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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
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
Edwin Roger Parra, Pamela Villalobos, Jiexin Zhang, Carmen Behrens, Barbara Mino, Stephen Swisher, Boris Sepesi, Annika Weissferdt, Neda Kalhor, John Victor Heymach, Cesar Moran, Jianjun Zhang, Jack Lee, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, Don Gibbons, Ignacio Ivan Wistuba
BACKGROUND: The understanding of immune checkpoint molecules' co-expression in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is important to potentially design combinatorial immunotherapy approaches. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 225 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor tissues from stage I-III NSCLCs-142 adenocarcinomas (ADCs) and 83 squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs)-placed in tissue microarrays. Nine immune checkpoint markers were evaluated; 4 (PD-L1, B7-H3, B7-H4, and IDO-1) expressed predominantly in malignant cells (MCs) and 5 (ICOS, VISTA, TIM3, LAG3, and OX40) expressed mostly in stromal tumor-associated inflammatory cells (TAICs)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
L-L Yang, L Wu, G-T Yu, W-F Zhang, B Liu, Z-J Sun
Targeted therapy using monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) has emerged as a widely used form of immunotherapy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Membrane-associated glycoprotein CD317 has been preferentially overexpressed by multiple myeloma cells, and its humanized mAb has been previously used in clinical trials. However, overexpression of CD317 in HNSCC and its correlation with tumor immunity is still uncertain. Here, the immunoreactivity of CD317 was detected in human HNSCC tissue microarrays, which contained 43 oral mucosa samples, 48 dysplasia samples, and 165 primary HNSCC...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
Vinod Varki, Olga B Ioffe, Soren M Bentzen, Jon Heath, Ashley Cellini, Josephine Feliciano, Dan P Zandberg
BACKGROUND: To characterize the expression of co-signaling molecules PD-L1, PD-1, and B7-H3 in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) by immune status. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 66 cases of cSCC treated with surgical resection from 2012 to 2015. Immunostained tumor sections were analyzed for percent of tumor cells expressing PD-L1 (Tum-PD-L1%), B7-H3 (Tum-B7-H3%), density of peri and intratumoral CD8 T cells (CD8 density), proportion of CD8 T cells expressing PD-1 (CD8-PD-1%) and of tumor-infiltrating immune cells (TII) expressing PD-L1 (TII-PD-L1%)...
February 27, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Xuedong Wei, Kai Li, Guangbo Zhang, Yuhua Huang, Jinxing Lv, Miao Li, Lun Zhao, Caibin Fan, Jinxian Pu, Jianquan Hou, Hexing Yuan
Objective: We found seminal B7-H3 was associated with human sperm concentration. However, the mechanism is unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression of B7-H3 in mouse testis and determine the effects of B7-H3 on the proliferation of mouse spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) and the underlying mechanisms. Methods: B7-H3 expression in the testis of mice at different ages (3 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months and 9 months) was detected by western blot and immunohistochemistry...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Benjamin B Kasten, Abhishek Gangrade, Harrison Kim, Jinda Fan, Soldano Ferrone, Cristina R Ferrone, Kurt R Zinn, Donald J Buchsbaum
INTRODUCTION: We recently validated monoclonal antibody (mAb) 376.96 as an effective carrier for targeted α-particle radioimmunotherapy (RIT) with 212Pb in ovarian cancer mouse models. In this study, we tested the binding of radiolabeled mAb 376.96 to human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cells and localization in xenografts in immune-deficient mice and evaluated 212Pb-labeled 376.96 (212Pb-376.96) for PDAC therapy. METHODS: In vitro Scatchard assays assessed the specific binding of 212Pb-376...
