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glioblastoma immunotherapy

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
Darya Alizadeh, Ethan E White, Teresa C Sanchez, Shunan Liu, Leying Zhang, Behnam Badie, Jacob M Berlin
Even when treated with aggressive current therapies, patients with glioblastoma usually survive less than two years and exhibit a high rate of recurrence. CpG is an oligonucleotide that activates the innate immune system via TLR9 activation. Injection of CpG into glioblastoma tumors showed promise as an immunotherapy in mouse models but proved disappointing in human trials. One aspect of glioma that is not addressed by CpG therapy alone is the highly invasive nature of glioma cells, which is associated with resistance to radiation and chemotherapy...
March 10, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Vishal Jindal
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common primary malignant cancer of brain, which is extremely aggressive and carries a dreadful prognosis. Current treatment protocol runs around radiotherapy, surgical resection, and temozolomide with median overall survival of around 12-15 months. Due to its heterogeneity and mutational load, immunotherapy with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy can be a promising treatment option for recurrent glioblastoma. Initial phase 1 studies have shown that this therapy is safe without dose-limiting side effects and it also has a better clinical outcome...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Niamh Coleman, Malaka Ameratunga, Juanita Lopez
Over the past decade, precision cancer medicine has driven major advances in the management of advanced solid tumours with the identification and targeting of putative driver aberrations transforming the clinical outcomes across multiple cancer types. Despite pivotal advances in the characterization of genomic landscape of glioblastoma, targeted agents have shown minimal efficacy in clinical trials to date, and patient survival remains poor. Immunotherapy strategies similarly have had limited success. Multiple deficiencies still exist in our knowledge of this complex disease, and further research is urgently required to overcome these critical issues...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Oncology
Alexei F Kirkin, Karine N Dzhandzhugazyan, Per Guldberg, Johnny Jon Fang, Rikke S Andersen, Christina Dahl, Jann Mortensen, Tim Lundby, Aase Wagner, Ian Law, Helle Broholm, Line Madsen, Christer Lundell-Ek, Morten F Gjerstorff, Henrik J Ditzel, Martin R Jensen, Walter Fischer
In cancer cells, cancer/testis (CT) antigens become epigenetically derepressed through DNA demethylation and constitute attractive targets for cancer immunotherapy. Here we report that activated CD4+ T helper cells treated with a DNA-demethylating agent express a broad repertoire of endogenous CT antigens and can be used as antigen-presenting cells to generate autologous cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and natural killer cells. In vitro, activated CTLs induce HLA-restricted lysis of tumor cells of different histological types, as well as cells expressing single CT antigens...
March 6, 2018: Nature Communications
Katarzyna C Pituch, Jason Miska, Giedre Krenciute, Wojciech K Panek, Gina Li, Tania Rodriguez-Cruz, Meijing Wu, Yu Han, Maciej S Lesniak, Stephen Gottschalk, Irina V Balyasnikova
In order to fully harness the potential of immunotherapy with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T cells, pre-clinical studies must be conducted in immunocompetent animal models that closely mimic the immunosuppressive malignant glioma (MG) microenvironment. Thus, the goal of this project was to study the in vivo fate of T cells expressing CARs specific for the MG antigen IL13Rα2 (IL13Rα2-CARs) in immunocompetent MG models. Murine T cells expressing IL13Rα2-CARs with a CD28.ζ (IL13Rα2-CAR.CD28...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Surabhi Ranjan, Martha Quezado, Nancy Garren, Lisa Boris, Christine Siegel, Osorio Lopes Abath Neto, Brett J Theeler, Deric M Park, Edjah Nduom, Kareem A Zaghloul, Mark R Gilbert, Jing Wu
BACKGROUND: Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPIs) are being investigated in clinical trials for patients with glioblastoma. While these therapies hold great promise, management of the patients receiving such treatment can be complicated due to the challenges in recognizing immune-related adverse events caused by checkpoint inhibitor treatment. Brain imaging changes that are the consequence of an inflammatory response may be misinterpreted as disease progression leading to inappropriate premature cessation of treatment...
