, Ronjon Chakraverty
A key predictor for the success of gene-modified T cell therapies for cancer is the persistence of transferred cells in the patient. The propensity of less differentiated memory T cells to expand and survive efficiently has therefore made them attractive candidates for clinical application. We hypothesized that re-directing T cells to specialized niches in the bone marrow (BM) that support memory differentiation would confer increased therapeutic efficacy. We show that overexpression of chemokine receptor CXCR4 in CD8+ T cells (TCXCR4) enhanced their migration towards vascular-associated CXCL12+ cells in the BM and increased their local engraftment...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Jiyu Guan, Dan Huang, Konstantin Yakimchuk, Sam Okret
Acquired resistance to cancer drugs is common, also for modern targeted drugs like the Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor ibrutinib, a new drug approved for the treatment of the highly aggressive and relapsing mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). The tumor microenvironment often impacts negatively on drug response. Here we demonstrate that stromal cells protect MCL cells from ibrutinib-induced apoptosis and support MCL cell regrowth after drug removal by impairing ibrutinib-mediated down-regulation of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT signaling...
February 26, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Sarah Huet, Bruno Tesson, Jean-Philippe Jais, Andrew L Feldman, Laura Magnano, Emilie Thomas, Alexandra Traverse-Glehen, Benoit Albaud, Marjorie Carrère, Luc Xerri, Stephen M Ansell, Lucile Baseggio, Cécile Reyes, Karin Tarte, Sandrine Boyault, Corinne Haioun, Brian K Link, Pierre Feugier, Armando Lopez-Guillermo, Hervé Tilly, Pauline Brice, Sandrine Hayette, Fabrice Jardin, Fritz Offner, Pierre Sujobert, David Gentien, Alain Viari, Elias Campo, James R Cerhan, Gilles Salles
BACKGROUND: Patients with follicular lymphoma have heterogeneous outcomes. Predictor models to distinguish, at diagnosis, between patients at high and low risk of progression are needed. The objective of this study was to use gene-expression profiling data to build and validate a predictive model of outcome for patients treated in the rituximab era. METHODS: A training set of fresh-frozen tumour biopsies was prospectively obtained from 160 untreated patients with high-tumour-burden follicular lymphoma enrolled in the phase 3 randomised PRIMA trial, in which rituximab maintenance was evaluated after rituximab plus chemotherapy induction (median follow-up 6·6 years [IQR 6·0-7·0])...
February 20, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Jade K Pollock, Lisa M Greene, Seema M Nathwani, Paula Kinsella, Niamh M O'Boyle, Mary J Meegan, Daniela M Zisterer
Purpose The combretastatins (CAs) are known to exhibit anti-tumour activity but the underlying mechanism remains to be fully elucidated. Inflammation plays a critical role in altering the function of cancer cells and evasion of cell death and increased proliferation are characteristics of transformed malignancies. Many of the proteins involved in these pathways are regulated by the transcription factor NF-κB which can be activated by tumour necrosis factor (TNF-α), a pro-inflammatory cytokine released by both malignant and immune cells within the tumour microenvironment...
February 19, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
Simar Pal Singh, Floris Dammeijer, Rudi W Hendriks
Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a non-receptor kinase that plays a crucial role in oncogenic signaling that is critical for proliferation and survival of leukemic cells in many B cell malignancies. BTK was initially shown to be defective in the primary immunodeficiency X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) and is essential both for B cell development and function of mature B cells. Shortly after its discovery, BTK was placed in the signal transduction pathway downstream of the B cell antigen receptor (BCR). More recently, small-molecule inhibitors of this kinase have shown excellent anti-tumor activity, first in animal models and subsequently in clinical studies...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
Brian K Link
Follicular lymphoma is a clinical disease with a multitude of presentations and behaviors. Although infrequent, transformation of follicular lymphoma to a more aggressive behaving subtype - prototypically diffuse large B-cell lymphoma - confers a substantially adverse prognosis. There is no consensus for optimal management after transformation is recognized. Historically considered a distinct clinical event, this review highlights the multiple subclinical transformational events that either variably or cumulatively result in clinical recognition of transformed follicular lymphoma...
March 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Tracy Lackraj, Rashmi Goswami, Robert Kridel
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is presented as a germinal centre B cell lymphoma that is characterized by an indolent clinical course, but remains - paradoxically - largely incurable to date. The last years have seen significant progress in our understanding of FL lymphomagenesis, which is a multi-step process beginning in the bone marrow with the hallmark t(14;18)(q32;q21) translocation. The pathobiology of FL is complex and combines broad somatic changes at the level of both the genome and the epigenome, the latter evidenced by highly recurrent mutations in chromatin-modifying genes such as KMT2D and CREBBP...
