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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432648/rationale-for-new-checkpoint-inhibitor-combinations-in-melanoma-therapy
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Mario Mandalà, Carlo Tondini, Barbara Merelli, Daniela Massi
The use of monoclonal antibodies that block immunologic checkpoints, which mediate adaptive immune resistance, has revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma patients. Specifically, targeting single immune suppressive molecules such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), or programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) expressed on T cells or its primary ligand, programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), resulted in pronounced clinical benefit for a subset of melanoma patients. Although single-agent immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy has demonstrated promising clinical activity in metastatic melanoma patients, there is still a significant proportion of patients who show primary resistance to these therapies...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430699/clinical-experience-and-diagnostic-algorithm-of-vulval-crohn-s-disease
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Lotte Boxhoorn, Tom J Stoof, Tim de Meij, Frank Hoentjen, Bas Oldenburg, Gerd Bouma, Mark Löwenberg, Adriaan A van Bodegraven, Nanne K H de Boer
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Vulval Crohn's disease (VCD) is a rare extraintestinal cutaneous manifestation of Crohn's disease. No consensus on the diagnostic workup and therapeutic management of this condition has been provided in the current literature. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective, multicentre descriptive case series of female patients diagnosed and treated with VCD. By chart review, data on initial symptoms, clinical courses, histologic findings and therapeutic management were collected...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428884/phase-i-clinical-trial-of-combination-imatinib-and-ipilimumab-in-patients-with-advanced-malignancies
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Matthew J Reilley, Ann Bailey, Vivek Subbiah, Filip Janku, Aung Naing, Gerald Falchook, Daniel Karp, Sarina Piha-Paul, Apostolia Tsimberidou, Siqing Fu, JoAnn Lim, Stacie Bean, Allison Bass, Sandra Montez, Luis Vence, Padmanee Sharma, James Allison, Funda Meric-Bernstam, David S Hong
BACKGROUND: Imatinib mesylate can induce rapid tumor regression, increase tumor antigen presentation, and inhibit tumor immunosuppressive mechanisms. CTLA-4 blockade and imatinib synergize in mouse models to reduce tumor volume via intratumoral accumulation of CD8+ T cells. We hypothesized that imatinib combined with ipilimumab would be tolerable and may synergize in patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: Primary objective of the dose-escalation study (3 + 3 design) was to establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase II dose...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428708/indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-as-a-potential-prognostic-marker-and-immunotherapeutic-target-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Kashif Asghar, Asim Farooq, Bilal Zulfiqar, Muhammad Usman Rashid
Tumor cells induce an immunosuppressive microenvironment which leads towards tumor immune escape. Understanding the intricacy of immunomodulation by tumor cells is essential for immunotherapy. Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is an immunosuppressive enzyme which mediates tumor immune escape in various cancers including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). IDO up-regulation in HCC may lead to recruitment of regulatory T-cells into tumor microenvironment and therefore inhibit local immune responses and promote metastasis...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427519/a-comprehensive-review-of-immunotherapies-in-prostate-cancer
#5
REVIEW
Manuel Caitano Maia, Aaron R Hansen
Prostate cancer is the second most common malignant neoplasm in men worldwide and the fifth cause of cancer-related death. Although multiple new agents have been approved for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer over the last decade, it is still an incurable disease. New strategies to improve cancer control are needed and agents targeting the immune system have shown encouraging results in many tumor types. Despite being attractive for immunotherapies due to the expression of various tumor associated antigens, the microenvironment in prostate cancer is relatively immunosuppressive and may be responsible for the failures of various agents targeting the immune system in this disease...
