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Oncogene addiction

A Cacace, M Sboarina, T Vazeille, P Sonveaux
Cancer cells can use a variety of metabolic substrates to fulfill the bioenergetic and biosynthetic needs of their oncogenic program. Besides bioenergetics, cancer cell metabolism also directly influences genetic, epigenetic and signaling events associated with tumor progression. Many cancer cells are addicted to glutamine, and this addiction is observed in oxidative as well as in glycolytic cells. Although both oxidative and bioreductive glutamine metabolism can contribute to cancer progression and glutamine can further serve to generate peptides (including glutathione) and proteins, we report that glutamine promotes the proliferation of cancer cells independently of its use as a metabolic fuel or as a precursor of glutathione...
October 17, 2016: Oncogene
A Rabeau, I Rouquette, J-M Vantelon, E Taranchon-Clermont, J Mazières
Targeted therapy in lung cancer changes the prognostic and treatment of patients. MET is an oncogene including exon 14 mutations and gene amplification associated with worse prognosis. We here report the case of a 47-year-old former smoker, woman, with a stage IV lung adenocarcinoma with multiple chemotherapy failure. A MET amplification was identified and the patient consequently received crizotinib. A major response was observed after eight weeks of treatment. MET amplification screening appears to be interesting with some oncogenic-addicted tumor response rate...
October 13, 2016: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
Bradley Smith, Xenia L Schafer, Aslihan Ambeskovic, Cody M Spencer, Hartmut Land, Joshua Munger
Metabolic reprogramming is critical to oncogenesis, but the emergence and function of this profound reorganization remain poorly understood. Here we find that cooperating oncogenic mutations drive large-scale metabolic reprogramming, which is both intrinsic to cancer cells and obligatory for the transition to malignancy. This involves synergistic regulation of several genes encoding metabolic enzymes, including the lactate dehydrogenases LDHA and LDHB and mitochondrial glutamic pyruvate transaminase 2 (GPT2)...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Muhammad Tariq Saeed, Jamil Ahmad, Shahzina Kanwal, Andreana N Holowatyj, Iftikhar A Sheikh, Rehan Zafar Paracha, Aamir Shafi, Amnah Siddiqa, Zurah Bibi, Mukaram Khan, Amjad Ali
The alteration of glucose metabolism, through increased uptake of glucose and glutamine addiction, is essential to cancer cell growth and invasion. Increased flux of glucose through the Hexosamine Biosynthetic Pathway (HBP) drives increased cellular O-GlcNAcylation (hyper-O-GlcNAcylation) and contributes to cancer progression by regulating key oncogenes. However, the association between hyper-O-GlcNAcylation and activation of these oncogenes remains poorly characterized. Here, we implement a qualitative modeling framework to analyze the role of the Biological Regulatory Network in HBP activation and its potential effects on key oncogenes...
2016: PeerJ
Remco Nagel, Ekaterina A Semenova, Anton Berns
Historically, cancers have been treated with chemotherapeutics aimed to have profound effects on tumor cells with only limited effects on normal tissue. This approach was followed by the development of small-molecule inhibitors that can target oncogenic pathways critical for the survival of tumor cells. The clinical targeting of these so-called oncogene addictions, however, is in many instances hampered by the outgrowth of resistant clones. More recently, the proper functioning of non-mutated genes has been shown to enhance the survival of many cancers, a phenomenon called non-oncogene addiction...
October 4, 2016: EMBO Reports
Yulin Li, Anja Deutzmann, Dean W Felsher
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September 29, 2016: Aging
Toshihide Nishimura, Haruhiko Nakamura
Molecular therapies targeting lung cancers with mutated epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) by EGFR-tyrosin kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs), gefitinib and erlotinib, changed the treatment system of lung cancer. It was revealed that drug efficacy differs by race (e.g., Caucasians vs. Asians) due to oncogenic driver mutations specific to each race, exemplified by gefitinib / erlotinib. The molecular target drugs for lung cancer with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene translocation (the fusion gene, EML4-ALK) was approved, and those targeting lung cancers addicted ROS1, RET, and HER2 have been under development...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Jimi Kim, Elizabeth McMillan, Hyun Seok Kim, Niranjan Venkateswaran, Gurbani Makkar, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, Pamela Villalobos, Jasper Edgar Neggers, Saurabh Mendiratta, Shuguang Wei, Yosef Landesman, William Senapedis, Erkan Baloglu, Chi-Wan B Chow, Robin E Frink, Boning Gao, Michael Roth, John D Minna, Dirk Daelemans, Ignacio I Wistuba, Bruce A Posner, Pier Paolo Scaglioni, Michael A White
The common participation of oncogenic KRAS proteins in many of the most lethal human cancers, together with the ease of detecting somatic KRAS mutant alleles in patient samples, has spurred persistent and intensive efforts to develop drugs that inhibit KRAS activity. However, advances have been hindered by the pervasive inter- and intra-lineage diversity in the targetable mechanisms that underlie KRAS-driven cancers, limited pharmacological accessibility of many candidate synthetic-lethal interactions and the swift emergence of unanticipated resistance mechanisms to otherwise effective targeted therapies...