March 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Gustav Arvidsson, Johan Henriksson, Birgitta Sander, Anthony P Wright
A subset of hematological cancer patients is refractory to treatment or suffers relapse, due in part to minimal residual disease, whereby some cancer cells survive treatment. Cell-adhesion mediated drug resistance is an important mechanism, whereby cancer cells receive survival signals via interaction with e.g. stromal cells. No genome-wide studies of in vitro systems have yet been performed to compare gene expression in different cell subsets within a co-culture and cells grown separately. Using RNA sequencing and species-specific read mapping, we compared transcript levels in human Jeko-1 mantle cell lymphoma cells stably adhered to mouse MS-5 stromal cells or in suspension within a co-culture or cultured separately as well as in stromal cells in co-culture or in separate culture...
February 15, 2018: Haematologica
Xiaohui Mo, Fang Wei, Yin Tong, Ling Ding, Qing Zhu, Shujuan Du, Fei Tan, Caixia Zhu, Yuyan Wang, Qian Yu, Yeqiang Liu, Erle S Robertson, Zhenghong Yuan, Qiliang Cai
High plasma lactate is associated with poor prognosis of many malignancies, but its role in virally mediated cancer progression and underlying molecular mechanisms are unclear. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the first human oncogenic virus, causes several cancers, including B cell lymphoma. Here, we report that lactate dehydrogenase (LDH-A) expression and lactate production are elevated in EBV-immortalized B lymphoblastic cells, and lactic acid (LA, acidic lactate) at low concentration triggers EBV-infected B cell adhesion, morphological changes, and proliferation in vitro and in vivo Moreover, LA-induced responses of EBV-infected B cells uniquely occurs in viral latency type III and it is dramatically associated with the inhibition of global viral microRNAs, particularly the miR-BHRF1 cluster, and the high expression of SMAD3 , JUN , and COL1A genes...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Muhammad Ikram, Yeseon Lim, Sun-Yong Baek, Songwan Jin, Young Hun Jeong, Jong-Young Kwak, Sik Yoon
Lymphoma is a heterogeneous disease with a highly variable clinical course and prognosis. Improving the prognosis for patients with relapsed and treatment-resistant lymphoma remains challenging. Current in vitro drug testing models based on 2D cell culture lack natural tissue-like structural organization and result in disappointing clinical outcomes. The development of efficient drug testing models using 3D cell culture that more accurately reflects in vivo behaviors is vital. Our aim was to establish an in vitro 3D lymphoma model that can imitate the in vivo 3D lymphoma microenvironment...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Suhani Thakker, Roxanne C Strahan, Alexandra N Scurry, Timsy Uppal, Subhash C Verma
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a highly-vascularized tumor characterized by inflammation and extensive neo-angiogenesis. The KS tumor microenvironment is rich in inflammatory and pro-angiogenic cytokines. Here, we report that the expression of Epidermal growth factor-like domain 7 (EGFL7) is upregulated in Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV) infected cells. EGFL7 is a secreted pro-angiogenic cytokine that has been implicated in angiogenesis and the proliferation of endothelial cells during many pathological conditions...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Marco Pizzi, Elizabeth Margolskee, Giorgio Inghirami
Peripheral T cell lymphomas (PTCLs) are highly heterogeneous tumors, displaying distinct clinical and biological features. The pathogenesis and normal counterpart of such entities have been elusive for decades. Recent studies have, however, disclosed key mechanisms of peripheral T cell transformation, including (a) the deregulation of signaling pathways controlling T cell development, differentiation, and maturation; (b) the remodeling of the peritumor microenvironment; and (c) the virus-mediated rewiring of T cell biology...
January 24, 2018: Annual Review of Pathology
Thais Bascuas, María Moreno, Sofía Grille, José A Chabalgoity
We have previously shown that Salmonella immunotherapy is effective to treat B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) in mice. However, this model involves animals with high tumor burden, whereas in the clinics B-NHL patients are usually treated with chemotherapy (CHOP: cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) as first-line therapy prior to immunotherapy. Recently, we have described a NHL-B preclinical model using CHOP chemotherapy to achieve MRD in immunocompetent animals that closely resemble patients' conditions...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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