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cancer and inflammasome

Zlatka Georgieva Dobreva, Boncho Grigorov Grigorov, Spaska Angelova Stanilova
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-18 (IL-18) and Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-α) are proinflammatory cytokines that increased the development of Th1 immune response, but have a different type of regulation of the gene expression. Whereas TNF-α has an inducible expression, IL-18 is translated as an inactive protein and required proteolytic cleavage by Casp-1 in inflammasome complexes. AIM: To investigate the effect of the histone deacetylases inhibitor Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid (SAHA) on the gene expression and secretion of both cytokines, IL-18 and TNF-α, according to their contribution to the cancer development and anticancer immunity...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Shalini Singh, Sushmita Jha
Nucleotide binding domain, leucine-rich repeat containing proteins (NLRs) are a family of pattern recognition receptors involved in major innate immune defense mechanisms. NLRs play a key role in several cancers, autoimmune, and inflammation-associated diseases. Association of NLRP3 has been widely investigated in neurodegenerative diseases, chronic alcoholism, depression, traumatic brain injury, and pathogenic infections. Several research studies have shown possible involvement of various other inflammasome-forming and non-inflammasome-forming NLRs in the brain; however, their mechanisms of action are yet to be defined clearly...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Bhushan Dharmadhikari, Emily Nickles, Zulkarnain Harfuddin, Nur Diana Binte Ishak, Qun Zeng, Antonio Bertoletti, Herbert Schwarz
Therapeutic tumor vaccination based on dendritic cells (DC) is safe; however, its efficacy is low. Among the reasons for only a subset of patients benefitting from DC-based immunotherapy is an insufficient potency of in vitro generated classical DCs (cDCs), made by treating monocytes with GM-CSF + IL-4 + maturation factors. Recent studies demonstrated that CD137L (4-1BBL, TNFSF9) signaling differentiates human monocytes to a highly potent novel type of DC (CD137L-DCs) which have an inflammatory phenotype and are closely related to in vivo DCs...
March 5, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Takao Wanatabe, Takeshi Imamura, Yoichi Hiasa
Double-stranded (ds) RNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR) is a ubiquitously expressed serine/threonine protein kinase. It was initially identified as an innate immune anti-viral protein induced by interferon (IFN) and activated by dsRNA. PKR is recognized as a key executor of the antiviral host defense. Moreover, it contributes to inflammation and immune regulation through several signaling pathways. In addition to IFN and dsRNA, PKR is activated by multiple stimuli and regulates various signaling pathways including the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells pathways...
February 25, 2018: Cancer Science
Ranjana P Bird
Vitamin B6 serves as a coenzyme catalyzing more than 150 enzymes regulating metabolism and synthesis of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, heme, and important bioactive metabolites. For several years vitamin B6 and its vitamers (B6) were recognized as antioxidant and antiinflammatory and in modulating immunity and gene expression. During the last 10 years, there were growing reports implicating B6 in inflammation and inflammation-related chronic illnesses including cancer. It is unclear if the deficiency of B6 or additional intake of B6, above the current requirement, should be the focus...
2018: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
Luiz E B Savio, Paola de Andrade Mello, Cleide Gonçalves da Silva, Robson Coutinho-Silva
Under physiological conditions, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is present at low levels in the extracellular milieu, being massively released by stressed or dying cells. Once outside the cells, ATP and related nucleotides/nucleoside generated by ectonucleotidases mediate a high evolutionary conserved signaling system: the purinergic signaling, which is involved in a variety of pathological conditions, including inflammatory diseases. Extracellular ATP has been considered an endogenous adjuvant that can initiate inflammation by acting as a danger signal through the activation of purinergic type 2 receptors-P2 receptors (P2Y G-protein coupled receptors and P2X ligand-gated ion channels)...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Takao Sakaizawa, Tomio Matsumura, Chifumi Fujii, Shigeaki Hida, Masayuki Toishi, Takayuki Shiina, Kazuo Yoshida, Kazutoshi Hamanaka, Ken-Ichi Ito, Shun'ichiro Taniguchi
Primary lung cancer is the most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Cisplatin has been used as a key drug in the treatment for patients with lung cancer; however, most of the patients failed to respond to cisplatin within several months, and the mechanisms underlying the cisplatin resistance have not been fully elucidated. Apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) is a key adaptor protein in the formation of inflammasomes. ASC is also involved in apoptotic signaling...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Dongming Wu, Rong Han, Shihua Deng, Teng Liu, Ting Zhang, Hongxiang Xie, Ying Xu
