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Translational Oncology

Jinhyun Cho, Jeeyun Lee, Jusun Kim, Seung Tae Kim, Sujin Lee, Sun Young Kim, Sang Yun Ha, Cheol-Keun Park, Ho Yeong Lim
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death globally. Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is frequently up-regulated in HCC and plays an important role in HCC tumorigenesis. Tumors with loss of tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2), a negative regulator of mTOR signaling, tend to respond well to mTOR inhibitors. We analyzed TSC2 expression status in Korean patients with HCC and evaluated the correlation between TSC2 loss and response to the mTOR inhibitor, everolimus...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Alice Iezzi, Elisa Caiola, Massimo Broggini
The Phosphatidyl inositol-3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and c-Met signaling pathways are often deregulated in cancer. The two pathways are interconnected and at least c-Met has been implicated in drug resistance. The aim of the study was to assess in ovarian cancer preclinical models, the efficacy and tolerability of a dual PI3K mTOR inhibitor (PF-05212384 or gedatolisib) and a c-Met inhibitor (crizotinib) either as single agents or in combination. In vitro, both PF-05212384 and crizotinib showed a concentration dependent activity in the two ovarian cancer cell lines...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Domenico Ribatti, Beatrice Nico, Simona Ruggieri, Roberto Tamma, Giovanni Simone, Anita Mangia
Several data support a central role for angiogenesis in breast cancer growth and metastasis. Observational studies have demonstrated that microvascular density (MVD) is a prognostic factor in invasive breast cancer, whereas others reached the opposite conclusion. Vascular endothelial growth factor is the most important angiogenic factor with proven significance in breast cancer, as it has been assessed in both experimental and clinical studies. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a type of breast cancer which lacks estrogen, progesterone, and HER-2/neu receptors...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Santiago Marfà, Josep Marti, Adalgiza Reyes, Gregori Casals, Guillermo Fernández-Varo, Silvia Carvajal, J C García-Valdecasas, Josep Fuster, Wladimiro Jiménez
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers in the developed countries, and nearly 70% of patients with CRC develop colorectal liver metastases (CRLMs). During the last decades, several scores have been proposed to predict recurrence after CRLM resection. However, these risk scoring systems do not accurately reflect the prognosis of these patients. Therefore, this investigation was designed to identify a proteomic profile in human hepatic tumor samples to classify patients with CRLM as "mild" or "severe" based on the 5-year survival...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Logan Horne, Frank R Avilucea, Huifeng Jin, Jared J Barrott, Kyllie Smith-Fry, Yanliang Wang, Bang H Hoang, Kevin B Jones
Previous reports document expression of low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) in osteosarcoma (OS) tissue. Expression of this Wnt receptor correlated with metastatic disease and poor disease-free survival. Forced expression of dominant-negative LRP5 (dnLRP5), which lacks the membrane binding domain of the native protein and therefore functions as a soluble receptor-sponge for Wnt ligands, reduced in vitro cellular invasion and in vivo xenograft tumor growth for osteosarcoma cell lines. Here, we use a genetically engineered mouse model of osteosarcomagenesis with and without expression of dnLRP5 to assess to what degree tumorigenesis is affected and whether Wnt/β-catenin signaling is circumvented or maintained...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Vidhya Kumar, Yves Boucher, Hao Liu, Diego Ferreira, Jacob Hooker, Ciprian Catana, Andrew J Hoover, Tobias Ritter, Rakesh K Jain, Alexander R Guimaraes
PURPOSE: Losartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker, can reduce desmoplasia and enhance drug delivery and efficacy through improving interstitial transport and vascular perfusion in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) models in mice. The purpose of this study was to determine whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) and micro-positron emission tomography (PET) measurements could respectively detect improvements in tumor vascular parameters and drug uptake in orthotopic PDAC in mice treated with losartan...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Alicia M Waters, Laura L Stafman, Evan F Garner, Smitha Mruthyunjayappa, Jerry E Stewart, Gregory K Friedman, Jennifer M Coleman, James M Markert, G Yancey Gillespie, Elizabeth A Beierle