December 24, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
Fenghuang Xu, Junzhu Yi, Feifei Wang, Weiwei Wang, Zhuoya Wang, Jiangnan Xue, Xiying Luan
Previous studies have demonstrated that B7-H3, and the inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-17, IL-8 and IL-6, are involved in the development of a variety of tumors. The objectives of the present study were: i) To investigate the association between soluble B7-H3 (sB7-H3) and cytokine levels of IL-17, IL-8 and IL-6 in the serum of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); and ii) to determine their potential value for use in HCC diagnosis. Serum sB7-H3, IL-17, IL-8 and IL-6 levels in the HCC patients and healthy control subjects were measured using ELISA...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
Fang Cong, Haitao Yu, Xiuhua Gao
This study aimed to investigate the correlation between the expression of CD24 and B7-H3 in breast cancer tissues and the clinical significance. Expression of CD24 and B7-H3 in breast cancer and adjacent tissues were detected by immunohistochemistry. Quantitative PCR was used to detect the expression of CD24 and B7-H3 mRNA in breast cancer and adjacent tissues. The expression of CD24 and B7-H3 protein in breast cancer and adjacent tissues was detected by immunoblotting. The correlation between the expression levels of the two proteins was analyzed and the relationship between the expression of two proteins and the 5-year survival of breast cancer patients was investigated...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
Gen Li, Yanchun Quan, Fengyuan Che, Lijuan Wang
B7-H3 is a type I transmembrane co-stimulatory molecule of the B7 family. B7-H3 mRNA is widely distributed in most tissues; however, B7-H3 protein is not constitutively expressed. Few molecules have been shown to mediate the regulation of B7-H3 expression, and their regulatory mechanisms remain unexplored. Recently, TREM-like transcript 2 (TLT-2) has been identified as a potential receptor of B7-H3. However, TLT-2 may not be the only receptor of B7-H3, as B7-H3 has many contradictory roles. As a co-stimulatory molecule, B7-H3 increases the proliferation of both CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells and enhances cytotoxic T-cell activity...
January 3, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Xinmeng Qi, Bo Jia, Xue Zhao, Dan Yu
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has been found to be a complex group of malignancies characterized by their profound immunosuppression and high aggressiveness. In most cases of advanced HNSCC, treatment fails to obtain total cancer cure. Efforts are needed to develop new therapeutic approaches to improve HNSCC outcomes. In this light, T-cells "immune checkpoint" has attracted much attention in cancer immunotherapy. It has been broadly accepted that inhibitory T-cell immune checkpoints contribute to tumor immune escape through negative immune regulatory signals (cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 [CTLA-4], programmed cell death 1 [PD-1], B7-H3, and B7-H4, etc)...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
Xianyun Zhang, Chuntao Fang, Guangbo Zhang, Fujin Jiang, Lei Wang, Jianquan Hou
Increasing evidence suggests B7-H3 is aberrantly expressed in various cancers, though its prognostic significance in solid tumors remains controversial. We therefore performed a meta-analysis to clarify the prognostic value of B7-H3 expression in human solid tumors. The PubMed and Embase databases were searched, and 28 studies involving 4623 patients were ultimately included in the analysis. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were utilized as effect estimates to evaluate the association between B7-H3 expression and overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS)...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
Xianyun Zhang, Jindong Ji, Guangbo Zhang, Chuntao Fang, Fujin Jiang, Song Ma, Jianquan Hou
Tumor angiogenesis is required for tumor growth and metastasis, and the Ang/Tie-2 axis plays a pivotal role in angiogenesis. B7-H3, a new member of the B7 family of costimulatory molecules, has a critical function in the T-cell-mediated antitumor immune response, and abnormal tumor B7-H3 expression is frequently associated with a poor prognosis. However, the relationship between B7-H3 and angiogenesis in clear cell renal carcinoma (ccRCC) remains unclear. In this study, we used immunohistochemical methods to detect tumor vascular expression of B7-H3 and Tie-2 in tissue microarrays of 82 ccRCC patient samples...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
Yu-Chen Tang, Yan Zhang, Jin Zhou, Qiaoming Zhi, Meng-Yao Wu, Fei-Ran Gong, Meng Shen, Lu Liu, Min Tao, Bairong Shen, Dong-Mei Gu, Jie Yu, Meng-Dan Xu, Yuan Gao, Wei Li
Anti-angiogenic therapy has been successfully applied to treat colorectal cancer (CRC). Ginsenoside Rg3, derived from the Chinese herb ginseng, has anti-vascularization effects and can inhibit tumor growth and metastasis, and can sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated whether Rg3 could be appropriate for CRC treatment. Growth of CRC cells was assessed by an MTT (methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium) assay in vitro and using orthotopic xenograft models in vivo. mRNA expression was evaluated using real-time PCR...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
Yong Mao, Lujun Chen, Fengming Wang, Dawei Zhu, Xiaosong Ge, Dong Hua, Jing Sun
Co-stimulatory molecule B7 homolog 3 protein (B7-H3) has been described as an important tumor antigen in various human tumors. The exact role of B7-H3 in tumor progression and its receptor are still ambiguous. The phenotype and the function of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in human solid tumors are complicated and could contribute to the shaping of the tumor microenvironment. In the present study, B7-H3 expression and lymphocyte infiltration were investigated by immunohistochemistry in 117 colorectal carcinoma (CRC) patients...