May 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424759/antiangiogenesis-for-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-the-era-of-immunotherapy-and-personalized-medicine
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REVIEW
Samer Tabchi, Normand Blais
Over the past decade, patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have witnessed substantial advances in regards to therapeutic alternatives. Among newly developed agents, angiogenesis inhibitors were extensively tested in different settings and have produced some favorable outcomes despite several shortcomings. Bevacizumab is the most examined agent in this context and has demonstrated significant survival benefits when combined with standard chemotherapy in eligible patients. Preliminary results on the addition of bevacizumab to erlotinib in patients with EGFR-mutated NSCLC seem promising...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424557/vedolizumab-toward-a-personalized-therapy-paradigm-for-people-with-ulcerative-colitis
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REVIEW
Robin J Dart, Mark A Samaan, Nick Powell, Peter M Irving
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic relapsing and remitting inflammatory bowel disease, with a characteristic leukocytic infiltration of the mucosa. Immunosuppression including anti-TNF-α therapy is a mainstay of treatment for many; however, systemic immunosuppression is not universally effective and is associated with potential side effects. The gut-tropic integrin α4β7, which is expressed on leukocytes, mediates migration from the circulation to the intestinal mucosa. Vedolizumab is a monoclonal antibody which blocks the egress of leukocytes via α4β7, preventing accumulation in the mucosa, and attenuating inflammation without systemic immunosuppression...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423552/enhanced-antitumor-effects-by-combining-an-il-12-anti-dna-fusion-protein-with-avelumab-an-anti-pd-l1-antibody
#8
Jonathan K Fallon, Amanda J Vandeveer, Jeffrey Schlom, John W Greiner
The combined therapeutic potential of an immunocytokine designed to deliver IL-12 to the necrotic regions of solid tumors with an anti-PD-L1 antibody that disrupts the immunosuppressive PD-1/PD-L1 axis yielded a combinatorial benefit in multiple murine tumor models. The murine version of the immunocytokine, NHS-muIL12, consists of an antibody (NHS76) recognizing DNA/DNA-histone complexes, fused with two molecules of murine IL-12 (NHS-muIL12). By its recognition of exposed DNA, NHS-muIL12 targets IL-12 to the necrotic portions of tumors; it has a longer plasma half-life and better antitumor efficacy against murine tumors than recombinant murine IL-12...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420890/endoscopic-manifestations-and-clinical-characteristics-of-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-the-upper-gastrointestinal-tract
#9
Masaya Iwamuro, Eisei Kondo, Takehiro Tanaka, Hideharu Hagiya, Seiji Kawano, Yoshiro Kawahara, Fumio Otsuka, Hiroyuki Okada
We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 14 patients (9 women, 5 men, mean age: 51.6 years) with cytomegalovirus (CMV) involvement in the esophagus, stomach, and/or duodenum diagnosed at a single center, to determine their endoscopic features and clinical backgrounds. Thirteen patients (92.9%) had hematologic disease; the other had rheumatoid arthritis. Of the former, 12 patients underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and 9 of these patients had graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) before undergoing esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)...
April 2017: Acta Medica Okayama
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420570/herpesviradae-infections-in-severely-burned-children
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Paul Wurzer, Megan R Cole, Robert P Clayton, Gabriel Hundeshagen, Omar Nunez Lopez, Janos Cambiaso-Daniel, Raimund Winter, Ludwik K Branski, Hal K Hawkins, Celeste C Finnerty, David N Herndon, Jong O Lee
OBJECTIVE: Burn-related immunosuppression can promote human herpesviridae infections. However, the effect of these infections on morbidity and mortality after pediatric burn injuries is unclear. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed pediatric patients with burns ≥10% of the total body surface area (TBSA) who were admitted between 2010 and 2015. On clinical suspicion of a viral infection, antiviral therapy was initiated. Viral infection was confirmed via Tzanck smear, viral culture, and/or PCR...
April 15, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418782/knockdown-of-il-8-provoked-premature-senescence-of-placenta-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#11
Juan-Juan Li, Feng-Xia Ma, You-Wei Wang, Fang Chen, Shi-Hong Lu, Ying Chi, Wen-Jing Du, Bao-Quan Song, Liang-Ding Hu, Hu Chen, Zhong-Chao Han
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown promise for use in cell therapy, and due to their tumor tropism can serve as vehicles for delivering therapeutic agents to tumor sites. Because interleukin-8 (IL-8) is known to mediate the protumor effect of MSCs, elimination of IL-8 secretion by MSCs may enhance their safety for use in cancer gene therapy. However, little is known concerning the effect of endogenously secreted IL-8 on MSCs. We performed studies using placenta-derived MSCs (PMSCs) to determine whether knockdown of IL-8 would influence their biological activity...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416614/modeling-combined-immunosuppressive-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-dexamethasone-and-naproxen-in-rats-predicts-the-steroid-sparing-potential-of-naproxen
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Xiaonan Li, Debra C DuBois, Dawei Song, Richard R Almon, William J Jusko, Xijing Chen
Dexamethasone (DEX), a widely prescribed corticosteroid (CS), has long been the cornerstone for the treatment of inflammation and immunological dysfunctions in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The CS are frequently used in combination with other anti-rheumatic agents such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to mitigate disease symptoms and minimize unwanted effects. The steroid dose-sparing potential of the NSAID naproxen (NPX) was explored with in vitro and in vivo studies...
