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Molecular biology and breast cancer

Bhupinder Kumar, Praveen Sharma, Vivek Prakash Gupta, Madhu Khullar, Sandeep Singh, Nilambra Dogra, Vinod Kumar
A number of pyrimidine bridged combretastatin derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated for anticancer activities against breast cancer (MCF-7) and lung cancer (A549) cell lines using MTT assays. Most of the synthesized compounds displayed good anticancer activity with IC50 values in low micro-molar range. Compounds 4a and 4p were found most potent in the series with IC50 values of 4.67 µM & 3.38 µM and 4.63 µM & 3.71 µM against MCF7 and A549 cancer cell lines, respectively. Biological evaluation of these compounds showed that selective cancer cell toxicity (in vitro using human lung and breast cancer cell lines) might be due to the inhibition of antioxidant enzymes instigating elevated ROS levels which triggers intrinsic apoptotic pathways...
February 28, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Charles Hellec, Maxime Delos, Mathieu Carpentier, Agnès Denys, Fabrice Allain
Heparan sulfate 3-O-sulfotransferases (HS3STs) catalyze the final maturation step of heparan sulfates. Although seven HS3ST isozymes have been described in human, 3-O-sulfation is a relatively rare modification, and only a few biological processes have been described to be influenced by 3-O-sulfated motifs. A conflicting literature has recently reported that HS3ST2, 3A, 3B and 4 may exhibit either tumor-promoting or anti-oncogenic properties, depending on the model used and cancer cell phenotype. Hence, we decided to compare the consequences of the overexpression of each of these HS3STs in the same cellular model...
2018: PloS One
Rokaya El Ansari, Madeleine L Craze, Maria Diez-Rodriguez, Christopher C Nolan, Ian O Ellis, Emad A Rakha, Andrew R Green
Breast cancer (BC) is a heterogeneous disease characterised by variant biology, metabolic activity and patient outcome. This study aimed to evaluate the biological and prognostic value of the membrane solute carrier, SLC3A2 in BC with emphasis on the intrinsic molecular subtypes. SLC3A2 was assessed at the genomic level, using METABRIC data (n = 1980), and at the proteomic level, using immunohistochemistry on tissue microarray (TMA) sections constructed from a large well-characterised primary BC cohort (n = 2500)...
March 16, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Javed Iqbal, Banzeer Ahsan Abbasi, Riffat Batool, Tariq Mahmood, Barkat Ali, Ali Talha Khalil, Sobia Kanwal, Sayed Afzal Shah, Riaz Ahmad
Breast cancer (BC) is a devastating disease in female around the world causing significant health care burden in both developed and developing countries. In many cases BC has shown resistance to chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapy. Development of new, cost effective, affordable treatment method is the need of hour. Chemical compounds isolated from plants are often biologically active and is attracting the attention of scientific community. Different in vitro and in vivo studies have shown a potential role in reducing the risk of cancer metastasis...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
A Mukherjee, R Russell, Suet-Feung Chin, B Liu, O M Rueda, H R Ali, G Turashvili, B Mahler-Araujo, I O Ellis, S Aparicio, C Caldas, E Provenzano
The integration of genomic and transcriptomic profiles of 2000 breast tumours from the METABRIC [Molecular Taxonomy of Breast Cancer International Consortium] cohort revealed ten subtypes, termed integrative clusters (IntClust/s), characterised by distinct genomic drivers. Central histopathology ( N  = 1643) review was undertaken to explore the relationship between these ten molecular subtypes and traditional clinicopathological features. IntClust subtypes were significantly associated with histological type, tumour grade, receptor status, and lymphocytic infiltration ( p  < 0...
2018: NPJ Breast Cancer
Jinho Lee, Gary K Geiss, Gokhan Demirkan, Christopher P Vellano, Brian Filanoski, Yiling Lu, Zhenlin Ju, Shuangxing Yu, Huifang Guo, Lisa Y Bogatzki, Warren E Carter, Rhonda K Meredith, Savitri Krishnamurthy, Zhiyong Ding, Joseph M Beechem, Gordon Mills
Molecular analysis of tumors forms the basis for personalized cancer medicine and increasingly guides patient selection for targeted therapy.  Future opportunities for personalized medicine are highlighted by the measurement of protein expression levels via immunohistochemistry, protein arrays, and other approaches; however, sample type, sample quantity, batch effects, and "time to result" are limiting factors for clinical application.  Here, we present a development pipeline for a novel multiplexed DNA-labeled antibody platform which digitally quantifies protein expression from lysate samples...
March 12, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Yili Hu, Xiaoyang Zhu, Ruifang Zhao, Jin Wang, Yipeng Song, Guangjun Nie, Huiru Tang, Yulan Wang
AIM: To evaluate the advantages of nanomaterial methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (mPEG-PLGA) encapsulated doxorubicin (D/DOX) and paclitaxel (T/TAX; mPEG-PLGA-DT) over free form of DOX and TAX (DOX/TAX). MATERIALS & METHODS: Metabonomics was conducted to characterize the systemic metabolic response of allograft breast cancer model mice to mPEG-PLGA-DT and DOX/TAX treatments. RESULTS: Breast tumor growth induced metabolic reprogram in serum and multiple organs...
