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Oncology Letters

Shaimaa Sait, Timothy Fawcett, George Blanck
Mutant peptides resulting from cancer drivers or passenger mutations are expected to have the potential to serve as a basis for cancer vaccines. However, a number of parameters regulate vaccine-associated immunogenicity, including the suitability of a peptide for binding to an antigen-presenting molecule or antibody. In order to obtain a basic indication of the prospect of human cancer epitope identification via current database development strategies, an overlap of the mutant Homo sapiens epitopes listed on the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB) and the mutant peptides indicated by The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) somatic mutation database was obtained...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Mine Erguven, Gulperi Oktem, Ali Nail Kara, Ayhan Bilir
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most frequent type of cancer in men worldwide and the levels of differentiation growth factor midkine (MK) are increased in PCa. Cancer and/or the treatment process itself may lead to psychiatric disorders. Lithium chloride (LiCl) has anti-manic properties and has been used in cancer therapy; however, it has a queried safety profile. In addition, cancer stem cells are responsible for the heterogeneous phenotype of tumor cells; they are involved in progression, metastasis, recurrence and therapy resistance in various cancer types...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Stefan Hartmann, Muna Brisam, Stephan Rauthe, Oliver Driemel, Roman C Brands, Andreas Rosenwald, Alexander C Kübler, Urs D A Müller-Richter
There is a growing body of evidence indicating that several melanoma-associated antigen-A (MAGE-A) subgroups contribute to the malignancy of head and neck cancer. The present study retrospectively analyzed the expression of all known MAGE-A subgroups in the tumor front and center of 38 head and neck cancer patients (Union for International Cancer Control stage I or IV) by immunohistochemistry. MAGE-A1, -A6, -A8, -A9 and -A11 were expressed at significantly higher levels at the tumor front of stage IV specimens compared with the tumor front of stage I specimens...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Song Han, Enlong Ma, Xiaonan Wang, Chunyong Yu, Tao Dong, Wen Zhan, Xuezhong Wei, Guobiao Liang, Sizhe Feng
Primary glioblastoma (GBM) is the most prevalent brain cancer, with fast progression and a poor prognosis. Current treatment options are unable to fully manage GBM since it is highly resistant to radiation and chemotherapy, and it cannot be completely removed by surgery. Thus, immunotherapeutic strategies utilizing tumor-infiltrating T cells have been investigated. In the present study, the T-cell response in GBM patients was examined in resected tumor samples and peripheral blood samples by flow cytometry...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Angélica Morales, Sumiko Morimoto, Felipe Vilchis, Natsuko Taniyama, Claudia J Bautista, Carlos Robles, Enrique Bargalló
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is important in the growth and metastasis of cancer cells. In 2001, another angiogenic factor, endocrine gland-derived VEGF (EG-VEGF), was characterized and sequenced. EG-VEGF activity appears to be restricted to endothelial cells derived from endocrine glands. At the molecular level, its expression is regulated by hypoxia and steroid hormones. Although VEGF and EG-VEGF are structurally different, they function in a coordinated fashion. Since the majority of mammary tumors are hormone-dependent, it was hypothesized that EG-VEGF would be expressed in these tumors, and therefore, represent a potential target for anti-angiogenic therapy...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Yaping Zhong, Yonggang Zhang, Ping Wang, Hongxiu Gao, Chunling Xu, Hui Li
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a fatal hematological cancer characterized by clonal plasma cell proliferation in the bone marrow. MM has an increasing global incidence and a poor prognosis. There are limited treatment options available for MM, and this is further compounded by the development of drug resistance. The present study demonstrated that 7-{4-[Bis-(2-hydroxyethyl)-amino]-butoxy}-5-hydroxy-8-methoxy-2-phenylchromen-4-one (V8), a novel synthetic flavonoid, induced apoptosis in human MM RPMI 8226 cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner, using cell viability assays and flow cytometry...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Yanxia Bai, Yuan Shao, Huajing Li, Wanli Xue, Fang Quan, Shengli Wu
Ki-67 is one of the most useful markers to evaluate cell proliferative activity and has been widely used in tumor treatment and research. However, its role in human laryngeal carcinoma remains poorly defined. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression of Ki-67 in human laryngeal squamous carcinoma and the effect of Ki-67 gene silencing by small interfering (si)RNA on the proliferation of human laryngocarcinoma HEp2 cells. Immunohistochemistry and reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction were performed to examine the expression of Ki-67 in human laryngeal squamous carcinoma tissues and adjacent non-cancer tissues from 50 patients with laryngeal squamous carcinoma...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Ying Xu, Dongming Wu, Yuanchun Fan, Peigeng Li, Hongfei Du, Jiao Shi, Dan Wang, Xiaoping Zhou
