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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505010/tackling-immunomonitoring-in-gastrointestinal-cancer
#1
Maëlle Anciaux, Caroline Vandeputte, Alain Hendlisz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The growing awareness that the immune system is a key player in the antitumoral response and the excellent clinical results achieved in some settings with anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD1)/programmed death ligand 1 (PDL1) and anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA4) drugs has led to the rise of immunotherapy as a supplement or an alternative to conventional cancer treatment. The high costs associated with these therapies, their significant toxicity and the need to understand and circumvent immune escape mechanisms raise the urgent need for immunological assessment of therapy response...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491135/highlights-from-the-15th-st-gallen-international-breast-cancer-conference-15-18-march-2017-vienna-tailored-treatments-for-patients-with-early-breast-cancer
#2
Consuelo Morigi
The 15th St Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference was held in Vienna for the second time, from 15th-18th March 2017. 4000 people from 105 countries all over the world were invited to take part in the event. The real highlight of the conference was the last day with the International Consensus Session which was chaired by around 50 experts on breast cancer worldwide. With reference to data from scientific research, the consensus panel tried to offer guidelines for the management of breast cancer with the aim of providing patients with optimal treatment...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487385/immune-related-gene-expression-profiling-after-pd-1-blockade-in-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-melanoma
#3
Aleix Prat, Alejandro Navarro, Laia Paré, Noemí Reguart, Patricia Galvan, Tomás Pascual, Alex Martínez, Paolo Nuciforo, Laura Comerma, Llucia Alos, Nuria Pardo, Susana Cedrés, Cheng Fan, Joel S Parker, Lydia Gaba, Ivan Victoria, Nuria Viñolas, Ana Vivancos, Ana Arance, Enriqueta Felip
Antibody targeting of the immune checkpoint receptor PD1 produces therapeutic activity in a variety of solid tumors, but most patients exhibit partial or complete resistance to treatment for reasons that are unclear. In this study, we evaluated tumor speciments from 65 patients with melanoma, lung non-squamous, squamous cell lung or head and neck cancers who were treated with the approved PD1 targeting antibodies pembrolizumab or nivolumab. Tumor RNA before anti-PD1 therapy was analyzed on the nCounter system using the PanCancer 730-Immune Panel, and we identified 23 immune-related genes or signatures linked to response and progression-free survival (PFS)...
May 9, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471654/a-mechanistic-insight-into-the-ligand-controlled-asymmetric-arylation-of-aliphatic-%C3%AE-amino-anion-equivalents-origin-of-regio-and-enantioselectivities
#4
Qiong Wang, Fang Huang, Langhuan Jiang, Chuanzhi Sun, Jianbiao Liu, Dezhan Chen
The reaction mechanism and the origins of regio- and enantioselectivities for Pd-catalyzed asymmetric arylation of aliphatic α-amino anion equivalents were investigated computationally. The results indicate that the reaction proceeds via mainly six sequential steps: deprotonation at α'-site of imine, coordination of α-amino anion to Pd-catalyst, oxidative addition, transmetalation, reductive elimination, as well as the final dissociation to release the product and regenerate the catalyst. The transmetalation is a key step on which both enantioselectivity and regioselectivity depend...
May 4, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436428/neuronal-ifn-beta-induced-pi3k-akt-foxa1-signalling-is-essential-for-generation-of-foxa1-treg-cells
#5
Yawei Liu, Andrea Marin, Patrick Ejlerskov, Louise Munk Rasmussen, Marco Prinz, Shohreh Issazadeh-Navikas
Neurons reprogramme encephalitogenic T cells (Tenc) to regulatory T cells (Tregs), either FoxP3(+)Tregs or FoxA1(+)Tregs. We reported previously that neuronal ability to generate FoxA1(+)Tregs was central to preventing neuroinflammation in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Mice lacking interferon (IFN)-β were defective in generating FoxA1(+)Tregs in the brain. Here we show that lack of neuronal IFNβ signalling is associated with the absence of programme death ligand-1 (PDL1), which prevents their ability to reprogramme Tenc cells to FoxA1(+)Tregs...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414328/marginal-zone-b-cells-control-the-response-of-follicular-helper-t-cells-to-a-high-cholesterol-diet
#6
Meritxell Nus, Andrew P Sage, Yuning Lu, Leanne Masters, Brian Y H Lam, Stephen Newland, Sandra Weller, Dimitrios Tsiantoulas, Juliette Raffort, Damiënne Marcus, Alison Finigan, Lauren Kitt, Nichola Figg, Reinhold Schirmbeck, Manfred Kneilling, Giles S H Yeo, Christoph J Binder, José Luis de la Pompa, Ziad Mallat
Splenic marginal zone B (MZB) cells, positioned at the interface between circulating blood and lymphoid tissue, detect and respond to blood-borne antigens. Here we show that MZB cells in mice activate a homeostatic program in response to a high-cholesterol diet (HCD) and regulate both the differentiation and accumulation of T follicular helper (TFH) cells. Feeding mice an HCD resulted in upregulated MZB cell surface expression of the immunoregulatory ligand PDL1 in an ATF3-dependent manner and increased the interaction between MZB cells and pre-TFH cells, leading to PDL1-mediated suppression of TFH cell motility, alteration of TFH cell differentiation, reduced TFH abundance and suppression of the proatherogenic TFH response...
