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Cancer and IDO

Anne Mills, Sara Zadeh, Emily Sloan, Zachary Chinn, Susan C Modesitt, Kari L Ring
Mismatch repair-deficient endometrial carcinomas are optimal candidates for immunotherapy given their high neoantigen loads, robust lymphoid infiltrates, and frequent PD-L1 expression. However, co-opting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway is just one mechanism that tumors can utilize to evade host immunity. Another immune modulatory molecule that has been demonstrated in endometrial carcinoma is indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO). We herein evaluate IDO expression in 60 endometrial carcinomas and assess results in relation to PD-L1 and mismatch repair status...
March 20, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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
Francisco S Barreto, Adriano J M Chaves Filho, Márcia C C R de Araújo, Manoel O de Moraes, Maria E A de Moraes, Michael Maes, David F de Lucena, Danielle S Macedo
Both depression and cancer are related to a dysregulation of inflammatory and immune pathways. Indeed, depression is associated with increased expression of interferon-γ, interleukin-1β, and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α). In contrast, reductions of the activity of major histocompatibility complex protein molecules - class I and class II and natural killer cells are also observed. Similarly, cancers present elevated levels of TNF-α, reduced major histocompatibility complex class I and II, and natural killer cells...
April 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Ying Xue, Han Xiao, Songhe Guo, Banglao Xu, Yuehua Liao, Yixian Wu, Ge Zhang
Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn) is a tumor-associated obligate anaerobic bacterium, which has a role in the progression of colorectal cancer (CRC). Fn can invade and promote colon epithelial cells proliferation. However, how Fn survives and proliferates in its host cells remains largely unknown. In this study, we aimed to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying the morphology, survival, and proliferation of Fn in THP-1-derived macrophages (dTHP1). For the first time, we found that Fn is a facultative intracellular bacterium that can survive and limited proliferate in dTHP1 cells up to 72 h, and a live Fn infection can inhibit apoptosis of dTHP1 cells by activating the PI3K and ERK pathways...
March 2, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Andreas Seeber, Gerald Klinglmair, Josef Fritz, Fabian Steinkohl, Kai-Christian Zimmer, Friedrich Aigner, Wolfgang Horninger, Günther Gastl, Bettina Zelger, Andrea Brunner, Renate Pichler
Nivolumab belongs to the standard therapy in the second-line setting of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Although deep and long-lasting responses are seen in some patients, the majority of patients will further progress. PD-L1 as predictive biomarker is still under critical evaluation. Thus, more accurate biomarkers are clearly warranted. Here, we investigated for the first time the predictive role of IDO-1, a negative immune-regulatory molecule, on clear cell RCC tissues of 15 patients undergoing nivolumab therapy...
March 2, 2018: Cancer Science
Shu-Yu Lin, Teng-Kuang Yeh, Jen-Shin Song, Ming-Shiu Hung, Ming-Fu Cheng, Fang-Yu Liao, An-Shiou Li, Shu-Ying Cheng, Li-Mei Lin, Chun-Hsien Chiu, Mine-Hsine Wu, Yi-Jyun Lin, Wenchi Hsiao, Manwu Sun, Yi-Hsin Wang, Chin-Hsiang Huang, Ya-Chu Tang, Hsin-Huei Chang, Zih-Ting Huang, Yu-Sheng Chao, Chuan Shih, Shiow-Lin Pan, Su-Ying Wu, Ching-Chuan Kuo, Shau-Hua Ueng
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase is a heme-containing enzyme implicated in the down regulation of the anti-tumor immune response, and considered a promising anti-cancer drug target. Several pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Merck, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, are known to be in pursuit of IDO inhibitors, and Incyte recently reported good results in the phase II clinical trial of the IDO inhibitor Epacadostat. In previous work, we developed a series of IDO inhibitors based on a sulfonylhydrazide core structure, and explored how they could serve as potent IDO inhibitors with good drug profiles...
February 12, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Anne M Mills, Lauren C Peres, Alice Meiss, Kari L Ring, Susan C Modesitt, Sarah E Abbott, Anthony J Alberg, Elisa V Bandera, Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Melissa L Bondy, Michele L Cote, Ellen Funkhouser, Patricia G Moorman, Edward S Peters, Ann G Schwartz, Paul D Terry, Kristin Wallace, Joellen M Schildkraut
African American women with high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma have worse outcomes compared with women of European descent. Although the discrepancy is partially attributed to differences in access to care, the tumor immune microenvironment may also contribute. Expression of targetable immune regulatory molecules such as programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) and indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase (IDO) is of particular interest as it may help guide therapy in this population. Using cases from the largest study of African American women with ovarian cancer, the African American Cancer Epidemiology Study, we characterized PD-L1 and IDO expression in 112 high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas...
