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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533437/metformin-inhibits-cellular-proliferation-and-bioenergetics-in-colorectal-cancer-patient-derived-xenografts
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Nur-Afidah Mohamed Suhaimi, Wai Min Phyo, Hao Yun Yap, Sharon Heng Yee Choy, Xiaona Wei, Yukti Choudhury, Wai Jin Tan, Luke Anthony Peng Yee Tan, Roger Sik Yin Foo, Suzanne Hui San Tan, Zenia Tiang, Chin Fong Wong, Poh Koon Koh, Min-Han Tan
There is increasing pre-clinical evidence suggesting that metformin, an anti-diabetic drug, has anti-cancer properties against various malignancies including colorectal cancer (CRC). However, majority of evidence which were derived from cancer cell lines and xenografts are likely to overestimate the benefit of metformin since these models are inadequate and require supraphysiological levels of metformin. Here, we generated patient-derived xenografts (PDX) lines from 2 CRC patients to assess the properties of metformin and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), the first-line drug treatment for CRC...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533436/metformin-synergizes-with-bcl-xl-bcl-2-inhibitor-abt-263-to-induce-apoptosis-specifically-in-p53-defective-cancer-cells
#2
Xinzhe Li, Bo Li, Zhenhong Ni, Peng Zhou, Bin Wang, Jintao He, Haojun Xiong, Fan Yang, Yaran Wu, Xilin Lyu, Yan Zhang, Yijun Zeng, Jiqin Lian, Fengtian He
p53 deficiency, a frequent event in multiple kinds of malignancies, decreases the sensitivity of diverse targeted chemotherapeutics including the BCL-XL/BCL-2 inhibitor ABT-263. Loss of p53 function can activate mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1), which may make it a vulnerable target. Metformin has shown anti-neoplastic efficiency partially through suppressing mTORC1. However, it remains unknown whether mTORC1 activation confers ABT-263 resistance and whether metformin can overcome it in the p53-defective contexts. In this study, we for the first time demonstrated that metformin and ABT-263 synergistically elicited remarkable apoptosis through orchestrating the pro-apoptotic machineries in various p53-defective cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533435/enzymatic-inactivation-of-endogenous-igg-by-ides-enhances%C3%A2-therapeutic-antibody-efficacy
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Sofia Järnum, Anna Runström, Robert Bockermann, Lena Winstedt, Max Crispin, Christian Kjellman
Endogenous plasma IgG sets an immunological threshold that dictates the activity of tumor-directed therapeutic antibodies. Saturation of cellular antibody receptors by endogenous antibody limits antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) and antibody dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP). Here we show how enzymatic cleavage of IgG using the bacterial enzyme IdeS can be utilized to empty both high and low affinity Fcγ-receptors and clear the entire endogenous antibody pool. Using in vitro models, tumor animal models as well as ex vivo analysis of sera collected during a previous clinical trial with IdeS, we show how clearing of competing plasma antibody levels with IdeS unblocks cellular antibody receptors...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522592/sensitization-of-egfr-wild-type-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-to-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-erlotinib
#4
Judith Raimbourg, Marie-Pierre Joalland, Mathilde Cabart, Ludmilla de Plater, Fanny Bouquet, Ariel Savina, Didier Decaudin, Jaafar Bennouna, François M Vallette, Lisenn Lalier
