Caitlin Stashwick

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Adoptive transfer of T cells engineered to express chimeric immunoreceptors is an effective strategy to treat hematologic cancers; however, the use of this type of therapy for solid cancers, such as ovarian cancer, remains challenging because a safe and effective immunotherapeutic target has not yet been identified. Here, we constructed and evaluated a(More)
Redirection of T lymphocytes against tumor antigens can induce dramatic regression of advanced stage malignancy. The use of bispecific antibodies (BsAbs) that bind both the T-cell receptor (TCR) and a target antigen is one promising approach to T-cell redirection. However, BsAbs indiscriminately bind all CD3+ T-cells and trigger TCR activation in the(More)
B7-H4 is a transmembrane protein that binds an unknown receptor on activated T cells resulting in inhibition of T-cell effector function via cell cycle arrest, decreased proliferation, and reduced IL-2 production. B7-H4 is up-regulated on the surface of cancer cells and immunosuppressive tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in a variety of human cancers.(More)
BACKGROUND Patients who present with an advanced ovarian cancer are typically treated with primary debulking surgery (PDS) or neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) followed by interval debulking surgery. The accurate pretreatment identification of patients best suited for PDS versus NAC is challenging. A paradigm for selecting one approach over the other could(More)
Mesothelin is a promising target for immune-based therapy, specifically for mesothelioma and pancreatic and ovarian cancers that have high levels of mesothelin expression. Many preclinical and clinical studies that target tumors with high mesothelin expression with antibodies, immunotoxins, antibody-drug conjugates and vaccines have shown the potential of(More)
Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) is a potentially severe systemic toxicity seen after adoptive T-cell therapy and caused by T-cell activation and proliferation and is associated with elevated circulating levels of cytokines such as C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and interferon-γ and has previously been described as a systemic response in(More)
Racial disparities in uterine cancer-related outcomes have been reported. The goal of this study was to determine if race, pre-operative body mass index (BMI), and medical comorbidities are predictors of loss of functional independence after hysterectomy for uterine cancer. Loss of independence was defined as a change from pre-operative functional(More)
B7-H4 protein is frequently overexpressed in ovarian cancer. Here, we engineered T cells with novel B7-H4-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) that recognized both human and murine B7-H4 to test the hypothesis that B7-H4 CAR T cell therapy can be applied safely in preclinical models. B7-H4 CAR T cells specifically secreted IFN-γ and lysed B7-H4(+)(More)
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