The recombinant protein flagellin A (FlaA) N/C, derived from the flagellin protein of Legionella pneumophila, has been shown to increase the expression of cytoprotective cytokines, activate the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway, and increase the survival of mice following total body irradiation. Determi ning whether FlaA N/C has a sensitizing effect on tumor radiation or a direct tumoricidal effect is critical for its application as an effective radiation protection agent. The present study investigated the molecular mechanism underlying the tumor radiosensitivity of FlaA N/C...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Veronika Holubeková, Andrea Mendelová, Marián Grendár, Sandra Meršaková, Ivana Kapustová, Karin Jašek, Andrea Vaňochová, Jan Danko, Zora Lasabová
Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer mortality in females worldwide. Infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is essential but insufficient to cause cervical cancer, and the clearance of HPV infection is mediated by the immune system. The deficit of molecules responsible for adhesion may play a role in the development of cervical cancer. E-cadherin is encoded by the cadherin 1 (CDH1) gene, and is involved in cell adhesion by forming adherens junctions. The aim of present study was to investigate the methylation pattern of the CDH1 promoter and to identify the association between CDH1 promoter hypermethylation, CDH1 gene expression and HPV infection in cervical specimens obtained from 93 patients with low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (SILs), high-grade SILs or squamous cell carcinomas, and from 47 patients with normal cervical cytology (HPV-negative)...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Xiao-Ming Shen, You-You Xia, Lian Lian, Chong Zhou, Xiang-Li Li, Shu-Guang Han, Yan Zheng, Fei-Ran Gong, Min Tao, Zhong-Qi Mao, Wei Li
Gastric cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer and the second cause of cancer-related mortalities worldwide. Platelets play an important and multifaceted role in cancer progression. Elevated mean platelet volume (MPV) detected in peripheral blood has been identified in various types of cancer. In the present study, we investigated the application value of MPV in early diagnostic and prognostic prediction in patients with resectable gastric cancer. In total, 168 patients with resectable gastric cancer were included and separated into the gastric cancer and healthy control groups according to median pre-operatic MPV value (MPV low, <10...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Jisheng Bao, Liping Zhu, Qi Zhu, Jianhua Su, Menglan Liu, Wei Huang
Re-programming of lipogenic signaling has been previously demonstrated to result in significant alterations in tumor cell pathology. Sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP-1) is a known transcription factor of lipogenic genes. Despite the fact that its functions in proliferation and apoptosis have been elucidated in recent studies, its role in tumor cell migration and invasion, particularly in breast cancer, remains unclear. In present study, the messenger RNA and protein expression levels of SREBP-1 in cancer tissues were observed to be overexpressed compared with those in matched para-cancerous tissues (P<0...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Xuening Zhao, Gang Yu, Xuemin Yu, Juan Wang, Xinliang Pan
The present study aimed to identify the role of caveolin-1 (CAV1) in hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (HSCC) and identify its possible correlation with tumor clinical parameters. Expression of CAV1 was measured using immunohistochemical staining of 66 HSCC samples and 44 samples from morphologically normal tissues adjacent to the carcinomas. Expression of CAV1 in HSCC and paracancerous tissues were 71.2 and 9.5% respectively. Levels of CAV1 expression were significantly associated with tumor differentiation, tumor-node-metastasis stage and lymph nodes metastasis (P<0...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Yong Liu, Cheng-Song Cao, Yang Yu, Ya-Meng Si
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and cryoablation are alternative forms of therapy used widely in various pathological states, including treatment of carcinogenesis. The reason is that ablation techniques have ability of modulating the immune system. Furthermore, recent studies have applied this form of therapy on tumor microenvironment and in the systematic circulation. Moreover, RFA and cryoablation result in an inflammatory immune response along with tissue disruption. Evidence has demonstrated that these procedures affect carcinogenesis by causing a significant local inflammatory response leading to an immunogenic gene signature...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Yuanli Dong, Chengrui Fu, Hui Guan, Tianyi Zhang, Zicheng Zhang, Tao Zhou, Baosheng Li
Despite advances in the fields of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the prognosis for high-grade glioma (HGG) remains unsatisfactory. The majority of HGG patients experience disease recurrence. To date, no standard treatments have been established for recurrent HGG. Repeat surgery and chemotherapy demonstrate moderate efficacy. As recurrent lesions are usually located within the previously irradiated field, a second course of irradiation was once considered controversial, as it was considered to exhibit unsatisfactory efficacy and radiation-related toxicities...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Fang Zheng, Jiahe Zhang, Siyu Luo, Jing Yi, Ping Wang, Quanqing Zheng, Yurong Wen
Inappropriate expression of microRNA (miR) is strongly associated with carcinogenesis. miR-143 was reported to be one of the most prominent miRs implicated in the genesis and progression of human cancer. However, its correlation with cell proliferation and apoptosis in cervical cancer remains to be fully elucidated. In the present study, it was demonstrated that miR-143 is able to suppress the proliferation of cervical cancer HeLa cells and induce cell apoptosis in a time- and dose-dependent manner. The present study also investigated the potential targets of miR-143, extracellular-signal-regulated kinase 5 (ERK5) and its downstream substrate oncoprotein c-Fos, both of which are involved in cell proliferation and apoptosis...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Ke-Kang Sun, Song Xu, Jinzhen Chen, Gang Liu, Xiaojun Shen, Xiaoyang Wu
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are mesenchymal neoplasms that arise in the gastrointestinal tract, accounting for ~1% of gastric malignancies. The present study reports the case of a GIST of the stomach in a 75-year-old man who presented with abdominal distension and anorexia for 1 month. Gastroscopy was unremarkable. Ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) scans showed a giant intraabdominal cystic lesion of unknown origin. The lesion was initially believed to be a duplication cyst, a pancreatic pseudocyst or a liver cyst in the pre-operative diagnosis...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Kornelija Ruskyte, Rasa Liutkevicienė, Alvita Vilkeviciute, Paulina Vaitkiene, Indre Valiulytė, Brigita Glebauskiene, Loresa Kriauciuniene, Dalia Zaliuniene
Pituitary adenoma (PA) is one of the most common abnormalities in the sellar region. Despite the fact that PA is a benign monoclonal neoplasm, it can cause serious complications, including ophthalmological, neurological and endocrinological abnormalities. Currently, the causes that increase the progression of tumors are unknown. Epigenetic silencing of the matrix metalloproteinase-14 (MMP-14) and transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGFβ-1) genes may be associated with the development of PA, since these genes are important in the processes of tumor metastasis and angiogenesis...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Uta Duppel, Matthias Woenckhaus, Christian Schulz, Johannes Merk, Wolfgang Dietmaier
Aberrant promoter methylation of tumor relevant genes frequently occurs in early steps of carcinogenesis and during tumor progression. Epigenetic alterations could be used as potential biomarkers for early detection and for prediction of prognosis and therapy response in lung cancer. The present study quantitatively analyzed the methylation status of known and potential gatekeeper and tumor suppressor genes [O-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), Ras association domain family member 1A (RASSF1A), Ras protein activator like 1 (RASAL1), programmed cell death 4 (PDCD4), metastasis suppressor 1 (MTSS1) and tumor suppressor candidate 3 (TUSC3)] in 42 lung cancers and in corresponding non-malignant bronchus and lung tissue using bisulfite-conversion independent methylation-quantification of endonuclease-resistant DNA (MethyQESD)...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Zhisen Shen, Xiaoying Chen, Qun Li, Huadan Ye, Jinyun Li, Chongchang Zhou, Shiwei Duan
DNA methylation is a major regulatory mechanism of gene expression. The aim of the present study was to test the association of transforming growth factor β2 (TGFB2) and B cell lymphoma 2-like 11 (BCL2L11) gene methylation with the risk of laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC). Using bisulfite pyrosequencing technology, DNA methylation levels of TGFB2 promoter and BCL2L11 gene-body CpG cytosines were measured in 90 LSCC tissues and 90 adjacent normal tissues. Analysis of variance and paired sample t-test were used to determine the association of gene methylation and the risk of LSCC...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Sara Giovanna Romeo, Alfredo Conti, Francesca Polito, Chiara Tomasello, Valeria Barresi, Domenico La La Torre, Maria Cucinotta, Flavio Filippo Angileri, Marcello Bartolotta, Rosa Maria Di Giorgio, M'Hammed Aguennouz
Sirtuins are a family of 7 histone deacetylases largely involved in the regulation of cell proliferation, survival and death. The role of sirtuins in tumorigenesis and cancer progression has been previously studied in certain cancer types. Few studies have investigated sirtuin expression in gliomas, with controversial results. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression of sirtuin-1 (Sirt-1) in diffuse astrocytoma [low grade astrocytoma (LGA)], anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and in primary glioma cell lines: PLGAC (primary LGA cells); PAAC (primary AA cells); and PGBMC (primary GBM cells)...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
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