The benefit of EGFR-TKI in non-small cell lung cancer has been demonstrated in mutant EGFR tumors as first-line treatment but the benefit in wild-type EGFR tumors is marginal as well as restricted to maintenance therapy in pretreated patients. This work aimed at questioning the effects of cisplatin initial treatment on the EGFR pathway in non-small cell lung cancer and the functional consequences in vitro and in in vivo animal models of Patient-Derived Xenografts (PDX). We establish here that cisplatin pretreatment specifically sensitizes wild-type EGFR expressing cells to erlotinib, contrary to what happens in mutant-EGFR cells and with a blocking EGFR antibody, both in vitro and in vivo The sensitization entails the activation of the kinase Src upstream of EGFR, thereafter transactivating EGFR through a ligand-independent activation...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522591/inhibition-of-aurora-a-and-aurora-b-is-required-for-the-sensitivity-of-hpv-driven-cervical-cancers-to-aurora-kinase-inhibitors
#5
David Martin, Sora Fallaha, Martina Proctor, Alexander Stevenson, Lewis Perrin, Nigel McMillan, Brian Gabrielli
The activity and efficacy of Aurora inhibitors have been reported in a wide range of cancer types.   The most prominent Aurora inhibitor is Alisertib, an investigational Aurora inhibitor that has been the subject of more than 30 clinical trials.   Alisertib has inhibitory activity against both Aurora A and B, although it is considered to be primarily an Aurora A inhibitor in vivo.  Here we show that Alisertib inhibits both Aurora A and B in vivo in preclinical models of HPV-driven cervical cancer, and that it is the inhibition of Aurora A and B that provide the selectivity and efficacy of this drug in vivo in this disease setting...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522590/notch-inhibitor-pf-03084014-inhibits-hepatocellular-carcinoma-growth-and-metastasis-via-suppression-of-cancer-stemness-due-to-reduced-activation-of-notch1-stat3
#6
Chuan Xing Wu, Aimin Xu, Cathy C Zhang, Peter Olson, Lin Chen, Terence K Lee, Tan To Cheung, Chung Mau Lo, Xiao Qi Wang
Aberrant activation of the Notch signaling pathway is implicated in many solid tumors, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), indicating a potential use of Notch inhibitors for treatment. In this study, we investigated the antitumor and antimetastasis efficacy of the novel Notch inhibitor (γ-secretase inhibitor) PF-03084014 in HCC. HCC spherical cells (stem-like cancer cells), a sphere-derived orthotopic tumor model and one patient-derived xenograft (PDX) model were used in our experiment. We demonstrated that PF-03084014 inhibited the self-renewal and proliferation of cancer stem cells...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522589/identification-of-cancer-targeted-tropomyosin-inhibitors-and-their-synergy-with-microtubule-drugs
#7
Mark A Currier, Justine R Stehn, Ashleigh Swain, Duo Chen, Jeff Hook, Eleanor Eiffe, Andrew Heaton, David Brown, Brooke Nartker, David W Eaves, Nina Kloss, Herbert Treutlein, Jun Zeng, Irina B Alieva, Vera B Dugina, Edna C Hardeman, Peter W Gunning, Timothy P Cripe
Actin filaments, with their associated tropomyosin polymers, and microtubules are dynamic cytoskeletal systems regulating numerous cell functions. While anti-microtubule drugs are well-established, anti-actin drugs have been more elusive. We previously targeted actin in cancer cells by inhibiting the function of a tropomyosin isoform enriched in cancer cells, Tpm3.1, using a first-in-class compound, TR100. Here, we screened over 200 other anti-tropomyosin analogues for anti-cancer and on-target activity using a series of in vitro cell-based and biochemical assays...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522588/a-potential-mechanism-for-adc-induced-neutropenia-role-of-neutrophils-in-their-own-demise
#8
Hui Zhao, Sara Gulesserian, Maria Christina Malinao, Sathish Kumar-Ganesan, James Song, Mi Sook Chang, Melissa M Williams, Zhilan Zeng, Michael Mattie, Brian A Mendelsohn, David R Stover, Fernando Doñate
Neutropenia is a common adverse event in cancer patients treated with antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and we aimed to elucidate the potential mechanism of this toxicity. To investigate if ADCs affect neutrophil production from bone marrow, an in vitro assay was developed in which hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) were differentiated to neutrophils. Several antibodies against targets absent in HSCs and neutrophils were conjugated to MMAE via a cleavable valine-citrulline linker (vcMMAE-ADCs) or MMAF via a non-cleavable maleimidocaproyl linker (mcMMAF-ADCs), and their cytotoxicity was tested in the neutrophil differentiation assay...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522587/preclinical-evaluation-of-medi0641-a-pyrrolobenzodiazepine-conjugated-antibody-drug-conjugate-targeting-5t4
