Wilmot Discovery Improves Use of Umbilical Cord Blood as Cancer Therapy

A clinician/scientist, who studies ways to make cord-blood transplants for leukemia and lymphoma patients safer and more effective, recently reported a new finding in the journal, Blood. An accompanying editorial called the research “a breath of fresh air” for overcoming barriers to make this a viable option for many patients.
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

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Conditions:   Acute Myelogenous Leukemia;   Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia;   Myelodysplastic Syndromes;   Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma;   Hodgkin Disease Interventions:   Procedure: Stem cell transplantation;   Drug: Itacitinib;   Other: Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Bone Marrow Transplant;   Other: Human Activity Profile Sponsors:   Washington University School of Medicine;   Incyte Corporation Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Conclusions:These data suggest that venetoclax treatment results in loss of naïve but not memory T cells. Venetoclax did not affect the viability, the induction or frequency of memory T cells. In human in vitro experiments and in an in vivo syngeneic tumor model venetoclax did not antagonize the therapeutic effect of anti-PD-1. Contrary to our initial hypothesis, we find that modulation of the immune system by venetoclax may support its potential use for immune-based cancer therapy, as memory T-cells can rapidly acquire effector and cytotoxic function to eliminate cancer cells. Taken together, we provide evidence that...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 203. Lymphocytes, Lymphocyte Activation, and Immunodeficiency, including HIV and Other Infections: Poster III Source Type: research
Conclusion: Taken together, our data suggest that BAFF-R is amenable to CAR T-cell therapy and that targeting it may add to existing alternative strategies to overcome relapse from CD19 antigen loss, such as CD22 CAR T cells. Future strategies combining dual targeting of CD19 and BAFF-R may also be effective.DisclosuresWang: Mustang Therapeutics: Other: Licensing Agreement, Patents &Royalties, Research Funding. Forman: Mustang Therapeutics: Other: Licensing Agreement, Patents &Royalties, Research Funding.
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 614. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster I Source Type: research
The evasion of apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is a hallmark of cancer, which promotes tumor initiation and progression. The evasion is in part attributable to the over-expression of anti-apoptotic proteins in the Bcl-2 family. In addition, chemotherapy and radiation can upregulate the expression of the Bcl-2 family in cancer cells, which renders them more resistance to cancer therapy. The most common Bcl-2 family member over-expressed in many solid tumor cells and a fraction of leukemia and lymphoma cells is Bcl-XL and its expression is also highly correlated with resistance to cancer therapy independent of p53 statu...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 614. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster II Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to explore whether changes in serum markers of inflammation underlie differences in cognitive functioning among patients treated for hematological malignancies.Methods. The sample comprised participants treated for lymphoma or multiple myeloma who were participating in a feasibility study of a computerized cognitive training program. Prior to the intervention, a battery of neuropsychological tests were administered to assess cognitive function in the following domains: Learning Efficiency and Memory; Information Processing and Psychomotor Efficiency; and Executive Functioning and Working Mem...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 904. Outcomes Research-Malignant Conditions Source Type: research
Immunotherapy is a cut above chemotherapy and radiotherapy: at its best, it is significantly more effective and significantly less harmful to the patient. It has still required years, a great deal of funding, and many failures for those best approaches to arise. Nonetheless, the report here is a cheering example for the sizable fraction of us expected to suffer cancer at some point in the years ahead if the condition is not soon brought under medical control. This immunotherapy appears highly effective, and just importantly, adaptable to many types of cancer. This potential for broad application is the most important aspec...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
We describe the clinicopathologic features of 17 patients who had a hematologic malignancy of various types, were treated, and subsequently developed a lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD). There were 10 men and 7 women with a median age of 59 years (range, 36 to 83 y). The primary hematologic neoplasms included: 5 chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma, 3 plasma cell myeloma, 2 acute monoblastic leukemia, and 1 case each of mixed-phenotype acute leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, splenic marginal zone lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia, and peripheral...
Source: The American Journal of Surgical Pathology - Category: Pathology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
We report here the safety, efficacy, and correlative studies of apheresis product, KTE-C19, and in vivo effects from the phase 1 portion of ZUMA-1. As of August 2016, the median follow-up time was 9 months. Nine patients were enrolled in the study. Two patients experienced adverse events due to disease progression, discontinued the study, and never received KTE-C19. Seven patients received conditioning chemotherapy and KTE-C19. Patients ranged from 29 to 69 years of age and had received two to four prior lines of therapy. Three were refractory to second-line or later lines of therapy, and four patients had relapsed ...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
In conclusion, we showed for the first time that 7-KC induces oxidative stress via lysosomal dysfunction, resulting in exacerbation of calcification. CHIMERIC ANTIGEN RECEPTOR CANCER THERAPIES CAN NOW TARGET SOLID TUMORS https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2016/06/chimeric-antigen-receptor-cancer-therapies-can-now-target-solid-tumors/ If the research community is to win in the fight to cure cancer, and win soon enough to matter for all of us, then the focus must be on technology platforms that can be easily and cheaply adapted to many different types of cancer. The biggest strategic problem in the field is tha...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Dr. Owen Witte, renowned scientist and esteemed member of UCLA’s faculty, has been appointed a University Professor by the University of California Board of Regents. This appointment is reserved for scholars of the highest international distinction, who are respected as teachers of exceptional ability and whose contributions elevate the entire UC system. The University Professor title was established by the regents so that the entire UC system can benefit from the talents of outstanding faculty. Witte joins the ranks of just 40 UC faculty, including several Nobel laureates, who have received this honor since 1960. &l...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
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