PURPOSE: To investigate changes induced in mouse intestines after irradiation and to explore the potential radioprotective effects of flagellin A N/C (FlaAN/C). METHODS AND MATERIALS: A mouse model of radiation-induced enteropathy was used in this study. A 10-Gy abdominal irradiation was performed on FlaAN/C- and vehicle-injected mice to explore the role of FlaAN/C in intestinal radiation injury and to study the molecular mechanism in this process. In the intestinal tissue, pathologic changes were investigated by hematoxylin and eosin staining, TUNEL staining, and immunohistochemistry; Western blotting and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction were used to determine the changes in protein and messenger RNA levels, respectively; and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to determine protein concentration in serum...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Marianne R Spalinger, Roberto Manzini, Larissa Hering, Julianne B Riggs, Claudia Gottier, Silvia Lang, Kirstin Atrott, Antonia Fettelschoss, Florian Olomski, Thomas M Kündig, Michael Fried, Declan F McCole, Gerhard Rogler, Michael Scharl
Variants in the gene locus encoding protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 2 (PTPN2) are associated with inflammatory disorders, including inflammatory bowel diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes. The anti-inflammatory role of PTPN2 is highlighted by the fact that PTPN2-deficient mice die a few weeks after birth because of systemic inflammation and severe colitis. However, the tissues, cells, and molecular mechanisms that contribute to this phenotype remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate that myeloid cell-specific deletion of PTPN2 in mice (PTPN2-LysMCre) promotes intestinal inflammation but protects from colitis-associated tumor formation in an IL-1β-dependent manner...
February 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Masafumi Nakayama
Inhalation of exogenous crystals such as silica, asbestos, and carbon nanotubes can cause lung fibrosis and cancer. Endogenous crystals such as monosodium urate, cholesterol, and hydroxyapatite are associated with pathogenesis of gout, atherosclerosis, and osteoarthritis, respectively. These crystal-associated-inflammatory diseases are triggered by the macrophage NLRP3 inflammasome activation and cell death. Therefore, it is important to understand how macrophages recognize crystals. However, it is unlikely that macrophages have evolutionally acquired receptors specific for crystals or recently emerged nanoparticles...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Joo-Young Kim, Young-Mi Kim, Jong-Min Park, Young Min Han, Kang Choon Lee, Ki Baik Hahm, Suntaek Hong
The potential of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) in inducing apoptosis is a hallmark in cancer therapeutics, after which its selective ability to achieve cell death pathways against cancer cells led to hope for recombinant TRAIL in cancer therapeutics. The present data from azoxymethane-initiated, dextran sulfate sodium-promoted colitis associated cancer (CAC) model strongly indicate the potential of rTRAIL in cancer prevention rather than in cancer therapeutics. Early treatment of rTRAIL significantly reduced colitis and CAC by inhibiting the recruitment of macrophages into the damaged mucosa and activating the scavenger activity with efferocytosis and the production of several growth factors...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Joyce K Thompson, Anurag Shukla, Alan L Leggett, Phillip B Munson, Jill M Miller, Maximilian B MacPherson, Stacie L Beuschel, Harvey I Pass, Arti Shukla
Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer in desperate need of treatment. We have previously shown that extracellular signaling regulated kinase 5 (ERK5) plays an important role in mesothelioma pathogenesis using ERK5 silenced human mesothelioma cells exhibiting significantly reduced tumor growth in immunocompromised mice. Here, we used a specific ERK 5 inhibitor, XMD8-92 in various in vitro and in vivo models to demonstrate that inhibition of ERK5 can slow down mesothelioma tumorigenesis. First, we show a dose dependent toxicity of XMD8-92 to 2 human mesothelioma cell lines growing as a monolayer...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Carlotta Giorgi, Alberto Danese, Sonia Missiroli, Simone Patergnani, Paolo Pinton
Calcium (Ca2+) is considered one of the most-important biological cations, because it is implicated in cell physiopathology and cell fate through a finely tuned signaling system. In support of this notion, Ca2+ is the primary driver of cell proliferation and cell growth; however, it is also intimately linked to cell death. Functional abnormalities or mutations in proteins that mediate Ca2+ homeostasis usually lead to a plethora of diseases and pathogenic states, including cancer, heart failure, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disease...
February 3, 2018: Trends in Cell Biology
José A Del Campo, Paloma Gallego, Lourdes Grande
Inflammation and tumorigenesis are tightly linked pathways impacting cancer development. Inflammasomes are key signalling platforms that detect pathogenic microorganisms, including hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and sterile stressors (oxidative stress, insulin resistance, lipotoxicity) able to activate pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-1β and IL-18. Most of the inflammasome complexes that have been described to date contain a NOD-like receptor sensor molecule. Redox state and autophagy can regulate inflammasome complex and, depending on the conditions, can be either pro- or anti-apoptotic...
