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Immunotherapy in atypical teratoid-rhabdoid tumors: Data from a survey of the HGG-Immuno Group.
Aug. 2016 | van Gool, Stefaan W; Holm, Stefan; Rachor, Johannes; Adamson, Lars; Technau, Antje; Maass, Eberhard; Frühwald, Michael C; Schlegel, Paul G; Eyrich, Matthias
Atypical rhabdoid/teratoid tumors (AT/RT) are the most common brain tumors in infants and associated with a dismal prognosis. Although intensification of first-line therapy has resulted in improvement of overall survival, novel treatment strategies are needed. Because immunotherapy has resulted in remarkable results in several adult tumor entities, incorporation of immunotherapy into AT/RT treatment offers a novel alternative. PMID 27421737

Immunotherapy of Brain Tumors.
Sep. 2015 | Dutoit, Valérie; Migliorini, Denis; Walker, Paul R; Dietrich, Pierre-Yves
Glioma is one of the most devastating cancers, affecting children and young adults, and associated with a very high morbidity and poor prognosis. The propensity of glioma cells to invade normal brain structures makes current treatments poorly efficient and new therapeutic strategies an urgent need. We now know that many of the rules governing immune responses in other tissues are also valid for the brain, providing solid scientific background for developing new strategies exploiting the immune system to fight brain tumors. Some vaccines use tumor-specific mutated peptides (EGFRvIII, IDH1 or personalized peptides), but most are tumor-associated or undefined tumor-derived peptides (tumor-eluted peptides, peptides predicted from tumor-associated proteins or bound to HSPPC-96 complexes), in some cases pulsed on dendritic cells. Cell therapy is less advanced but the first clinical trials exploring the safety of T cells with chimeric antigen receptors incorporating antibodies to EGFRvIII, IL-13Rα2 or Her2 are ongoing. Finally, various strategies designed at reshaping the glioma microenvironment are being tested, including TGFβ inhibition, Treg depletion and immune checkpoint blockade. Altogether, combining vaccines, cell therapy and reshaping of the tumor microenvironment will be the foundation for a new era of therapeutics for brain tumors. PMID 26376741

Autologous tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cell immunotherapy for pediatric patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent high-grade gliomas.
Mai 2013 | Lasky, Joseph L; Panosyan, Eduard H; Plant, Ashley; Davidson, Tom; Yong, William H; Prins, Robert M; Liau, Linda M; Moore, Theodore B
Immunotherapy has the potential to improve clinical outcomes with little toxicity for pediatric patients with brain tumors. We conducted a pilot feasibility study of tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cell (DC) vaccination in pediatric patients (1 to 18 years old) with newly diagnosed or recurrent high-grade glioma (HGG). A total of nine DC vaccine doses, each containing 1 × 10(6) cells per dose were administered to three out of the seven originally enrolled patients. Toxicities were limited to mild side-effects, except in one case of elevated alkaline phosphatase, which resolved without clinical consequences. Two patients with primary lesions amongst the three vaccinated were alive at the time of writing, both without evidence of disease. Pre- and post-vaccination tumor samples from a patient with an anaplastic oligoastrocytoma that recurred failed to demonstrate immune cell infiltration by immunohistochemistry. Peripheral cytokine levels were evaluated in one patient following DC vaccination and demonstrated some changes in relation to vaccination. DC vaccine is tolerable and feasible with some limitations for pediatric patients with HGG. Dendritic cell based immunotherapy may provide some clinical benefit in pediatric patients with glioma, especially for patients with minimal residual disease, but further investigation of this modality is required. PMID 23645755

Adjuvant dendritic cell-based tumour vaccination for children with malignant brain tumours.
Feb. 2010 | Ardon, Hilko; De Vleeschouwer, Steven; Van Calenbergh, Frank; Claes, Laurence; Kramm, Christof M; Rutkowski, Stefan; Wolff, Johannes E A; Van Gool, Stefaan W
A large experience with dendritic cell (DC)-based vaccination for malignant brain tumours has been gained in adults. Here we focus on the results obtained in children with relapsed malignant brain tumours. PMID 19852061

Transient local response and persistent tumor control in a child with recurrent malignant glioma: treatment with combination therapy including dendritic cell therapy. Case report.
Aug. 2004 | De Vleeschouwer, Steven; Van Calenbergh, Frank; Demaerel, Philippe; Flamen, Patrick; Rutkowski, Stefan; Kaempgen, Eckhart; Wolff, Johannes E; Plets, Christian; Sciot, Raf; Van Gool, Stefaan W
Treatment of malignant glioma is difficult and discouraging. Even after resection and maximal adjuvant therapy, the prognosis remains poor. The authors sought a novel form of treatment, such as stimulating the patient's own immune response against the tumor, and developed a protocol of tumor vaccination in which autologous dendritic cells (DCs) were used in patients with recurrent malignant glioma. A 4-year-old girl was treated by means of biopsy sampling and radiotherapy for a rolandic low-grade glioma. Ten years later, a Grade III recurrence was discovered and treated with subtotal resection, interstitial radiation, six courses of oral temozolomide, and 12 courses of oral VP 16. At the end of the chemotherapy cycle, a new rapidly growing recurrence was diagnosed. A macroscopically complete resection was performed. Afterward, the girl was vaccinated with autologous DCs that had been pulsed ex vivo with the homogenate of the resection specimen. She received six vaccines in total. The efficacy of immunization was checked by a positive delayed-type hypersensitivity skin reaction after the second injection. After the fifth vaccine, a transient contrast enhancement without mass effect was visualized on magnetic resonance imaging. Simultaneously, positron emission tomography imaging revealed a transient increase of metabolic activity around the resection cavity, but the metabolic uptake ratio remained below 1.8. The patient's disease is still in complete remission 24 months after the last surgery. She is clinically well with minor and stable left hemiparesis. This case report illustrates the potential of vaccination with DCs loaded with crude tumor homogenate as adjuvant therapy to induce prolonged tumor control of malignant glioma and the objective noninvasively monitored immune response against infiltrating tumor cells. PMID 15287461

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