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American Journal of Cancer Research

Jing-Huan Li, Yan Wang, Xiao-Ying Xie, Xin Yin, Lan Zhang, Rong-Xin Chen, Zheng-Gang Ren
Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is the principal therapy for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, its efficacy is currently limited owing to tumor progression or treatment failure. It has been shown that aspirin reduces the incidence of multiple malignant tumors including HCC and plays a synergistic role with chemotherapy in the treatment of colon cancer. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the adjuvant effect of aspirin on patients with unresectable HCC who underwent TACE therapy. A retrospective matched-pairs analysis was performed to evaluate the efficacy of aspirin in combination with TACE therapy...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Yanqun Liu, Min Hoe Chew, Chee Kian Tham, Choong Leong Tang, Simon Yk Ong, Yi Zhao
There is an increasing demand for accurate prognostication for colorectal cancer (CRC). This study sought to assess prognostic potentials of methylation targets in the serum of CRC patients. A total of 165 CRC patients were enrolled in this prospective study. Promoter methylation levels of seven genes in pre-operative sera and matched tumor tissues were evaluated by quantitative methylation-specific PCR. Kaplan-Meier test, and univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression models were used for survival analyses...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Dandan Yu, Ruth Holm, Mariusz Adam Goscinski, Claes G Trope, Jahn M Nesland, Zhenhe Suo
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy, in which cancer stem cells (CSC) have been reported to be the driving force of relapse and therapy-resistance. It is therefore important to explore CSC markers in ovarian cancer. This project aimed to explore the correlation between the expression of potential CSC maker Cacna2d1 and clinicopathological parameters in 238 epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) samples. Immunohistochemically, positive Cacna2d1 expression was observed in 83.6% (199/238) of the EOC tumors, among which 107 tumors (44...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Yaqing Li, Ruixia Huang, Xiaoli Li, Xiaoran Li, Dandan Yu, Mingzhi Zhang, Jianguo Wen, Mariusz Adam Goscinski, Claes G Trope, Jahn M Nesland, Zhenhe Suo
Pyruvate dehydrogenase A1 (PDHA1) serves as a gate-keeper enzyme link between glycolysis and the mitochondrial citric acid cycle. The inhibition of PDHA1 in cancer cells can result in an increased Warburg effect and a more aggressive phenotype in cancer cells. This study was conducted to investigate the expression of PDHA1 in ovarian cancer and the correlation between PDHA1 expression and the prognosis of patients. The PDHA1 protein expression in 3 ovarian cancer cell lines (OVCAR-3, SKOV-3 and ES-2) and 248 surgically removed ovarian carcinoma samples was immunocytochemically examined...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Chunyuan Tang, Fang Wu, Rensheng Wang, Heming Lu, Guisheng Li, Meilian Liu, Haisheng Zhu, Jinxian Zhu, Yong Zhang, Kai Hu
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is highly incident in southern China. Metastasis is the major cause of death in NPC patients. Concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) has been accepted as standard in the treatment of patients with locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). However, induction chemotherapy (IC) also has benefits in this disease, especially in the patients with certain high-risk factors such as bulky and/or extensive nodal disease. It has been presented that adding IC to CCRT might be a reasonable approach and need more work to confirm...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Yaoping Shi, Jianfeng Wang, Zhibin Bai, Yonggang Li, Longhua Qiu, Bo Zhai, Feng Zhang, Xiaoming Yang
Despite recent advances in surgical technique and treatment strategies for esophageal cancer (EC), to effectively manage the advanced (metastatic or disseminated) and recurrent EC still remain a great challenge. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of using intra-esophagus radiofrequency hyperthermia to enhance local HSV-TK/ganciclovir-mediated suicide gene therapy of an innovative animal models with orthotopic esophageal squamous cancers. Human esophageal squamous cancer (ESCa) cells were labeled with lentivirus/luciferase...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Vince Kornél Grolmusz, Katalin Karászi, Tamás Micsik, Eszter Angéla Tóth, Katalin Mészáros, Gellért Karvaly, Gábor Barna, Péter Márton Szabó, Kornélia Baghy, János Matkó, Ilona Kovalszky, Miklós Tóth, Károly Rácz, Péter Igaz, Attila Patócs