#9
Jay Harper, Christopher Lloyd, Nazzareno Dimasi, Dorin Toader, Rose Marwood, Leeanne Lewis, David Bannister, Jelena Jovanovic, Ryan Fleming, Francois d'Hooge, Shenlan Mao, Allison M Marrero, Martin Korade, Patrick Strout, Linda Xu, Cui Chen, Leslie Wetzel, Shannon Breen, Lilian van Vlerken-Ysla, Sanjoo Jalla, Marlon Rebelatto, Helen Zhong, Elaine M Hurt, Mary Jane Hinrichs, Keven Huang, Philip W Howard, David A Tice, Robert E Hollingsworth, Ronald Herbst, Adeela Kamal
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) are used to selectively deliver cytotoxic agents to tumors and have the potential for increased clinical benefit to cancer patients. 5T4 is an oncofetal antigen overexpressed on the cell surface in many carcinomas on both bulk tumor cells as well as cancer stem cells (CSCs), has very limited normal tissue expression, and can internalize when bound by an antibody. An anti-5T4 antibody was identified and optimized for efficient binding and internalization in a target-specific manner, and engineered cysteines were incorporated into the molecule for site-specific conjugation...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522586/antitumor-synergism-and-enhanced-survival-with-a-tumor-vasculature-targeted-enzyme-prodrug-system-rapamycin-and-cyclophosphamide
#10
John J Krais, Needa Virani, Partick H McKernan, Quang Nguyen, Kar-Ming Fung, Vassilios I Sikavitsas, Carla D Kurkjian, Roger G Harrison
Mutant cystathionine gamma-lyase was targeted to phosphatidylserine exposed on tumor vasculature through fusion with annexin A1 or annexin A5.  Cystathionine gamma-lyase E58N, R118L, and E338N mutations impart non-native methionine gamma-lyase activity, resulting in tumor-localized generation of highly toxic methylselenol upon systemic administration of non-toxic selenomethionine.  The described therapeutic system circumvents systemic toxicity issues using a novel drug delivery/generation approach and avoids the administration of non-native proteins and/or DNA required with other enzyme prodrug systems...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522585/herpes-simplex-virus-glycoprotein-d-targets-a-specific-dendritic-cell-subset-and-improves-the-performance-of-vaccines-to-human-papillomavirus-associated-tumors
#11
Bruna F M M Porchia, Ana Carolina R Moreno, Rodrigo N Ramos, Mariana O Diniz, Laís Helena T M de Andrade, Daniela S Rosa, José Alexandre M Barbuto, Silvia B Boscardin, Luís Carlos S Ferreira
Cervical cancer is a major public health problem and one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in women. Virtually all cases of cervical cancer, as well as a growing share of anal and head/neck tumors, are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Despite the effectiveness, the available prophylactic vaccines do not benefit women with cervical lesions or cancer. Therefore, the search of new immunotherapeutic approaches to treat HPV-induced tumors is still a priority. The present study characterizes a therapeutic antitumor vaccine based on the genetic fusion of the Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) glycoprotein D (gD) with the E7 oncoprotein from HPV-16 (gDE7)...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522584/cooperative-targets-of-combined-mtor-hdac-inhibition-promote-myc-degradation
#12
John K Simmons, Aleksandra M Michalowski, Benjamin J Gamache, Wendy DuBois, Jyoti Patel, Ke Zhang, Joy Gary, Shuling Zhang, Snehal Gaikwad, Daniel Connors, Nicholas Watson, Elena Leon, Jin-Qiu Chen, W Michael Kuehl, Maxwell P Lee, Adriana Zingone, Ola Landgren, Peter Ordentlich, Jing Huang, Beverly A Mock
