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Anti-tumor T cell response

Mark Owyong, Gizem Efe, Michael Owyong, Aamna J Abbasi, Vaishnavi Sitarama, Vicki Plaks
There is a growing list of cancer immunotherapeutics approved for use in a population with an increasing number of aged individuals. Cancer immunotherapy (CIT) mediates tumor destruction by activating anti-tumor immune responses that have been silenced through the oncogenic process. However, in an aging individual, immune deregulation is positively correlated with age. In this context, it is vital to examine the age-related changes in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and specifically, those directly affecting critical players to ensure CIT efficacy...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, Aixa E Soyano, Keith L Knutson, Saranya Chumsri, Yanyan Lou
Immune checkpoints consist of inhibitory and stimulatory pathways that maintain self-tolerance and assist with immune response. In cancer, immune checkpoint pathways are often activated to inhibit the nascent anti-tumor immune response. Immune checkpoint therapies act by blocking or stimulating these pathways and enhance the body's immunological activity against tumors. Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated molecule-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand-1(PD-L1) are the most widely studied and recognized inhibitory checkpoint pathways...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Amanda Przespolewski, Andras Szeles, Eunice S Wang
Evasion of the host immune system is a key mechanism to promote malignant progression. Therapeutically targeting immune pathways has radically changed the treatment paradigm for solid and lymphoid tumors but has yet to be approved for myeloid malignancies. Here, we summarize the most recent advances in immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Topics reviewed here include adoptive cellular approaches (chimeric antigen receptor-T cells, natural killer and other immune cells), checkpoint inhibitors (anti-PD-1/PD-L1, anti-CTLA-4 and TIM-3) and vaccines (WT-1, HLA-A2 and hTERT)...
March 15, 2018: Future Oncology
Ken Sasaki, Yasuto Uchikado, Itaru Omoto, Masahiko Amatatsu, Koichi Megumi, Hiroshi Okumura, Kosei Maemura, Shoji Natsugoe
Standard treatment strategies have not yet been established for primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus (PMME), and far much less for recurrent disease. There are no reports of anti-programmed death-1 antibody treatment of recurrent PMME. A 60-year-old Japanese man was diagnosed with a primary malignant melanoma in the lower esophagus. The patient underwent mediastinoscope-assisted subtotal esophagectomy, and two nodal involvements were detected in the lymph nodes (LN)s along the left gastric artery. Paclitaxel and oral fluoropyrimidine were administered for 2 months as adjuvant treatment based on results of a histoculture drug response assay...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Ming Ma, Xingxiao Yang, Lianmei Zhao, Xuexiao Wang, Lihua Liu, Wenjing Jiao, Yuanyuan Wei, Baoen Shan
Celecoxib is a newly-identified nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which has been used to treat fever in clinical practice. Celecoxib has been demonstrated to suppress the viability of various human tumor cells. However, the effect of celecoxib on response of T-cell lymphoma to chemotherapy agents remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of celecoxib on chemosensitivity of human T-cell lymphoma, and to address the underlying mechanism of action. The cytotoxicity of CDDP, epirubicin and VCR on Jurkat and Hut-78 cells treated with celecoxib was assessed by MTT assay, and the half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50 ) value was calculated by Origin 75 software...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Xuyao Zhang, Wei Chen, Jiajun Fan, Shaofei Wang, Zongshu Xian, Jingyun Luan, Yubin Li, Yichen Wang, Yanyang Nan, Man Luo, Song Li, Wenzhi Tian, Dianwen Ju
CD47-targeting immune checkpoint inhibitors have been investigated for immunotherapy of several cancers, glioblastoma, one of the most common tumors in brain, was still a challenge for CD47-targeting therapy. Herein, we reported novel strategies for glioblastoma therapy via blocking CD47-SIRPα by SIRPα-Fc alone or in combination with autophagy inhibition. Our results showed that SIRPα-Fc increased macrophages-triggered cytotoxicity and phagocytosis of glioblastoma cells then elicited potent anti-tumor efficacy...
