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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319320/the-endochondral-bone-protein-chm1-sustains-an-undifferentiated-invasive-phenotype-promoting-lung-metastasis-in-ewing-sarcoma
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Kristina von Heyking, Julia Calzada-Wack, Stefanie Göllner, Frauke Neff, Oxana Schmidt, Tim Hensel, David Schirmer, Annette Fasan, Irene Esposito, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Poul H Sorensen, Stefan Burdach, Günther H S Richter
Ewing sarcomas (ES) are highly malignant, osteolytic bone or soft tissue tumors, which are characterized by EWS-ETS translocations and early metastasis to lung and bone. In this study, we investigated the role of the BRICHOS chaperone domain-containing endochondral bone protein chondromodulin I (CHM1) in ES pathogenesis. CHM1 is significantly over-expressed in ES, and chromosome immunoprecipitation (ChIP) data demonstrate CHM1 to be directly bound by an EWS-ETS translocation, EWS-FLI1. Using RNA interference we observed that CHM1 promoted chondrogenic differentiation capacity of ES cells but decreased the expression of osteolytic genes such as HIF1A, IL6, JAG1 and VEGF...
March 20, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306193/diphtheria-toxin-based-anti-human-cd19-immunotoxin-for-targeting-human-cd19-tumors
#2
Qian Zheng, Zhaohui Wang, Huiping Zhang, Qi Huang, Joren C Madsen, David H Sachs, Christene A Huang, Zhirui Wang
CD19 is expressed on normal and neoplastic B cells and is a promising target for immunotherapy. However, there is still an unmet need to further develop novel therapeutic drugs for the treatment of the refractory/relapsing human CD19(+) tumors. We have developed a diphtheria toxin-based anti-human CD19 immunotoxin for targeting human CD19(+) tumors. We have constructed three isoforms of the CD19 immunotoxin: monovalent, bivalent and foldback diabody. In vitro binding affinity and efficacy analysis demonstrated that the bivalent isoform had the highest binding affinity and in vitro efficacy...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306192/histone-deacetylase-activity-mediates-acquired-resistance-towards-structurally-diverse-hsp90-inhibitors
#3
Ryan C Chai, Jessica L Vieusseux, Benjamin J Lang, Chau H Nguyen, Michelle M Kouspou, Kara L Britt, John T Price
Heat Shock Protein 90 (HSP90) regulates multiple signaling pathways critical for tumor growth. As such, HSP90 inhibitors have been shown to act as effective anticancer agents in preclinical studies but, for a number of reasons, the same effect has not been observed in the clinical trials to date. One potential reason for this may the presence of de novo or acquired resistance within the tumors. To investigate mechanisms of resistance, we generated resistant cell lines through gradual dose escalation of the HSP90 inhibitor 17-AAG...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306189/map4k4-is-a-novel-mapk-erk-pathway-regulator-required-for-lung-adenocarcinoma-maintenance
#4
Xuan Gao, Guangming Chen, Chenxi Gao, Dennis Han Zhang, Shih-Fan Kuan, Laura P Stabile, Guoxiang Liu, Jing Hu
About 76% of lung adenocarcinoma patients harbor activating mutations in the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)/RAS/RAF pathways, leading to aberrant activation of the MAPK pathways particularly the MAPK/ERK pathway. However, many lung adenocarcinomas lacking these genomic mutations also display significant MAPK pathway activation, suggesting that additional MAPK pathway alterations remain undetected. This study has identified serine/threonine kinase mitogen-activated protein 4 kinase 4 (MAP4K4) as a novel positive regulator of MAPK/ERK signaling in lung adenocarcinoma...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296140/inhibitors-of-stat3-%C3%AE-catenin-and-igf-1r-sensitize%C3%A2-mouse-pik3ca%C3%A2-mutant%C3%A2-breast-cancer-to-pi3k-inhibitors
#5
Vanessa F Merino, Soonweng Cho, Xiaohui Liang, Sunju Park, Kideok Jin, Qian Chen, Duojia Pan, Cynthia A Zahnow, Alan R Rein, Saraswati Sukumar
Although mutations in the phosphoinositide 3-kinase-catalytic subunit (PIK3CA) are common in breast cancer, PI3K inhibitors alone have shown modest efficacy. We sought to identify additional pathways altered in PIK3CA mutant tumors that might be targeted in combination with PI3K inhibitors. We generated two transgenic mouse models expressing the human PIK3CA-H1047R and the -E545K hotspot mutant genes in the mammary gland and evaluated their effects on development and tumor formation. Molecular analysis identified pathways altered in these mutant tumors, which were also targeted in multiple cells lines derived from the PIK3CA tumors...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296343/a-genome-wide-sirna-screen-for-regulators-of-tumor-suppressor-p53-activity-in-human-non-small-lung-cancer-cells-identifies-components-of-the-rna-splicing-machinery-as-targets-for-anticancer-treatment