Adrenocortical cancer (ACC) is a rare, but agressive malignancy with poor prognosis. Histopathological diagnosis is challenging and pharmacological options for treatment are limited. By the comparative reanalysis of the transcriptional malignancy signature with the cell cycle dependent transcriptional program of ACC, we aimed to identify novel biomarkers which may be used in the histopathological diagnosis and for the prediction of therapeutical response of ACC. Comparative reanalysis of publicly available microarray datasets included three earlier studies comparing transcriptional differences between ACC and benign adrenocortical adenoma (ACA) and one study presenting the cell cycle dependent gene expressional program of human ACC cell line NCI-H295R...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Tian Xia, Song Tong, Kai Fan, Wei Zhai, Bin Fang, Si-Hua Wang, Jian-Jun Wang
X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) was found to be overexpressed in glioma and breast cancers, suggesting that XBP1 might act as a potent oncogenic protein. However, the clinical significance and biological role of XBP1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remain unknown. In this study, we report that XBP1 is markedly overexpressed in ESCC cell lines and clinical samples. XBP1 overexpression was significantly correlated with ESCC tumor stage, lymph node metastasis and poor outcome. A functional study demonstrated that XBP1 promoted cell growth and cell invasion both in vitro and in vivo...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Bin Zhang, Sheqing Ji, Fei Ma, Qi Ma, Xianzhi Lu, Xiaobing Chen
Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) are linked to tumorigenesis and tumor progression. In this study, we examined the expression of miR-489 in gastric cancer tissues and cells. Loss- and gain-of-function experiments were done to determine the roles of miR-489 in gastric cancer cell proliferation and invasion. Bioinformatic prediction, luciferase reporter assays, and Western blot analysis were employed to identify the target gene(s) of miR-489. We found that miR-489 was significantly (P < 0.05) downregulated in human gastric cancer tissues and cell lines, compared to their non-malignant counterparts...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Peng Chen, Huasi Zhao, Jingjing Huang, Xizhong Yan, Yunfei Zhang, Yongshun Gao
MicroRNA-17-5p (miR-17-5p) has previously been reported to play an important role in tumor development and progression. However, it functions differently regarding different kinds of malignant tumor, and its role and mechanism in gastric cancer (GC) still lacks investigation. In this study, we detected the relationship between miR-17-5p and the development of GC by qRT-PCR, and it turned out that the level of miR-17-5p was significantly higher in GC patients than that in normal controls, and the aberrant expression of miR-17-5p was correlated with lymph node metastasis...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Nazli Khodayari, Kamal A Mohammed, Hungyen Lee, Frederick Kaye, Najmunnisa Nasreen
MicroRNAs belonging to the miR-302 family are emerging as key players in the control of cell growth, and maintaining pluripotency during cell fate determination and differentiation in embryonic stem cells. However, the mechanisms whereby ephA2/ephirnA1 signaling regulates miR-302b expression and attenuates malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) cell growth are not known. Our study identified a novel mechanism of ephrin-A1 mediated anti-oncogenic signaling in MPM. Ephrin-A1 treatment up regulates miR-302b expression in MPM cells and attenuates cell proliferation and tumorsphere formation via repression of myeloid cell leukemia-1 (Mcl-1)...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Su-Tang Lo, Pamela Pantazopouos, Zdravka Medarova, Anna Moore
Underglycosylated mucin 1 antigen (uMUC1) is a proven biomarker of cancer progression relevant to many malignancies including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, while ample evidence exists of the expression of total MUC1, little is known about the abundance of the underglycolsylated form of the antigen and its significance in disease progression. Such knowledge is important because the underglycosylated form of MUC1 is intimately linked to metastatic potential. Here, we investigated the expression uMUC1 at various stages of PDAC including pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN)...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Shuyuan Li, Ying Fang, Hai Qin, Wenzheng Fu, Xipeng Zhang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of most prevalent malignant diseases worldwide. Metastasis and chemo-resistance are the two prominent death-related factors of CRCs. Thus, it is urgent to understand the mechanism responsible for the chemo-resistant properties of CRC and develop new therapeutic methods. Here, we found that the expression of miR-659-3p was significantly reduced in cisplatin (CDDP)-resistant HT29 and LOVO colorectal cancer cells and in CDDP-resistant clinical colorectal cancer samples compared with respective CDDP-sensitive counterparts...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Dominik Schulz, Markus Wirth, Guido Piontek, Anna Maria Stefanie Buchberger, Jürgen Schlegel, Rudolf Reiter, Gabriele Multhoff, Anja Pickhard