April 17, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414560/aloe-arborescens-polysaccharides-in-vitro-immunomodulation-and-potential-cytotoxic-activity
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Jilan A Nazeam, Haidy A Gad, Ahmed Esmat, Hala M El-Hefnawy, Abdel-Naser B Singab
Different polysaccharides were isolated from the leaves of Aloe arborescens using the gradient power of hydrogen followed by antitumor and immunomodulatory assay. The total polysaccharide content of different fractions, water-soluble polysaccharide (WAP), acid-soluble polysaccharide (ACP), and alkaline-soluble polysaccharide (ALP), was estimated using a phenol-sulfuric acid spectrophotometric method. WAP possessed a higher content of mannose and glucose than either ACP or ALP. In vitro antitumor activity was investigated in three different cancer cell lines, and in vitro immunomodulatory potential was assessed through phagocytosis and lymphocyte transformation assay...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413701/elevated-c-x-c-motif-ligand-13-and-b-cell-activating-factor-levels-in-neuromyelitis-optica-during-remission
#14
Su Wang, Tao Yang, Jianglong Wan, Yongchao Zhang, Yongping Fan
BACKGROUND: Discovery of specific antibodies against astrocytic water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4), which is produced by plasma cells, in the serum of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) confirmed the pathogenic role of B cells in NMO. C-X-C motif ligand 13 (CXCL13) and B-cell-activating factor (BAFF) are two crucial factors for antibody production. Relevant studies have focused on the acute phase of NMO. However, CXCL13 and BAFF levels during remission, remain to be elucidated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate serum levels of CXCL13 and BAFF in NMO and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients during remission and explore their correlation with immunosuppressive agents and clinical features in NMO...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412974/acute-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-with-delayed-appearance-of-hepatitis-b-core-antibody-in-an-immunocompromised-patient-a-case-report
#15
Nicholas Brousseau, Donald G Murphy, Vladimir Gilca, Jacynthe Larouche, Sema Mandal, Richard S Tedder
BACKGROUND: Despite the introduction of universal hepatitis B immunization programs worldwide, outbreaks of acute infection still occur in unimmunized individuals. A timely diagnosis of hepatitis B is necessary to ensure adequate clinical care and public health interventions that will reduce transmission. Yet, interpretation of hepatitis B serological markers can be complex. We present a case of hepatitis B with atypical markers, including delayed appearance of hepatitis B core antibody...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412807/-clinical-features-risk-factors-and-progresses-on-treatment-of-recurrent-vogt-koyanagi-harada-disease
#16
S S Jia, C Zhao, X S Liu, M F Zhang
Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease(VKH) is a bilateral, granulomatous panuveitis associated with central nervous system, auditory, and integumentary manifestations. Clinically, VKH usually responds well to early aggressive glucocorticosteroid treatment and may be cured without any clinically significant sequelae. Some patients, however, may enter the chronic recurrent phase, which may result in marked loss of vision due to complications such as complicated cataract, secondary glaucoma and maculopathy. Recurrent VKH is mainly characterized by anterior uveitis associated with thickening of the choroid...
April 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410454/transcriptomic-analysis-of-host-immune-response-in-the-skin-of-chickens-infected-with-marek-s-disease-virus
#17
Mohammad Heidari, Phillip C Delekta
Marek's disease virus (MDV), a highly cell-associated oncogenic α-herpesvirus, is the causative agent of T cell lymphoma and neuropathic disease called Marek's disease. The skin is the only anatomical site where infectious enveloped cell-free virions are produced and shed into the environment. Studies have demonstrated that MDV infection induces immunological responses within the skin, including the release of cytokines and the recruitment of T lymphocytes. The host immune response, however, is not sufficient to block replication and shedding of the virus particles from the skin...
April 14, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408996/risk-factors-for-complications-after-ileocolonic-resection-for-crohn-s-disease-with-a-major-focus-on-the-impact-of-preoperative-immunosuppressive-and-biologic-therapy-a-retrospective-international-multicentre-study
#18
Takayuki Yamamoto, Antonino Spinelli, Yasuo Suzuki, Rogerio Saad-Hossne, Fabio Vieira Teixeira, Idblan Carvalho de Albuquerque, Rodolff Nunes da Silva, Ivan Folchini de Barcelos, Ken Takeuchi, Akihiro Yamada, Takahiro Shimoyama, Lorete Maria da Silva Kotze, Matteo Sacchi, Silvio Danese, Paulo Gustavo Kotze
BACKGROUND: Author note: TY, AS, YS, FVT and PGK designed the study. All authors did data collection and gave scientific contribution to the study design and discussion. TY, AS and PGK drafted the article. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.In the era of biologic agents, risk factors for complications following resection for Crohn's disease have not been fully identified. In particular, the association of preoperative use of immunosuppressive and biologic agents with the incidence of complications after resection remains to be elucidated...
December 2016: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408801/effects-of-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-as-a-novel-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-medication-within-immunosuppressive-properties-on-il17-ror%C3%AE-t-il4-and-gata3-gene-expressions-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#19
Anis Barati, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi, Hossein Ahmadi, Zahra Aghazadeh, Abbas Mirshafiey
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common form of chronic inflammatory arthritis characterized by pain, swelling and destruction of joints, with a resultant disability. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biological drugs can interfere with the disease process. In this study, the effect of β-d-mannuronic acid (M2000) as a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory effects together with antioxidant effects was evaluated on IL17, RORγt, IL4 and GATA3 gene expression in 12 RA patients...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408798/an-open-randomized-active-controlled-clinical-trial-with-low-dose-ska-cytokines-versus-dmards-evaluating-low-disease-activity-maintenance-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
L S Martin-Martin, F Giovannangeli, E Bizzi, U Massafra, E Ballanti, M Cassol, A Migliore
BACKGROUND: Biologic agents are currently the strongest immunosuppressive drugs able to induce remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One of the objectives of the medical scientific community now is how to maintain remission or low disease activity (LDA). The aim of this trial is to evaluate the contribution of low-dose sequential kinetic activation (SKA) IL-4, IL-10, and anti-IL-1 antibodies (10 fg/mL) in patients affected by RA in maintaining LDA or remission obtained after biological therapy...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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