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a tumor of skeletal muscle origin, is the most common sarcoma of childhood. Despite multidrug chemotherapy regimens, surgical intervention, and radiation treatment, outcomes remain poor, especially in advanced disease, and novel therapies are needed for the treatment of these aggressive malignancies. Genetically engineered oncolytic viruses, such as herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV), are currently being explored as treatments for pediatric tumors. M002, an oncolytic HSV, has both copies of the γ134...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Simon Schimmack, Ben Lawrence, Barton Kenney, Hubertus Schmitz-Winnenthal, Irvin M Modlin, Mark Kidd
BACKGROUND: Small intestinal neuroendocrine neoplasm (SI-NEN) proliferation is quantified by Ki67 measurements which capture G1-G2M phases of the cell cycle. G0 and early G1 phases, typical of slow-growing cells, can be detected by minichromosome maintenance protein (MCM) expression. We hypothesized that these replication licensing markers may provide clinically relevant information to augment Ki67 in low-grade neuroendocrine neoplasia. METHODS: Immunohistochemical staining (IHC), Western blot analysis, quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and copy number variations of MCM2, MCM3, and Ki67 were undertaken in SI-NENs (n = 22)...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Stefan Schob, Peter Voigt, Lionel Bure, Hans-Jonas Meyer, Claudia Wickenhauser, Curd Behrmann, Annekathrin Höhn, Paul Kachel, Henning Dralle, Karl-Titus Hoffmann, Alexey Surov
BACKGROUND: Thyroid carcinomas represent the most frequent endocrine malignancies. Recent studies were able to distinguish malignant from benign nodules of the thyroid gland with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). Although this differentiation is undoubtedly helpful, presurgical discrimination between well-differentiated and undifferentiated carcinomas would be crucial to define the optimal treatment algorithm. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate if readout-segmented multishot echo planar DWI is able to differentiate between differentiated and undifferentiated subtypes of thyroid carcinomas...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Lan B Hoang-Minh, Loic P Deleyrolle, Nariaki S Nakamura, Alexander K Parker, Regina T Martuscello, Brent A Reynolds, Matthew R Sarkisian
A better understanding of the molecules implicated in the growth and survival of glioblastoma (GBM) cells and their response to temozolomide (TMZ), the standard-of-care chemotherapeutic agent, is necessary for the development of new therapies that would improve the outcome of current GBM treatments. In this study, we characterize the role of pericentriolar material 1 (PCM1), a component of centriolar satellites surrounding centrosomes, in GBM cell proliferation and sensitivity to genotoxic agents such as TMZ...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Nayeli Goreti Nieto-Velázquez, Yessica Dorin Torres-Ramos, José Luis Muñoz-Sánchez, Lorena Espinosa-Godoy, Susana Gómez-Cortés, José Moreno, Mario Adán Moreno-Eutimio
Human natural killer (NK) cells are considered professional cytotoxic cells that are integrated into the effector branch of innate immunity during antiviral and antitumoral responses. The purpose of this study was to examine the peripheral distribution and expression of NK cell activation receptors from the fresh peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 30 breast cancer patients prior to any form of treatment (including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy), 10 benign breast pathology patients, and 24 control individuals...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Florian Nima Fleckenstein, Rüdiger Egbert Schernthaner, Rafael Duran, Jae Ho Sohn, Sonia Sahu, Karen Marshall, MingDe Lin, Bernhard Gebauer, Julius Chapiro, Riad Salem, Jean-François Geschwind
PURPOSE: Liver metastases from renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are not uncommon in the course of disease. However, data about tumor response to intraarterial therapy (IAT) are scarce. This study assessed whether changes of enhancing tumor volume using quantitative European Association for the Study of the Liver (qEASL) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) can evaluate tumor response and predict overall survival (OS) early after therapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Fourteen patients with liver metastatic RCC treated with IAT (transarterial chemoembolization: n= 9 and yttrium-90: n= 5) were retrospectively included...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Suvendu Purkait, Supriya Mallick, Vikas Sharma, Anupam Kumar, Pankaj Pathak, Prerana Jha, Ahitagni Biswas, Pramod Kumar Julka, Deepak Gupta, Ashish Suri, Ashish Datt Upadhyay, Vaishali Suri, Mehar C Sharma, Chitra Sarkar
This study aims to establish the best and simplified panel of molecular markers for prognostic stratification of glioblastomas (GBMs). One hundred fourteen cases of GBMs were studied for IDH1, TP53, and TERT mutation by Sanger sequencing; EGFR and PDGFRA amplification by fluorescence in situ hybridization; NF1expression by quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR); and MGMT promoter methylation by methylation-specific PCR. IDH1 mutant cases had significantly longer progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) as compared to IDH1 wild-type cases...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
