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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113292/nod-mice-susceptible-to-pancreatic-autoimmunity-demonstrate-delayed-growth-of-pancreatic-cancer
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James Dooley, Emanuela Pasciuto, Vasiliki Lagou, Yulia Lampi, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Adrian Liston
Pancreatic cancer is a high mortality form of cancer, with a median survival only six months. There are multiple associated risk factors associated, most importantly type 2 diabetes, obesity, pancreatitis and smoking. The relative rarity of the disease, however, has made it difficult to dissect causative risk factors, especially with related risk factors. A major unanswered question with important therapeutic implications is the effect of immunological responses on pancreatic cancer formation, with data from other cancers suggesting the potential for local immunological responses to either increase cancer development or increase cancer elimination...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100397/correlating-programmed-death-ligand-1-pd-l1-expression-mismatch-repair-deficiency-and-outcomes-across-tumor-types-implications-for-immunotherapy
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Seung Tae Kim, Samuel J Klempner, Se Hoon Park, Joon Oh Park, Young Suk Park, Ho Yeong Lim, Won Ki Kang, Kyoung-Mee Kim, Jeeyun Lee
The identification of biomarkers associated with response to therapeutic agents is central to optimizing patient outcomes. Expression of the immune checkpoint proteins PD-1/L1, and DNA mismatch repair deficiency (dMMR) status may be predictive response biomarkers for immunotherapies, but their overlap requires further study. We prospectively conducted PD-L1 and MMR immunohistochemistry (IHC) on 430 consecutive patients with advanced gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, genitourinary (GU) cancers or rare cancers between June 2012 and March 2016...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100036/nafamostat-mesilate-a-serine-protease-inhibitor-suppresses-interferon-gamma-induced-up-regulation-of-programmed-cell-death-ligand-1-in-human-cancer-cells
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Sadamu Homma, Kazumi Hayashi, Kosaku Yoshida, Yukiko Sagawa, Yuko Kamata, Masaki Ito
Programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) plays a pivotal role in the suppression of antitumour immunity by binding to programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) on tumouricidal cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), rendering them inactive. As blockade of PD-1/PD-L1 interaction by the monoclonal antibodies induced effective T cell-mediated antitumour response, suppression of PD-L1 expression in tumour cells by the chemical agent might contribute to treatment against malignant tumours. Nafamostat mesilate (NM), a serine protease inhibitor that is frequently used in the clinic, potently suppressed interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma)-induced up-regulation of PD-L1 in cultured human lung cancer cells (HLC-1) at both the messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels...
October 28, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081663/prognostic-value-of-pd-l1-overexpression-for-pancreatic-cancer-evidence-from-a-meta-analysis
#4
Yongxun Zhuan-Sun, Fengting Huang, Min Feng, Xinbao Zhao, Wenying Chen, Zhe Zhu, Shineng Zhang
Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) is an immune checkpoint that is often activated in cancer and plays a pivotal role in the initiation and progression of cancer. However, the clinicopathologic significance and prognostic value of PD-L1 in pancreatic cancer (PC) remains controversial. In this study, we conducted a meta-analysis to retrospectively evaluate the relationship between PD-L1 and PC. PubMed and other databases were searched for the clinical studies published up to March 21, 2017, to be included in the meta-analysis...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066497/t-cell-localization-activation-and-clonal-expansion-in-human-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#5
Ingunn M Stromnes, Ayaka Hulbert, Robert H Pierce, Philip D Greenberg, Sunil R Hingorani
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is a lethal malignancy resistant to most therapies, including immune checkpoint blockade. To elucidate mechanisms of immunotherapy resistance, we assessed immune parameters in resected human PDA. We demonstrate significant interpatient variability in T-cell number, localization, and phenotype. CD8(+) T cells, Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells, and PD-1(+) and PD-L1(+) cells were preferentially enriched in tertiary lymphoid structures that were found in most tumors compared with stroma and tumor cell nests...
November 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048660/canonical-and-non-canonical-wnt-signaling-in-cancer-stem-cells-and-their-niches-cellular-heterogeneity-omics-reprogramming-targeted-therapy-and-tumor-plasticity-review
#6
Masaru Katoh
Cancer stem cells (CSCs), which have the potential for self-renewal, differentiation and de-differentiation, undergo epigenetic, epithelial-mesenchymal, immunological and metabolic reprogramming to adapt to the tumor microenvironment and survive host defense or therapeutic insults. Intra-tumor heterogeneity and cancer-cell plasticity give rise to therapeutic resistance and recurrence through clonal replacement and reactivation of dormant CSCs, respectively. WNT signaling cascades cross-talk with the FGF, Notch, Hedgehog and TGFβ/BMP signaling cascades and regulate expression of functional CSC markers, such as CD44, CD133 (PROM1), EPCAM and LGR5 (GPR49)...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043413/cholecystokinin-receptor-antagonist-alters-pancreatic-cancer-microenvironment-and-increases-efficacy-of-immune-checkpoint-antibody-therapy-in-mice
#7
Jill P Smith, Shangzi Wang, Sandeep Nadella, Sandra A Jablonski, Louis M Weiner
Advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has typically been resistant to chemotherapy and immunotherapy; therefore, novel strategies are needed to enhance therapeutic response. Cholecystokinin (CCK) has been shown to stimulate growth of pancreatic cancer. CCK receptors (CCKRs) are present on pancreatic cancer cells, fibroblasts, and lymphocytes. We hypothesized that CCKR blockade would improve response to immune checkpoint antibodies by promoting influx of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and reducing fibrosis...
