Michael J Ciesielski

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BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive factors such as regulatory T cells (Tregs) limit the efficacy of immunotherapies. Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have been reported to have antitumor activity in different malignancies and immunomodulatory effects. Herein, we report the Tregs-targeting and immune-promoting effect of a class I specific HDAC inhibitor,(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody (mAb), cetuximab, (IMC-C225) and the anti-EGFRvIII mAb, L8A4, used in combination as delivery agents for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) of a rat glioma composed of a mixture of cells expressing either wild-type (F98(EGFR)) or(More)
Survivin is a tumor-associated antigen with significant potential as a cancer vaccine target. We have identified a survivin peptide mimic containing human MHC class I epitopes and a potential class II ligand that induces a potent antitumor response in C57BL/6 mice with GL261 cerebral gliomas. This peptide is able to elicit both CD8+ CTL and T helper cell(More)
The GD2 ganglioside expressed on neuroectodermal tumor cells has been used as a target for passive and active immunotherapy in patients with malignant melanoma and neuroblastoma. We have reported that immunization of mice with a 47-LDA mimotope of GD2, isolated from a phage display peptide library with anti-GD2 mAb 14G2a, induces MHC class I-restricted(More)
Success of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is dependent on cellular and molecular targeting of sufficient amounts of boron-10 to sustain a lethal (10)B (n, alpha) (7)Li capture reaction. The purpose of the present study was to determine the efficacy of boronated epidermal growth factor (EGF) either alone or in combination with boronophenylalanine (BPA)(More)
PURPOSE The goals of the present study were 2-fold: (a) to develop and characterize a rat brain tumor model that could be used for studies of molecular targeting of EGFRvIII and (b) to study the tumor localizing properties of radiolabeled monoclonal antibody (mAb) L8A4, specifically directed against EGFRvIII, following systemic, i.t., and convection(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the present study was to evaluate a boronated EGFRvIII-specific monoclonal antibody, L8A4, for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) of the receptor-positive rat glioma, F98(npEGFRvIII). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN A heavily boronated polyamido amine (PAMAM) dendrimer (BD) was chemically linked to L8A4 by two heterobifunctional reagents,(More)
Convection enhanced delivery (CED) is potentially a powerful method to improvethe targeting of macromolecules to the central nervous system by applying a pressure gradient to establish bulk flow through the brain interstitium during infusion. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate CED as a means to improve the intracerebral and intratumoral (i.t.)(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE In this study, we evaluated 2-[1-hexyloxyethyl]-2-devinyl pyropheophorbide-alpha (HPPH or Photochlor) as a photosensitizer for the treatment of malignant gliomas by photodynamic therapy (PDT). STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS We performed in vivo reflection spectroscopy in athymic rats to measure the attenuation of light in(More)
The gene encoding EGFR often is amplified in human gliomas, and the receptor itself has been considered as a potential target for the specific delivery of therapeutic agents to brain tumors. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the use of the chimeric MoAb cetuximab (IMC-C225), which is directed against EGFR and EGFRvIII, as a boron delivery(More)