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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350470/specific-expression-of-pd-l1-in-rela-fusion-supratentorial-ependymoma-implications-for-pd-1-targeted-therapy
#1
Davis A Witt, Andrew M Donson, Vladimir Amani, Daniel C Moreira, Bridget Sanford, Lindsey M Hoffman, Michael H Handler, Jean M Mulcahy Levy, Kenneth L Jones, Anandani Nellan, Nicholas K Foreman, Andrea M Griesinger
BACKGROUND: A desperate need for novel therapies in pediatric ependymoma (EPN) exists, as chemotherapy remains ineffective and radiotherapy often fails. EPN have significant infiltration of immune cells, which correlates with outcome. Immune checkpoint inhibitors provide an avenue for new treatments. This study characterizes tumor-infiltrating immune cells in EPN and aims at predicting candidates for clinical trials using checkpoint inhibitors targeting PD-L1/PD-1 (programmed death ligand 1/programmed death 1)...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348827/molecular-genetic-profiling-and-high-throughput-in-vitro-drug-screening-in-nut-midline-carcinoma-an-aggressive-and-fatal-disease
#2
Anja Stirnweiss, Joyce Oommen, Rishi S Kotecha, Ursula R Kees, Alex H Beesley
NUT midline carcinoma (NMC) is a rare and aggressive cancer, with survival typically less than seven months, that can arise in people of any age. Genetically, NMC is defined by the chromosomal fusion of NUTM1 with a chromatin-binding partner, typically the bromodomain-containing protein BRD4. However, little is known about other genetic aberrations in this disease. In this study, we used a unique panel of cell lines to describe the molecular-genetic features of NMC. Next-generation sequencing identified a recurring high-impact mutation in the DNA-helicase gene RECQL5 in 75% of lines studied, and biological signals from mutation-signature and network analyses consistent with a general failure in DNA-repair...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348808/dual-nampt-hdac-inhibitors-as-a-new-strategy-for-multitargeting-antitumor-drug-discovery
#3
Wei Chen, Guoqiang Dong, Ying Wu, Wannian Zhang, Chaoyu Miao, Chunquan Sheng
Novel dual nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) and histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors were designed by a pharmacophore fusion approach. The thiazolocarboxamide inhibitors were highly active for both targets. In particular, compound 7f (NAMPT IC50 = 15 nM, HDAC1 IC50 = 2 nM) showed potent in vivo antitumor efficacy in the HCT116 xenograft model. The study offers a new strategy for multitarget antitumor drug discovery by simultaneously acting on cancer metabolism and epigenetics.
January 11, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348610/the-histone-methyltransferase-dot1l-inhibits-osteoclastogenesis-and-protects-against-osteoporosis
#4
Yanpan Gao, Wei Ge
Osteoclasts are absorptive cells that play a critical role in homeostatic bone remodeling and pathological bone resorption. Emerging evidence suggests an important role of epigenetic regulation in osteoclastogenesis. In this study, we investigated the role of DOT1L, which regulates gene expression epigenetically by histone H3K79 methylation (H3K79me), during osteoclast formation. Using RANKL-induced RAW264.7 macrophage cells as an osteoclast differentiation model, we found that DOT1L and H3K79me2 levels were upregulated during osteoclast differentiation...