October 17, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961038/focused-ultrasound-for-immuno-adjuvant-treatment-of-pancreatic-cancer-an-emerging-clinical-paradigm-in-the-era-of-personalized-oncotherapy
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Ezekiel Maloney, Tanya Khokhlova, Venu G Pillarisetty, George R Schade, Elizabeth A Repasky, Yak-Nam Wang, Lorenzo Giuliani, Matteo Primavera, Joo Ha Hwang
Current clinical treatment regimens, including many emergent immune strategies (e.g., checkpoint inhibitors) have done little to affect the devastating course of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). Clinical trials for PDA often employ multi-modal treatment, and have started to incorporate stromal-targeted therapies, which have shown promising results in early reports. Focused ultrasound (FUS) is one such therapy that is uniquely equipped to address local and systemic limitations of conventional cancer therapies as well as emergent immune therapies for PDA...
November 2, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915646/interleukin-15-stimulates-natural-killer-cell-mediated-killing-of-both-human-pancreatic-cancer-and-stellate-cells
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Jonas R M Van Audenaerde, Jorrit De Waele, Elly Marcq, Jinthe Van Loenhout, Eva Lion, Johan M J Van den Bergh, Ralf Jesenofsky, Atsushi Masamune, Geert Roeyen, Patrick Pauwels, Filip Lardon, Marc Peeters, Evelien L J Smits
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the 4(th) leading cause of cancer-related death in Western countries with a 5-year survival rate below 5%. One of the hallmarks of this cancer is the strong desmoplastic reaction within the tumor microenvironment (TME), orchestrated by activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSC). This results in a functional and mechanical shield which causes resistance to conventional therapies. Aiming to overcome this resistance by tackling the stromal shield, we assessed for the first time the capacity of IL-15 stimulated natural killer (NK) cells to kill PSC and pancreatic cancer cells (PCC)...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893836/immunotherapy-against-endocrine-malignancies-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-lead-the-way
#10
REVIEW
Lucas Leite Cunha, Marjory Alana Marcello, Vinicius Rocha-Santos, Laura Sterian Ward
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are agents that act by inhibiting the mechanisms of immune escape displayed by various cancers. The success of immune checkpoint inhibitors against several tumors has promoted a new treatment strategy in clinical oncology, and this has encouraged physicians to increase the number of patients who receive the immune checkpoint therapy. In the present article, we review the main concepts regarding immune checkpoint mechanisms and how cancer disrupts them to undergo immune escape. In addition, we describe the most essential concepts related to immune checkpoint inhibitors...
December 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874593/egfr-exon-19-deletion-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-responds-to-erlotinib-followed-by-t790m-mediated-resistance
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Michael Cecchini, Jeffrey Sklar, Jill Lacy
The prognosis of metastatic pancreatic cancer remains poor despite recent advances in treatment with multidrug chemotherapy regimens. Use of immune checkpoint inhibitors and molecular targeted therapies has so far been disappointing. This report describes a patient with chemotherapy-refractory metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) whose tumor was characterized by an activating mutation in exon 19 of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). He experienced response to erlotinib for 10 months, and then developed disease progression in association with emergence of the T790M mutation...
September 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856392/ctla-4-cd80-pathway-regulates-t-cell-infiltration-into-pancreatic-cancer
#12
Fee Bengsch, Dawson M Knoblock, Anni Liu, Florencia McAllister, Gregory L Beatty
The ability of some tumors to exclude effector T cells represents a major challenge to immunotherapy. T cell exclusion is particularly evident in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), a disease where blockade of the immune checkpoint molecule CTLA-4 has not produced significant clinical activity. In PDAC, effector T cells are often scarce within tumor tissue and confined to peritumoral lymph nodes and lymphoid aggregates. We hypothesized that CTLA-4 blockade, despite a lack of clinical efficacy seen thus far in PDAC, might still alter T cell immunobiology, which would have therapeutic implications...
December 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826722/pd-1-pd-l1-and-immunotherapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
#13
REVIEW
Mengyu Feng, Guangbing Xiong, Zhe Cao, Gang Yang, Suli Zheng, Xujun Song, Lei You, Lianfang Zheng, Taiping Zhang, Yupei Zhao
Therapy that targets programmed death 1 or programmed death 1 ligand 1 (PD-1/PD-L1), which are known as immune checkpoints, has been recently rapidly developing as oncotherapy for various carcinomas. However, this therapy has a poor effect on the treatment of pancreatic cancer with PD-1/PD-L1 blockade monotherapy. In this review, the development and limitations of anti-PD-1/PD-L1 monotherapy in pancreatic cancer are discussed. We then consider the underlying mechanism of anti-PD-1/PD-L1 monotherapy failure, combination strategies overcoming resistance to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 immunotherapy and the prospect of targeting PD-1/PD-L1 for the immunotherapy of pancreatic cancer...
