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Adoptive T cell therapy

Amar Patel, Lawrence Fong
Immunotherapies have emerged as a revolutionary modality for cancer treatment, and a variety of immune-based approaches are currently being investigated in the field of prostate cancer. Despite the 2010 approval of sipuleucel-T, subsequent progress in prostate cancer immunotherapy development has been limited by disappointing results with novel vaccination approaches and by prostate cancer's general resistance to immune checkpoint blockade. Nevertheless, there remains strong preclinical and clinical evidence to suggest that prostate cancer is a susceptible target for immune therapies...
March 15, 2018: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Taigo Kato, Tatsuo Matsuda, Yuji Ikeda, Jae-Hyun Park, Matthias Leisegang, Sachiko Yoshimura, Tetsuro Hikichi, Makiko Harada, Makda Zewde, Sho Sato, Kosei Hasegawa, Kazuma Kiyotani, Yusuke Nakamura
Neoantigens are the main targets of tumor-specific T cells reactivated by immune checkpoint-blocking antibodies or when using tumor-infiltrating T cells for adoptive therapy. While cancers often accumulate hundreds of mutations and harbor several immunogenic neoantigens, the repertoire of mutation-specific T cells in patients might be restricted. To bypass suboptimal conditions, which impede the reactivation of existing T cells or the priming of neoantigen-specific T cells in a patient, we employ T cells of healthy donors with an overlapping HLA repertoire to target cancer neoantigens...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Manjula Karpurapu, Yong Gyu Lee, Ziqing Qian, Jin Wen, Megan N Ballinger, Luiza Rusu, Sangwoon Chung, Jing Deng, Feng Qian, Brenda F Reader, Teja Srinivas Nirujogi, Gye Young Park, Dehua Pei, John W Christman
Specific therapies targeting cellular and molecular events of sepsis induced Acute Lung Injury (ALI) pathogenesis are lacking. We have reported a pivotal role for Nuclear Factors of Activated T cells (NFATc3) in regulating macrophage phenotype during sepsis induced ALI and subsequent studies demonstrate that NFATc3 transcriptionally regulates macrophage CCR2 and TNFα gene expression. Mouse pulmonary microvascular endothelial cell monolayer maintained a tighter barrier function when co-cultured with LPS stimulated NFATc3 deficient macrophages whereas wild type macrophages caused leaky monolayer barrier...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Mei Zhang, Julian A Kim, Alex Yee-Chen Huang
Immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer treatment. Recent clinical success with immune checkpoint inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, and adoptive immune cellular therapies has generated excitement and new hopes for patients and investigators. However, clinically efficacious responses to cancer immunotherapy occur only in a minority of patients. One reason is the tumor microenvironment (TME), which potently inhibits the generation and delivery of optimal antitumor immune responses. As our understanding of TME continues to grow, strategies are being developed to change the TME toward one that augments the emergence of strong antitumor immunity...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Yuying Liu, Xiaoyu Liang, Wenqian Dong, Yi Fang, Jiadi Lv, Tianzhen Zhang, Roland Fiskesund, Jing Xie, Jinyan Liu, Xiaonan Yin, Xun Jin, Degao Chen, Ke Tang, Jingwei Ma, Huafeng Zhang, Jing Yu, Jun Yan, Huaping Liang, Siqi Mo, Feiran Cheng, Yabo Zhou, Haizeng Zhang, Jing Wang, Jingnan Li, Yang Chen, Bing Cui, Zhuo-Wei Hu, Xuetao Cao, F Xiao-Feng Qin, Bo Huang
Despite the clinical successes fostered by immune checkpoint inhibitors, mechanisms underlying PD-1 upregulation in tumor-infiltrating T cells remain an enigma. Here, we show that tumor-repopulating cells (TRCs) drive PD-1 upregulation in CD8+ T cells through a transcellular kynurenine (Kyn)-aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) pathway. Interferon-γ produced by CD8+ T cells stimulates release of high levels of Kyn produced by TRCs, which is transferred into adjacent CD8+ T cells via the transporters SLC7A8 and PAT4...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
Li Liu, Xuyan Zhang, Sizhou Feng
Epstein-Barr virus related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (EBV-PTLDs) are rare but potentially fatal complications of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), characterized by uncontrolled proliferation of EBV-infected lymphocytes. The most frequent risk factors include T cell depletion of graft, HLA mismatch, severe graft versus host disease (GVHD), EBV sero-mismatch (recipient-/donor+) and so on. EBV-PTLDs commonly manifest as fever and lymphadenopathy and may rapidly progress to multi-organ failure and even death...
