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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648661/de-novo-epigenetic-programs-inhibit-pd-1-blockade-mediated-t-cell-rejuvenation
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Hazem E Ghoneim, Yiping Fan, Ardiana Moustaki, Hossam A Abdelsamed, Pradyot Dash, Pranay Dogra, Robert Carter, Walid Awad, Geoff Neale, Paul G Thomas, Ben Youngblood
Immune-checkpoint-blockade (ICB)-mediated rejuvenation of exhausted T cells has emerged as a promising approach for treating various cancers and chronic infections. However, T cells that become fully exhausted during prolonged antigen exposure remain refractory to ICB-mediated rejuvenation. We report that blocking de novo DNA methylation in activated CD8 T cells allows them to retain their effector functions despite chronic stimulation during a persistent viral infection. Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing of antigen-specific murine CD8 T cells at the effector and exhaustion stages of an immune response identified progressively acquired heritable de novo methylation programs that restrict T cell expansion and clonal diversity during PD-1 blockade treatment...
June 21, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628013/modulation-of-antitumor-immune-response-in-mouse-prostate-cancer-model
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N Mitskevich, T Tsertsvadze, K Mchedlishvili, K Matchavariani, G Guruli
Aim of study - prostate cancer is second most common cancer in men worldwide, and fifth leading cause of death from cancer in men (6.6% of the total men deaths). Unfortunately, once cancer spreads outside of prostate, it becomes incurable. Androgen deprivation can provide some relief, but resistance will develop eventually, and at that time no effective treatment options are left to the patient. Therefore, the search of alternative treatment modalities is paramount. In this article we evaluated the role of epigenetic modifier 5-azacitidine (5-AzaC) and immunomodulator - Lenalidomide and their possible impact on the immune response in the murine prostate cancer model...
May 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623356/high-risk-human-papillomavirus-e7-alters-host-dna-methylome-and-represses-hla-e-expression-in-human-keratinocytes
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Louis Cicchini, Rachel Z Blumhagen, Joseph A Westrich, Mallory E Myers, Cody J Warren, Charlotte Siska, David Raben, Katerina J Kechris, Dohun Pyeon
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection distinctly alters methylation patterns in HPV-associated cancer. We have recently reported that HPV E7-dependent promoter hypermethylation leads to downregulation of the chemokine CXCL14 and suppression of antitumor immune responses. To investigate the extent of gene expression dysregulated by HPV E7-induced DNA methylation, we analyzed parallel global gene expression and DNA methylation using normal immortalized keratinocyte lines, NIKS, NIKS-16, NIKS-18, and NIKS-16∆E7...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622390/inhibiting-dna-methylation-activates-cancer-testis-antigens-and-expression-of-the-antigen-processing-and-presentation-machinery-in-colon-and-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Cornelia Siebenkäs, Katherine B Chiappinelli, Angela A Guzzetta, Anup Sharma, Jana Jeschke, Rajita Vatapalli, Stephen B Baylin, Nita Ahuja
Innovative therapies for solid tumors are urgently needed. Recently, therapies that harness the host immune system to fight cancer cells have successfully treated a subset of patients with solid tumors. These responses have been strong and durable but observed in subsets of patients. Work from our group and others has shown that epigenetic therapy, specifically inhibiting the silencing DNA methylation mark, activates immune signaling in tumor cells and can sensitize to immune therapy in murine models. Here we show that colon and ovarian cancer cell lines exhibit lower expression of transcripts involved in antigen processing and presentation to immune cells compared to normal tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595192/cancer-precision-medicine-why-more-is-more-and-dna-is-not-enough
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Moritz Schütte, Lesley A Ogilvie, Damian T Rieke, Bodo M H Lange, Marie-Laure Yaspo, Hans Lehrach
Every tumour is different. They arise in patients with different genomes, from cells with different epigenetic modifications, and by random processes affecting the genome and/or epigenome of a somatic cell, allowing it to escape the usual controls on its growth. Tumours and patients therefore often respond very differently to the drugs they receive. Cancer precision medicine aims to characterise the tumour (and often also the patient) to be able to predict, with high accuracy, its response to different treatments, with options ranging from the selective characterisation of a few genomic variants considered particularly important to predict the response of the tumour to specific drugs, to deep genome analysis of both tumour and patient, combined with deep transcriptome analysis of the tumour...