February 26, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
Assaf Berger, Rotem Tellem, Michal Arad, Uri Hochberg, Tal Gonen, Ido Strauss
Pain is one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients, and particularly in those who suffer from metastatic or terminal disease. There is great importance in delivering good pain management to these patients in order to alleviate their suffering, improve their functional status and their overall quality of life. In most cases, pain management is based on pharmacotherapy with opioids and other medications. However, there are selected patients for whom pharmacotherapy does not achieve acceptable pain relief or is associated with marked side effects...
February 2018: Harefuah
Nevena Gajovic, Milena Jurisevic, Jelena Pantic, Gordana D Radosavljevic, Nebojsa Arsenijevic, Miodrag Lukic, Ivan Jovanovic
Diabetic patients have higher incidence and mortality of cancer. Recent study revealed that hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress is involved in the acceleration of tumor metastasis. We used model of high dose streptozotocin-induced diabetes to investigate its effect on tumor growth and modulation of antitumor immune response of 4T1 murine breast cancer in BALB/c mice. Diabetes accelerated tumor appearance, growth and weight, which was associated with decreased NK cells cytotoxicity against 4T1 tumor cells in vitro...
February 19, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
Qian Ye, Chenglong Wang, Jie Xian, Ming Zhang, Yijia Cao, Youde Cao
Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) are both immunosuppressive proteins. Here, we investigated the relationship between PD-1 and IDO in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and in tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) in breast cancer patients. First, the protein and mRNA expression levels of PD-1 and IDO in 20 frozen tissues were examined using Western blotting and RT-PCR. Second, 151 paraffin-embedded breast samples and 52 lymph node samples were analyzed by immunohistochemistry...
February 12, 2018: Human Pathology
Lilla Hornyák, Nikoletta Dobos, Gábor Koncz, Zsolt Karányi, Dénes Páll, Zoltán Szabó, Gábor Halmos, Lóránt Székvölgyi
Tumors are composed of abnormally transformed cell types and tissues that differ from normal tissues in their genetic and epigenetic makeup, metabolism, and immunology. Molecular compounds that modulate the immune response against neoplasms offer promising new strategies to combat cancer. Inhibitors targeting the indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase 1 enzyme (IDO1) represent one of the most potent therapeutic opportunities to inhibit tumor growth. Herein, we assess the biochemical role of IDO1 in tumor metabolism and immune surveillance, and review current diagnostic and therapeutic approaches that are intended to increase the effectiveness of immunotherapies against highly aggressive and difficult-to-treat IDO-expressing cancers...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Yuying Liu, Jiadi Lv, Jinyan Liu, Xiaoyu Liang, Xun Jin, Jing Xie, Le Zhang, Degao Chen, Roland Fiskesund, Ke Tang, Jingwei Ma, Huafeng Zhang, Wenqian Dong, Siqi Mo, Tianzhen Zhang, Feiran Cheng, Yabo Zhou, Qingzhu Jia, Bo Zhu, Yan Kong, Jun Guo, Haizeng Zhang, Zhuo-Wei Hu, Xuetao Cao, F Xiao-Feng Qin, Bo Huang
Dynamic interaction with the immune system profoundly regulates tumor cell dormancy. However, it is unclear how immunological cues trigger cancer cell-intrinsic signaling pathways for entering into dormancy. Here, we show that IFN-β treatment induced tumor-repopulating cells (TRC) to enter dormancy through an indolamine 2,3-dioxygenase/kynurenine/aryl hydrocarbon receptor/p27-dependent (IDO/Kyn/AhR/p27-dependent) pathway. Strategies to block this metabolic circuitry did not relieve dormancy, but led to apoptosis of dormant TRCs in murine and human melanoma models...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
George C Prendergast, William J Malachowski, Arpita Mondal, Peggy Scherle, Alexander J Muller
The tryptophan catabolic enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase-1 (IDO1) has attracted enormous attention in driving cancer immunosuppression, neovascularization, and metastasis. IDO1 suppresses local CD8+ T effector cells and natural killer cells and induces CD4+ T regulatory cells (iTreg) and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC). The structurally distinct enzyme tryptophan dioxygenase (TDO) also has been implicated recently in immune escape and metastatic progression. Lastly, emerging evidence suggests that the IDO1-related enzyme IDO2 may support IDO1-mediated iTreg and contribute to B-cell inflammed states in certain cancers...
