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Hormones & Cancer

Jessica L Christenson, Kiel T Butterfield, Nicole S Spoelstra, John D Norris, Jatinder S Josan, Julie A Pollock, Donald P McDonnell, Benita S Katzenellenbogen, John A Katzenellenbogen, Jennifer K Richer
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) has a faster rate of metastasis compared to other breast cancer subtypes, and no effective targeted therapies are currently FDA-approved. Recent data indicate that the androgen receptor (AR) promotes tumor survival and may serve as a potential therapeutic target in TNBC. Studies of AR in disease progression and the systemic effects of anti-androgens have been hindered by the lack of an AR-positive (AR+) immunocompetent preclinical model. In this study, we identified the transgenic MMTV-PyMT (mouse mammary tumor virus-polyoma middle tumor-antigen) mouse mammary gland carcinoma model of breast cancer and Met-1 cells derived from this model as tools to study the role of AR in breast cancer progression...
February 13, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Carol A Lange
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January 24, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Edward C Ottley, Karen L Reader, Kailun Lee, Francesco E Marino, Helen D Nicholson, Gail P Risbridger, Elspeth Gold
Activins are members of the TGF-β superfamily and have been linked to prostate cancer. There are four mammalian activin subunits (βA, βB, βC, and βE) that dimerize to form functional proteins. The role of activin-A (βA-βA) has been relatively well characterized and has been shown to generally inhibit growth in the prostate. In contrast, little is known about the biological function of the βC and βE subunits. Previous work indicated activin-C (βC-βC) to be an antagonist of activin-A. This is important because resistance to activin-A growth inhibition occurs during prostate cancer progression...
January 23, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Shiko Asai, Takuyuki Katabami, Mika Tsuiki, Yasushi Tanaka, Mitsuhide Naruse
Evidence has not been established to support that combination chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and dacarbazine (CVD) improves survival in patients with malignant pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (M-PPGL). To investigate the efficacy of CVD for this disease, we retrospectively analyzed data of 23 patients with metastatic and unresectable M-PPGL (mean age, 41.7 ± 15.4 years) who received at least 2 cycles of this regimen. The follow-up period after initiation of CVD ranged from 0.3 to 13...
January 20, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Ayelen L Gomez, Melisa B Delconte, Gabriela A Altamirano, Lucia Vigezzi, Veronica L Bosquiazzo, Luís F Barbisan, Jorge G Ramos, Enrique H Luque, Mónica Muñoz-de-Toro, Laura Kass
The development of the mammary gland is a hormone-regulated event. Several factors can dysregulate its growth and make the gland more susceptible to cellular transformation. Among these factors, perinatal exposure to xenoestrogens and hormone replacement therapy has been associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. Here, we assessed the effects induced by estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) in ovariectomized (OVX) middle-aged rats and whether perinatal exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) or bisphenol A (BPA) modified these effects in the mammary gland...
January 11, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Krassimira Todorova, Metodi V Metodiev, Gergana Metodieva, Milcho Mincheff, Nelson Fernández, Soren Hayrabedyan
Cancer progression is driven by genome instability incurred rearrangements such as transmembrane protease, serine 2 (TMPRSS2)/v-ets erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene (ERG) that could possibly turn some of the tumor suppressor micro-RNAs into pro-oncogenic ones. Previously, we found dualistic miR-204 effects, acting either as a tumor suppressor or as an oncomiR in ERG fusion-dependent manner. Here, we provided further evidence for an important role of miR-204 for TMPRSS2/ERG and androgen receptor (AR) signaling modulation and fine tuning that prevents TMPRSS2/ERG overexpression in prostate cancer...
January 3, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Marina Inés Flamini, Ivonne Denise Uzair, Gisela Erika Pennacchio, Flavia Judith Neira, Joselina Magali Mondaca, Fernando Dario Cuello-Carrión, Graciela Alma Jahn, Tommaso Simoncini, Angel Matías Sanchez
Thyroid hormones (TH) play a fundamental role in diverse processes, including cellular movement. Cell migration requires the integration of events that induce changes in cell structure towards the direction of migration. These actions are driven by actin remodeling and stabilized by the development of adhesion sites to extracellular matrix via transmembrane receptors linked to the actin cytoskeleton. Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase that promotes cell migration and invasion through the control of focal adhesion turnover...