March 1, 2018: BMC Cancer
Jorge Augusto Borin Scutti
On the basis of immunological results, it is not in doubt that the immune system is able to recognize and eliminate transformed cells. A plethora of studies have investigated the immune system of patients with cancer and how it is prone to immunosuppression, due in part to the decrease in lymphocyte proliferation and cytotoxic activity. The series of experiments published following the demonstration by Dr Allison's group of the potential effect of anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) paved the way for a new perception in cancer immunotherapy: Immune checkpoints...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Ichiyo Shibahara, Mitsuto Hanihara, Takashi Watanabe, Mitsuru Dan, Sumito Sato, Hiroki Kuroda, Akinori Inamura, Madoka Inukai, Atsuko Hara, Yoshie Yasui, Toshihiro Kumabe
Biomaterials to treat cancers hold therapeutic potential; however, their translation to bedside treatment requires further study. The carmustine (1,3-bis (2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea; BCNU) wafer, a biodegradable polymer, currently is the only drug that is able to be placed at the surgical site to treat malignant tumors. However, how this wafer affects the surrounding tumor microenvironment is not well understood to date. We retrospectively reviewed all patients with glioblastoma treated with and without BCNU wafers who underwent repeat resection at tumor recurrence...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Serah Choi, Yao Yu, Matthew R Grimmer, Michael Wahl, Susan M Chang, Joseph F Costello
Low-grade gliomas cause considerable morbidity and most will recur after initial therapy. At recurrence, low-grade gliomas can undergo transformation to high-grade gliomas (grade III or grade IV), which are associated with worse prognosis. Temozolomide (TMZ) provides survival benefit in patients with glioblastomas (GBMs) but its value in patients with low-grade gliomas is less clear. A subset of TMZ-treated, IDH-mutant, low-grade astrocytomas recur as more malignant tumors with thousands of de novo, coding mutations bearing a signature of TMZ-induced hypermutation...
February 14, 2018: Neuro-oncology
Matthias Gromeier, Smita K Nair
Mechanisms to elicit antiviral immunity, a natural host response to viral pathogen challenge, are of eminent relevance to cancer immunotherapy. "Oncolytic" viruses, naturally existing or genetically engineered viral agents with cell type-specific propagation in malignant cells, were ostensibly conceived for their tumor cytotoxic properties. Yet, their true therapeutic value may rest in their ability to provoke antiviral signals that engage antitumor immune responses within the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment...
January 29, 2018: Annual Review of Medicine
Jorrit De Waele, Elly Marcq, Jonas Rm Van Audenaerde, Jinthe Van Loenhout, Christophe Deben, Karen Zwaenepoel, Erik Van de Kelft, David Van der Planken, Tomas Menovsky, Johan Mj Van den Bergh, Yannick Willemen, Patrick Pauwels, Zwi N Berneman, Filip Lardon, Marc Peeters, An Wouters, Evelien Lj Smits
Prognosis of glioblastoma remains dismal, underscoring the need for novel therapies. Immunotherapy is generating promising results, but requires combination strategies to unlock its full potential. We investigated the immunomodulatory capacities of poly(I:C) on primary human glioblastoma cells and its combinatorial potential with programmed death ligand (PD-L) blockade. In our experiments, poly(I:C) stimulated expression of both PD-L1 and PD-L2 on glioblastoma cells, and a pro-inflammatory secretome, including type I interferons (IFN) and chemokines CXCL9, CXCL10, CCL4 and CCL5...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Myth T S Mok, Jingying Zhou, Wenshu Tang, Xuezhen Zeng, Antony W Oliver, Simon E Ward, Alfred S L Cheng
Cyclin-dependent kinase 20 (CDK20), or more commonly referred to as cell cycle-related kinase (CCRK), is the latest member of CDK family with strong linkage to human cancers. Accumulating studies have reported the consistent overexpression of CCRK in cancers arising from brain, colon, liver, lung and ovary. Such aberrant up-regulation of CCRK is clinically significant as it correlates with tumor staging, shorter patient survival and poor prognosis. Intriguingly, the signalling molecules perturbed by CCRK are divergent and cancer-specific, including the cell cycle regulators CDK2, cyclin D1, cyclin E and RB in glioblastoma, ovarian carcinoma and colorectal cancer, and KEAP1-NRF2 cytoprotective pathway in lung cancer...
January 21, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mayra Paolillo, Cinzia Boselli, Sergio Schinelli
Glioblastoma is known to be one of the most lethal and untreatable human tumors. Surgery and radiotherapy in combination with classical alkylating agents such as temozolomide offer little hope to escape a poor prognosis. For these reasons, enormous efforts are currently devoted to refine in vivo and in vitro models with the specific goal of finding new molecular aberrant pathways, suitable to be targeted by a variety of therapeutic approaches, including novel pharmaceutical formulations and immunotherapy strategies...