May 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407528/immunotherapy-revolutionises-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-therapy-results-perspectives-and-new-challenges
#7
REVIEW
Etienne Giroux Leprieur, Coraline Dumenil, Catherine Julie, Violaine Giraud, Jennifer Dumoulin, Sylvie Labrune, Thierry Chinet
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are antibodies that target key signalling pathways such as programmed death 1 (PD1)/programmed death-ligands 1 and 2 (PDL1 and PDL2) to improve anti-tumour immune responses. Until recently, nivolumab was the only ICI validated for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a second-line treatment setting. Results from recent phase II and phase III randomised trials testing other ICIs have been presented. In Keynote-024, pembrolizumab, an anti-PD1 antibody, was reported to have great efficacy in the first-line treatment of PDL1 ≥ 50% tumours (30% of screened tumours), with a progression-free survival (PFS, median) of 10...
June 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405501/pdl1-expression-is-a-poor-prognosis-factor-in-soft-tissue-sarcomas
#8
François Bertucci, Pascal Finetti, Delphine Perrot, Agnès Leroux, Françoise Collin, Axel Le Cesne, Jean-Michel Coindre, Jean-Yves Blay, Daniel Birnbaum, Emilie Mamessier
Soft-tissue sarcomas (STS) are a group of rare, heterogeneous, and aggressive tumors, with high metastatic risk and relatively few efficient systemic therapies. In the quest for new treatments, the immune system represents an attractive therapeutic target. Recently, PD1/PDL1 inhibitors showed very promising results in patients with solid tumors. PDL1 expression has been rarely studied in STS, in small series only, by using immunohistochemistry (IHC), and with non-concordant prognostic implications. Here, we have analyzed PDL1 mRNA expression in 758 clinical STS samples retrospectively profiled using DNA microarrays and RNAseq, and searched for correlations with clinicopathological variables including metastasis-free survival (MFS) after surgery...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389693/the-advantages-and-challenges-of-using-fdg-pet-ct-for-response-assessment-in-melanoma-in-the-era-of-targeted-agents-and-immunotherapy
#9
REVIEW
Annie N M Wong, Grant A McArthur, Michael S Hofman, Rodney J Hicks
The treatment of melanoma has been revolutionised in recent years by advances in the understanding of the genomic landscape of this disease, which has led to the development of new targeted therapeutic agents, and the ability to therapeutically manipulate the immune system through inhibition of cancer cell-T-cell interactions that prevent an adaptive immune response. While these therapeutic interventions have dramatically improved the prospects of survival for patients with advanced melanoma, they bring significant complexity to the interpretation of therapeutic response because their mechanisms and temporal profile of response vary considerably...
April 7, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383817/cd70-and-pdl1-in-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer-ndash-promising-targets-for-immunotherapy
#10
Karen Zwaenepoel, Julie Jacobs, Astrid De Meulenaere, Karen Silence, Evelien Smits, Vasiliki Siozopoulou, Esther Hauben, Christian Rolfo, Sylvie Rottey, Patrick Pauwels
AIMS: Over the last years, immune checkpoint inhibition has proven to be effective in several solid malignancies. The aim of this study was to identify novel targets for immunotherapy in anaplastic thyroid cancer by analysis of the expression of tumor antigens for which therapeutic agents are available. METHOD AND RESULTS: By immunohistochemistry we observed tumoral expression of CD70 in 49% of cases. Expression of its receptor, CD27 was mainly present in lymphocytes surrounding and infiltrating the tumor and only rarely observed in tumor cells...