#6
Ellen Siebring-van Olst, Maxime Blijlevens, Renee X de Menezes, Ida H van der Meulen-Muileman, Egbert F Smit, Victor W van Beusechem
Reinstating wild-type tumor suppressor p53 activity could be a valuable option for the treatment of cancer. To contribute to development of new treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), we performed genome-wide siRNA screens for determinants of p53 activity in NSCLC cells. We identified many genes not previously known to be involved in regulating p53 activity. Silencing p53 pathway inhibitor genes was associated with loss of cell viability. The largest functional gene cluster influencing p53 activity was mRNA splicing...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296148/dimp53-1-a-novel-small-molecule-dual-inhibitor-of-p53-mdm2-x-interactions-with-multifunctional-p53-dependent-anticancer-properties
#7
Joana Soares, Margarida Espadinha, Liliana Raimundo, Helena Ramos, Ana Sara Gomes, Sara Gomes, Joana B Loureiro, Alberto Inga, Flávio Reis, Célia Gomes, Maria M M Santos, Lucília Saraiva
The transcription factor p53 plays a crucial role in cancer development and dissemination, and thus p53-targeted therapies are amongst the most encouraging anticancer strategies. In human cancers with wild-type (wt) p53, its inactivation by interaction with murine double minute (MDM)2 and MDMX is a common event. Simultaneous inhibition of the p53 interaction with both MDMs is crucial to restore the tumor suppressor activity of p53. Here we describe the synthesis of the new tryptophanol-derived oxazoloisoindolinone DIMP53-1 and identify its activity as a dual inhibitor of the p53-MDM2/X interactions using a yeast-based assay...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267273/nf1-mutated-melanoma-tumors-harbor-distinct-clinical-and-biological-characteristics
#8
Helena Cirenajwis, Martin Lauss, Henrik Ekedahl, Therese Törngren, Anders Kvist, Lao H Saal, Håkan Olsson, Johan Staaf, Ana Carneiro, Christian Ingvar, Katja Harbst, Nicholas K Hayward, Göran Jönsson
In general, melanoma can be considered as a UV-driven disease with an aggressive metastatic course and high mutational load, with only few tumors (acral, mucosal and uveal melanomas) not induced by sunlight and possessing a lower mutational load. The most commonly activated pathway in melanoma is the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. However, the prognostic significance of mutational stratification is unclear and needs further investigation. Here, in silico we combined mutation data from 162 melanomas subjected to targeted deep sequencing with mutation data from three published studies...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267263/genetic-analysis-of-uterine-adenosarcomas-and-phyllodes-tumors-of-the-breast
#9
Felipe C Geyer, Kathleen A Burke, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Charlotte K Y Ng, Anastasios D Papanastasiou, Caterina Marchiò, Pier Selenica, Marcia Edelweiss, Melissa P Murray, Edi Brogi, Robert A Soslow, Brian P Rubin, Larry Norton, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Britta Weigelt
Uterine adenosarcomas and breast phyllodes tumors (PTs) are morphologically similar, being composed of stromal projections in a leaf-like fashion lined by epithelial cells. Here we investigated whether their histologic similarities would be mirrored at the genetic level. The previously reported repertoires of somatic genetic alterations found in 19 adenosarcomas and 22 PTs (six benign, six borderline and 10 malignant) were compared. Phyllodes tumors significantly more frequently displayed mutations affecting MED12, the TERT gene promoter and bona fide cancer genes; whereas adenosarcomas harbored a higher rate of MDM2/CDK4 and TERT gene amplifications...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258651/nmr-metabolomics-highlights-sphingosine-kinase-1-as-a-new-molecular-switch-in-the-orchestration-of-aberrant-metabolic-phenotype-in-cancer-cells
#10
Caterina Bernacchioni, Veronica Ghini, Francesca Cencetti, Lukasz Japtok, Chiara Donati, Paola Bruni, Paola Turano
Strong experimental evidence in animal and cellular models supports a pivotal role of sphingosine kinase (SK) 1 in oncogenesis. In many human cancers, SK1 levels are upregulated and these increases are linked to poor prognosis in patients. Here, by employing untargeted NMR-based metabolomic profiling combined with functional validations, we report the crucial role of SK1 in the metabolic shift known as the Warburg effect in A2780 ovarian cancer cells. Indeed, expression of SK1 induced a high glycolytic rate, characterized by increased levels of lactate along with increased expression of the proton/monocarboxylate symporter MCT1, and decreased oxidative metabolism, associated with the accumulation of intermediates of the tricarboxylic acid cycle and reduction of CO2 production...