March 10, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Carole Sourbier, Pei-Jyun Liao, Christopher J Ricketts, Darmood Wei, Youfeng Yang, Sarah M Baranes, Benjamin K Gibbs, Lernik Ohanjanian, L Spencer Krane, Bradley T Scroggins, J Keith Killian, Ming-Hui Wei, Toshiki Kijima, Paul S Meltzer, Deborah E Citrin, Len Neckers, Cathy D Vocke, W Marston Linehan
Papillary renal cell carcinomas (PRCC) are a histologically and genetically heterogeneous group of tumors that represent 15-20% of all kidney neoplasms and may require diverse therapeutic approaches. Alteration of the NF2 tumor suppressor gene, encoding a key regulator of the Hippo signaling pathway, is observed in 22.5% of PRCC. The Hippo signaling pathway controls cell proliferation by regulating the transcriptional activity of Yes-Associated Protein, YAP1. Loss of NF2 results in aberrant YAP1 activation...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Laura Aragoneses-Fenoll, Gloria Ojeda, María Montes-Casado, Yeny Acosta-Ampudia, Umberto Dianzani, Pilar Portolés, José M Rojo
Class IA phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) catalytic subunits p110α and p110δ are targets in cancer therapy expressed at high levels in T lymphocytes. The role of p110δ PI3K in normal or pathological immune responses is well established, yet the importance of p110α subunits in T cell-dependent immune responses is not clear. To address this problem, mice with p110α conditionally deleted in CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes (p110α-/- ΔT) were used. p110α-/- ΔT mice show normal development of T cell subsets, but slightly reduced numbers of CD4+ T cells in the spleen...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Xuanwei Zhang, Gabriele Niedermann
PURPOSE: Hypofractionated radiation therapy (hRT) combined with immune checkpoint blockade can induce T-cell-mediated local and abscopal antitumor effects. We had previously observed peak levels of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) between days 5 and 8 after hRT. Because TILs are regarded as radiosensitive, hRT schedules extending into this period might be less immunogenic, prompting us to compare clinically relevant, short and extended schedules with equivalent biologically effective doses combined with anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD1) antibody treatment...
February 3, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Ellen Wargowski, Laura E Johnson, Jens C Eickhoff, Lauren Delmastro, Mary Jane Staab, Glenn Liu, Douglas G McNeel
BACKGROUND: Prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) is a prostate tumor antigen, and the target of the only FDA-approved anti-tumor vaccine, sipuleucel-T. We have previously reported in two clinical trials that a DNA vaccine encoding PAP (pTVG-HP) could elicit PAP-specific, Th1-biased T cells in patients with PSA-recurrent prostate cancer. In the current pilot trial we sought to evaluate whether this vaccine could augment PAP-specific immunity when used as a booster to immunization with sipuleucel-T in patients with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)...
March 13, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Theresa L Whiteside
Regulatory T cells (Treg) characterized by expression of FOXP3 and strong immunosuppressive activity play a key role in regulating homeostasis in health and disease. Areas covered: Human Treg are highly diverse phenotypically and functionally. In the tumor microenvironment (TME), Treg are reprogrammed by the tumor, acquiring an activated phenotype and enhanced suppressor functions. No unique phenotypic markers for Treg accumulating in human tumors exist. Treg are heterogeneous and use numerous mechanisms to mediate suppression, which either silences anti-tumor immune surveillance or prevents tissue damage by activated T cells...
March 13, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Wensheng Zhang, Wanzhuo He, Xiaodong Shi, Xiao Li, Yuanyuan Wang, Minghua Hu, Fangli Ma, Ning Tao, Guiqin Wang, Zhihai Qin
Despite decades of research, malignant tumors are extremely difficult to eliminate with conventional methods. Although surgical resection potentially eradicates the problem, only a few cases are suitable for operation, and other approaches often involve harmful consequences. Revolutionary methods are desperately needed to improve patient outcomes and diminish harmful side effects. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), downregulators of the innate and adaptive immune systems, have been widely studied over the past 2 decades...
March 13, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Franz L Ricklefs, Quazim Alayo, Harald Krenzlin, Ahmad B Mahmoud, Maria C Speranza, Hiroshi Nakashima, Josie L Hayes, Kyungheon Lee, Leonora Balaj, Carmela Passaro, Arun K Rooj, Susanne Krasemann, Bob S Carter, Clark C Chen, Tyler Steed, Jeffrey Treiber, Scott Rodig, Katherine Yang, Ichiro Nakano, Hakho Lee, Ralph Weissleder, Xandra O Breakefield, Jakub Godlewski, Manfred Westphal, Katrin Lamszus, Gordon J Freeman, Agnieszka Bronisz, Sean E Lawler, E Antonio Chiocca
Binding of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) to programmed cell death protein-1 (PD1) leads to cancer immune evasion via inhibition of T cell function. One of the defining characteristics of glioblastoma, a universally fatal brain cancer, is its profound local and systemic immunosuppression. Glioblastoma has also been shown to generate extracellular vesicles (EVs), which may play an important role in tumor progression. We thus hypothesized that glioblastoma EVs may be important mediators of immunosuppression and that PD-L1 could play a role...
