MENTORED ORIENTED RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Summary

Principal Investigator: Jared Gollob
Abstract: PROPOSAL (Adapted from the applicant's abstract): IL-12 is one of the most potent antitumor agents, capable of eradicating immune-responsive tumors such as melanoma and renal cell cancer in mice more effectively even than IL-2. In human cancer patients treated with IL-12 on clinical trials over the past five years, IL-12 has had only modest activity as an antitumor drug. Several factors appear to underlie the low antitumor activity of IL-12 in humans. First, optimal immune activation by IL-12 requires the coordinated stimulation of lymphocytes with IL-12 plus either IL-15 or IL-2. Secondly, the investigators have found that, although IL-12 induces IL-15 production in vivo, it also has a tendency to rapidly dampen the lymphocyte response to IL-2 or IL-15 by downmodulating IL-2/IL-15 signaling. By interfering with important costimulatory signals from endogenous IL-2 or IL-15, IL-12 treatment paradoxically induces hyporesponsiveness of the immune system to IL-12. Lastly, they have recently discovered that some patients with melanoma or renal cell cancer have lymphocytes that lack the signaling molecules required for activation by IL-2 or IL-15, rendering them unresponsive to IL-12 treatment. In this application, they propose to pilot new trials of IL-12 in melanoma and renal cell cancer that will attempt to realize its full antitumor potential based on our current knowledge of these factors controlling in vivo immune activation by IL-12 in humans. These trials will use new dosing schedules of IL-12 to increase and sustain IL-12-induced immune activation, combine IL-12 with IL-2 or IL-15 to augment lymphocyte cytolytic activity and IFN-gamma production, administer IL-12 together with novel toxicity reduction agents, and use molecular screening to select for patients with intact cytokine signaling pathways that are most apt to respond to IL-12 therapy. An important component of these new clinical trials will be the correlative laboratory experiments performed using blood samples and tumor tissue derived from patients. These experiments will be pivotal in establishing, in humans, the role of IL-15 and other induced cytokines and chemokines such as IL-18 and IP-10 in the antitumor effect of IL-12, the ability of IL-12 to generate specific and non-specific antitumor immunity, the mechanism underlying the IL- 12-induced down regulation of lymphocyte IL-12 responsiveness and ways to prevent or reverse this, and the impact which acquired deficiencies in IL- 2/IL-15 signaling molecules (namely, Stat 1 and Stat 5) has on the effectiveness of IL-12 and IL-2.
Funding Period: 2000-05-01 - 2005-04-30
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. ncbi Gene expression changes and signaling events associated with the direct antimelanoma effect of IFN-gamma
    Jared A Gollob
    Division of Medical Oncology and Transplantation, Department of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
    Cancer Res 65:8869-77. 2005
  2. ncbi Phase I trial of sequential low-dose 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine plus high-dose intravenous bolus interleukin-2 in patients with melanoma or renal cell carcinoma
    Jared A Gollob
    Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA
    Clin Cancer Res 12:4619-27. 2006
  3. ncbi Phase II trial of sorafenib plus interferon alfa-2b as first- or second-line therapy in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer
    Jared A Gollob
    Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA
    J Clin Oncol 25:3288-95. 2007

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  1. ncbi Gene expression changes and signaling events associated with the direct antimelanoma effect of IFN-gamma
    Jared A Gollob
    Division of Medical Oncology and Transplantation, Department of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
    Cancer Res 65:8869-77. 2005
    ..These findings provide new insights into the signaling events and gene expression changes associated with growth inhibition and apoptosis in melanoma and may thereby assist in identifying new targets for the treatment of melanoma...
  2. ncbi Phase I trial of sequential low-dose 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine plus high-dose intravenous bolus interleukin-2 in patients with melanoma or renal cell carcinoma
    Jared A Gollob
    Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA
    Clin Cancer Res 12:4619-27. 2006
    ..To determine how a hypomethylating agent would modulate the toxicity and antitumor activity of immunotherapy, we initiated a phase I trial of 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (decitabine) plus high-dose interleukin 2 (IL-2)...
  3. ncbi Phase II trial of sorafenib plus interferon alfa-2b as first- or second-line therapy in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer
    Jared A Gollob
    Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA
    J Clin Oncol 25:3288-95. 2007
    ..We undertook this study to determine the activity and tolerability of sorafenib administered with interferon alfa-2b (IFN-alpha-2b) as first- or second-line therapy in metastatic renal cell cancer (RCC)...