March 4, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248456/a-three-microrna-signature-identifies-two-subtypes-of-glioblastoma-patients-with-different-clinical-outcomes
#11
Giovanna Marziali, Mariachiara Buccarelli, Alessandro Giuliani, Ramona Ilari, Sveva Grande, Alessandra Palma, Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Maurizio Martini, Mauro Biffoni, Roberto Pallini, Lucia Ricci-Vitiani
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and malignant primary brain tumor in adults, characterized by aggressive growth, limited response to therapy, and inexorable recurrence. Because of the extremely unfavorable prognosis of GBM, it is important to develop more effective diagnostic and therapeutic strategies based on biologically and clinically relevant patient stratification systems. Analyzing a collection of patient-derived GBM stem-like cells (GSCs) by gene expression profiling, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and signal transduction pathway activation, we identified two GSC clusters characterized by different clinical features...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236660/gene-regulatory-networking-reveals-the-molecular-cue-to-lysophosphatidic-acid-induced-metabolic-adaptations-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
#12
Upasana Ray, Shreya Roy Chowdhury, Madavan Vasudevan, Kiran Bankar, Susanta Roychoudhury, Sib Sankar Roy
Extravasation and metastatic progression are two main reasons behind the high mortality rate associated with cancer. The metastatic potential of cancer cells depends on a plethora of metabolic challenges prevailing in the tumor microenvironment. To achieve higher proliferative rates, cancer cells reprogram their metabolism, increasing glycolysis and biosynthetic activities. Just why this metabolic reprogramming predisposes cells towards increased oncogenesis remains elusive. The accumulation of myriad oncolipids in the tumor microenvironment has been shown to promote the invasiveness of cancer cells, with lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) being one such critical factor enriched in ovarian cancer (OC) patients...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211215/zkscan1-gene-and-its-related-circular-rna-circzkscan1-both-inhibit-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-growth-migration-and-invasion-but-through-different-signaling-pathways
#13
Zhicheng Yao, Jingyan Luo, Kunpeng Hu, Jizong Lin, He Huang, Qiangliang Wang, Peng Zhang, Zhiyong Xiong, Zejian Huang, Chonghua He, Bo Liu, Yang Yang
There is increasing evidence that circular RNAs (circRNAs) are involved in cancer development, but the regulation and function of human circRNAs remain largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that ZKSCAN1, a zinc finger family gene, is expressed in both linear and circular (circZKSCAN1) forms of RNA in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues and cell lines. Here, we analyzed a cohort of 102 patients and found that expression of both ZKSCAN1 mRNA and circZKSCAN1 was significantly lower (P<0.05) in the HCC samples compared with that in matched adjacent non-tumorous tissues by reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR)...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188704/cnot1-cooperates-with-lmna-to-aggravate-osteosarcoma-tumorigenesis-through-the-hedgehog-signaling-pathway
#14
Dong-Dong Cheng, Jing Li, Shi-Jie Li, Qing-Cheng Yang, Cun-Yi Fan
While treatments for childhood osteosarcoma have improved, the overall survival for this common type of bone cancer has not changed for three decades, and thus, new targets for therapeutic development are needed. To identify tumor-related proteins in osteosarcoma, we used isobaric tags in a relative and absolute quantitation proteomic approach to analyze the differentially expressed proteins between osteosarcoma cells and human osteoblastic cells. Through clinical screening and functional evaluation, CCR4-NOT transcription complex subunit 1 (CNOT1) correlated with the growth of osteosarcoma cells...
February 11, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188683/functional-kras-mutations-and-a-potential-role-for-pi3k-akt-activation-in-wilms-tumors
#15
Dina Polosukhina, Harold D Love, Hernan Correa, Zengliu Su, Kimberly B Dahlman, William Pao, Harold L Moses, Carlos L Arteaga, Harold N Lovvorn, Roy Zent, Peter E Clark
Wilms tumor (WT) is the most common renal neoplasm of childhood and affects 1 in 10,000 children aged less than 15 years. These embryonal tumors are thought to arise from primitive nephrogenic rests that derive from the metanephric mesenchyme during kidney development and are characterized partly by increased Wnt/β-catenin signaling. We previously showed that coordinate activation of Ras and β-catenin accelerates the growth and metastatic progression of a murine WT model. Here, we show that activating KRAS mutations can be found in human WT...