April 6, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373294/prognostic-value-of-stromal-tumour-infiltrating-lymphocytes-and-programmed-cell-death-ligand-1-expression-in-breast-cancer
#11
António Polónia, Regina Pinto, Jorge F Cameselle-Teijeiro, Fernando C Schmitt, Joana Paredes
AIM: The present work aims to evaluate the presence of stromal tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PDL1) expression in breast carcinomas and their correlation with available clinicopathological features. METHODS: Two independent series of invasive breast cancer (IBC), one including ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) pair-matched cases, were selected, and quantification of TILs was accomplished in each case. Immunohistochemistry was also performed to evaluate the expression of PDL1...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363643/genetic-features-of-aflatoxin-associated-hepatocellular-carcinomas
#12
Weilong Zhang, Huan He, Mengya Zang, Qifeng Wu, Hong Zhao, Ling-Ling Lu, Peiqing Ma, Hongwei Zheng, Nengjin Wang, Ying Zhang, Siyuan He, Xiaoyan Chen, Zhiyuan Wu, Xiaoyue Wang, Jianqiang Cai, Zhihua Liu, Zongtang Sun, Yi-Xin Zeng, Chunfeng Qu, Yuchen Jiao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Dietary exposure to aflatoxin is an important risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, little is known about the genomic features and mutations of aflatoxin-associated HCCs compared with HCCs not associated with aflatoxin exposure. We investigated the genetic features of aflatoxin-associated HCC that can be used to differentiate them from HCCs not associated with this carcinogen. METHODS: We obtained HCC tumor tissues and matched non-tumor liver tissues from 49 patients, collected from 1990 through 2016, at the Qidong Liver Cancer Hospital Institute in China-a high-risk region for aflatoxin exposure (38...
March 28, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351930/hyper-progressors-after-immunotherapy-analysis-of-genomic-alterations-associated-with-accelerated-growth-rate
#13
Shumei Kato, Aaron Michael Goodman, Vighnesh Walavalkar, Donald A Barkauskas, Andrew Sharabi, Razelle Kurzrock
PURPOSE: Checkpoint inhibitors demonstrate salutary anti-cancer effects including long-term remissions. PD-L1 expression/amplification, high mutational burden and mismatch repair-deficiency correlate with response. We have, however, observed a subset of patients who appear to be "hyper-progressors," with a greatly accelerated rate of tumor growth and clinical deterioration compared to pre-therapy, which was also recently reported by Institut Gustave Roussy. The current study investigated potential genomic markers associated with "hyper-progression" after immunotherapy...
March 28, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348045/stratification-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-combinatorial-genetic-stromal-and-immunological-markers
#14
Erik Knudsen, Paris Vail, Uthra Balaji, Hoai Ngo, Ihab W Botros, Vladimir Makarov, Nadeem Riaz, Vinod P Balachandran, Steven D Leach, Debrah M Thompson, Timothy A Chan, Agnieszka K Witkiewicz
PURPOSE: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is associated with an immunosuppressive milieu that supports immune system evasion and disease progression. Here, we interrogated genetic, stromal, and immunological features of PDAC to delineate impact on prognosis and to more effectively employ immunotherapy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A cohort of 109 PDAC cases annotated for overall survival was utilized as a primary discovery cohort. Gene expression analysis defined immunological subtypes of PDAC that were confirmed in the Cancer Genome Atlas data set...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344865/identification-of-genetic-determinants-of-breast-cancer-immune-phenotypes-by-integrative-genome-scale-analysis
#15
Wouter Hendrickx, Ines Simeone, Samreen Anjum, Younes Mokrab, François Bertucci, Pascal Finetti, Giuseppe Curigliano, Barbara Seliger, Luigi Cerulo, Sara Tomei, Lucia Gemma Delogu, Cristina Maccalli, Ena Wang, Lance D Miller, Francesco M Marincola, Michele Ceccarelli, Davide Bedognetti
Cancer immunotherapy is revolutionizing the clinical management of several tumors, but has demonstrated limited activity in breast cancer. The development of more effective treatments is hindered by incomplete knowledge of the genetic determinant of immune responsiveness. To fill this gap, we mined copy number alteration, somatic mutation, and expression data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). By using RNA-sequencing data from 1,004 breast cancers, we defined distinct immune phenotypes characterized by progressive expression of transcripts previously associated with immune-mediated rejection...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331342/spotlight-on-atezolizumab-and-its-potential-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-urothelial-bladder-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Ahmet Murat Aydin, Solomon L Woldu, Ryan C Hutchinson, Martin Boegemann, Aditya Bagrodia, Yair Lotan, Vitaly Margulis, Laura-Maria Krabbe