March 2018: Science Advances
Kimio Yonesaka, Koji Haratani, Shiki Takamura, Hitomi Sakai, Ryoji Kato, Naoki Takegawa, Takayuki Takahama, Kaoru Tanaka, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Masayuki Takeda, Shigeki Kato, Osamu Maenishi, Kazuko Sakai, Yasutaka Chiba, Takafumi Okabe, Keita Kudo, Yoshikazu Hasegawa, Hiroyasu Kaneda, Michiko Yamato, Kenji Hirotani, Masaaki Miyazawa, Kazuto Nishio, Kazuhiko Nakagawa
PURPOSE: Anti-programmed-death-1 (PD-1) immunotherapy improves survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but some cases are refractory to treatment, thereby requiring alternative strategies. B7-H3, an immune-checkpoint molecule, is expressed in various malignancies. To our knowledge, this study is the first to evaluate B7-H3 expression in NSCLCs treated with anti-PD-1 therapy and the therapeutic potential of a combination of anti-PD-1 therapy and B7-H3 targeting. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: B7-H3 expression was evaluated immunohistochemically in patients with NSCLC (n = 82), and its relationship with responsiveness to anti-PD-1 therapy and CD8+ tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) was analyzed...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Ornella Franzese, Fiorenzo Battaini, Grazia Graziani, Lucio Tentori, Maria Luisa Barbaccia, Angelo Aquino, Mario Roselli, Maria Pia Fuggetta, Enzo Bonmassar, Francesco Torino
In recent years, immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICpI) have provided the ground to bring tumor immunity back to life thanks to their capacity to afford a real clinical benefit in terms of patient's survival. Essential to ICpI success is the presence of tumor-associated neoantigens generated by non-synonymous mutations, since a direct relationship between mutation load of malignant cells and susceptibility to ICpI has been confidently established. However, it has been also suggested that high intratumor heterogeneity (ITH) associated with subclonal neoantigens could not elicit adequate immune responses...
March 9, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Mário R Martins, Rogério L D Santos, Kleber D N Jatahy, Marina C D Matta, Thales P Batista, José Iran C Júnior, Maria D F S Begnami, Leuridan C Torres
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: OX40, a membrane-bound molecule of the tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor superfamily, is a critical costimulatory receptor during the immune response, especially to T cells, but studies described their presence of OX-40 on neutrophils and monocytes, suggesting a potential role in the activation of immune response. Our aim was to characterize costimulatory receptors OX40 expression on circulating leukocytes in gastric cancer to identify novel targets for immunotherapy...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Christian S Hinrichs
As oncogenes drive carcinogenesis and promote cancer cell survival, they are highly attractive therapeutic targets, and oncogene-targeting small molecules have achieved some clinical success. While many oncogenes are presently considered to be "druggable," tumors often acquire treatment resistance, and patients are rarely cured in response to oncogene-specific treatment. In this issue of the JCI, Veatch and colleagues describe a patient with metastatic acral melanoma who experienced a complete tumor response following infusion of tumor-infiltrating T cells that targeted multiple tumor antigens, including a BRAFV600E driver mutation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Gregory E Miller, Edith Chen, Madeleine U Shalowitz, Rachel E Story, Adam K K Leigh, Paula Ham, Jesusa M G Arevalo, Steve W Cole
AIM: There are marked socioeconomic disparities in pediatric asthma control, but the molecular origins of these disparities are not well understood. To fill this gap, we performed genome-wide expression profiling of monocytes and T-helper cells from pediatric asthma patients of lower and higher socioeconomic status (SES). METHOD: Ninety-nine children with asthma participated in a cross-sectional assessment. Out of which 87% were atopic, and most had disease of mild (54%) or moderate (29%) severity...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Mariana Terra, Marine Oberkampf, Catherine Fayolle, Pierre Rosenbaum, Camille Guillerey, Gilles Dadaglio, Claude Leclerc
A growing number of observations has suggested that plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) play a critical role in tumor biology. In patients, infiltration of tumors by pDC generally correlates with a poor prognosis, suggesting that pDC may play an important role in the host-tumor relationship. Here we analyze the influence of pDC in solid tumor development using two different tumor models: TC-1 and B16-OVA. Phenotypic and functional gene profiling analysis of tumor-associated pDC showed that the tumor microenvironment affected their activation status and ability to produce cytokines and chemokines...
March 9, 2018: Cancer Research
Danyang Shen, Xiaoming Yu, Yan Wu, Yuanlei Chen, Gonghui Li, Feng Cheng, Liqun Xia
Retinoic acid X receptors play key roles in tumor cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and angiogenesis via transcriptional regulation. Bexarotene is a specific RXRs agonist which has been granted by FDA approval for the clinical treatment of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL). Its cancer prevention and treatment potentials in various tumors have been under investigation over the past decade. Areas covered: This review summarizes the efficacy and underlying mechanisms of bexarotene for the treatment of multiple cancers based on the launched clinical trials as well as the basic studies...
March 9, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
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