In the Spotlight...

Clonal deletion of tumor-specific T cells by interferon-γ confers therapeutic resistance to combination immune checkpoint blockade

Pai et al. demonstrated in a TRAMP-C2 model that combination anti-CTLA-4 + anti-PD-1 controlled tumor growth in a high tumor burden (HTB), but not in a low tumor burden (LTB) state. Although T cells w...

CAR T cells targeting B7-H3, a Pan-Cancer Antigen, Demonstrate Potent Preclinical Activity Against Pediatric Solid Tumors and Brain Tumors

Majzner et al. showed that the immune checkpoint B7-H3 is highly and homogeneously expressed on many pediatric solid tumors (including sarcomas and brain tumors) and generated a CAR construct based on...

Regulatory T cells mediate specific suppression by depleting peptide-MHC class II from dendritic cells

Akkaya and Oya et al. demonstrate with in vivo studies that Treg cells suppress the expansion of naive T cells in an antigen-specific manner. Mechanistically, Tregs bound peptide-pulsed dendritic cell...

WNT/β-catenin pathway activation correlates with immune exclusion across human cancers

Luke et al. analyzed the tumor microenvironment of solid tumors in The Cancer Genome Atlas and found that approximately one-third of them had poor T cell infiltration. Utilizing three approaches – ana...

Previous Digests

Koch Institute Immune Engineering Symposium 2019

February 6, 2019

Last week, the ACIR team attended the Koch Institute Immune Engineering Symposium in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This week’s extensive special feature covers select talks from the conference. Robert Schreiber opened the symposium by examining the role of MHC II and...

Dysfunction: what’s in a name?

January 30, 2019

To gain insight into the mechanisms underlying response and resistance to immunotherapy, Li, van der Leun, Yofe, and Lubling et al. set out to molecularly characterize the expressed gene sets of tumor-infiltrating immune cells in order to quantitatively and...

Communication is key in PD-1 blockade

January 23, 2019

The efficacy of immunotherapy is dependent on a variety of factors and cells in the tumor microenvironment, and understanding these complex interactions is critical to understanding and improving the efficacy of treatment. To study some of these interactions, Garris...

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President of the International Alliance for Biological Standardization (IABS); Former Director of the Center for Biologics at FDA and former Chief Medical Officer of the Biologicals Unit at WHO

Our understanding of the interaction between the immune system and cancer cells, and also the ways to exploit this interaction clinically, is growing faster than ever before. At present, there is no reliable single source of information that can help clinicians and researchers in this field stay up-to-date, and by filling this gap, the Fritsch Foundation and ACIR.org initiative will facilitate the development of effective cancer immunotherapies for an increasing number of patient groups.

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Deputy Director of the Netherlands Cancer Institute; Professor of Immunotechnology at Leiden University, The Netherlands; Chief Scientific Officer of Kite Pharma EU; SU2C-CRI Immunotherapy Dream Team member

Cancer Immunotherapy is providing patients with novel and durable treatments and the number of available therapies keeps growing. The mission of the Fritsch Foundation and its ACIR.org website—to accelerate the pace by which the field develops through mapping out the research and clinical landscapes and keeping track of key advances in the field—is an initiative that has my total support!!

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Alumni Endowed Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine, MO; Director of the Washington University Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs; Coleader of the Tumor Immunology Program of Washington University's Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Director of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Cancer Research Institute

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Global Head of Immuno-Oncology, Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research

I fully endorse the mission of the Fritsch Foundation and ACIR.org to provide a weekly synopsis of the scientific literature that bears on the field of cancer immunotherapy. The value and impact of this approach has been clearly demonstrated by a program I have been involved in as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Prize4Life Foundation, which is dedicated to curing the neurodegenerative disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gherig’s disease). ALS Forum, a joint effort between Prize4Life and the Alzheimer’s Research Forum provides ALS research summaries and well as links to ALS review articles as well as other content related to clinical trials. This program is widely used by the ALS research community to keep up to date with the rapidly moving scientific literature on ALS.

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Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York, and Director of the University wide Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative (CPMI)

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Beaumont Professor of Surgery, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

At a time when immunotherapy is being used for the treatment of increasing numbers of patients with cancer, there is a critical need to provide reliable information to patients, physicians and researchers. Key limitations to get to the reliable sources of information are the large amount of data that is being generated and published, the multiple clinical trials available and the differences in the ability of patients to access these therapies. Given these limitations, I welcome the efforts by The Fritsch Foundation and ACIR.org to make sense out of all this data and provide a reliable and timely source of information for the whole community of patients and researchers. They have full time scientists reviewing the data and pointing to the most important advances in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

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Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Director of the Tumor Immunology Program at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC); Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI) Center at UCLA; Chair of the Melanoma Committee at SWOG

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— James Allison, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology; Executive Director, Immunotherapy Platform; Director, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy; and Vivian L. Smith Distinguished Chair-Immunology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

As a researcher bridging the science and clinical translation of the exciting discoveries of cancer immunotherapy, I applaud the efforts of ACIR.org to help me, my post-docs and students, and my colleagues keep up to date on all the key innovations driving this field. New knowledge continually refines our current thinking and ACIR.org keeps that new knowledge fresh and at our fingertips.

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— Catherine Wu, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School; Institute Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

I am pleased to voice my support for the mission of ACIR.org to keep cancer immunotherapy researchers up to date with the current advancements in the field. Given the magnitude of new information emerging from this field, I particularly appreciate their efforts to both identify and highlight the key advancements each week and to distill the new information to key take-away points that can be easily and quickly grasped.

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— Nir Hacohen, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, MGH Center for Cancer Immunology; Institute Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT