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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640191/phenotypic-plasticity-and-cell-fate-decisions-in-cancer-insights-from-dynamical-systems-theory
#1
REVIEW
Dongya Jia, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Prakash Kulkarni, Herbert Levine
Waddington's epigenetic landscape, a famous metaphor in developmental biology, depicts how a stem cell progresses from an undifferentiated phenotype to a differentiated one. The concept of "landscape" in the context of dynamical systems theory represents a high-dimensional space, in which each cell phenotype is considered as an "attractor" that is determined by interactions between multiple molecular players, and is buffered against environmental fluctuations. In addition, biological noise is thought to play an important role during these cell-fate decisions and in fact controls transitions between different phenotypes...
June 22, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635657/selection-of-nucleic-acid-aptamers-targeting-tumor-cell-surface-protein-biomarkers
#2
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Marie-Cécile Mercier, Monique Dontenwill, Laurence Choulier
Aptamers are nucleic acids referred to as chemical antibodies as they bind to their specific targets with high affinity and selectivity. They are selected via an iterative process known as 'selective evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment' (SELEX). Aptamers have been developed against numerous cancer targets and among them, many tumor cell-membrane protein biomarkers. The identification of aptamers targeting cell-surface proteins has mainly been performed by two different strategies: protein- and cell-based SELEX, when the targets used for selection were proteins and cells, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629162/promotion-of-tumor-invasion-by-tumor-associated-macrophages-the-role-of-csf-1-activated-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-and-src-family-kinase-motility-signaling
#3
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Amy R Dwyer, Eloise L Greenland, Fiona J Pixley
Macrophages interact with cells in every organ to facilitate tissue development, function and repair. However, the close interaction between macrophages and parenchymal cells can be subverted in disease, particularly cancer. Motility is an essential capacity for macrophages to be able to carry out their various roles. In cancers, the macrophage's interstitial migratory ability is frequently co-opted by tumor cells to enable escape from the primary tumor and metastatic spread. Macrophage accumulation within and movement through a tumor is often stimulated by tumor cell production of the mononuclear phagocytic growth factor, colony-stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1)...
June 18, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604629/androgen-receptor-dependent-and-independent-mechanisms-involved-in-prostate-cancer-therapy-resistance
#4
REVIEW
Daniel J Crona, Young E Whang
Despite the initial efficacy of androgen deprivation in prostate cancer, virtually all patients progress to castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Androgen receptor (AR) signaling is critically required for CRPC. A new generation of medications targeting AR, such as abiraterone and enzalutamide, has improved survival of metastatic CRPC (mCRPC) patients. However, a significant proportion of patients presents with primary resistance to these agents, and in the remainder, secondary resistance will invariably develop, which makes mCRPC the lethal form of the disease...
June 12, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598362/carbon-ion-radiotherapy-a-review-of-clinical-experiences-and-preclinical-research-with-an-emphasis-on-dna-damage-repair
#5
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Osama Mohamad, Brock J Sishc, Janapriya Saha, Arnold Pompos, Asal Rahimi, Michael D Story, Anthony J Davis, D W Nathan Kim
Compared to conventional photon-based external beam radiation (PhXRT), carbon ion radiotherapy (CIRT) has superior dose distribution, higher linear energy transfer (LET), and a higher relative biological effectiveness (RBE). This enhanced RBE is driven by a unique DNA damage signature characterized by clustered lesions that overwhelm the DNA repair capacity of malignant cells. These physical and radiobiological characteristics imbue heavy ions with potent tumoricidal capacity, while having the potential for simultaneously maximally sparing normal tissues...
June 9, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587301/bridging-plant-and-human-radiation-response-and-dna-repair-through-an-in-silico-approach
#6
Zacharenia Nikitaki, Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Marcela Holá, Mattia Donà, Ioannis Michalopoulos, Alma Balestrazzi, Karel J Angelis, Alexandros G Georgakilas
The mechanisms of response to radiation exposure are conserved in plants and animals. The DNA damage response (DDR) pathways are the predominant molecular pathways activated upon exposure to radiation, both in plants and animals. The conserved features of DDR in plants and animals might facilitate interdisciplinary studies that cross traditional boundaries between animal and plant biology in order to expand the collection of biomarkers currently used for radiation exposure monitoring (REM) in environmental and biomedical settings...
June 6, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587264/being-in-the-chemotherapy-suite-versus-being-in-the-oncology-ward-an-analytical-view-of-two-hospital-sites-occupied-by-people-experiencing-cancer
#7
Catherine Hughes, Kate van Heugten, Sally Keeling, Francisc Szekely
How do people with cancer occupy places within the health system during their journey through palliative care? The answer to this question was explored by the authors as part of a wider ethnographic study of eight people's journeys from referral to palliative care services to the end of life. This article reports on findings that have emerged from ongoing analysis that has been completed in the years proceeding data collection. An ethnographic research design was used to collect data about the participants and their family members over a three-year period...