2018: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
George C Prendergast, Arpita Mondal, Souvik Dey, Lisa D Laury-Kleintop, Alexander J Muller
We discuss how small-molecule inhibitors of the tryptophan (Trp) catabolic enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) represent a vanguard of new immunometabolic adjuvants to safely enhance the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy, radiotherapy, or 'immunogenic' chemotherapy by leveraging responses to tumor neoantigens. IDO inhibitors re-program inflammatory processes to help clear tumors by blunting tumor neovascularization and restoring immunosurveillance. Studies of regulatory and effector pathways illuminate IDO as an inflammatory modifier...
January 2018: Trends in Cancer
David K Williams, Jay A Markwalder, Aaron J Balog, Bin Chen, Libing Chen, Jennifer Donnell, Lauren Haque, Amy C Hart, Sunil K Mandal, Andrew Nation, Weifang Shan, Gregory D Vite, Kelly Covello, John T Hunt, Maria N Jure-Kunkel, Steven P Seitz
A novel series of o-phenylenediamine-based inhibitors of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has been identified. IDO is a heme-containing enzyme, overexpressed in the tumor microenvironment of many cancers, which can contribute to the suppression of the host immune system. Synthetic modifications to a previously described diarylether series resulted in an additional degree of molecular diversity which was exploited to afford compounds that demonstrated significant potency in the HeLa human cervical cancer IDO1 assay...
January 11, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Roy Kessous, David Octeau, Kathleen Klein, Patricia N Tonin, Celia M T Greenwood, Manuela Pelmus, Ido Laskov, Liron Kogan, Shannon Salvador, Susie Lau, Amber Yasmeen, Walter H Gotlieb
OBJECTIVE: The expression of homologous recombination (HR) genes in high grade ovarian cancer (HGOC) samples from debulking surgeries were correlated to outcomes in patients selected for chemotherapy treatment regimens. STUDY DESIGN: RNA was extracted from 96 fresh frozen tumor samples from debulking surgeries from chemotherapy naïve patients with HGOC (primary derived surgeries (PDS), n = 55) or following neoadjuvant chemotherapy treatment (NACT), n = 41)...
January 29, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Charité N Ricker, Rachel B Koff, Chenxu Qu, Julie Culver, Duveen Sturgeon, Kerry E Kingham, Katrina Lowstuter, Nicolette M Chun, Courtney Rowe-Teeter, Alexandra Lebensohn, Peter Levonian, Katlyn Partynski, Karlena Lara-Otero, Christine Hong, Iva M Petrovchich, Meredith A Mills, Anne-Renee Hartman, Brian Allen, Uri Ladabaum, Kevin McDonnell, James M Ford, Stephen B Gruber, Allison W Kurian, Gregory E Idos
Research on the communication of genetic test results has focused predominately on non-Hispanic White (NHW) mutation-positive families with high-risk hereditary cancer conditions. Little is known about this process for racially and ethnically diverse individuals or for those with mutations in moderate risk genes. The communication behaviors of study participants who carry a gene mutation were analyzed 3 months after disclosure of genetic test results. Participants were queried about communication of their results, as part of a prospective study of multi-gene panel genetic testing...
January 29, 2018: Translational Behavioral Medicine
Dong-Qun Liu, Shuai Lu, Ling-Xiao Zhang, Mei Ji, Shu-Ying Liu, Shao-Wei Wang, Rui-Tian Liu
Therapeutic vaccine is a promising approach in cancer therapy. But tumor-associated antigen peptides have weak immunogenicity and cancer patients are often characterized by immunosuppression and tolerance, leading to less efficiency of immunotherapy. We here successfully developed indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) siRNA nanoparticle-coated and tyrosinase-related protein 2 (Trp2)-displayed recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae (YCP). YCPs had positive charges with a diameter of approximately 5μm, resulting in selective phagocytosis by APC cells...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Benjamin Solomon, Richard J Young, Danny Rischin
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) comprises a heterogeneous group of tumors that arise from the squamous epithelium of the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx and hypopharynx. While many HNSCCs are related to classical etiologic factors of smoking and alcohol, a clinically, genomically, and immunologically distinct subgroup of tumors arise from the epithelium of the tonsil and the base of tongue as a result of infection with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). In this review we describe the genomic and immunologic landscape of HNSCC, highlighting differences between HPV-positive and HPV-negative HNSCC...
January 30, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Yao Cheng, Zhe Qiao, Chengxue Dang, Bin Zhou, Shaomin Li, Wei Zhang, Jiantao Jiang, Yongchun Song, Jin Zhang, Dongmei Diao
p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling has been implicated in the cancer development and progression. However, the precise mechanism of this association remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between p38 and cancer progression, including investigations into the effects on cell proliferation, resistance to thalidomide, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) expression and prognosis in patients with esophageal cancer. The present retrospective study included patients with stage I-III esophageal cancer...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
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