June 9, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591094/non-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinomas-biological-insights-and-therapeutic-challenges-and-opportunities
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Gabriel G Malouf, Richard W Joseph, Amishi Y Shah, Nizar M Tannir
The non-clear cell renal cell carcinomas (nccRCCs) are a diverse group of rare-variant renal carcinomas. Each subtype harbors a distinct cell of origin and exhibits a distinct clinical behavior and response to therapy. The advent of next-generation sequencing has drastically advanced our understanding of key genetic and epigenetic drivers in these tumors, although mechanistic studies are needed to elucidate pathogenesis. The only 2 randomized clinical trials in nccRCC included patients with diverse histologic subtypes...
May 2017: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576744/jak-stat-signaling-and-cancer-opportunities-benefits-and-side-effects-of-targeted-inhibition
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Bernd Groner, Viktoria von Manstein
The effects of Jak Stat signaling and the persistent activation of Stat3 and Stat5 on tumor cell survival, proliferation and invasion have made the Jak Stat pathway a favorite target for drug development and cancer therapy. This notion was strengthened when additional biological functions of Stat signaling in cancer and their roles in the regulation of cytokine dependent inflammation and immunity in the tumor microenvironment were discovered. Stats act not only as transcriptional inducers, but affect gene expression via epigenetic modifications, induce epithelial mesenchymal transition, generate a pro-tumorigenic microenvironment, promote cancer stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, and help to establish the pre-metastatic niche formation...
May 30, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572863/epi-drugs-in-combination-with-immunotherapy-a-new-avenue-to-improve-anticancer-efficacy
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REVIEW
Roberta Mazzone, Clemens Zwergel, Antonello Mai, Sergio Valente
Immune checkpoint factors, such as programmed cell death protein-1/2 (PD-1, PD-2) or cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) receptors, are targets for monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) developed for cancer immunotherapy. Indeed, modulating immune inhibitory pathways has been considered an important breakthrough in cancer treatment. Although immune checkpoint blockade therapy used to treat malignant diseases has provided promising results, both solid and haematological malignancies develop mechanisms that enable themselves to evade the host immune system...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561043/hsps-drive-dichotomous-t-cell-immune-responses-via-dna-methylome-remodelling-in-antigen-presenting-cells
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Lauren B Kinner-Bibeau, Abigail L Sedlacek, Michelle N Messmer, Simon C Watkins, Robert J Binder
Immune responses primed by endogenous heat shock proteins, specifically gp96, can be varied, and mechanisms controlling these responses have not been defined. Immunization with low doses of gp96 primes T helper type 1 (Th1) immune responses, whereas high-dose immunization primes responses characterized by regulatory T (Treg) cells and immunosuppression. Here we show gp96 preferentially engages conventional and plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) under low and high doses, respectively, through CD91. Global DNMT-dependent epigenetic modifications lead to changes in protein expression within these antigen-presenting cells...
