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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930219/qigong-in-cancer-care-theory-evidence-base-and-practice
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Penelope Klein
Background: The purpose of this discussion is to explore the theory, evidence base, and practice of Qigong for individuals with cancer. Questions addressed are: What is qigong? How does it work? What evidence exists supporting its practice in integrative oncology? What barriers to wide-spread programming access exist? Methods: Sources for this discussion include a review of scholarly texts, the Internet, PubMed, field observations, and expert opinion. Results: Qigong is a gentle, mind/body exercise integral within Chinese medicine...
January 12, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928129/new-advances-and-challenges-of-targeting-cancer-stem-cells
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Nurmaa K Dashzeveg, Rokana Taftaf, Erika K Ramos, Luke Torre-Healy, Anastasia Chumakova, Daniel J Silver, Tyler J Alban, Maksim Sinyuk, Praveena S Thiagarajan, Awad M Jarrar, Soumya M Turaga, Caner Saygin, Erin Mulkearns-Hubert, Masahiro Hitomi, Jeremy N Rich, Stanton L Gerson, Justin D Lathia, Huiping Liu
The second International Cancer Stem Cell Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 20-23, 2016, convened 330 attendees from academic, industrial, and clinical organizations. It featured a debate on the concepts and challenges of the cancer stem cells (CSC) as well as CSC-centered scientific sessions on clinical trials, genetics and epigenetics, tumor microenvironment, immune suppression, metastasis, therapeutic resistance, and emerging novel concepts. The conference hosted 35 renowned speakers, 100 posters, 20 short talks, and a preconference workshop...
September 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921466/roles-of-hdacs-in-the-responses-of-innate-immune-cells-and-as-targets-in-inflammatory-diseases
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Yiqun Hu, Bandar Ali Suliman
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are an emerging class of molecules involved in the epigenetic regulation of innate immune responses through Toll-like receptor (TLR) and interferon (IFN) signaling pathways. HDACs are also key drivers of inflammatory diseases via epigenetic regulation through chromatin DNA and histone modification by methylation and acetylation, among other mechanisms, which control innate immune cell gene expression. Importantly, these epigenetic changes are reversible, and HDACs may also be targeted by small-molecule HDAC inhibitors, which have been used in clinical settings for cancer therapy...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904067/whole-genome-sequencing-reveals-breast-cancers-with-mismatch-repair-deficiency
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Helen Davies, Sandro Morganella, Colin A Purdie, Se Jin Jang, Elin Borgen, Hege Russnes, Dominik Glodzik, Xueqing Zou, Alain Viari, Andrea L Richardson, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Alastair Thompson, Jorunn E Eyfjord, Gu Kong, Michael R Stratton, Serena Nik-Zainal
Mismatch repair (MMR)-deficient cancers have been discovered to be highly responsive to immune therapies such as PD-1 checkpoint blockade, making their definition in patients, where they may be relatively rare, paramount for treatment decisions. In this study, we utilized patterns of mutagenesis known as mutational signatures, which are imprints of the mutagenic processes associated with MMR deficiency, to identify MMR-deficient breast tumors from a whole-genome sequencing dataset comprising a cohort of 640 patients...
September 13, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867169/nitric-oxide-the-forgotten-child-of-tumor-metabolism
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REVIEW
Bahar Salimian Rizi, Abhinav Achreja, Deepak Nagrath
Nitric oxide (NO) is a signaling molecule with pleiotropic physiological roles in normal cells and pathophysiological roles in cancer. NO synthetase expression and NO synthesis are linked to altered metabolism, neoplasticity, invasiveness, chemoresistance, immune evasion, and ultimately to poor prognosis of cancer patients. Exogenous NO in the microenvironment facilitates paracrine signaling, mediates immune responses, and triggers angiogenesis. NO regulates posttranslational protein modifications, S-nitrosation, and genome-wide epigenetic modifications that can have both tumor-promoting and tumor-suppressing effects...