November 2017: Oncology Letters
Yecheng Li, Xiaodong Yang, Yong Wu, Kui Zhao, Zhenyu Ye, Junjia Zhu, Xiaohui Xu, Xin Zhao, Chungen Xing
B7-H3 (B7 homologue 3, CD276) is a member of the B7 immunoregulatory family and promotes tumor progression. The present study demonstrated that B7-H3 promotes gastric cancer cell migration and invasion. shRNA-mediated B7-H3 silencing in the N87 gastric cancer cell line suppressed cell migration and invasion in vitro and in vivo; downregulated metastasis-associated CXCR4; and inhibited AKT, ERK, and Jak2/Stat3 phosphorylation. B7-H3-silenced cells injected into the tail veins of 4-week-old female BALB/c nude mice produced fewer metastases than control cells, and resulted in longer survival times...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
Fabrizio Marcucci, Cristiano Rumio, Angelo Corti
Inhibitory or stimulatory immune checkpoint molecules are expressed on a sizeable fraction of tumor cells in different tumor types. It was thought that the main function of tumor cell-associated immune checkpoint molecules would be the modulation (down- or upregulation) of antitumor immune responses. In recent years, however, it has become clear that the expression of immune checkpoint molecules on tumor cells has important consequences on the biology of the tumor cells themselves. In particular, a causal relationship between the expression of these molecules and the acquisition of malignant traits has been demonstrated...
October 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Samantha Burugu, Amanda R Dancsok, Torsten O Nielsen
The first generation of immune checkpoint inhibitors (anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1/PD-L1) targeted natural immune homeostasis pathways, co-opted by cancers, to drive anti-tumor immune responses. These agents led to unprecedented results in patients with previously incurable metastatic disease and may become first-line therapies for some advanced cancers. However, these agents are efficacious in only a minority of patients. Newer strategies are becoming available that target additional immunomodulatory mechanisms to activate patients' own anti-tumor immune responses...
October 5, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Wei-Qiang Tan, Gang Chen, Ming Ye, Bing Jia
BACKGROUND Artemether, originally used for malaria, exhibits potential therapeutic efficacy against several types of cancer, including gastric cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, and gliomas. In this study, we investigated the role and mechanism of artemether on drug resistance of neuroblastoma cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS Cell viability and proliferation were determined by CCK-8 and EdU incorporation assay, respectively. Gene expression was measured by real-time PCR and Western blot analysis. RESULTS Our results revealed that artemether treatment remarkably inhibited the proliferation of neuroblastoma cell lines SH-SY5Y, SK-N-SH, and SK-N-BE2...
September 3, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
María Delso-Vallejo, Jutta Kollet, Ulrike Koehl, Volker Huppert
Clinical studies with adoptive immunotherapy using allogeneic natural killer (NK) cells showed feasibility, but also limitation regarding the transfused absolute cell numbers. First promising results with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) as feeder cells to improve the final cell number need further optimization and investigation of the unknown controlling mechanism in the cross-talk to NK cells. We investigated the influence of irradiated autologous PBMCs to boost NK cell proliferation in the presence of OKT3 and IL-2...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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