February 11, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182330/heat-shock-protein-27-hsp27-hspb1-is-synthetic-lethal-to-cells-with-oncogenic-activation-of-met-egfr-and-braf
#16
John David Konda, Martina Olivero, Daniele Musiani, Simona Lamba, Maria Flavia Di Renzo
The small Heat Shock Protein of 27 KDa (HSP27) is highly expressed in many cancers and is associated with aggressive tumor behaviour, metastasis, poor prognosis and resistance to chemotherapy. We aimed at assessing the role of HSP27 in modulating responses to target therapies. We selected several oncogene-addicted cancer cell lines, which undergo either cell cycle blockade or cell death in response to agents that target the specific oncogene. Surprisingly, HSP27 suppression alone resulted in the apoptotic death of MET-addicted EBC-1 lung cancer cells, EGFR-addicted colorectal carcinoma DiFi cells and BRAF-addicted colorectal carcinoma COLO205 and OXCO-1 and melanoma COLO741 cells, all of which also undergo death when treated with the specific targeted agent...
February 9, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182322/somatic-cancer-mutations-in-the-mll1-histone-methyltransferase-modulate-its-enzymatic-activity-and-dependence-on-the-wdr5-rbbp5-ash2l-complex
#17
Sara Weirich, Srikanth Kudithipudi, Albert Jeltsch
Somatic missense mutations in the MLL1 histone H3K4 methyltransferase are often observed in cancers. MLL1 forms a complex with WDR5, RBBP5 and ASH2L (WRA) which stimulates its activity. The MM-102 compound prevents the interaction between MLL1 and WDR5 and functions as an MLL1 inhibitor. We have studied the effects of four cancer mutations in the catalytic SET domain of MLL1 on the enzymatic activity of MLL1 and MLL1-WRA complexes. In addition, we studied the interaction of the MLL1 mutants with the WRA proteins and inhibition of MLL1-WRA complexes by MM-102...
February 9, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173629/enhanced-dependency-of-kras-mutant-colorectal-cancer-cells-on-rad51-dependent-homologous-recombination-repair-identified-from-genetic-interactions-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#18
Murugan Kalimutho, Amanda L Bain, Bipasha Mukherjee, Purba Nag, Devathri M Nanayakkara, Sarah K Harten, Janelle L Harris, Goutham Narayanan Subramanian, Debottam Sinha, Senji Shirasawa, Sriganesh Srihari, Sandeep Burma, Kum Kum Khanna
Activating KRAS mutations drive colorectal cancer tumorigenesis and influence response to anti-EGFR targeted therapy. Despite recent advances in understanding Ras signaling biology and the revolution in therapies for melanoma using BRAF inhibitors, no targeted agents have been effective in KRAS mutant cancers, mainly due to activation of compensatory pathways. Here, by leveraging the largest synthetic lethal genetic interactome in yeast, we identify that KRAS-mutated colorectal cancer cells have augmented homologous recombination repair (HRR) signaling...
February 7, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164434/dual-inhibition-of-akt-and-c-met-as-a-second-line-therapy-following-acquired-resistance-to-sorafenib-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#19
Peng Han, Hali Li, Xian Jiang, Bo Zhai, Gang Tan, Dali Zhao, Haiquan Qiao, Bing Liu, Hongchi Jiang, Xueying Sun
Sorafenib displays a limited efficacy for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Some patients with HCC initially respond to sorafenib, but eventually succumb to the disease, indicating that the acquired resistance to sorafenib reduces its beneficial effects. No alternative drugs are available after the failure of sorafenib therapy. Therefore, investigation of the mechanisms underlying the acquired resistance and development of second-line treatments for sorafenib-resistant HCC are urgently required. In this study, sorafenib-resistant HCC cells generated from sorafenib-sensitive human HCC cells were shown to overproduce hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and overexpress c-Met kinase and its phosphorylated form, leading to the activation of Akt and ERK (extracellular signaling-regulated kinase) pathways...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164432/dysregulation-of-the-mir-194-cul4b-negative-feedback-loop-drives-tumorigenesis-in-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
#20
Jun Mi, Yongxin Zou, Xiaohua Lin, Juanjuan Lu, Xiaochen Liu, Hui Zhao, Xiang Ye, Huili Hu, Baichun Jiang, Bo Han, Changshun Shao, Yaoqin Gong
Cullin 4B (CUL4B), a scaffold protein that assembles CRL4B ubiquitin ligase complexes, is overexpressed in many types of cancers and represses many tumor suppressors through epigenetic mechanisms. However, the mechanisms by which CUL4B is upregulated remain to be elucidated. Here, we show that CUL4B is upregulated in non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) tissues and is critically required for cell proliferation and migration in vitro and for xenograft tumor formation in vivo. We found that microRNA-194 (miR-194) and CUL4B protein were inversely correlated in cancer specimens and demonstrated that miR-194 could downregulate CUL4B by directly targeting its 3'-UTR...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Oncology
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