January 3, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Zahra Vahedpoor, Mehri Jamilian, Fereshteh Bahmani, Esmat Aghadavod, Maryam Karamali, Maryam Kashanian, Zatollah Asemi
We are not aware of any study examining the effects of long term vitamin D administration on regression and metabolic status of patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 1 (CIN1). This study was performed to evaluate the effects of long-term vitamin D administration on regression and metabolic status of patients with CIN1. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was performed among 58 women diagnosed with CIN1. CIN1 diagnosis was performed based on specific diagnostic procedures of biopsy, pathological diagnosis, and colposcopy...
January 3, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Jian Wang, Huaqiang Liu, Lin Tian, Fachen Wang, Liangbo Han, Wei Zhang, Yun-An Bai
The microRNAs (miRNAs) have been suggested as a tumor suppressor in recent years. miR-15b was reported to exert an anti-oncogenic role in the proliferation, migration, and invasion of diverse tumor cells. However, the mechanisms underlying miR-15b-mediated biology of glioblastoma are still unclear. In the present study, the expression of miR-15b was down-regulated in glioblastoma tumor tissues and U87 and U251 cells, but insulin-like growth factor receptor 1 (IGF1R) expression became up-regulated in these tumor tissues and cells (all p < 0...
November 28, 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Shawna B Matthews, Carol A Sartorius
The vast majority of breast cancers are positive for estrogen receptor (ER) and depend on estrogens for growth. These tumors are treated with a variety of ER-targeted endocrine therapies, although eventual resistance remains a major clinical problem. Other steroid hormone receptors such as progesterone receptor (PR) and androgen receptor (AR) are emerging as additional prospective targets in breast cancer. The fundamental mechanism of action of these steroid receptors in gene regulation has been defined mainly by several breast cancer cell lines that were established in the late 1970s...
February 2017: Hormones & Cancer
Stephania Casco, Elena Soto-Vega
Long-term childhood cancer survivors are at great risk of developing late adverse effects after treatment, such as, reduced growth, obesity, decreased fertility, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, impaired glucose, another form of cancer, among others organ dysfunctions, some of them are part of the metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome and cancer connection is still not entirely understood, but there are some notions about it. Metabolic alterations produced during childhood cancer are more likely determined by treatments like radiotherapy, chemotherapy, glucocorticoids therapy, and surgery...
December 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Hannah Oh, Zeina G Khodr, Mark E Sherman, Maya Palakal, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Laura Linville, Berta M Geller, Pamela M Vacek, Donald L Weaver, Rachael E Chicoine, Roni T Falk, Hisani N Horne, Daphne Papathomas, Deesha A Patel, Jackie Xiang, Xia Xu, Timothy Veenstra, Stephen M Hewitt, John A Shepherd, Louise A Brinton, Jonine D Figueroa, Gretchen L Gierach
Higher levels of circulating estrogens and estrogen metabolites (EMs) have been associated with higher breast cancer risk. In breast tissues, reduced levels of terminal duct lobular unit (TDLU) involution, as reflected by higher numbers of TDLUs and acini per TDLU, have also been linked to elevated breast cancer risk. However, it is unknown whether reduced TDLU involution mediates the risk associated with circulating EMs. In a cross-sectional analysis of 94 premenopausal and 92 postmenopausal women referred for clinical breast biopsy at an academic facility in Vermont, we examined the associations of 15 EMs, quantified using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, with the number of TDLUs and acini count/TDLU using zero-inflated Poisson regression with a robust variance estimator and ordinal logistic regression models, respectively...
December 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Matthias Kroiss, Silviu Sbiera, Sabine Kendl, Max Kurlbaum, Martin Fassnacht
Mitotane is the only drug approved for treatment of the orphan disease adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) and was recently shown to be the first clinically used drug acting through endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress induced by toxic lipids. Since mitotane has limited clinical activity as monotherapy, we here study the potential of activating ER-stress through alternative pathways. The single reliable NCI-H295 cell culture model for ACC was used to study the impact MG132, bortezomib (BTZ) and carfilzomib (CFZ) on mRNA and protein expression of ER-stress markers, cell viability and steroid hormone secretion...
September 8, 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Dannielle H Upton, Kirsty A Walters, Rachel E Allavena, Mark Jimenez, Reena Desai, David J Handelsman, Charles M Allan
Phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN) is a known tumour suppressor. To explore the role of Pten in ovarian tumorigenesis, we used transgenic (Tg) SOX2. Cre and AMH. Cre mouse models to direct global Pten haploinsufficiency (Pten (+/-)) or ovary-specific granulosa cell (GC) Pten disruption (Pten (GC) ). Pten mutant models were combined with progressively rising Tg-follicle-stimulating hormone (TgFSH) levels to study the tumorigenic potential of combined genetic/endocrine modification in vivo. Global Pten (+/-) mice exhibited grossly detectable tumours in multiple organs including uterine and mammary tissue and displayed reduced survival...
