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Cancer precision medicine

Songjia Lu, Chunhui Cai, Gonghong Yan, Zhuan Zhou, Yong Wan, Vicky Chen, Lujia Chen, Gregory F Cooper, Lina M Obeid, Yusuf A Hannun, Adrian V Lee, Xinghua Lu
Defining processes that are synthetic lethal with p53 mutations in cancer cells may reveal possible therapeutic strategies. In this study, we report the development of a signal-oriented computational framework for cancer pathway discovery in this context. We applied our bipartite-graph-based functional module discovery algorithm to identify transcriptomic modules abnormally expressed in multiple tumors, such that the genes in a module were likely regulated by a common, perturbed signal. For each transcriptomic module, we applied our weighted k-path merge algorithm to search for a set of somatic genome alterations (SGA) that likely perturbed the signal, i...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Research
Bing Yu, Xiaoxuan Tian, Lin Zhang, Rui Feng
AIMS: Recently, microtubule-binding proteins (MBPs) have been implicated in modulation of paclitaxel sensitivity in many cancers, highlighting their potential as biomarkers predictive of treatment outcomes and as therapeutic targets that can be pharmacologically manipulated. This study is aimed to determine the impact of the MBP hematopoietic PBX-interaction protein (HPIP) on breast cancer cell sensitivity to paclitaxel. RESULTS: In this study, we show that breast cancer cells (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) overexpressing HPIP were more sensitive to paclitaxel treatment as evaluated by MTT assay, exhibiting a significant reduction in IC50 of paclitaxel compared with the control...
October 18, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
Stefan Holdenrieder
Liquid profiling is a traditional concept in laboratory diagnostics using patterns of blood-derived biochemical molecules for disease detection and characterization. Beyond protein and cellular parameters, molecular biomarkers at the DNA, RNA and miRNA level have been developed as promising diagnostic tools in metabolic and malignant diseases as new technologies for ultrasensitive profiling of nucleic acids in blood and body fluids became available. In cancer disease, they are successfully applied for the stratification of patients for individually tailored therapies, treatment monitoring and the sensitive detection of minimal residual disease...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Erina Takai, Yasushi Totoki, Hiromi Nakamura, Mamoru Kato, Tatsuhiro Shibata, Shinichi Yachida
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains one of the most lethal malignancies. The genomic landscape of the PDAC genome features four frequently mutated genes (KRAS, CDKN2A, TP53, and SMAD4) and dozens of candidate driver genes altered at low frequency, including potential clinical targets. Circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is a promising resource to detect molecular characteristics of tumors, supporting the concept of "liquid biopsy".We determined the mutational status of KRAS in plasma cfDNA using multiplex droplet digital PCR in 259 patients with PDAC, retrospectively...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Vina Pulido, Shin Yin Lee, Naomi Yu Ko
In the era of precision medicine and targeted therapy, diagnostic inaccuracy can have tremendous ramifications. We present the case of a 61-year-old man initially diagnosed with small cell lung cancer by pathology. Prior to initiating chemotherapy, multidisciplinary discussions led to an amendment of the diagnosis to medullary thyroid cancer.
May 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
Boriphat Methachan, Kamolrat Thanapprapasr
The emergence of theranostics with ultrasound technology is a promising development, as it opens pathways to providing more effective treatments for cancer. Advancements in ultrasound imaging would give a more detailed and accurate image for better diagnosis and treatment planning. Polymeric ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are appealing because they are stable and easily modified for active targeting. In addition, a better therapy could be achieved in conjunction with advancements in UCAs. The active targeting not only makes the precise imaging possible, but also leads to targeted delivery of active components to specific local treatment sites...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
James J Farrell, Jennifer Moughan, Jonathan L Wong, William F Regine, Paul Schaefer, Al B Benson, John S Macdonald, Xiyong Liu, Yun Yen, Raymond Lai, Zhong Zheng, Gerold Bepler, Chandan Guha, Hany Elsaleh
OBJECTIVES: There is a need for validated predictive markers of gemcitabine response to guide precision medicine treatment in pancreatic cancer. We previously validated human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 as a predictive marker of gemcitabine treatment response using Radiation Therapy Oncology Group 9704. Controversy exists about the predictive value of gemcitabine metabolism pathway biomarkers: deoxycytidine kinase (DCK), ribonucleotide reductase 1 (RRM1), RRM2, and p53R2. METHODS: Radiation Therapy Oncology Group 9704 prospectively randomized 538 patients after pancreatic resection to receive either 5-fluorouracil or gemcitabine...
