Kristi L. Manjarrez

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Purpose: Immunotherapy is an emerging paradigm for the treatment of cancer, but the potential efficacy of many drugs cannot be sufficiently tested in the mouse. We sought to develop a rational combination of motolimod-a novel Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist that stimulates robust innate immune responses in humans but diminished responses in mice-with(More)
PURPOSE This phase I, open-label, uncontrolled, ascending-dose study explored the safety, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), pharmacokinetics, and pharmacology of the TLR8 agonist VTX-2337 in subjects with advanced solid tumors or lymphoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN VTX-2337 doses (0.1-3.9 mg/m(2)) were administered subcutaneously on days 1, 8, and 15 of each 28-day(More)
Background A phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in women with recurrent epithelial ovarian carcinoma to evaluate the efficacy and safety of motolimod-a Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist that stimulates robust innate immune responses-combined with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), a chemotherapeutic that induces immunogenic(More)
PURPOSE Immunotherapy as a treatment for cancer holds the promise of complete and durable tumor remission, yet the immunosuppressive environment created by many tumors, advanced patient age, and previous treatments with cytotoxic agents may limit the approach. The activity of motolimod (VTX-2337), a potent and selective Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist,(More)
2537 Background: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have emerged as attractive targets for anti-cancer immunotherapies. VTX-2337 is a novel, potent and selective small molecule (<500 MW) TLR8 agonist which activates myeloid dendritic cells, monocytes and NK cells to produce chemokines and Th1 polarizing cytokines, including TNFα, IL-12 and IFNγ. Such impacts induce(More)
Purpose: This phase I, open-label, uncontrolled, ascending-dose study explored the safety, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), pharmacokinetics, and pharmacology of the TLR8 agonist VTX-2337 in subjects with advanced solid tumors or lymphoma. Experimental Design: VTX-2337 doses (0.1–3.9mg/m) were administered subcutaneously on days 1, 8, and 15 of each 28-day(More)
Purpose: Immunotherapy as a treatment for cancer holds the promise of complete and durable tumor remission, yet the immunosuppressive environment created by many tumors, advanced patient age, and previous treatments with cytotoxic agents may limit the approach. The activity of motolimod (VTX-2337), a potent and selective Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist,(More)
The potential benefits of stimulating a patient’s immune system to fight cancer are profound. Historically, immunotherapy has been a successful treatment approach for some cancer patients, and recent advances in immunotherapy highlight that the immune system can generate durable tumor responses and cures. However, a concern regarding immunotherapy in cancer(More)
Purpose: Immunotherapy as a treatment for cancer holds the promise of complete and durable tumor remission, yet the immunosuppressive environment created by many tumors, advanced patient age, and previous treatments with cytotoxic agents may limit the approach. The activity of motolimod (VTX-2337), a potent and selective Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist,(More)
Purpose: As Toll-like receptors (TLR) are key mediators of immune responses, TLR agonists may be important for augmenting the efficacy of therapies for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Motolimod (VTX-2337), a selective small-molecule agonist of TLR8, stimulates natural killer (NK) cells, dendritic cells, and monocytes. A phase Ib(More)