March 9, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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
Kendra C Foley, Michael I Nishimura, Tamson V Moore
Immunotherapy is a promising method of treatment for a number of cancers. Many of the curative results have been seen specifically in advanced-stage melanoma. Despite this, single-agent therapies are only successful in a small percentage of patients, and relapse is very common. As chemotherapy is becoming a thing of the past for treatment of melanoma, the combination of cellular therapies with immunotherapies appears to be on the rise in in-vivo models and in clinical trials. These forms of therapies include tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, T-cell receptor, or chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells, cytokines [interleukin (IL-2), IL-15, IL-12, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, tumor necrosis factor-α, interferon-α, interferon-γ], antibodies (αPD-1, αPD-L1, αTIM-3, αOX40, αCTLA-4, αLAG-3), dendritic cell-based vaccines, and chemokines (CXCR2)...
March 8, 2018: Melanoma Research
Karolina Gołąb, Randall Grose, Veronica Placencia, Amittha Wickrema, Julia Solomina, Martin Tibudan, Evelyn Konsur, Kamil Ciepły, Natalia Marek-Trzonkowska, Piotr Trzonkowski, J Michael Millis, John Fung, Piotr Witkowski
The first clinical trials with adoptive Treg therapy have shown safety and potential efficacy. Feasibility of such therapy could be improved if cells are cryopreserved and stored until optimal timing for infusion. Herein, we report the evaluation of two cell-banking strategies for Treg therapy: 1) cryopreservation of CD4+ cells for subsequent Treg isolation/expansion and 2) cryopreservation of ex-vivo expanded Tregs (CD4+ CD25hi CD127lo/- cells). First, we checked how cryopreservation affects cell viability and Treg markers expression...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Hisashi Yano, Shin Kaneko
Adoptive cell therapy using tumor-infiltrating T cells has shown durable responses in patients with melanoma, and immunotherapy using genetically engineered T cells (TCR-T or CAR-T) is rapidly emerging as a promising treatment, especially for hematological malignancies. However, the progress is limited because of the lack of readily available good-quality human T cells. Although the efficacy of adoptive cell therapy correlates with the quality of infusing T cells, most antigen-specific T cells in patients with cancer have been exhausted...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Shinichi Kageyama
Cancer immunotherapies using gene-engineered T cells comprise adoptive transfer of T-cell receptor (TCR) and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) gene-transduced T cells. Although CD19-targeting CAR-T cell therapy is the most progressed, wherein B-cell malignancy is treated efficiently, it also induces cytokine release syndrome and neurotoxicity, which frequently leads to serious adverse events. Of note, TCR-T cell therapy has been primarily used to target melanoma, resulting in 30%-50% of tumor responses. In clinical trials that target NY-ESO-1-expressing synovial sarcoma, a high efficacy of 50%-60% has been obtained...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Sarah L Buchan, Mohannah Fallatah, Stephen M Thirdborough, Vadim Y Taraban, Anne Rogel, Lawrence J Thomas, Christine A Penfold, Li-Zhen He, Michael A Curran, Tibor Keler, Aymen Al-Shamkhani
PURPOSE: PD-1 checkpoint blockade has revolutionized the field of cancer immunotherapy, yet the frequency of responding patients is limited by inadequate T-cell priming secondary to a paucity of activatory dendritic cells (DCs). DC signals can be bypassed by CD27 agonists and we therefore investigated if the effectiveness of anti-PD-1/L1 could be improved by combining with agonist anti-CD27 monoclonal antibodies (mAb). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The efficacy of PD-1/L1 blockade or agonist anti-CD27 mAb was compared with a dual-therapy approach in multiple tumor models...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Qing Zhao Ruan, Jian Qian Fu, Xiao Xuan Wu, Li Ping Huang, Run Sheng Ruan
PURPOSE: It is now recognized that solid tumors encroach on the host's immune microenvironment to favor its own proliferation. Strategies to enhance the specificity of the endogenous T-cell population against tumors have been met with limited clinical success. We aimed to devise a two-tier protocol coupling in vivo whole antigen priming with ex vivo cellular expansion to clinically evaluate survival in patients following re-infusion of primed, autologous T cells, thereby determining treatment efficacy...
March 6, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Dan Chen, Huanhuan Sha, Tianmu Hu, Shuchen Dong, Junying Zhang, Siwen Liu, Haixia Cao, Rong Ma, Yang Wu, Changwen Jing, Zhuo Wang, Jianzhong Wu, Jifeng Feng
Most of the patients with lung cancer are diagnosed at advanced stage, and they often lose the opportunity of surgical therapy, most of whom fail to reach good prognosis after chemotherapy. Recently, a few clinical studies have confirmed the role of adoptive T-cell transfer in the maintenance therapy of cancer patients. Here, we provided statistical insights into the role of CIKs in advanced lung cancer from three different levels, cell model (in vitro co-culture system), mice model (in situ lung cancer), and clinical research (in lung cancer patients of different progression stages)...