January 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Marian C Okondo, Sahana D Rao, Cornelius Y Taabazuing, Ashley J Chui, Sarah E Poplawski, Darren C Johnson, Daniel A Bachovchin
Val-boroPro (PT-100, Talabostat) induces powerful anti-tumor immune responses in syngeneic cancer models, but its mechanism of action has not yet been established. Val-boroPro is a non-selective inhibitor of post-proline-cleaving serine proteases, and the inhibition of the highly related cytosolic serine proteases Dpp8 and Dpp9 (Dpp8/9) by Val-boroPro was recently demonstrated to trigger an immunostimulatory form of programmed cell death known as pyroptosis selectively in monocytes and macrophages. Here we show that Dpp8/9 inhibition activates the inflammasome sensor protein Nlrp1b, which in turn activates pro-caspase-1 to mediate pyroptosis...
January 26, 2018: Cell Chemical Biology
Jennifer Sand, Eric Haertel, Thomas Biedermann, Emmanuel Contassot, Ernst Reichmann, Lars E French, Sabine Werner, Hans-Dietmar Beer
Inflammasomes are multimeric protein complexes that assemble upon sensing of a variety of stress factors. Their formation results in caspase-1-mediated activation and secretion of the pro-inflammatory cytokines pro-interleukin(IL)-1β and -18, which induce an inflammatory response. Inflammation is supported by a lytic form of cell death, termed pyroptosis. Innate immune cells, such as macrophages or dendritic cells, express and activate inflammasomes. However, it has also been demonstrated that human primary keratinocytes activate different types of inflammasomes in vitro, for example, upon UVB irradiation or viral infection...
January 18, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Brendan J Jenkins, Virginie Deswaerte
Gastric cancer (GC) is the third most lethal cancer worldwide, and like many other types of cancers, it is associated with precursory chronic inflammatory responses. In the context of many inflammation-associated cancers such as GC, activation of the innate immune response by infectious microbes and/or host-derived molecules is often characterized by production of the cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18, which can often have divergent and opposing (i.e., pro or anti) roles in inflammation and oncogenesis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Xiaodong Feng, Qingqiong Luo, Han Wang, Han Zhang, Fuxiang Chen
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated as important regulators of carcinogenesis and tumor development. Recently, microRNA-22 (miR-22) has been reported to be a cancer-related miRNA in several types of tumors. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of miR-22 in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). We found that miR-22 expression was significantly decreased in OSCC tissues compared with that in the adjacent noncancerous tissues. Furthermore, lentivirus-mediated miR-22 overexpression markedly reduced OSCC cell viability, migration and invasion, whereas miR-22 inhibitor promoted these parameters...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Xia Zhao, Chen Zhang, Mingqiang Hua, Ruiqing Wang, Chaoqin Zhong, Jie Yu, Fengjiao Han, Na He, Yanan Zhao, Guoqiang Liu, Ni Zheng, Chunyan Ji, Daoxin Ma
Inflammasomes play important roles in the pathogenesis of tumors, but the roles of NLRP3 inflammasome in the lymphoma remain unclear. Activated NLRP3 inflammasome induces the maturation of its effector cytokine IL-18 which functions in the development of cancer. Here, we investigated the polymorphism and expression of NLRP3 inflammasome related genes and explored their function in lymphoma. We found that IL-18 (rs1946518) and NFκB94 ins/del (rs28362491) contributed to lymphoma susceptibility and allele G in IL-18 was significantly associated with the risk of lymphoma...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
Brendan J Jenkins, Virginie Deswaerte, Paul M Nguyen, Alison West, Alison F Browning, Liang Yu, Saleela Ruwanpura, Jesse Balic, Thaleia Livis, Charlotte Girard, Adele Preaudet, Hiroko Oshima, Ka Yee Fung, Hazel Tye, Meri Najdovska, Matthias Ernst, Masanobu Oshima, Cem Gabay, Tracy L Putoczki
Inflammasomes are key regulators of innate immunity in chronic inflammatory disorders and autoimmune diseases, but their role in inflammation-associated tumorigenesis remains ill-defined. Here we reveal a pro-tumorigenic role in gastric cancer (GC) for the key inflammasome adaptor ASC and its effector cytokine IL-18. Genetic ablation of ASC in the gp130F/F spontaneous mouse model of intestinal-type GC suppressed tumorigenesis by augmenting caspase-8-like apoptosis in the gastric epithelium, independently from effects on myeloid cells and mucosal inflammation...
December 27, 2017: Cancer Research
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