May 31, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545238/epigenetic-strategies-to-boost-cancer-immunotherapies
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REVIEW
Maria J Barrero
Recently, immunotherapeutic approaches have shown impressive responses in a subset of cancer patients. However, the rate of success is low and a large percentage of treated patients do not experience clinical benefits. Therefore, additional strategies are needed to improve responses and select responsive patients. Emerging data suggest that epigenetic drugs can improve the responses to immunotherapy. Understanding the mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy and the epigenetic events that take place during immune evasion is critical to providing a rational combined use of immunotherapies and epigenetic drugs...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536458/epigenetic-priming-restores-the-hla-class-i-antigen-processing-machinery-expression-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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Cathrin Ritter, Kaiji Fan, Annette Paschen, Sine Reker Hardrup, Soldano Ferrone, Paul Nghiem, Selma Ugurel, David Schrama, Jürgen C Becker
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and aggressive, yet highly immunogenic skin cancer. The latter is due to its viral or UV-associated carcinogenesis. For tumor progression MCC has to escape the host's immuno-surveillance, e.g. by loss of HLA class-I expression. Indeed, a reduced HLA class-I expression was observed in MCC tumor tissues and MCC cell lines. This reduced HLA class-I surface expression is caused by an impaired expression of key components of the antigen processing machinery (APM), including LMP2 and LMP7 as well as TAP1 and TAP2...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529938/senescence-inflammatory-regulation-of-reparative-cellular-reprogramming-in-aging-and-cancer
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Javier A Menendez, Tomás Alarcón
The inability of adult tissues to transitorily generate cells with functional stem cell-like properties is a major obstacle to tissue self-repair. Nuclear reprogramming-like phenomena that induce a transient acquisition of epigenetic plasticity and phenotype malleability may constitute a reparative route through which human tissues respond to injury, stress, and disease. However, tissue rejuvenation should involve not only the transient epigenetic reprogramming of differentiated cells, but also the committed re-acquisition of the original or alternative committed cell fate...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507795/digital-analysis-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-the-signature-of-rejection-in-colorectal-cancer
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Viktor H Koelzer, Lena Sokol, Stefan Zahnd, Lucine Christe, Heather Dawson, Martin D Berger, Daniel Inderbitzin, Inti Zlobec, Alessandro Lugli
The immune system plays a pivotal role in the development and progression of colorectal cancer (CRC). Tumor immune rejection has been previously linked to the activation of the interferon-stimulated genes (ISG) STAT1, IRF-5 and IRF-1. Specific immunoregulatory microRNAs (miRNAs) may impact the expression of these ISG in the tumor microenvironment. In this translational study, we develop a digital image analysis protocol to identify the ISG-gene expression signature and investigate miRNA expression in the immediate environment of invading cancer cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503213/epigenetic-modifications-of-the-immune-checkpoint-genes-ctla4-and-pdcd1-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-in-increased-expression
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Sebastian Marwitz, Swetlana Scheufele, Sven Perner, Martin Reck, Ole Ammerpohl, Torsten Goldmann
Targeting checkpoint inhibitors using monoclonal antibodies results in significantly better outcome of cancer patients compared to conventional chemotherapy. However, the current companion diagnostics to predict response is so far suboptimal, since they base on more or less reliable immunohistochemical approaches. In order to overcome these limitations, we analyzed epigenetic modifications of PDCD1 (PD1), CD274 (PD-L1), and CTLA4 in NSCLC tissues from 39 patients. Results were correlated with transcriptome data...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498806/epigenetic-modifiers-upregulate-mhc-ii-and-impede-ovarian-cancer-tumor-growth
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Taylor B Turner, Selene Meza-Perez, Angelina Londoño, Ashwini Katre, Jacelyn E Peabody, Haller J Smith, Andres Forero, Lyse A Norian, J Michael Straughn, Donald J Buchsbaum, Troy D Randall, Rebecca C Arend
Expression of MHC class II pathway proteins in ovarian cancer correlates with prolonged survival. Murine and human ovarian cancer cells were treated with epigenetic modulators - histone deacetylase inhibitors and a DNA methyltransferase inhibitor. mRNA and protein expression of the MHC II pathway were evaluated by qPCR and flow cytometry. Treatment with entinostat and azacytidine of ID8 cells in vitro increased mRNA levels of Cd74, Ciita, and H2-Aa, H2-Eb1. MHC II and CD74 protein expression were increased after treatment with either agent...