Metastatic urothelial carcinoma of the bladder is an aggressive malignancy with poor prognosis, reflecting a lack of effective systemic therapies. The current standard of care includes multiagent platinum-based chemotherapy; however a majority of patients do not respond to treatment and most eventually succumb to disease. Recently, renewed interest in immunotherapy in the form of immune-checkpoint inhibition has gained widespread attention for a number of malignancies. Atezolizumab, an anti-PDL1 antibody, has been shown to be effective in a subset of patients previously treated with or unfit for platinum-based chemotherapy, and has shown durable responses with a good tolerability profile...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325631/new-concepts-of-personalized-therapy-in-salivary-gland-carcinomas
#17
REVIEW
Gunter Keller, Diana Steinmann, Alexander Quaas, Viktor Grünwald, Stefan Janssen, Kais Hussein
Salivary gland carcinomas are rare tumours and therapy strategies are less standardized than in lung, gastric or breast cancer. Therapy is based on surgery, but not all carcinomas are completely resectable, e.g. because carcinomas often show infiltration of nerves. For further therapy decision pathology is recommended, but evaluation of potential targets for personalized therapy is not part of the routine panel. Many salivary gland carcinomas can be resistant to radio- and/or chemotherapy, which limits therapeutic options...
May 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325288/retroviral-replicating-vector-delivery-of-mir-pdl1-inhibits-immune-checkpoint-pdl1-and-enhances-immune-responses-in%C3%A2-vitro
#18
Amy H Lin, Christopher G Twitty, Ryan Burnett, Andrew Hofacre, Leah A Mitchell, Fernando Lopez Espinoza, Harry E Gruber, Douglas J Jolly
Tumor cells express a number of immunosuppressive molecules that can suppress anti-tumor immune responses. Efficient delivery of small interfering RNAs to treat a wide range of diseases including cancers remains a challenge. Retroviral replicating vectors (RRV) can be used to stably and selectively introduce genetic material into cancer cells. Here, we designed RRV to express shRNA (RRV-shPDL1) or microRNA30-derived shRNA (RRV-miRPDL1) using Pol II or Pol III promoters to downregulate PDL1 in human cancer cells...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321813/harnessing-the-immune-system-against-leukemia-monoclonal-antibodies-and-checkpoint-strategies-for-aml
#19
Lucia Masarova, Hagop Kantarjian, Guillermo Garcia-Mannero, Farhad Ravandi, Padmanee Sharma, Naval Daver
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common leukemia among adults and is associated with a poor prognosis, especially in patients with adverse prognostic factors, older age, or relapsed disease. The last decade has seen a surge in successful immune-based therapies in various solid tumors; however, the role of immune therapies in AML remains poorly defined. This chapter describes the rationale, clinical data, and toxicity profiles of immune-based therapeutic modalities in AML including naked and conjugated monoclonal antibodies, bispecific T-cell engager antibodies, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells, and checkpoint blockade via blockade of PD1/PDL1 or CTLA4...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314785/tumor-localized-secretion-of-soluble-pd1-enhances-oncolytic-virotherapy
#20
Mee Y Bartee, Katherine M Dunlap, Eric Bartee
Oncolytic virotherapy represents an attractive option for the treatment of a variety of aggressive or refractory tumors. While this therapy is effective at rapidly debulking directly injected tumor masses, achieving complete eradication of established disease has proven difficult. One method to overcome this challenge is to use oncolytic viruses to induce secondary anti-tumor immune responses. Unfortunately, while the initial induction of these immune responses is typically robust, their subsequent efficacy is often inhibited through a variety of immunoregulatory mechanisms, including the PD1/PDL1 T-cell checkpoint pathway...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Research
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