January 18, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344112/zgdhu-1-for-cancer-therapy
#5
Jinlin Liu, Liannv Qiu, Jun Xia, Sufeng Chen, Xiping Yu, Yonglie Zhou
N,N'-di-(m-methylphenyl)-3,6-dimethyl-1,4-dihydro-1,2,4,5-tetrazine-1,4-dicarboamide (ZGDHu-1) is a novel tetrazine derivative that was initially designed and produced by Professor W.X. Hu, and which has been reported by our group to exhibit antitumor activity. Accumulating evidence suggests that the anticancer mechanisms of ZGDHu-1 may be involved indifferent biological activities, particularly in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. At a high concentration, ZGDHu-1 has been demonstrated to inhibit the proliferation of the leukemia cells by arresting the cell cycle at the G2/M phase, and by inducing cell apoptosis via inducing the accumulation of reactive oxygen species, the translocation of phosphatidylserine across the plasma membrane and the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343973/a-patient-with-classic-biphasic-pulmonary-blastoma-harboring-cd74-ros1-fusion-responds-to-crizotinib
#6
Zhaoting Meng, Peng Chen, Fenglin Zang, Ying Liu, Xiaoyan Xu, Yudong Su, Jinliang Chen, Li Lin, Lu Zhang, Tengfei Zhang
Pulmonary blastoma (PB) is a rare aggressive lung malignancy with a poor prognosis. Surgical resection is the treatment of choice for localized disease, and there are no standard treatment guidelines for metastatic PB. Due to its rareness, its molecular profile has not been elucidated. We present the first case of classic biphasic pulmonary blastoma (CBPB) with CD74-ROS1 rearrangement in a 44-year-old Asian female with stage IV disease diagnosed using capture-based ultra-deep targeted sequencing. It has been reported that ROS1 rearranged lung adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are sensitive to crizotinib, an ALK/MET/ ROS1 multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343613/restricted-hiv-1-env-glycan-engagement-by-lectin-reengineered-davei-protein-chimera-is-sufficient-for-lytic-inactivation-of-the-virus
#7
Bibek Parajuli, Kriti Acharya, Harry C Bach, Bijay Parajuli, Shiyu Zhang, Amos B Smith, Cameron F Abrams, Irwin Chaiken
We previously reported first generation recombinant DAVEI construct, a dual action virus entry inhibitor composed of cyanovirin-N (CVN) fused to a membrane proximal external region (MPER) or its derivative peptide Trp3. DAVEI exhibits potent and irreversible inactivation of HIV-1 viruses by dual engagement of gp120 and gp41. However, the promiscuity of CVN to associate with multiple glycosylation sites in gp120 and its multivalency limit current understanding of the molecular arrangement of the DAVEI molecules on trimeric spike...
January 17, 2018: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340620/delivery-of-tapasin-modified-ctl-epitope-peptide-via-cytoplasmic-transduction-peptide-induces-ctls-by-jak-stat-signaling-pathway-in-vivo
#8
Shanshan Wu, Xiaohua Chen, Yuyan Tang, Yi Zhang, Dan Li, Jie Chen, Jieling Wang, Zhenghao Tang, Guoqing Zang, Yongsheng Yu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) play a vital role in viral control and clearance. Recent studies have elucidated that Tapasin, an endoplasmic reticulum chaperone, is a well-known molecule that appears to be essential in peptide-loading process. The Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway plays an important role in immune response regulation and cytokines secretion. We have previously verified that fusion protein CTP-HBcAg18-27-Tapasin could facilitate the maturation of bone marrow derived dendritic cells and enhance specific CTLs responses in vitro, which might be associated with the activation of JAK/STAT signaling pathway...
January 11, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340093/leucine-mediates-autophagosome-lysosome-fusion-and-improves-sperm-motility-by-activating-the-pi3k-akt-pathway
#9
Jin Zhang, Xuemei Zhang, Yingjie Liu, Zihao Su, Farman Ullah Dawar, Hong Dan, Yan He, Jian-Fang Gui, Jie Mei
Amino acid supplementation is an efficient and effective strategy to increase sperm quality. In our research, a comparative study was conducted to screen free amino acids to improve sperm motility, and we found that leucine was the most efficient one. Leucine treatment increases sperm motility depending on the activation of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway, while the chemical inhibitor of PI3K/Akt signal could reduce the amount of pAkt activated by leucine treatment. Moreover, leucine treatment improved the expression of P62 and LC3-II, substantially suppressed the autophagy process in zebrafish testis...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339158/myosin-xi-localizes-at-the-mitotic-spindle-and-along-the-cell-plate-during-plant-cell-division-in-physcomitrella-patens
#10
Hao Sun, Fabienne Furt, Luis Vidali
Cell division is a fundamental biological process that has been extensively investigated in different systems. Similar to most eukaryotic cells, plant cells assemble a mitotic spindle to separate replicated chromosomes. In contrast, to complete cell division, plant cells assemble a phragmoplast, which is composed of aligned microtubules and actin filaments. This structure helps transport vesicles containing new cell wall material, which then fuse to form the cell plate; the cell plate will expand to create the new dividing cell wall...
January 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336091/drug-resistance-in-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-rearranged-lung-cancer
#11
Ryohei Katayama
The anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase, and many kinds of ALK fusion genes have been found in a variety of carcinomas. There is almost no detectable expression of ALK in adults. However, through ALK gene rearrangement, the resultant ALK fusion protein is aberrantly overexpressed and dimerized through the oligomerization domains, such as the coiled-coil domain, in the fusion partner that induce abnormal constitutive activation of ALK tyrosine kinase. This results in dysregulated cell proliferation...