October 28, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809532/transient-and-local-expression-of-chemokine-and-immune-checkpoint-traps-to-treat-pancreatic-cancer
#14
Lei Miao, Jingjing Li, Qi Liu, Richard Feng, Manisit Das, C Michael Lin, Tyler J Goodwin, Oleksandra Dorosheva, Rihe Liu, Leaf Huang
Pancreatic tumors are known to be resistant to immunotherapy due to the extensive immune suppressive tumor microenvironment (TME). We hypothesized that CXCL12 and PD-L1 are two key molecules controlling the immunosuppressive TME. Fusion proteins, called traps, designed to bind with these two molecules with high affinity (Kd = 4.1 and 0.22 nM, respectively) were manufactured and tested for specific binding with the targets. Plasmid DNA encoding for each trap was formulated in nanoparticles and intravenously injected to mice bearing orthotopic pancreatic cancer...
September 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798308/prognostic-value-of-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-expression-on-cd8-t-lymphocytes-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Tao Shen, Liangjing Zhou, Hua Shen, Chengfei Shi, Shengnan Jia, Guo Ping Ding, Liping Cao
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive malignancies and has a highly immunosuppressive tumour microenvironment. Immune checkpoint blockade has led to remarkable and durable objective responses in a number of malignancies and antibody-based strategies targeting programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) are showing promise where traditional modalities of surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy have failed. In this study, we examined the clinical value of PD-1 protein expression by CD8+ peripheral T lymphocytes or tumour-infiltrating T lymphocytes (TILs) in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC)...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749946/genome-wide-association-analysis-identifies-genetic-correlates-of-immune-infiltrates-in-solid-tumors
#16
Nathan O Siemers, James L Holloway, Han Chang, Scott D Chasalow, Petra B Ross-MacDonald, Charles F Voliva, Joseph D Szustakowski
Therapeutic options for the treatment of an increasing variety of cancers have been expanded by the introduction of a new class of drugs, commonly referred to as checkpoint blocking agents, that target the host immune system to positively modulate anti-tumor immune response. Although efficacy of these agents has been linked to a pre-existing level of tumor immune infiltrate, it remains unclear why some patients exhibit deep and durable responses to these agents while others do not benefit. To examine the influence of tumor genetics on tumor immune state, we interrogated the relationship between somatic mutation and copy number alteration with infiltration levels of 7 immune cell types across 40 tumor cohorts in The Cancer Genome Atlas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736633/biologics-in-gastrointestinal-and-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
#17
REVIEW
Iris H Liu, Pamela L Kunz
The development of biologic agents has ushered in a new era of precision medicine, opening the door to new therapeutic options designed to intelligently target cancer cells and their promoting factors, while leaving normal cells relatively unharmed. Biologics for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) have followed in the footsteps of regimens targeting pathways upregulated in other cancers, including the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Through a number of clinical trials, the mTOR inhibitor everolimus and the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitor sunitinib were recently approved for NETs...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705007/pancreas-adenocarcinoma-novel-therapeutics
#18
Benjamin A Krantz, Kenneth H Yu, Eileen M O'Reilly
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the third highest cause of cancer-related deaths in the US, and is projected to be second only to non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by the 2020s. Current therapies have a modest impact on survival and median overall survival (mOS) across all stages of disease remains under a year. Over the last decade, however, great strides have been made in the understanding of PDAC pathobiology including the role of the tumor microenvironment (TME), DNA damage repair and mechanism of immunosuppression...
June 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638792/immunotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer-unleash-its-potential-through-novel-combinations
#19
REVIEW
Songchuan Guo, Merly Contratto, George Miller, Lawrence Leichman, Jennifer Wu
Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer mortality in both men and women in the United States, with poor response to current standard of care, short progression-free and overall survival. Immunotherapies that target cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4, programmed cell death protein-1, and programmed death-ligand 1 checkpoints have shown remarkable activities in several cancers such as melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, and non-small cell lung cancer due to high numbers of somatic mutations, combined with cytotoxic T-cell responses...
June 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628715/overcoming-the-resistance-of-pancreatic-cancer-to-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#20
REVIEW
Richard A Skelton, Ammar Javed, Lei Zheng, Jin He
Immunotherapy has become a new modality of cancer treatment, but has had a limited success in treating PDAC. A combination approach to immunotherapy, using both immune checkpoint inhibitors and immune activating agonists, is needed, as PDAC does not respond to single-agent checkpoint inhibitors. Studies have also supported using vaccine-based therapies to prime the tumor microenvironment of PDAC with effector T-cells. Other therapeutic strategies including epigenetic agents, stroma modulators, radiotherapy, and T-cell transfer therapies may also prime the tumor microenvironment to overcome resistance to immune checkpoint inhibitors...
July 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
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