September 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863449/glioblastoma-targeted-therapy-updated-approaches-from-recent-biological-insights
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M Touat, A Idbaih, M Sanson, K L Ligon
Glioblastoma (WHO grade IV astrocytoma) is the most frequent primary brain tumor in adults, representing a highly heterogeneous group of neoplasms that are among the most aggressive and challenging cancers to treat. An improved understanding of the molecular pathways that drive malignancy in glioblastoma has led to the development of various biomarkers and the evaluation of several agents specifically targeting tumor cells and the tumor microenvironment. A number of rational approaches are being investigated, including therapies targeting tumor growth factor receptors and downstream pathways, cell cycle and epigenetic regulation, angiogenesis and antitumor immune response...
July 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862667/epigenetic-alterations-in-human-papillomavirus-associated-cancers
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REVIEW
David Soto, Christine Song, Margaret E McLaughlin-Drubin
Approximately 15-20% of human cancers are caused by viruses, including human papillomaviruses (HPVs). Viruses are obligatory intracellular parasites and encode proteins that reprogram the regulatory networks governing host cellular signaling pathways that control recognition by the immune system, proliferation, differentiation, genomic integrity, and cell death. Given that key proteins in these regulatory networks are also subject to mutation in non-virally associated diseases and cancers, the study of oncogenic viruses has also been instrumental to the discovery and analysis of many fundamental cellular processes, including messenger RNA (mRNA) splicing, transcriptional enhancers, oncogenes and tumor suppressors, signal transduction, immune regulation, and cell cycle control...
September 1, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856927/pharmacoepigenetics-and-pharmacoepigenomics-of-gastrointestinal-cancers
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Angela Lopomo, Fabio Coppedè
Our understanding of the epigenetic changes occurring in gastrointestinal cancers has gained tremendous advancements in recent years, and some epigenetic biomarkers are already translated into the clinics for cancer diagnostics. In parallel, pharmacoepigenetics and pharmacoepigenomics of solid tumors are relevant novel, but emerging and promising fields. Areas covered: A comprehensive review of the literature to summarize and update the emerging field of pharmacoepigenetics and pharmacoepigenomics of gastrointestinal cancers...
August 31, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854942/the-biology-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-implications-for-genomic-and-immune-therapies
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REVIEW
Galina Khemlina, Sadakatsu Ikeda, Razelle Kurzrock
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer, is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. It is highly refractory to most systemic therapies. Recently, significant progress has been made in uncovering genomic alterations in HCC, including potentially targetable aberrations. The most common molecular anomalies in this malignancy are mutations in the TERT promoter, TP53, CTNNB1, AXIN1, ARID1A, CDKN2A and CCND1 genes. PTEN loss at the protein level is also frequent. Genomic portfolios stratify by risk factors as follows: (i) CTNNB1 with alcoholic cirrhosis; and (ii) TP53 with hepatitis B virus-induced cirrhosis...
August 30, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838224/specific-expression-of-interferon-%C3%AE-induced-by-synergistic-activation-mediator-derived-sam-systems-activates-innate-immunity-and-inhibits-tumorigenesis
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Shuai Liu, Xiao Yu, Qiankun Wang, Zhepeng Liu, Qiaoqiao Xiao, Panpan Hou, Ying Hu, Wei Hou, Zhanqiu Yang, Deyin Guo, Shuliang Chen
The synergistic activation mediator (SAM) system can robustly activate endogenous gene expression by a single guide RNA (gRNA). This transcriptional modulation has been shown to enhance gene promoter activity and lead to epigenetic changes. Human interferon-γ is a common natural glycoprotein involved in anti-viral effects and inhibition of cancer cell growth. Large quantities of high-purity interferon-γ are important for medical research and clinical therapy. To investigate the possibility of employing the SAM system to enhance endogenous human interferon-γ with normal function in innate immunity, we designed ten single guide RNAs (sgRNAs) that target 200 bp upstream of the transcription start sites of the interferon-γ genome, which could significantly activate the interferon-γ promoter reporter...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818454/the-anti-tumor-effect-of-intravesical-administration-of-normal-urothelial-cells-on-bladder-cancer
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Chi-Ping Huang, Chi-Cheng Chen, Chih-Rong Shyr
BACKGROUND AIMS: Urothelial bladder cancer (UBC) is the second most common cancer of the genitourinary tract and for advanced forms of the disease it has a high mortality rate. There are no approved new molecularly targeted agents or chemotherapeutics for advanced UBC beyond cisplatin-based chemotherapy except the recently approved anti-programmed death ligand 1 (anti-PD-1/PD-L1) antibody. With complex genetic and epigenetic alterations in tumors, despite several druggable targets identified, to cure UBC is still a challenging unmet medical need...