September 28, 2016: Nature
Mayurbhai R Patel, Stephen D Kozuch, Christopher N Cultrara, Reeta Yadav, Suiying Huang, Uri Samuni, John Koren, Gabriela Chiosis, David Sabatino
The emerging field of RNA nanotechnology has been used to design well-programmed, self-assembled nanostructures for applications in chemistry, biology, and medicine. At the forefront of its utility in cancer is the unrestricted ability to self-assemble multiple siRNAs within a single nanostructure formulation for the RNAi screening of a wide range of oncogenes while potentiating the gene therapy of malignant tumors. In our RNAi nanotechnology approach, V- and Y-shape RNA templates were designed and constructed for the self-assembly of discrete, higher-ordered siRNA nanostructures targeting the oncogenic glucose regulated chaperones...
October 3, 2016: Nano Letters
Rafael Caparica, Cheng Tzu Yen, Renata Coudry, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Marileila Varella-Garcia, D Ross Camidge, Gilberto de Castro
MET activation highly sensitive to MET inhibition has recently been described in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) through two mechanisms: high-level amplification of the MET gene (usually expressed relative to the centromere on chromosome 7 when using fluorescence in-situ hybridization) and exon 14 alterations. As partial overlap of these biomarkers occurs, whether one is purely a surrogate for the other, or if both can represent true oncogenic driver states continues to be explored. Cases of MET inhibitor sensitive NSCLC harboring exon 14 alterations without co-incident amplification have already been described...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Tri Le, David E Gerber
The advent of precision medicine in non-small cell lung cancer has remarkably altered the direction of research and improved clinical outcomes. The identification of molecular subsets with differential response to targeted therapies began with the identification of epidermal growth factor receptor mutated tumors in subsets of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Emboldened by unprecedented response rates to kinase inhibitors seen in that subset, the oncologic community searched for other molecular subsets featuring oncogene addiction...
September 13, 2016: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Katharine E Dooley, Alix Warburton, Alison A McBride
UNLABELLED: In cancer cells associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, the viral genome is very often found integrated into the cellular genome. The viral oncogenes E6 and E7 are transcribed from the viral promoter, and integration events that alter transcriptional regulation of this promoter contribute to carcinogenic progression. In this study, we detected highly enriched binding of the super-enhancer markers Brd4, MED1, and H3K27ac, visible as a prominent nuclear focus by immunofluorescence, at the tandemly integrated copies of HPV16 in cells of the cervical neoplasia cell line W12 subclone 20861...
2016: MBio
Tindara Franchina, Alessandro Russo, Giuseppina Rosaria Ricciardi, Giuseppina Liguori, Astrid Herberg, Nicola Normanno, Vincenzo Adamo
During the last decade the therapeutic landscape of Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) has profoundly changed with the identification of actionable genetic alterations that defined molecularly selected subgroups of patients with specific clinic-pathological characteristics and increased sensitivity to specific targeted agents. The presence of ROS1 rearrangements defines a small subgroup of lung adenocarcinomas (∼1-2%) with peculiar clinic-pathological characteristics and increased sensitivity to Crizotinib...
August 12, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
He Wang, Mingjie Lu, Mengqian Yao, Wei Zhu
Heat shock protein (Hsp)90 serves as a chaperone protein that promotes the proper folding of proteins involved in a variety of signal transduction processes involved in cell growth. Hsp90 inhibitors, which inhibit the activity of critical client proteins, have emerged as the accessory therapeutic agents for multiple human cancer types. To better understand the effects of Hsp90 inhibitors in cancer treatment, the present study reviewed 15 published phase II clinical trials to investigate whether Hsp90 inhibitors will benefit patients with cancer...