Cancer treatments often require combinations of molecularly targeted agents to be effective. mTORi (rapamycin) and HDACi (MS-275/entinostat) inhibitors have been shown to be effective in limiting tumor growth, and here we define part of the cooperative action of this drug combination. More than 60 human cancer cell lines responded synergistically (CI<1) when treated with this drug combination compared to single agents.  In addition, a breast cancer patient-derived xenograft, and a BCL-XL plasmacytoma mouse model both showed enhanced responses to the combination compared to single agents...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507002/neuregulin-1-allosterically-enhances-the-anti-tumor-effects-of-the-non-competing-anti-her3-antibody-9f7-f11-by-increasing-its-binding-to-her3
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Christophe Le Clorennec, Hervé Bazin, Olivier Dubreuil, Christel Larbouret, Charline Ogier, Yassamine Lazrek, Veronique Garambois, Marie-Alix Poul, Philippe Mondon, Jean-Marc Barret, Gérard Mathis, Jean-François Prost, André Pèlegrin, Thierry Chardès
Exploratory clinical trials using therapeutic anti-HER3 antibodies strongly suggest that neuregulin (NRG1; HER3 ligand) expression at tumor sites is a predictive biomarker of anti-HER3 antibody efficacy in cancer. We hypothesized that in NRG1-expressing tumors, where the ligand is present before antibody treatment, anti-HER3 antibodies that do not compete with NRG1 for receptor binding have a higher receptor-neutralizing action than antibodies competing with the ligand for binding to HER3. Using time resolved-fluorescence energy transfer (TR-FRET), we demonstrated that in the presence of recombinant NRG1, binding of 9F7-F11 (a non-ligand competing anti-HER3 antibody) to HER3 is increased, whereas that of ligand-competing anti-HER3 antibodies (H4B-121, U3-1287, Ab#6, Mab205...
May 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500237/resistance-to-ret-inhibition-in-ret-rearranged-nsclc-is-mediated-by-reactivation-of-ras-mapk-signaling
#14
Sarah K Nelson-Taylor, Anh T Le, Minjae Yoo, Laura Schubert, Katie M Mishall, Andrea Doak, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Aik-Choon Tan, Robert C Doebele
Oncogenic rearrangements in RET are present in 1-2% of lung adenocarcinoma (LAD) patients. Ponatinib is a multi-kinase inhibitor with low-nanomolar potency against the RET kinase domain. Here, we demonstrate that ponatinib exhibits potent anti-proliferative activity in RET fusion positive LC-2/ad LAD cells and inhibits phosphorylation of the RET fusion protein and signaling through ERK1/2 and AKT. Using distinct dose-escalation strategies, two ponatinib-resistant LC-2/ad cell lines, PR1 and PR2, were derived...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500236/identification-of-the-serine-biosynthesis-pathway-as-a-critical-component-of-braf-inhibitor-resistance-of-melanoma-pancreatic-and-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
#15
Kayleigh C Ross, Andrew J Andrews, Christopher D Marion, Timothy J Yen, Vikram Bhattacharjee
Metastatic melanoma cells commonly acquire resistance to BRAF V600E inhibitors (BRAFis). In this study, we identified serine biosynthesis as a critical mechanism of resistance. Proteomic assays revealed differential protein expression of serine biosynthetic enzymes PHGDH, PSPH, and PSAT1 following vemurafenib (BRAFi) treatment in sensitive versus acquired resistant melanoma cells. Ablation of PHGDH via siRNA sensitized acquired resistant cells to vemurafenib. Inhibiting the folate cycle, directly downstream of serine synthesis, with methotrexate also displayed similar sensitization...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500235/beta-catenin-inhibitor-bc2059-is-efficacious-as-monotherapy-or-in-combination-with-proteasome-inhibitor-bortezomib-in-multiple-myeloma
#16
Ioanna Savvidou, Tiffany Khong, Andrew Cuddihy, Catriona McLean, Stephen Horrigan, Andrew Spencer
Currently available treatment options are unlikely to be curative for the majority of multiple myeloma (MM) patients, emphasizing a continuing role for the introduction of investigational agents that can overcome drug resistance. The canonical Wnt/beta-catenin signalling pathway, essential for self-renewal, growth and survival, has been found to be dysregulated in MM, particularly in advanced stages of disease. This provides the rationale for evaluating the novel beta-catenin inhibitor BC2059 as monotherapy and in combination with proteasome inhibitors in vitro and in vivo...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500234/niclosamide-and-bicalutamide-combination-treatment-overcomes-enzalutamide-and-bicalutamide-resistant-prostate-cancer
