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Fluctuation of systemic immunity in melanoma and implications for timing of therapy
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Evidence suggests that immunological response in chronic inflammation is dynamic, oscillating between active immunity and tolerance. We hypothesized that a similar dynamic exists in melanoma and administration of therapy during a unique phase of such oscillation could impact clinical outcome. Patients with metastatic melanoma eligible to undergo temozolomide underwent serial measurements of C-reactive protein (CRP) and immune biomarkers every 2-3 days for 2 weeks before starting therapy. Treatment was initiated prior to the estimated next CRP peak, or on day 14 post-registration if a peak was not identified. Time profiles of measured biomarkers were analyzed by fitting serially measured data points to 9 mathematical functions and were correlated to time of therapy and outcome. Data suggested that metastatic melanoma patients exhibit a dynamic immune response. The fluctuation of several biomarkers fitted cosine functions with periods which were multiples of 3-4 days. Chemotherapy delivery during a unique phase of this cycle seemed to correlate with improved response. Individualized conventional chemotherapy delivery by synchronizing treatment with pre-existing patient-specific biorhythms may improve clinical outcomes in metastatic melanoma.