Ana Rita Lima, Maria de Lourdes Bastos, Márcia Carvalho, Paula Guedes de Pinho
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in Western countries. Current screening techniques are based on the measurement of serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels and digital rectal examination. A decisive diagnosis of PCa is based on prostate biopsies; however, this approach can lead to false-positive and false-negative results. Therefore, it is important to discover new biomarkers for the diagnosis of PCa, preferably noninvasive ones...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
Alexandra Kuzyk, John Gartner, Sabine Mai
Using 3D telomere quantitative fluorescence in situ hybridization, we determined the 3D telomere organization of 74 neuroblastoma tissue samples. Hierarchical cluster analysis of the measured telomere parameters identified three subgroups from our patient cohort. These subgroups have unique telomere profiles based on telomere length and nuclear architecture. Subgroups with higher levels of telomere dysfunction were comprised of tumors with greater numbers of telomeres, telomeric aggregates, and short telomeres (P<...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
Ming-Yii Huang, Hsiang-Lin Tsai, Joh-Jong Huang, Jaw-Yuan Wang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major public health problem. Early CRC detection, pretherapeutic responsiveness prediction, and postoperative micrometastasis monitoring are the hallmarks for successful CRC treatment. Here, the methodologies used for detecting circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from CRC are reviewed. In addition to the traditional CRC biomarkers, the persistent presence of posttherapeutic CTCs indicates resistance to adjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy; hence, CTCs also play a decisive role in the subsequent relapse of CRC...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
Juha Kauppi, Jari Räsänen, Eero Sihvo, Urpo Nieminen, Perttu Arkkila, Markku Ahotupa, Jarmo Salo
OBJECTIVES: Oxidative stress (OS) is an essential element in the pathogenesis of Barrett's esophagus (BE) and its transformation to adenocarcinoma (EAC). The state of OS in the proximal stomach of patients with BE and EAC is unknown. Isoprostanes are a specific marker of OS not previously used to determine OS from BE/EAC tissue samples. PATIENTS AND METHODS: OS was measured in 42 patients with BE (n = 9), EAC (n = 9), or both (n = 24) and 15 control patients. A STAT-8-Isoprostane EIA Kit served to identify 8-Isoprostanes (8-IP), and a Glutathione Assay Kit was used to measure glutathione reduced form (GSH) and glutathione oxidized form...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
Pu-Yun OuYang, Zhuo-Fei Bi, Lu-Ning Zhang, Kai-Yun You, Yao Xiao, Xiao-Wen Lan, Jie Tang, Xi-Cheng Wang, Wuguo Deng, Fang-Yun Xie
PURPOSE: It deserves investigation whether induction chemotherapy (IC) followed by intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is inferior to the current standard of IMRT plus concurrent chemotherapy (CC) in locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma. METHODS: Patients who received IC (94 patients) or CC (302 patients) plus IMRT at our center between March 2003 and November 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. Propensity-score matching method was used to match patients in both arms at equal ratio...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
Ninna Aggerholm-Pedersen, Katja Maretty-Kongstad, Johnny Keller, Steen Baerentzen, Akmal Safwat
OBJECTIVE: Certain biomarkers such as the C-reactive protein, serum albumin, and the neutrophils to lymphocyte ratio are of prognostic significance regarding survival in different types of cancers. Data from sarcoma patients are sparse and mainly derived from soft tissue sarcoma and/or metastatic cases. Adjusting for confounders such as comorbidity and age is an essential safeguard against erroneous conclusions regarding the possible prognostic value of these biomarkers. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic value of a battery of pretreatment biomarkers in the serum of patients with localized bone sarcomas and to adjust for potential confounders...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
Julian Biau, Emmanuel Chautard, Frank Court, Bruno Pereira, Pierre Verrelle, Flavien Devun, Leanne De Koning, Marie Dutreix
Common preclinical models for testing anticancer treatment include cultured human tumor cell lines in monolayer, and xenografts derived from these cell lines in immunodeficient mice. Our goal was to determine how similar the xenografts are compared with their original cell line and to determine whether it is possible to predict the stability of a xenograft model beforehand. We studied a selection of 89 protein markers of interest in 14 human cell cultures and respective subcutaneous xenografts using the reverse-phase protein array technology...
August 2016: Translational Oncology
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