Despite remarkable successes with targeted therapies in the treatment of cancer, resistance can occur which limits the clinical outcome. In this study, we generated and characterized resistant cell clones derived from two different head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines (Cal27, UD-SCC-5) by long-term exposure to five targeted- and chemotherapeutics (afatinib, MK2206, BEZ235, olaparib and cisplatin). The resistant tumor cell clones showed an increased ERK1/2 expression and an altered expression of the stem-cell markers CD44, ALDH1, Oct4, Sox2, Nanog and Bmi1...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Jingna Su, Xiuxia Zhou, Lixia Wang, Xuyuan Yin, Zhiwei Wang
Natural polyphenol compound curcumin has been found to exhibit its anticancer activity in a variety of human malignancies including pancreatic cancer (PC). However, the underlying mechanism has not been fully understood. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that Skp2 (S-phase kinase associated protein 2) plays an oncogenic role in the development and progression of human cancers. In this study, we aim to explore the molecular basis of curcumin-induced cell growth inhibition in PC cells.Multiple methods such as CTG assay, Flow cytometry, clonogenic assay, wound healing assay, Transwell invasion assay, Western blotting, and transfection were performed to validate the oncogenic role of curcumin in PC cells...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Xiao Yu Wu, Wen Tao Liu, Zhen Feng Wu, Che Chen, Jia Yun Liu, Guan Nan Wu, Xue Quan Yao, Fu Kun Liu, Gang Li
Gastric carcinoma is one of the most lethal malignancies of cancers and its prognosis remains dismal due to the paucity of effective therapeutic targets. Herein, we showed that HRAS is markedly up-regulated in gastric carcinoma. Prognostic analysis indicated that HRAS expression might be a prognostic indicator for the survival of patients with gastric carcinoma. Ectopic expression of HRAS in gastric carcinoma cells accelerated proliferation, migration, invasion, angiogenesis, and clone formation ability of gastric carcinoma cells in vitro...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Chi-Cheng Chen, Chi-Ping Huang, Teng-Fu Hsieh, Wei-Kai Chiu, Wen-Ling Chang, Chih-Rong Shyr
Interactions between infiltrating macrophages in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and tumor cells contribute to tumor progression. The potential impacts of recruited macrophages to the upper urinary tract urothelial cell carcinomas (UUTUCs) progression remain unclear. Here we found human UUTUCs might recruit more macrophages than surrounding normal urothelial cells in human clinical specimens and in in vitro co-culture experiments with UUTUC cells and macrophages. The consequences of recruiting more macrophages to UUTUCs might then enhance UUTUC cell growth, migration and invasion...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Marta Prieto-Vila, Ting Yan, Anna Sanchez Calle, Neha Nair, Laura Hurley, Tomonari Kasai, Hiroki Kakuta, Junko Masuda, Hiroshi Murakami, Akifumi Mizutani, Masaharu Seno
To grow beyond a size of approximately 1-2 mm(3), tumor cells activate many processes to develop blood vasculature. Growing evidences indicate that the formation of the tumor vascular network is very complex, and is not restricted to angiogenesis. Cancer cell-derived tumor vasculatures have been recently described. Among them, endothelial differentiation of tumor cells have been directly related to cancer stem cells, which are cells within a tumor that possess the capacity to self-renew, and to exhibit multipotential heterogeneous lineages of cancer cells...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Yegui Jiang, Hucheng Gao, Mingdong Liu, Qing Mao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cause of the tumor worldwide, its incidence is increasing year by year. This study aims to investigate the sorting and biological characteristics of side population (SP) cells. Human HCC tissues used were obtained from patients undergoing surgical resection. SP cells were sorted using flow cytometry. Cell cycle assay, apoptosis assay and colony formation assay were performed to detect cell proliferation and apoptosis. Invasion assay was employed to examine SP cell invasion...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Chao-Qun Wang, Hao-Ting Sun, Xiao-Mei Gao, Ning Ren, Yuan-Yuan Sheng, Zheng Wang, Yan Zheng, Jin-Wang Wei, Kai-Li Zhang, Xin-Xin Yu, Yin Zhu, Qin Luo, Lu-Yu Yang, Qiong-Zhu Dong, Lun-Xiu Qin
Interleukin-6 (IL-6), one of the most important inflammatory cytokines, plays a pivotal role in metastasis and stemness of solid tumors. However, the underlying mechanisms of IL-6 in HCC metastasis remain unclear. In the present study, we demonstrated that stemness and metastatic potential of HCC cells were significantly enhanced after IL-6 stimulation. IL-6 could induce expression of osteopontin (OPN), along with other stemness-related genes, including HIF1α, BMI1, and HEY1. Block of OPN induction could significantly abrogate the effect of IL-6 on stemness and metastasis of HCC cells...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
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