March 12, 2018: Nanomedicine
Zaheer Ul-Haq, Sajda Ashraf, Majdi M Bkhaitan
Casein kinase-II, a member of protein kinase family, plays significant role in different cellular processes such as cell growth, differentiation, proliferation, gene expression and embryogenesis. Being a potent suppressor of apoptosis, it serves as a significant link for its association with various types of malignancies such as colorectal and breast cancer. To overcome its pathological role in various cancerous diseases, CK-II procures great consideration as a therapeutic target. This study aimed at understanding the binding mechanism and structural properties of benzimidazole derivatives by utilizing various computational tools including docking simulation, 3-dimensional quantitative structure activity relationships and molecular dynamic simulation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Teresa P Raposo, Hugo Arias-Pulido, Nabila Chaher, Steven N Fiering, David J Argyle, Justina Prada, Isabel Pires, Felisbina Luísa Queiroga
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in humans is the most aggressive form of mammary gland cancer and shares clinical, pathologic, and molecular patterns of disease with canine inflammatory mammary carcinoma (CIMC). Despite the use of multimodal therapeutic approaches, including targeted therapies, the prognosis for IBC/CIMC remains poor. The aim of this review is to critically analyze IBC and CIMC in terms of biology and clinical features. While rodent cancer models have formed the basis of our understanding of cancer biology, the translation of this knowledge into improved outcomes has been limited...
August 2017: Seminars in Oncology
Ya-Lan Wang, Quan-Fei Zhu, Li-Ming Cheng, Shao-Ting Wang, Shan-Shan Qin, Shu-Jian Zheng, Hua-Ming Xiao, Juan-Juan Li, Song-Mei Liu, Bi-Feng Yuan, Yu-Qi Feng
Low-molecular-weight thiols play important roles in a variety of pathological processes and are closely associated with a wide range of diseases. In this study, a selective and sensitive method was developed for the simultaneous determination of all the 7 thiols occurring in the transsulfuration pathway (Cysteine (Cys), homocysteine (Hcys), glutathione (GSH), N-acetylcysteine (Nac), cysteinylglycine (CysGly), glutamylcysteine (GluCys) and cysteamine (CA)) in human serum by in-vitro stable isotope labeling - dispersive solid phase extraction - liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry analysis (IL-DSPE-LC-MS/MS)...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Riccardo Sgarra, Silvia Pegoraro, Gloria Ros, Carlotta Penzo, Eusebio Chiefari, Daniela Foti, Antonio Brunetti, Guidalberto Manfioletti
Cancer heterogeneity is one of the factors that constitute an obstacle towards an efficient targeting of this multifaceted disease. Molecular information can help in classifying cancer subtypes and in providing clinicians with novel targeted therapeutic opportunities. In this regard, classification of breast cancer into intrinsic subtypes based on molecular profiling represents a valuable prototype. The High Mobility Group A (HMGA) chromatin architectural factors (HMGA1a, HMGA1b, and HMGA2) have a relevant and causal role in breast cancer onset and development, by influencing virtually all cancer hallmarks...
March 5, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Lucía Trilla-Fuertes, Angelo Gámez-Pozo, Jorge M Arevalillo, Mariana Díaz-Almirón, Guillermo Prado-Vázquez, Andrea Zapater-Moros, Hilario Navarro, Rosa Aras-López, Irene Dapía, Rocío López-Vacas, Paolo Nanni, Sara Llorente-Armijo, Pedro Arias, Alberto M Borobia, Paloma Maín, Jaime Feliú, Enrique Espinosa, Juan Ángel Fresno Vara
Metabolic reprogramming is a hallmark of cancer. It has been described that breast cancer subtypes present metabolism differences and this fact enables the possibility of using metabolic inhibitors as targeted drugs in specific scenarios. In this study, breast cancer cell lines were treated with metformin and rapamycin, showing a heterogeneous response to treatment and leading to cell cycle disruption. The genetic causes and molecular effects of this differential response were characterized by means of SNP genotyping and mass spectrometry-based proteomics...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Minlan Yang, Hairi Li, Yanru Li, Yang Ruan, Chengshi Quan
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a major problem in the treatment of breast cancer. In the present study, next-generation sequencing technology was employed to identify differentially expressed genes in MCF‑7/MDR cells and MCF‑7 cells, and aimed to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms of MDR in breast cancer. Differentially expressed genes between MCF‑7/MDR and MCF‑7 cells were selected using software; a total of 2085 genes were screened as differentially expressed in MCF‑7/MDR cells. Furthermore, gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analyses were performed using the DAVID database...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Onur Esbah, Berna Oksuzoglu
Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease and may present with different clinical and biological characteristics. At present, breast cancer is divided into molecular subgroups besides its histopathological classification. Decision for adjuvant chemotherapy is made based on not only histopathological characteristics but also molecular and genomic characteristics using indices, guidelines and calculators in early-stage breast cancer. Making a treatment plan through all these prognostic and predictive methods according to risk categories aims at preventing unnecessary or useless treatments...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Brian D Adams, Hannah Arem, Monica J Hubal, Brenda Cartmel, Fangyong Li, Maura Harrigan, Tara Sanft, Christopher J Cheng, Lajos Pusztai, Melinda L Irwin
PURPOSE: Obesity and weight gain are associated with comorbidities including a higher risk of tumor recurrence and cancer-related deaths among breast cancer (BC) survivors; however, the underlying mechanisms linking obesity and cancer are poorly understood. Given the lack of clinically validated BC biomarkers, obesity and weight-loss studies utilize serum biomarkers as the intermediary outcomes of tumor recurrence. Studies have indicated microRNAs (miRNA)s are reliable biomarkers for cancer...