January 16, 2018: Brain Sciences
Hai-Bo Qiao, Jia Li, Lian-Jie Lv, Ben-Jin Nie, Peng Lu, Feng Xue, Zhi-Ming Zhang
Interleukin 2 (IL-2) is an anti-cancer cytokine that stimulates T cell propagation, triggering innate and adaptive immunity. IL-2 has been used for cancer therapy and has achieved curative effects. Recombinant adenovirus p53 injection (rAd‑p53) is a gene therapeutic agent that may improve the prognosis of patients with glioblastoma (GBM). In the present study, the effect of combined IL‑2 and rAd‑p53 treatment was studied. The ability of IL‑2 to stimulate immunoregulation and the ability of p53 to induce apoptosis for GBM was researched in the GBM tumor model...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hiroshi Nakashima, Quazim A Alayo, Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Gordon J Freeman, Vijay K Kuchroo, David A Reardon, Soledad Fernandez, Michael Caligiuri, E Antonio Chiocca
T cell exhaustion occurs during chronic infection and cancers. Programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) is a major inhibitory checkpoint receptor involved in T cell exhaustion. Blocking antibodies (Abs) against PD-1 or its ligand, PD-L1, have been shown to reverse T cell exhaustion during chronic infection and cancers, leading to improved control of persistent antigen. However, modeling tumor-specific T cell responses in mouse has been difficult due to the lack of reagents to detect and phenotype tumor-specific immune responses...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Thomas A Burley, Justyna Mączyńska, Anant Shah, Wojciech Szopa, Kevin J Harrington, Jessica K R Boult, Anna Mrozek-Wilczkiewicz, Maria Vinci, Jeffrey C Bamber, Wojciech Kaspera, Gabriela Kramer-Marek
Glioblastomas (GBM) are high-grade brain tumours, differentially driven by alterations (amplification, deletion, or missense mutations) in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), that carry a poor prognosis of just 12-15 months following standard therapy. A combination of interventions targeting tumor-specific cell surface regulators along with convergent downstream signalling pathways may enhance treatment efficacy. Against this background, we investigated a novel photoimmunotherapy approach combining the cytotoxicity of photodynamic therapy with the specificity of immunotherapy...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Maryam Rahman, Jesse Kresak, Changlin Yang, Jianping Huang, Wesley Hiser, Paul Kubilis, Duane Mitchell
Glioblastoma (GBM) generates a varied immune response and understanding the immune microenvironment may lead to novel immunotherapy treatments modalities. The goal of this study was to evaluate the expression of immunologic markers of potential clinical significance in primary versus recurrent GBM and assess the relationship between these markers and molecular characteristics of GBM. Human GBM samples were evaluated and analyzed with immunohistochemistry for multiple immunobiologic markers (CD3, CD8, FoxP3, CD68, CD163, PD1, PDL1, CTLA4, CD70)...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Yanyan Li, Yuan Hu, Chuanjin Liu, Qingyue Wang, Xiaoxiao Han, Yong Han, Xue-Shun Xie, Xiong-Hui Chen, Xiang Li, Eric R Siegel, Kambiz Afrasiabi, Mark E Linskey, You-Xin Zhou, Yi-Hong Zhou
Background: Decades of cytotoxic and more recently immunotherapy treatments for malignant glioma have had limited success due to dynamic intra-tumoral heterogeneity. The dynamic interplay of cancer cell subpopulations has been found to be under the control of proteins in the cancer microenvironment. EGF-containing fibulin-like extracellular matrix protein (EFEMP1) (also fibulin-3) has the multiple functions of suppressing cancer growth and angiogenesis, while promoting cancer cell invasion...
December 5, 2017: Oncotarget
David A Reardon, Kai Wucherpfennig, E Antonio Chiocca
The successful eradication of multiple tumor types, often in a durable manner, has recently validated the bona fide potential of an effectively mobilized immune response as a cancer therapy. Critical questions at present, therefore, include deciphering why some patients respond while others do not, as well as why certain cancers respond while others like glioblastoma do not. Glioblastoma remains a major unmet need in medical oncology and is considered incurable with less than 10% of patients surviving five years from diagnosis...
November 2017: Discovery Medicine
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