A subset of patients with MSS/MSI-low-colorectal cancer showed increased CD8(+) TILs together with up-regulated IFN- γ.

A subset of patients with MSS/MSI-low-colorectal cancer showed increased CD8(+) TILs together with up-regulated IFN-γ. Oncol Lett. 2019 Dec;18(6):5977-5985 Authors: Kikuchi T, Mimura K, Okayama H, Nakayama Y, Saito K, Yamada L, Endo E, Sakamoto W, Fujita S, Endo H, Saito M, Momma T, Saze Z, Ohki S, Kono K Abstract A small subset of patients with proficient mismatch repair (pMMR)/microsatellite stable (MSS)-colorectal cancer (CRC) benefit from immunotherapy with anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD-1)/programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) blockade. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to evaluate the immune status of patients with pMMR/microsatellite instability-low (MSI-L)/MSS-CRC and deficient MMR (dMMR)/MSI-high (MSI-H)-CRC in order to identify responders to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors. The current study used a dataset downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) as well as 219 clinical tissue samples to investigate the infiltrating grade of cluster of differentiation (CD) 4 and CD8 tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), the expression levels of PD-L1 and PD-L2, the interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and CD8 T effector gene signatures, and the phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (p-STAT1) status in patients with pMMR/MSI-L/MSS-CRC and dMMR/MSI-H-CRC. Analysis of TCGA dataset revealed that the mRNA expression levels of PD-L1 and PD-L2, the IFN-γ gene signature and the CD8 T effector gene signature were significantl...
Source: Oncology Letters - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncol Lett Source Type: research

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Publication date: Available online 3 January 2020Source: Seminars in Cancer BiologyAuthor(s): Kelly Olino, Tristen Park, Ntia AhujaAbstractAdvances in immunotherapy, most notably antibodies targeting the inhibitory immune receptors cytotoxic T-lymphocyte associated protein 4 (CTLA-4/CD152), programmed death protein 1 (PD-1/CD279) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1/B7H1/CD274) have become effective standard therapies in advanced malignancies including melanoma,1–4 merkel cell carcinoma5, urological cancers6–8, non-small cell lung cancer9–11, mis-match repair (MMR) deficient tumors12, and Hodgkin lymphoma...
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ConclusionsWe have detected neoantigen-targeted reactivity by autologous T cells in mismatch repair-proficient colorectal cancers of the CMS4 subtype. These findings warrant the development of specific immunotherapeutic strategies that selectively boost the activity of neoantigen-specific T cells and target the TGF- β pathway to reinforce T cell reactivity in this patient group.
Source: Genome Medicine - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
ConclusionsGVAX/Cy plus pembrolizumab failed to meet its primary objective in MMRp CRC. Biochemical responses were observed in a subset of patients and have not previously been observed with pembrolizumab monotherapy in MMRp CRC, indicating that GVAX may modulate the antitumor immune response.
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Publication date: Available online 23 December 2019Source: Seminars in Cancer BiologyAuthor(s): Sara K. Daniel, Y. Dave Seo, Venu G. PillarisettyAbstractSingle agent checkpoint inhibitor therapy has not been effective for most gastrointestinal solid tumors, but combination therapy with drugs targeting additional immunosuppressive pathways is being attempted. One such pathway, the CXCL12-CXCR4/CXCR7 chemokine axis, has attracted attention due to its effects on tumor cell survival and metastasis as well as immune cell migration. CXCL12 is a small protein that functions in normal hematopoietic stem cell homing in addition to ...
Source: Seminars in Cancer Biology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Authors: Parmar A, Chan KKW, Ko YJ Abstract Therapeutic options for chemorefractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mcrc) have significantly expanded since 2009. The oral targeted therapies regorafenib and trifluridine/tipiracil have been established to be efficacious and safe in patients with mcrc who have progressed beyond 2 or more lines of chemotherapy. Evidence for the use of immunotherapy in a subgroup of this patient population is also encouraging, particularly in patients with mcrc that exhibits high microsatellite instability or deficient mismatch repair. Those significant advances have led to Health Canada ...
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AbstractImmune checkpoints inhibitors (ICIs) have been a breakthrough, with unique response and survival patterns compared with chemotherapy for patients with advanced Mismatch Repair-deficient/Microsatellite instable (dMMR/MSI) colorectal cancer, but have shown disappointing results in Mismatch Repair-proficient/Microsatellite stable (pMMR/MSS) colorectal cancer. As up to 50% of patients harboring dMMR/MSI advanced cancers will ultimately progress after PD-1 blockade, biomarkers are needed to predict response/resistance to immunotherapy and to select patients for immunomodulating combination therapies. Patients with pMMR/...
Source: Targeted Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe present case supports the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibition in mCRC with heterogeneity in MMR/microsatellite instability status. Clinical issues that may arise in these rare patients are discussed in detail.
Source: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This article will provide a practical concise overview of the current landscape of immunotherapy in CRC for the practicing oncologist along with a representative case presentation from our community oncology practice. PMID: 31661153 [PubMed - in process]
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AbstractBackgroundWe previously showed pTMB selects patients (pts) deriving benefit from PD-L1 and CTLA-4 inhibition with durvalumab and tremelimumab (D+T) compared to best supportive care (BSC) in refractory mCRC in CCTG CO.26.MethodsWe investigated somatic variants contributing to pTMB in MSS pts using cell-free DNA (cfDNA) analysis performed with the GuardantOMNITMassay (2.1Mb) on 166 pts from CO.26.ResultsMedian pTMB was 16.3 mutations/megabase (mts/Mb). Using a minimum p-value approach, pts with pTMB>28 mts/Mb (21% of MSS pts) had the greatest overall survival (OS) benefit for D + T (HR 0.34, 90% CI 0.18-0.63, p-in...
Source: Annals of Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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