#17
Chengfei Liu, Cameron M Armstrong, Wei Lou, Alan P Lombard, Vito Cucchiara, Xinwei Gu, Joy C Yang, Nagalakshmi Nadiminty, Chong-Xian Pan, Christopher P Evans, Allen C Gao
Activation of the androgen receptor (AR) and its splice variants is linked to advanced prostate cancer and drives resistance to antiandrogens. The roles of AR and AR variants in the development of resistance to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and bicalutamide treatment, however, are still incompletely understood. To determine whether AR variants play a role in bicalutamide resistance, we developed bicalutamide resistant LNCaP cells (LNCaP-BicR) and found that these resistant cells express significantly increased levels of AR variants, particularly AR-V7, both at the mRNA and protein levels...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500233/nanoformulation-of-olaparib-amplifies-parp-inhibition-and-sensitizes-pten-tp53-deficient-prostate-cancer-to-radiation
#18
Anne L van de Ven, Shifalika Tangutoori, Paige Baldwin, Ju Qiao, Codi Gharagouzloo, Nina Seitzer, John G Clohessy, G Mike Makrigiorgos, Robert Cormack, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Srinivas Sridhar
The use of PARP inhibitors in combination with radiation therapy is a promising strategy to locally enhance DNA-damage in tumors. Here we show that radiation-resistant cells and tumors derived from a Pten/Trp53-deficient mouse model of advanced prostate cancer are rendered radiation-sensitive following treatment with NanoOlaparib, a lipid-based injectable nanoformulation of Olaparib. This enhancement in radiosensitivity is accompanied by radiation dose-dependent changes in γ-H2AX expression and is specific to NanoOlaparib alone...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500232/nkg2d-ligand-targeted-bispecific-t-cell-engagers-lead-to-robust-antitumor-activity-against-diverse-human-tumors
#19
Claire Godbersen, Tiffany A Coupet, Amelia M Huehls, Tong Zhang, Michael B Battles, Jan L Fisher, Marc S Ernstoff, Charles L Sentman
Two new bispecific T cell engaging (BiTE) molecules with specificity for NKG2D ligands were developed and functionally characterized. One, huNKG2D-OKT3, was derived from the extracellular portion of the human NKG2D receptor fused to a CD3ε binding single-chain variable fragment (scFv), known as OKT3. NKG2D has multiple ligands, including MICA, which are expressed by a variety of malignant cells. A second molecule, B2-OKT3, was created in the tandem scFv BiTE format that targets MICA on tumor cells and CD3ε on human T cells...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500231/discovery-of-a-novel-small-molecule-inhibitor-that-targets-pp2a-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-and-restricts-tumor-growth-and-metastasis
#20
Shrankhla Maheshwari, Avula S Rao, Akhilesh Singh, L Ravithej Singh, Gopala R Palnati, Rakesh K Arya, Srikanth H Cheruvu, Sudhir Shahi, Tanuj Sharma, Sanjeev Meena, Anup K Singh, Ruchir Kant, Mohammed Riyazuddin, Himangsu K Bora, Mohammad I Siddiqi, Jiaur R Gayen, Koneni V Sashidhara, Dipak Datta
Molecular hybridization of different pharmacophores to tackle both tumor growth and metastasis by a single molecular entity can be very effective and unique if the hybrid product shows drug like properties. Here, we report synthesis and discovery of a novel small molecule inhibitor of PP2A-β-catenin signaling that limits both in vivo tumor growth and metastasis. Our molecular hybridization approach resulted in cancer cell selectivity and improved drug like properties of the molecule. Inhibiting PP2A and β-Catenin interaction by selectively engaging PR55α binding site, our most potent small molecule inhibitor diminished the expression of active β-Catenin and its target proteins c-Myc and cyclin D1...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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