August 14, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814673/human-lung-tumor-foxp3-tregs-upregulate-four-treg-locking-transcription-factors
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Tatiana Akimova, Tianyi Zhang, Dmitri Negorev, Sunil Singhal, Jason Stadanlick, Abhishek Rao, Michael Annunziata, Matthew H Levine, Ulf H Beier, Joshua M Diamond, Jason D Christie, Steven M Albelda, Evgeniy B Eruslanov, Wayne W Hancock
Experimental data indicate that FOXP3+ Tregs can markedly curtail host antitumor immune responses, but the properties of human intratumoral Tregs are still largely unknown, in part due to significant methodologic problems. We studied the phenotypic, functional, epigenetic, and transcriptional features of Tregs in 92 patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, comparing the features of Tregs within tumors versus corresponding blood, lung, and lymph node samples. Intratumoral Treg numbers and suppressive function were significantly increased compared with all other sites but did not display a distinctive phenotype by flow cytometry...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803721/conditioning-neoadjuvant-therapies-for-improved-immunotherapy-of-cancer
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REVIEW
Zachary Benson, Saeed H Manjili, Mehran Habibi, Georgi Guruli, Amir A Toor, Kyle K Payne, Masoud H Manjili
Recent advances in the treatment of melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by combining conventional therapies with anti-PD1/PD-L1 immunotherapies, have renewed interests in immunotherapy of cancer. The emerging concept of conventional cancer therapies combined with immunotherapy differs from the classical concept in that it is not simply taking advantage of their additive anti-tumor effects, but it is to use certain therapeutic regimens to condition the tumor microenvironment for optimal response to immunotherapy...
August 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783698/maintenance-of-macrophage-transcriptional-programs-and-intestinal-homeostasis-by-epigenetic-reader-sp140
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Stuti Mehta, D Alexander Cronkite, Megha Basavappa, Tahnee L Saunders, Fatemeh Adiliaghdam, Hajera Amatullah, Sara A Morrison, Jose D Pagan, Robert M Anthony, Pierre Tonnerre, Georg M Lauer, James C Lee, Sreehaas Digumarthi, Lorena Pantano, Shannan J Ho Sui, Fei Ji, Ruslan Sadreyev, Chan Zhou, Alan C Mullen, Vinod Kumar, Yang Li, Cisca Wijmenga, Ramnik J Xavier, Terry K Means, Kate L Jeffrey
Epigenetic "readers" that recognize defined posttranslational modifications on histones have become desirable therapeutic targets for cancer and inflammation. SP140 is one such bromodomain- and plant homeodomain (PHD)-containing reader with immune-restricted expression, and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within SP140 associate with Crohn's disease (CD). However, the function of SP140 and the consequences of disease-associated SP140 SNPs have remained unclear. We show that SP140 is critical for transcriptional programs that uphold the macrophage state...
March 3, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765517/the-hedgehog-gli-pathway-in-embryonic-development-and-cancer-implications-for-pulmonary-oncology-therapy
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REVIEW
Armas López Leonel, Zúñiga Joaquín, Arrieta Oscar, Ávila-Moreno Federico
Transcriptional regulation and epigenetic mechanisms closely control gene expression through diverse physiological and pathophysiological processes. These include the development of germ layers and post-natal epithelial cell-tissue differentiation, as well as, involved with the induction, promotion and/or progression of human malignancies.Diverse studies have shed light on the molecular similarities and differences involved in the stages of embryological epithelial development and dedifferentiation processes in malignant tumors of epithelial origin, of which many focus on lung carcinomas...