April 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487862/naturally-occurring-canine-invasive-urinary-bladder-cancer-a-complementary-animal-model-to-improve-the-success-rate-in-human-clinical-trials-of-new-cancer-drugs
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REVIEW
Christopher M Fulkerson, Deepika Dhawan, Timothy L Ratliff, Noah M Hahn, Deborah W Knapp
Genomic analyses are defining numerous new targets for cancer therapy. Therapies aimed at specific genetic and epigenetic targets in cancer cells as well as expanded development of immunotherapies are placing increased demands on animal models. Traditional experimental models do not possess the collective features (cancer heterogeneity, molecular complexity, invasion, metastasis, and immune cell response) critical to predict success or failure of emerging therapies in humans. There is growing evidence, however, that dogs with specific forms of naturally occurring cancer can serve as highly relevant animal models to complement traditional models...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486273/zebularine-treatment-induces-mage-a11-expression-and-improves-ctl-cytotoxicity-using-a-novel-identified-hla-a2-restricted-mage-a11-peptide
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Jiandong Zhang, Meixiang Sang, Lina Gu, Fei Liu, Weijing Li, Danjing Yin, Yunyan Wu, Shina Liu, Weina Huang, Baoen Shan
Melanoma-associated antigen-A11 (MAGE-A11) is frequently expressed in breast cancer and is associated with poor prognosis. Therefore, MAGE-A11 is a potential immunotherapy target in breast cancer. MAGE-A11 expression, however, is downregulated in many patients, thus constraining the application of immunotherapy. The induction of MAGE-A11 expression is crucial for the recognition and killing of breast cancer cells by cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL). In this study, a series of HLA-A2-restricted candidate MAGE-A11 peptides were predicted, synthesized, and tested...
July 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451581/effect-of-exposure-to-900-mhz-gsm-mobile-phone-radiofrequency-radiation-on-estrogen-receptor-methylation-status-in-colon-cells-of-male-sprague-dawley-rats
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P Mokarram, M Sheikhi, S M J Mortazavi, S Saeb, N Shokrpour
BACKGROUND: Over the past several years, the rapidly increasing use of mobile phones has raised global concerns about the biological effects of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can be associated with effects on the nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, hematopoietic and ocular systems. In spite of genetic diversity, the onset and progression of cancer can be controlled by epigenetic mechanisms such as gene promoter methylation...
March 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439515/endogenous-retroviruses-with-us-and-against-us
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REVIEW
Thomas J Meyer, Jimi L Rosenkrantz, Lucia Carbone, Shawn L Chavez
Mammalian genomes are scattered with thousands of copies of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), mobile genetic elements that are relics of ancient retroviral infections. After inserting copies into the germ line of a host, most ERVs accumulate mutations that prevent the normal assembly of infectious viral particles, becoming trapped in host genomes and unable to leave to infect other cells. While most copies of ERVs are inactive, some are transcribed and encode the proteins needed to generate new insertions at novel loci...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436451/empirical-modeling-of-physiochemical-immune-response-of-multilayer-zinc-oxide-nanomaterials-under-uv-exposure-to-melanoma-and-foreskin-fibroblasts
#20
Muhammad Fakhar-E-Alam, M Waseem Akram, Seemab Iqbal, K S Alimgeer, M Atif, K Sultana, M Willander, Zhiming M Wang
Carcinogenesis is a complex molecular process starting with genetic and epigenetic alterations, mutation stimulation, and DNA modification, which leads to proteomic adaptation ending with an uncontrolled proliferation mechanism. The current research focused on the empirical modelling of the physiological response of human melanoma cells (FM55P) and human foreskin fibroblasts cells (AG01518) to the multilayer zinc oxide (ZnO) nanomaterials under UV-A exposure. To validate this experimental scheme, multilayer ZnO nanomaterials were grown on a femtotip silver capillary and conjugated with protoporphyrin IX (PpIX)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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