January 16, 2018: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335788/over-expression-of-a-grafting-responsive-gene-from-hickory-increases-abiotic-stress-tolerance-in-arabidopsis
#12
R M Saravana Kumar, Guocun Ji, Haipeng Guo, Liang Zhao, Bingsong Zheng
A grafting response gene CcPIP1;2 was cloned from hickory plant, further functional characterization of the gene for water transport activity and abiotic stress tolerances were carried out through heterologous expression in Xenopus and Arabidopsis. Plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs) are multifunctional channel proteins belonging to the membrane intrinsic protein (MIP) family. In this study, a grafting-responsive gene from hickory (CcPIP1;2) was cloned and functionally characterized. Application of non-selective water inhibitors (HgCl2 and phloretin) led to the death of grafted hickory plants at 30 days after grafting (DAG)...
January 15, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335241/the-mfhr1-fusion-protein-is-a-novel-synthetic-multitarget-complement-inhibitor-with-therapeutic-potential
#13
Stefan Michelfelder, Friedericke Fischer, Astrid Wäldin, Kim V Hörle, Martin Pohl, Juliana Parsons, Ralf Reski, Eva L Decker, Peter F Zipfel, Christine Skerka, Karsten Häffner
The complement system is essential for host defense, but uncontrolled complement system activation leads to severe, mostly renal pathologies, such as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome or C3 glomerulopathy. Here, we investigated a novel combinational approach to modulate complement activation by targeting C3 and the terminal pathway simultaneously. The synthetic fusion protein MFHR1 links the regulatory domains of complement factor H (FH) with the C5 convertase/C5b-9 inhibitory fragment of the FH-related protein 1...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334965/a-novel-il-1ra-pep-fusion-protein-alleviates-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-after-ischemia-reperfusion-in-male-rats
#14
Dong-Dong Zhang, Chen Jin, Ya-Tao Zhang, Xiang-Dong Gan, Min-Ji Zou, Yuan-Yuan Wang, Wen-Liang Fu, Tao Xu, Wei-Wei Xing, Wen-Ron Xia, Dong-Gang Xu
BACKGROUND: Current options to treat clinical relapse in inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) conditions such as cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury are limited, and agents that are more effective are required. Disruption of the blood-brain barrier is an early feature of lesion formation that correlates with clinical exacerbation and facilitates the entry of inflammatory medium and inflammatory cells. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory antagonist of the interleukin-1 (IL-1) family...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330283/centriole-overduplication-is-the-predominant-mechanism-leading-to-centrosome-amplification-in-melanoma
#15
Ryan A Denu, Maria Shabbir, Minakshi Nihal, Chandra K Singh, B Jack Longley, Mark E Burkard, Nihal Ahmad
Centrosome amplification (CA) is common in cancer and can arise by centriole overduplication or by cell doubling events, including the failure of cell division and cell-cell fusion. To assess the relative contributions of these two mechanisms, the number of centrosomes with mature/mother centrioles was examined by immunofluorescence in a tissue microarray (TMA) of human melanomas and benign nevi (n=79 and 17, respectively). The centrosomal protein 170 (CEP170) was used to identify centrosomes with mature centrioles; this is expected to be present in most centrosomes with cell doubling, but on fewer centrosomes with overduplication...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327716/genomic-heterogeneity-of-alk-fusion-breakpoints-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
Jason N Rosenbaum, Ryan Bloom, Jason T Forys, Jeff Hiken, Jon R Armstrong, Julie Branson, Samantha McNulty, Priya D Velu, Kymberlie Pepin, Haley Abel, Catherine E Cottrell, John D Pfeifer, Shashikant Kulkarni, Ramaswamy Govindan, Eric Q Konnick, Christina M Lockwood, Eric J Duncavage
In lung adenocarcinoma, canonical EML4-ALK inversion results in a fusion protein with a constitutively active ALK kinase domain. Evidence of ALK rearrangement occurs in a minority (2-7%) of lung adenocarcinoma, and only ~60% of these patients will respond to targeted ALK inhibition by drugs such as crizotinib and ceritinib. Clinically, targeted anti-ALK therapy is often initiated based on evidence of an ALK genomic rearrangement detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) of interphase cells in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections...