July 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718331/entinostat-for-the-treatment-of-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Dario Trapani, Angela Esposito, Carmen Criscitiello, Luca Mazzarella, Marzia Locatelli, Ida Minchella, Saverio Minucci, Giuseppe Curigliano
Breast cancer accounts for 29% of malignant tumors. It is an heterogenous disease covering a spectrum of different molecular subtypes. Epigenetic aberrations may affect gene expression through DNA and histone proteins modifications thus promoting tumor progression and resistance to anti- tumor treatment. Area covered: This article explores the potential role of entinostat in the treatment of breast cancer. The clinical trials evaluating entinostat are discussed, highlighting preclinical data and early-phase clinical studies results...
August 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716899/hdac1-upregulation-by-nanog-promotes-multidrug-resistance-and-a-stem-like-phenotype-in-immune-edited-tumor-cells
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Kwon-Ho Song, Chel Hun Choi, Hyo-Jung Lee, Se Jin Oh, Seon Rang Woo, Soon-Oh Hong, Kyung Hee Noh, Hanbyoul Cho, Eun Joo Chung, Jae-Hoon Kim, Joon-Yong Chung, Stephen M Hewitt, Seungki Baek, Kyung-Mi Lee, Cassian Yee, Minjoo Son, Chih-Ping Mao, T C Wu, Tae Woo Kim
Cancer immunoediting drives the adaptation of tumor cells to host immune surveillance. Immunoediting driven by antigen (Ag)-specific T cells enriches NANOG expression in tumor cells, resulting in a stem-like phenotype and immune resistance. Here, we identify HDAC1 as a key mediator of the NANOG-associated phenotype. NANOG upregulated HDAC1 through promoter occupancy, thereby decreasing histone H3 acetylation on K14 and K27. NANOG-dependent, HDAC1-driven epigenetic silencing of cell-cycle inhibitors CDKN2D and CDKN1B induced stem-like features...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706011/increased-ifn-%C3%AE-t-cells-are-responsible-for-the-clinical-responses-of-low-dose-dna-demethylating-agent-decitabine-anti-tumor-therapy
#18
Xiang Li, Yan Zhang, Meixia Chen, Qian Mei, Yang Liu, Kai-Chao Feng, Hejin Jia, Liang Dong, Lu Shi, Lin Liu, Jing Nie, Weidong Han
Low-dose DNA demethylating agent decitabine therapy is effective in a subgroup of cancer patients. It remains largely elusive for the biomarker to predict therapeutic response and the underlying anti-tumor mechanisms, especially the impact on host anti-tumor immunity.<br />Experimental Design: The influence of low-dose decitabine on T cells was detected both in vitro and in vivo Moreover, a test cohort and a validation cohort of advanced solid tumor patients with low-dose decitabine-based treatment were involved...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693974/the-added-value-of-type-i-interferons-to-cytotoxic-treatments-of-cancer
#19
Laura Bracci, Antonella Sistigu, Enrico Proietti, Federica Moschella
Type I interferons (IFNs) exert anti-proliferative, antiviral and immunomodulatory activities. They are also involved in cell differentiation and anti-tumor defense processes. A growing body of literature indicates that the success of conventional chemotherapeutics, epigenetic drugs, targeted anticancer agents and radiotherapy (RT) relies, at least in part, on the induction of type I IFN signaling in malignant cells, tumor-infiltrating antigen presenting cells or other immune cells within lymphoid organs or blood...
June 19, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683298/metabolic-regulation-of-t-cell-longevity-and-function-in-tumor-immunotherapy
#20
REVIEW
Rigel J Kishton, Madhusudhanan Sukumar, Nicholas P Restifo
Cancer immunotherapy is an increasingly successful strategy for the treatment of patients who have advanced or conventional therapy-resistant cancers. T cells are key mediators of tumor destruction and their specificity for tumor-expressed antigens is of paramount importance, but other T cell-intrinsic qualities, such as durability, longevity, and functionality also play important roles in determining the efficacy of immunotherapy. The cellular energetic pathways that are utilized by T cells play a key role in regulating each of these qualities...
July 5, 2017: Cell Metabolism
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