September 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Sejin Oh, Hyun Seok Kim
INTRODUCTION: Despite extreme genetic heterogeneity, tumors often show similar alterations in the expression, stability, and activation of proteins important in oncogenic signaling pathways. Thus, classifying tumor samples according to shared proteomic features may help facilitate the identification of cancer subtypes predictive of therapeutic responses and prognostic for patient outcomes. Meanwhile, understanding mechanisms of intrinsic and acquired resistance to anti-cancer therapies at the protein level may prove crucial to devising reversal strategies...
September 6, 2016: Expert Review of Proteomics
Arlene Chan
The management of HER-2-positive breast cancer has improved significantly with the use of targeted agents to the HER-2 signaling pathway. Despite the improved survival achieved with the use of trastuzumab and chemotherapy in both the adjuvant and metastatic setting, patients may still recur or progress; whilst preclinical data demonstrate that these cancer cells remain addicted to the HER-2 oncogene. Neratinib, an oral small molecule tyrosine-kinase inhibitor has efficacy in the metastatic and adjuvant setting of patients who have previously received trastuzumab-based treatment...
September 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
Xin Zhang, Deyong Jia, Junping Ao, Huijuan Liu, Yi Zang, Mohammad Azam, Samy Habib, Jia Li, Xinsen Ruan, Hao Jia, Xueying Wang, Baojie Li
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) treatment with BCR-ABL inhibitors is often hampered by development of drug resistance. In a screen for novel chemotherapeutic drug candidates with genotoxic activity, we identified a bisindolylmaleimide derivative, IX, as a small molecule compound with therapeutic potential against CML including drug-resistant CML. We show that Bisindolylmaleimide IX inhibits DNA topoisomerase, generates DNA breaks, activates the Atm-p53 and Atm-Chk2 pathways, and induces cell cycle arrest and cell death...
August 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Gang Wang, Xing-Li Fu, Jun-Jie Wang, Rui Guan, Xiang-Jun Tang
Glioblastoma multiforme is a common primary brain tumor, which exhibits an imbalance between glioma cell growth and glucose metabolism. Recent discoveries have found the multiple pathways and downstream genes are involved in the dysregulated metabolic pathway allows tumor to start and progress, which is critical to the patients with glioblastoma associated with significant systemic and immunosuppression. Moreover, immune microenvironment is considered a major obstacle to generating an effective antitumor immune response...
May 12, 2016: Current Cancer Drug Targets
K Tominaga, T Shimamura, N Kimura, T Murayama, D Matsubara, H Kanauchi, A Niida, S Shimizu, K Nishioka, E-I Tsuji, M Yano, S Sugano, Y Shimono, H Ishii, H Saya, M Mori, K Akashi, K-I Tada, T Ogawa, A Tojo, S Miyano, N Gotoh
The transcription factor nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) has important roles for tumorigenesis, but how it regulates cancer stem cells (CSCs) remains largely unclear. We identified insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is a key target of NF-κB activated by HER2/HER3 signaling to form tumor spheres in breast cancer cells. The IGF2 receptor, IGF1 R, was expressed at high levels in CSC-enriched populations in primary breast cancer cells. Moreover, IGF2-PI3K (IGF2-phosphatidyl inositol 3 kinase) signaling induced expression of a stemness transcription factor, inhibitor of DNA-binding 1 (ID1), and IGF2 itself...
August 22, 2016: Oncogene
Pratikkumar Harsukhbhai Vekaria, Trisha Home, Scott Weir, Frank J Schoenen, Rekha Rao
Cancer cells are addicted to numerous non-oncogenic traits that enable them to thrive. Proteotoxic stress is one such non-oncogenic trait that is experienced by all tumor cells owing to increased genomic abnormalities and the resulting synthesis and accumulation of non-stoichiometric amounts of cellular proteins. This imbalance in the amounts of proteins ultimately culminates in proteotoxic stress. p97, or valosin-containing protein (VCP), is an ATPase whose function is essential to restore protein homeostasis in the cells...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
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