January 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325229/dual-drug-targeting-of-mutant-bcr-abl-induces-inactive-conformation-new-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-and-overcoming-monotherapy-resistance
#17
Ahmed A El Rashedy, Fisayo A Olotu, Mahmoud E S Soliman
Bcr-Abl is an oncogenic fusion protein which expression enhances tumorigenesis, and has been highly associated with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Acquired drug resistance in mutant Bcr-Abl has enhanced pathogenesis with the use of single therapy agents such as Nilotinib. Moreover, allosteric targeting has been identified to consequentially inhibit Bcr-Abl activity, which led to the recent development of ABL-001 (asciminib) that selectively binds the myristoyl pocket. Experimental studies have revealed that the combination of Nilotinib and ABL-001 induced a "bent" conformation in the C-terminal helix of Bcr-Abl; a benchmark of inhibition, thereby exhibiting a greater potency in the treatment of CML, surmounting the setbacks of drug resistance, disease regression and relapse...
January 11, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323298/a-metabolic-function-of-fgfr3-tacc3-gene-fusions-in-cancer
#18
Véronique Frattini, Stefano M Pagnotta, Tala, Jerry J Fan, Marco V Russo, Sang Bae Lee, Luciano Garofano, Jing Zhang, Peiguo Shi, Genevieve Lewis, Heloise Sanson, Vanessa Frederick, Angelica M Castano, Luigi Cerulo, Delphine C M Rolland, Raghvendra Mall, Karima Mokhtari, Kojo S J Elenitoba-Johnson, Marc Sanson, Xi Huang, Michele Ceccarelli, Anna Lasorella, Antonio Iavarone
Chromosomal translocations that generate in-frame oncogenic gene fusions are notable examples of the success of targeted cancer therapies. We have previously described gene fusions of FGFR3-TACC3 (F3-T3) in 3% of human glioblastoma cases. Subsequent studies have reported similar frequencies of F3-T3 in many other cancers, indicating that F3-T3 is a commonly occuring fusion across all tumour types. F3-T3 fusions are potent oncogenes that confer sensitivity to FGFR inhibitors, but the downstream oncogenic signalling pathways remain unknown...
January 11, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321334/mechanism-of-hiv-1-resistance-to-an-electronically-constrained-%C3%AE-helical-peptide-membrane-fusion-inhibitor
#19
Xiyuan Wu, Zixuan Liu, Xiaohui Ding, Danwei Yu, Huamian Wei, Bo Qin, Yuanmei Zhu, Huihui Chong, Sheng Cui, Yuxian He
SC29EK is an electronically constrained α-helical peptide HIV-1 fusion inhibitor highly effective against both wild-type and enfuvirtide (T20)-resistant viruses. In this study, we focused on investigating the mechanism of HIV-1 resistance to SC29EK by two approaches. First, SC29EK-escaping HIV-1 variants were selected and characterized. Three mutant viruses, which possessed two (E43K/E49A) or three (Q39R/N43K/N126K, N43K/E49A/N126K) amino acid substitutions in the N- and C-terminal repeat regions of gp41 were identified as conferring high resistance to SC29EK and cross-resistance to the first-generation (T20, C34) and newly-designed (sifuvirtide, MT-SC29EK, 2P23) fusion inhibitors...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321326/the-amino-terminus-of-hsv-1-glycoprotein-k-gk-is-required-for-gb-binding-to-akt-release-of-intracellular-calcium-and-fusion-of-the-viral-envelope-with-plasma-membranes
#20
Farhana Musarrat, Nithya Jambunathan, Paul J F Rider, V N Chouljenko, K G Kousoulas
Previously, we have shown that the amino terminus of glycoprotein K (gK) binds to the amino terminus of gB and that deletion of the amino terminal 38 amino acids of gK prevents virus infection of mouse trigeminal ganglia after ocular infection and virus entry into neuronal axons. Recently, it has been shown that gB binds to Akt during virus entry and induces Akt phosphorylation and intracellular calcium release. Proximity ligation and two-way immunoprecipitation assays using monoclonal antibodies against gB and Akt-1 (phospho S473) confirmed that HSV-1(McKrae) gB interacted with Akt-1 (phospo S473) during virus entry into human neuroblastoma (SK-N-SH) cells and induced release of intracellular calcium...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
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