November 2016: Pancreas
Marie-France Penet, Jiefu Jin, Zhihang Chen, Zaver M Bhujwalla
With its exquisite anatomical resolution and wide-ranging functional imaging capabilities, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has found multiple applications in detection, staging, and monitoring treatment response in cancer. The metabolic information provided by magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is being actively investigated to complement MRI parameters, as well as existing biomarkers, in cancer detection and in monitoring response to treatment. Located at the interface of detection and therapy, theranostic imaging is a rapidly expanding new field that is showing significant promise for precision medicine of cancer...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Sankar N Maity, Mark A Titus, Revekka Gyftaki, Guanglin Wu, Jing-Fang Lu, S Ramachandran, Elsa M Li-Ning-Tapia, Christopher J Logothetis, John C Araujo, Eleni Efstathiou
Cytochrome P450 17α-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase (CYP17A1) is a validated treatment target for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Abiraterone acetate (AA) inhibits both 17α-hydroxylase (hydroxylase) and 17,20-lyase (lyase) reactions catalyzed by CYP17A1 and thus depletes androgen biosynthesis. However, coadministration of prednisone is required to suppress the mineralocorticoid excess and cortisol depletion that result from hydroxylase inhibition. VT-464, a nonsteroidal small molecule, selectively inhibits CYP17A1 lyase and therefore does not require prednisone supplementation...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bing-Ying Xie, Ai-Wen Wu
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a heterogeneous disease; current research relies on cancer cell lines and animal cancer models, which may not precisely imitate inner human tumors and guide clinical medicine. The purpose of our study was to explore and further improve the process of producing three-dimensional (3D) organoid model and impel the development of personalized therapy. METHODS: We subcutaneously injected surgically resected CRC tissues from a patient into BALB/c-nu mice to build patient-derived xenografts (PDXs)...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Apurva Jain, Milind Javle
Biliary tract cancers (BTCs) are relatively uncommon orphan tumors that have an aggressive disease course and a poor clinical outcome. Surgery is the only curative treatment, but most patients present with advanced disease and therefore have a limited survival. Gemcitabine and cisplatin based chemotherapy has been the only widely accepted standard systemic therapy regimen in these patients but these tumors can be chemoresistant, further complicating their management. In recent times, there has been considerable research in the genetics of BTC and with the advent of new, advanced technologies like next-generation sequencing (NGS) we are achieving a greater understanding of its disease biology...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Hui Li
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October 13, 2016: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
Tsuyoshi Hamada, NaNa Keum, Reiko Nishihara, Shuji Ogino
Molecular pathological epidemiology (MPE) is an integrative field that utilizes molecular pathology to incorporate interpersonal heterogeneity of a disease process into epidemiology. In each individual, the development and progression of a disease are determined by a unique combination of exogenous and endogenous factors, resulting in different molecular and pathological subtypes of the disease. Based on "the unique disease principle," the primary aim of MPE is to uncover an interactive relationship between a specific environmental exposure and disease subtypes in determining disease incidence and mortality...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
Wanjun Zhu, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Sadie L Marjani, Jialing Zhang, Wengeng Zhang, Shixiu Wu, Xinghua Pan
Single-cell sequencing (SCS) is a fast-growing, exciting field in genomic medicine. It enables the high-resolution study of cellular heterogeneity, and reveals the molecular basis of complicated systems, which facilitates the identification of new biomarkers for diagnosis and for targeting therapies. It also directly promotes the next generation of genomic medicine because of its ultra-high resolution and sensitivity that allows for the non-invasive and early detection of abnormalities, such as aneuploidy, chromosomal translocation, and single-gene disorders...
October 13, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Caroline H Johnson, Mary E Spilker, Laura Goetz, Scott N Peterson, Gary Siuzdak
The role of the host microbiome has come to the forefront as a potential modulator of cancer metabolism and could be a future target for precision medicine. A recent study revealed that in colon cancer, bacteria form polysaccharide matrices called biofilms at a high frequency in the proximal colon. Comprehensive untargeted and stable isotope-assisted metabolomic analysis revealed that the bacteria utilize polyamine metabolites produced from colon adenomas/carcinomas to build these protective biofilms and may contribute to inflammation and proliferation observed in colon cancer...
October 11, 2016: Cancer Research
Gennady M Verkhivker
Protein kinases are versatile molecule switches that govern functional processes in signal transduction networks and regulate fundamental biological processes of cell cycle and organism development. The continuous growth of biological information and a remarkable breath of structural, genetic, and pharmacological studies on protein kinase genes have significantly advanced our knowledge of the kinase activation, drug binding and allosteric mechanisms underlying kinase regulation and interactions in signaling cascades...
October 6, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Etheresia Pretorius
The latest statistics from the 2016 heart disease and stroke statistics update shows that cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, currently accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year. Type II diabetes is also on the rise with out-of-control numbers. To address these pandemics, we need to treat patients using an individualized patient care approach, but simultaneously gather data to support the precision medicine initiative. Last year the NIH announced the precision medicine initiative to generate novel knowledge regarding diseases, with a near-term focus on cancers, followed by a longer-term aim, applicable to a whole range of health applications and diseases...
October 6, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Kevin M Koo, Eugene J H Wee, Paul N Mainwaring, Yuling Wang, Matt Trau
Cancer is a heterogeneous disease which manifests as different molecular subtypes due to the complex nature of tumor initiation, progression, and metastasis. The concept of precision medicine aims to exploit this cancer heterogeneity by incorporating diagnostic technology to characterize each cancer patient's molecular subtype for tailored treatments. To characterize cancer molecular subtypes accurately, a suite of multiplexed bioassays have currently been developed to detect multiple oncogenic biomarkers. Despite the reliability of current multiplexed detection techniques, novel strategies are still needed to resolve limitations such as long assay time, complex protocols, and difficulty in interpreting broad overlapping spectral peaks of conventional fluorescence readouts...
September 26, 2016: Small
Sélim Aractingi
New molecular mapping techniques appear to allow clinicians to design treatments in some cases of resisting cancers. Such sensitive analysis were already able to depict molecular pathways of several inflammatory skin diseases. An accompanying article by Garzorz-Stark et al. show how these tools can improve the classification of skin inflammatory diseases based on clinical and pathological features. At last, the final aim of these tools is to predict treatment response in a patient. The utility of "precision" or personalized medicine in cutaneous inflammatory diseases could join the furrow drawn in cancer...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Fangkun Liu, Jing Huang, Bo Ning, Zhixiong Liu, Shen Chen, Wei Zhao
Patient-derived cell lines and animal models have proven invaluable for the understanding of human intestinal diseases and for drug development although both inherently comprise disadvantages and caveats. Many genetically determined intestinal diseases occur in specific tissue microenvironments that are not adequately modeled by monolayer cell culture. Likewise, animal models incompletely recapitulate the complex pathologies of intestinal diseases of humans and fall short in predicting the effects of candidate drugs...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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