March 6, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Ashley V Menk, Nicole E Scharping, Dayana B Rivadeneira, Michael J Calderon, McLane J Watson, Deanna Dunstane, Simon C Watkins, Greg M Delgoffe
Despite remarkable responses to cancer immunotherapy in a subset of patients, many patients remain resistant to these therapies. The tumor microenvironment can impose metabolic restrictions on T cell function, creating a resistance mechanism to immunotherapy. We have previously shown tumor-infiltrating T cells succumb to progressive loss of metabolic sufficiency, characterized by repression of mitochondrial activity that cannot be rescued by PD-1 blockade. 4-1BB, a costimulatory molecule highly expressed on exhausted T cells, has been shown to influence metabolic function...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
David P Funda, Jaroslav Goliáš, Tomáš Hudcovic, Hana Kozáková, Radek Špíšek, Lenka Palová-Jelínková
Tolerogenic DCs (tolDCs) are being researched as a promising intervention strategy also in autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes (T1D). T1D is a T-cell-mediated, organ-specific disease with several well-defined and rather specific autoantigens, i.e., proinsulin, insulin, glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD65), that have been used in animal as well as human intervention trials in attempts to achieve a more efficient, specific immunotherapy. In this study, we have tested tolerogenic DCs for their effectiveness to prevent adoptive transfer of diabetes by diabetogenic splenocytes into non-obese diabetes (NOD)-severe combined immunodeficiency (NOD-SCID) recipients...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Marina Gazdic, Bojana Simovic Markovic, Aleksandar Arsenijevic, Nemanja Jovicic, Aleksandar Acovic, C Randall Harrell, Crissy Fellabaum, Valentin Djonov, Nebojsa Arsenijevic, Miodrag L Lukic, Vladislav Volarevic
One of the therapeutic options for the treatment of fulminant hepatitis is re-population of intrahepatic regulatory cells since their pool is significantly reduced during acute liver failure. Although it is known that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have beneficent effects in the therapy of fulminant hepatitis, may promote expansion of T regulatory cells (Tregs) and B regulatory cells (Bregs), the role of these regulatory cells in MSC-mediated attenuation of acute liver injury is unknown. Herewith, we described the molecular mechanisms involved in the crosstalk between MSCs and liver regulatory cells and analyzed the potential of MSC-based therapy for the expansion of intrahepatic regulatory cells in mouse model of acute liver failure...
March 3, 2018: Liver Transplantation
C F Francisconi, A E Vieira, M C S Azevedo, A P Tabanez, A C Fonseca, A P F Trombone, A Letra, R M Silva, C S Sfeir, S R Little, G P Garlet
The chronic inflammatory immune response triggered by the infection of the tooth root canal system results in the local upregulation of RANKL, resulting in periapical bone loss. While RANKL has a well-characterized role in the control of bone homeostasis/pathology, it can play important roles in the regulation of the immune system, although its possible immunoregulatory role in infectious inflammatory osteolytic conditions remains largely unknown. Here, we used a mouse model of infectious inflammatory periapical lesions subjected to continuous or transitory anti-RANKL inhibition, followed by the analysis of lesion outcome and multiple host response parameters...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
Rohtesh S Mehta, Katayoun Rezvani
Adoptive cell therapy has emerged as a powerful treatment for advanced cancers resistant to conventional agents. Most notable are the remarkable responses seen in patients receiving autologous CD19-redirected chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells for the treatment of B lymphoid malignancies; however, the generation of autologous products for each patient is logistically cumbersome and has restricted widespread clinical use. A banked allogeneic product has the potential to overcome these limitations, yet allogeneic T-cells (even if human leukocyte antigen-matched) carry a major risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jonathan T Sockolosky, Eleonora Trotta, Giulia Parisi, Lora Picton, Leon L Su, Alan C Le, Akanksha Chhabra, Stephanie L Silveria, Benson M George, Indigo C King, Matthew R Tiffany, Kevin Jude, Leah V Sibener, David Baker, Judith A Shizuru, Antoni Ribas, Jeffrey A Bluestone, K Christopher Garcia
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a cytokine required for effector T cell expansion, survival, and function, especially for engineered T cells in adoptive cell immunotherapy, but its pleiotropy leads to simultaneous stimulation and suppression of immune responses as well as systemic toxicity, limiting its therapeutic use. We engineered IL-2 cytokine-receptor orthogonal ( ortho ) pairs that interact with one another, transmitting native IL-2 signals, but do not interact with their natural cytokine and receptor counterparts...
March 2, 2018: Science
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