March 6, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Devi Amujuri, Bandi Siva, B Poornima, Katukuri Sirisha, A V S Sarma, V Lakshma Nayak, Ashok K Tiwari, U Purushotham, K Suresh Babu
A new series of Schizandrin (1) derivatives were synthesized utilizing the C-9 position of the Schizandrin core and evaluated for their cytotoxic activities against HeLa (cervical cancer), A549 (lung cancer), MCF-7 (breast cancer) and DU-145 (prostate cancer) cell lines. Among the synthesized series, 4e, 4f, 4g and 5 showed potent activities against tested cell lines. More significantly, compound 5 exhibited most potent cytotoxic activity against DU-145 with an IC50 value of 1.38 μM which is comparable to the standard agent, doxorubicin...
February 24, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Hailin Zhao, Qian Chen, Azeem Alam, Jiang Cui, Ka Chun Suen, Aurelie Pac Soo, Shiori Eguchi, Jianteng Gu, Daqing Ma
Osteopontin (OPN) is a bone sialoprotein involved in osteoclast attachment to mineralised bone matrix, as well as being a bone matrix protein, OPN is also a versatile protein that acts on various receptors which are associated with different signalling pathways implicated in cancer. OPN mediates various biological events involving the immune system and the vascular system; the protein plays a role in processes such as immune response, cell adhesion and migration, and tumorigenesis. This review discusses the potential role of OPN in tumour cell proliferation, angiogenesis and metastasis, as well as the molecular mechanisms involved in these processes in different cancers, including brain, lung, kidney, liver, bladder, breast, oesophageal, gastric, colon, pancreatic, prostate and ovarian cancers...
March 2, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Hong Ding, Wen Chao Lu, Jun Chi Hu, Yu-Chih Liu, Chen Hua Zhang, Fu Lin Lian, Nai Xia Zhang, Fan Wang Meng, Cheng Luo, Kai Xian Chen
SET7, serving as the only histone methyltransferase that monomethylates 'Lys-4' of histone H3, has been proved to function as a key regulator in diverse biological processes, such as cell proliferation, transcriptional network regulation in embryonic stem cell, cell cycle control, protein stability, heart morphogenesis and development. What's more, SET7 is involved inthe pathogenesis of alopecia aerate, breast cancer, tumor and cancer progression, atherosclerosis in human carotid plaques, chronic renal diseases, diabetes, obesity, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, and pulmonary fibrosis...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Laura Berliocchi, Carlotta Chiappini, Annagrazia Adornetto, Debora Gentile, Silvia Cerri, Rossella Russo, Giacinto Bagetta, Maria Tiziana Corasaniti
BACKGROUND: d-Limonene is a natural monoterpene abundant in Citrus essential oils. It is endowed with several biological activities, including inhibition of carcinogenesis and promotion of tumour regression. Recently, d-limonene has been shown to modulate autophagic markers in vitro at concentrations found in vivo, in clinical pharmacokinetic studies. Autophagy is an intracellular catabolic process serving as both an adaptive metabolic response and a quality control mechanism. Because autophagy defects have been linked to a wide range of human pathologies, including neurodegeneration and cancer, there is a need for new pharmacological tools to control deregulated autophagy...
February 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Chunyu Hou, Yuan Li, Huiqin Liu, Mengjiao Dang, Guoxuan Qin, Ning Zhang, Ruibing Chen
Background: Protein kinase C ζ (PKCζ), an isoform of the atypical protein kinase C, is a pivotal regulator in cancer. However, the molecular and cellular mechanisms whereby PKCζ regulates tumorigenesis and metastasis are still not fully understood. In this study, proteomics and bioinformatics analyses were performed to establish a protein-protein interaction (PPI) network associated with PKCζ, laying a stepping stone to further understand the diverse biological roles of PKCζ. Methods: Protein complexes associated with PKCζ were purified by co-immunoprecipitation from breast cancer cell MDA-MB-231 and identified by LC-MS/MS...
2018: Proteome Science
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