June 5, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587258/combination-of-near-infrared-light-activated-photodynamic-therapy-mediated-by-indocyanine-green-with-etoposide-to-treat-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#8
Ting Luo, Qinrong Zhang, Qing-Bin Lu
Indocyanine green (ICG) has been reported as a potential near-infrared (NIR) photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer. However the application of ICG-mediated PDT is both intrinsically and physiologically limited. Here we report a combination of ICG-PDT with a chemotherapy drug etoposide (VP-16), aiming to enhance the anticancer efficacy, to circumvent limitations of PDT using ICG, and to reduce side effects of VP-16. We found in controlled in vitro cell-based assays that this combination is effective in killing non-small-cell lung cancer cells (NSCLC, A549 cell line)...
June 5, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574425/local-immune-responsiveness-of-mice-bearing-premalignant-oral-lesions-to-pd-1-antibody-treatment
#9
Corinne A Levingston, M Rita I Young
A carcinogen-induced premalignant oral lesion model that progresses to oral cancer was used to examine the immunological impact of a 5-week treatment regimen to block programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1). PD-1 antibody treatment resulted in concurrent, but transient, increases in interleukin (IL)-2, IFN-γ and IL-17, and delayed increases in IL-6 and IL-10 within the lesion-bearing tongue epithelium. In contrast, cytokine secretion by lymph node cells of PD-1 antibody-treated mice was lower than for mice treated with control antibodies, with the exception of interferon (IFN)-γ, whose secretion increased late in the treatment period...
June 2, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556811/towards-targeting-pi3k-dependent-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-brain-cancer
#10
REVIEW
Theo Mantamadiotis
The PI3K pathway is one of the most highly perturbed cell signaling pathways in human cancer, including the most common malignant brain tumors, gliomas, where either activating mutations of positive pathway effectors or loss/inactivation of pathway inhibitors occurs. Knowledge of the precise transcription factors modulated by PI3K in tumor cells remains elusive but there are numerous PI3K-responsive signaling factors, including kinases, which can activate many transcription factors. In the context of cancer, these transcription factors participate in the regulation of target genes expression networks to support cancer cell characteristics such as survival, proliferation, migration and differentiation...
May 30, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555065/a-novel-micro-cold-atmospheric-plasma-device-for-glioblastoma-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#11
Zhitong Chen, Hayk Simonyan, Xiaoqian Cheng, Eda Gjika, Li Lin, Jerome Canady, Jonathan H Sherman, Colin Young, Michael Keidar
Cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) treatment is a rapidly expanding and emerging technology for cancer treatment. Direct CAP jet irradiation is limited to the skin and it can also be invoked as a supplement therapy during surgery as it only causes cell death in the upper three to five cell layers. However, the current cannulas from which the plasma emanates are too large for intracranial applications. To enhance efficiency and expand the applicability of the CAP method for brain tumors and reduce the gas flow rate and size of the plasma jet, a novel micro-sized CAP device (µCAP) was developed and employed to target glioblastoma tumors in the murine brain...
May 30, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587143/improving-outcomes-in-patients-with-crc-the-role-of-patient-reported-outcomes-an-esdo-report
#12
REVIEW
Eric Van Cutsem, Aimery De Gramont, Geoffrey Henning, Philippe Rougier, Franck Bonnetain, Thomas Seufferlein
Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide and nearly half of patients will develop metastatic disease at some point during the course of their disease. The goal of anticancer therapy in this context is to extend survival, while trying to maximise the patient's health-related quality of life. To this end, we need to understand how to incorporate patient-reported outcomes into clinical trials and routine practice to accurately assess if treatment strategies are providing clinical benefit for the patient...
May 26, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587135/rgd-binding-integrins-in-head-and-neck-cancers
#13
REVIEW
Hanadi Talal Ahmedah, Laurence H Patterson, Steven D Shnyder, Helen M Sheldrake
Alterations in integrin expression and function promote tumour growth, invasion, metastasis and neoangiogenesis. Head and neck cancers are highly vascular tumours with a tendency to metastasise. They express a wide range of integrin receptors. Expression of the αv and β1 subunits has been explored relatively extensively and linked to tumour progression and metastasis. Individual receptors αvβ3 and αvβ5 have proved popular targets for diagnostic and therapeutic agents but lesser studied receptors, such as αvβ6, αvβ8, and β1 subfamily members, also show promise...