August 9, 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Ioannis Christakis, Wei Qiu, Angelica M Silva Figueroa, Samuel Hyde, Gilbert J Cote, Naifa L Busaidy, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Grubbs, Jeffrey E Lee, Nancy D Perrier
Thymic carcinoids are rare neuroendocrine tumors that occur in 1-5 % of patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) and are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The few published reports associate these tumors with male sex and smoking. Our objective was to describe cases of these tumors treated at our institution. We performed a retrospective chart review of all patients diagnosed with MEN1 at our tertiary referral center from 1980 to 2014. Patients with a histopathologic, fine-needle aspiration, or clinical diagnosis of a thymic carcinoid were included...
August 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Brenna M Zimmer, Michelle E Howell, Qin Wei, Linlin Ma, Trevor Romsdahl, Eileen G Loughman, Jonathan E Markham, Javier Seravalli, Joseph J Barycki, Melanie A Simpson
Prostate epithelial cells control the potency and availability of androgen hormones in part by inactivation and elimination. UDP-glucose dehydrogenase (UGDH) catalyzes the NAD(+)-dependent oxidation of UDP-glucose to UDP-glucuronate, an essential precursor for androgen inactivation by the prostate glucuronidation enzymes UGT2B15 and UGT2B17. UGDH expression is androgen stimulated, which increases the production of UDP-glucuronate and fuels UGT-catalyzed glucuronidation. In this study, we compared the glucuronidation potential and its impact on androgen-mediated gene expression in an isogenic LNCaP model for androgen-dependent versus castration-resistant prostate cancer...
August 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Gail P Risbridger, Renea A Taylor
Systems that model cancer form the backbone of research discovery, and their accuracy and validity are a key determinant to ensure successful translation. In many tumour types, patient-derived specimens are an important model of choice for pre-clinical drug development. In this review, we consider why this has been such a challenge for prostate cancer, resulting in relatively few patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) of prostatic tumours compared to breast cancers, for example. Nevertheless, with only a few patient specimens and PDXs, we exemplify in three vignettes how important new clinical insights were obtained resulting in benefit for future men with prostate cancer...
August 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Lei Wang, David M Lonard, Bert W O'Malley
Steroid receptor coactivator (SRC) family members (SRC-1, SRC-2, SRC-3) interact with nuclear receptors (NRs) and many transcription factors to enhance target gene transcription. Deregulation of SRCs is widely implicated in NR mediated diseases, especially hormone dependent cancers. By integrating steroid hormone signaling and growth factor pathways, SRC proteins exert multiple modes of oncogenic regulation in cancers and represent emerging targets for cancer therapeutics. Recent work has identified SRC-targeting agents that show promise in blocking tumor growth in vitro and in vivo, and have the potential to function as powerful and broadly encompassing treatments for different cancers...
August 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Jithma Prasad Abeykoon, Luke Mueller, Frank Dong, Ashish V Chintakuntlawar, Jonas Paludo, Rami Mortada
Thyroid nodules are classified into six cytological categories under the Bethesda classification system. Two of these categories, atypical of undetermined significance (AUS) and suspicious for a follicular neoplasm (SFN), are further labeled as "indeterminate" diagnosis. Starting in June, 2012, Kansas University-Wichita Endocrine clinic implemented Afirma® Gene Expression Classifier (AGEC) to evaluate the need for surgical resection of thyroid nodules in patients with an indeterminate diagnosis. Electronic medical records of patients who underwent thyroid nodule fine-needle aspiration from 2004-2014 were reviewed...
August 2016: Hormones & Cancer
Ali Shidfar, Tolulope Fatokun, David Ivancic, Robert T Chatterton, Seema A Khan, Jun Wang
The local endocrine environment of the breast may have stronger relations to breast cancer risk than systemic hormones. Nipple aspiration fluid (NAF) provides a window into this milieu. We hypothesized that the correlations between proteins and steroid hormones in NAF are stronger, and specific relationships may reveal links to breast cancer risk. NAF and blood samples were obtained simultaneously from 54 healthy women and from the contralateral unaffected breast of 60 breast cancer patients. The abundance of five proteins, superoxide dismutase (SOD1), C-reactive protein (CRP), chitinase-3-like protein 1 (YKL40), cathepsin D (CatD), and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in NAF was measured using ELISA...
August 2016: Hormones & Cancer
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