May 26, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587121/chemotherapeutic-drugs-dna-damage-and-repair-in-glioblastoma
#14
REVIEW
Laura Annovazzi, Marta Mellai, Davide Schiffer
Despite improvements in therapeutic strategies, glioblastoma (GB) remains one of the most lethal cancers. The presence of the blood-brain barrier, the infiltrative nature of the tumor and several resistance mechanisms account for the failure of current treatments. Distinct DNA repair pathways can neutralize the cytotoxicity of chemo- and radio-therapeutic agents, driving resistance and tumor relapse. It seems that a subpopulation of stem-like cells, indicated as glioma stem cells (GSCs), is responsible for tumor initiation, maintenance and recurrence and they appear to be more resistant owing to their enhanced DNA repair capacity...
May 26, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587113/the-therapeutic-targeting-of-hgf-c-met-signaling-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-alternative-approaches
#15
REVIEW
Chi-Tan Hu, Jia-Ru Wu, Chuan-Chu Cheng, Wen-Sheng Wu
The poor prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), one of the most devastating cancers worldwide, is due to frequent recurrence and metastasis. Among the metastatic factors in the tumor microenvironment, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) has been well known to play critical roles in tumor progression, including HCC. Therefore, c-Met is now regarded as the most promising therapeutic target for the treatment of HCC. However, there are still concerns about resistance and the side effects of using conventional inhibitors of c-Met, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors...
May 26, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538707/self-esteem-and-academic-difficulties-in-preadolescents-and-adolescents-healed-from-paediatric-leukaemia
#16
Marta Tremolada, Livia Taverna, Sabrina Bonichini, Giuseppe Basso, Marta Pillon
Adolescents with cancer may demonstrate problems in their self-esteem and schooling. This study aims to screen the preadolescents and adolescents more at risk in their self-esteem perception and schooling difficulties post-five years from the end of therapy. Twenty-five paediatric ex-patients healed from leukaemia were recruited at the Haematology-Oncologic Clinic (University of Padua). The mean age of the children was 13.64 years (Standard Deviation (SD)) = 3.08, range = 10-19 years), most were treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) (84%) and relatively equally distributed by gender...
May 24, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538690/dysregulation-of-mirna-expression-in-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-cafs-and-its-consequences-on-the-tumor-microenvironment
#17
REVIEW
Maren Schoepp, Anda Jana Ströse, Jörg Haier
The tumor microenvironment, including cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF), has developed as an important target for understanding tumor progression, clinical prognosis and treatment responses of cancer. Cancer cells appear to transform normal fibroblasts (NF) into CAFs involving direct cell-cell communication and epigenetic regulations. This review summarizes the current understanding on miR involvement in cancer cell-tumor environment/stroma communication, transformation of NFs into CAFs, their involved targets and signaling pathways in these interactions; and clinical relevance of CAF-related miR expression profiles...
May 24, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531109/physical-activity-and-quality-of-life-in-cancer-survivors-a-meta-synthesis-of-qualitative-research
#18
REVIEW
Shaunna Burke, Amanda Wurz, Andrew Bradshaw, Stephanie Saunders, Malcolm A West, Jennifer Brunet
Qualitative research on the impact of physical activity on quality of life (QoL) in adults diagnosed with cancer is accumulating. However, the field of physical activity and cancer survivorship lack a synthesis of this research to reliably understand the implications for future research and practice. The aim of this meta-synthesis was to identify, appraise, and synthesize qualitative research on cancer survivors' perspectives of the impact of physical activity on their QoL. Seven electronic databases were searched for original studies published in English, and reference lists of relevant studies were hand-searched to identify additional studies...
May 20, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513565/epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-cell-proliferation-signaling-pathways
#19
REVIEW
Ping Wee, Zhixiang Wang
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a receptor tyrosine kinase that is commonly upregulated in cancers such as in non-small-cell lung cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, head and neck cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer. Various mechanisms mediate the upregulation of EGFR activity, including common mutations and truncations to its extracellular domain, such as in the EGFRvIII truncations, as well as to its kinase domain, such as the L858R and T790M mutations, or the exon 19 truncation...
May 17, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505072/a-feasibility-study-of-personalized-prescription-schemes-for-glioblastoma-patients-using-a-proliferation-and-invasion-glioma-model
#20
Minsun Kim, Jakob Kotas, Jason Rockhill, Mark Phillips
Purpose: This study investigates the feasibility of personalizing radiotherapy prescription schemes (treatment margins and fractional doses) for glioblastoma (GBM) patients and their potential benefits using a proliferation and invasion (PI) glioma model on phantoms. Methods and Materials: We propose a strategy to personalize radiotherapy prescription schemes by simulating the proliferation and invasion of the tumor in 2D according to the PI glioma model. We demonstrate the strategy and its potential benefits by presenting virtual cases, where the standard and personalized prescriptions were applied to the tumor...
May 13, 2017: Cancers
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