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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156722/whole-exome-sequencing-reveals-novel-mutations-and-epigenetic-regulation-in-hypopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Ping Wu, Honglong Wu, Yaoyun Tang, Shi Luo, Xing Fang, Chubo Xie, Jian He, Suping Zhao, Xiaofeng Wang, Jiajia Xu, Xi Chen, Dongfang Li, Huanming Yang, Jian Wang
Hypopharyngeal cancer (HPC) frequently presents at an advanced stage, resulting in poor prognosis. Although combined surgical therapy and chemoradiotherapy have improved the survival for patients with HPC over the past 3 decades, the mortality rate in late-stage diagnosis of HPC is unsatisfactory. In this study, we performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) of 23 hypopharyngeal tumor and paired adjacent normal tissue to identify novel candidate driver genes associated with hypopharyngeal carcinoma. We identified several copy number variants (CNVs) and 15 somatic mutation genes that were associated with hypopharyngeal carcinoma...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156578/pancreatic-cancer-molecular-characterization-clonal-evolution-and-cancer-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Elvira Pelosi, Germana Castelli, Ugo Testa
Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death and is the most lethal of common malignancies with a five-year survival rate of <10%. PDAC arises from different types of non-invasive precursor lesions: intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, mucinous cystic neoplasms and pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia. The genetic landscape of PDAC is characterized by the presence of four frequently-mutated genes: KRAS, CDKN2A, TP53 and SMAD4. The development of mouse models of PDAC has greatly contributed to the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which driver genes contribute to pancreatic cancer development...
November 18, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155705/identification-and-characterization-of-metastatic-factors-by-gene-transfer-into-the-novel-rip-tag-rip-tva-murine-model
#3
George Zhang, Yudan Chi, Yi-Chieh Nancy Du
Metastatic cancer accounts for 90% of deaths in patients with solid tumors. There is an urgent need to better understand the drivers of cancer metastasis and to identify novel therapeutic targets. To investigate molecular events that drive the progression from primary cancer to metastasis, we have developed a bitransgenic mouse model, RIP-Tag; RIP-tva. In this mouse model, the rat insulin promoter (RIP) drives the expression of the SV40 T antigen (Tag) and the receptor for subgroup A avian leukosis virus (tva) in pancreatic β cells...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153898/the-significance-of-the-pd-l1-expression-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-trenchant-double-swords-as-predictive-and-prognostic-markers
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REVIEW
Kazuki Takada, Gouji Toyokawa, Fumihiro Shoji, Tatsuro Okamoto, Yoshihiko Maehara
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer worldwide. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy have been the standard treatment for lung cancer, and targeted molecular therapy has greatly improved the clinical course of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring driver mutations, such as in epidermal growth factor receptor and anaplastic lymphoma kinase genes. Despite advances in such therapies, the prognosis of patients with NSCLC without driver oncogene mutations remains poor. Immunotherapy targeting programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) has recently been shown to improve the survival in advanced NSCLC...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152076/profiling-tumour-heterogeneity-through-circulating-tumour-dna-in-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer
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Patricia Adamo, Caroline M Cowley, Christopher P Neal, Vilas Mistry, Karen Page, Ashley R Dennison, John Isherwood, Robert Hastings, JinLi Luo, David A Moore, Pringle J Howard, Martins L Miguel, Catrin Pritchard, Margaret Manson, Jacqui A Shaw
The majority of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDAC) are diagnosed late so that surgery is rarely curative. Earlier detection could significantly increase the likelihood of successful treatment and improve survival. The aim of the study was to provide proof of principle that point mutations in key cancer genes can be identified by sequencing circulating free DNA (cfDNA) and that this could be used to detect early PDACs and potentially, premalignant lesions, to help target early effective treatment. Targeted next generation sequencing (tNGS) analysis of mutation hotspots in 50 cancer genes was conducted in 26 patients with PDAC, 14 patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP) and 12 healthy controls with KRAS status validated by digital droplet PCR...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152060/inhibition-of-chk1-sensitizes-ewing-sarcoma-cells-to-the-ribonucleotide-reductase-inhibitor-gemcitabine
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Kelli L Goss, Stacia L Koppenhafer, Kathryn M Harmoney, William W Terry, David J Gordon
Ewing sarcoma is a bone and soft tissue sarcoma that occurs in children and young adults. The EWS-FLI1 gene fusion is the driver mutation in most Ewing sarcoma tumors and functions, in part, as an aberrant transcription factor. We recently identified that Ewing sarcoma cells are sensitive to inhibition of ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which catalyzes the formation of deoxyribonucleotides from ribonucleotides. In this report, we show that Ewing sarcoma cells are sensitive to treatment with clofarabine, which is a nucleoside analogue and allosteric inhibitor of RNR...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151881/genomic-insights-into-adaptive-divergence-and-speciation-among-malaria-vectors-of-the-anopheles-nili-group
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Caroline Fouet, Colince Kamdem, Stephanie Gamez, Bradley J White
Ongoing speciation in the most important African malaria vectors gives rise to cryptic populations, which differ remarkably in their behavior, ecology, and capacity to vector malaria parasites. Understanding the population structure and the drivers of genetic differentiation among mosquitoes is crucial for effective disease control because heterogeneity within vector species contributes to variability in malaria cases and allow fractions of populations to escape control efforts. To examine population structure and the potential impacts of recent large-scale control interventions, we have investigated the genomic patterns of differentiation in mosquitoes belonging to the Anopheles nili group-a large taxonomic group that diverged ~3 Myr ago...
October 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150608/rapid-neo-sex-chromosome-evolution-and-incipient-speciation-in-a-major-forest-pest
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Ryan R Bracewell, Barbara J Bentz, Brian T Sullivan, Jeffrey M Good
Genome evolution is predicted to be rapid following the establishment of new (neo) sex chromosomes, but it is not known if neo-sex chromosome evolution plays an important role in speciation. Here we combine extensive crossing experiments with population and functional genomic data to examine neo-XY chromosome evolution and incipient speciation in the mountain pine beetle. We find a broad continuum of intrinsic incompatibilities in hybrid males that increase in strength with geographic distance between reproductively isolated populations...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149838/genetic-variation-in-populations-of-the-earthworm-lumbricus-rubellus-across-contaminated-mine-sites
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Craig Anderson, Luis Cunha, Pierfrancesco Sechi, Peter Kille, David Spurgeon
BACKGROUND: Populations of the earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus, are commonly found across highly contaminated former mine sites and are considered to have under-gone selection for mitigating metal toxicity. Comparison of adapted populations with those found on less contaminated soils can provide insights into ecological processes that demonstrate the long-term effects of soil contamination. Contemporary sequencing methods allow for portrayal of demographic inferences and highlight genetic variation indicative of selection at specific genes...
November 17, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149504/mybl1-rearrangements-and-myb-amplification-in-breast-adenoid-cystic-carcinomas-lacking-the-myb-nfib-fusion-gene
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Jisun Kim, Felipe C Geyer, Luciano G Martelotto, Charlotte K Y Ng, Raymond S Lim, Pier Selenica, Anqi Li, Fresia Pareja, Nicola Fusco, Marcia Edelweiss, Rahul Kumar, Rodrigo Gularte-Merida, Andre N Forbes, Ekta Khurana, Odette Mariani, Sunil Badve, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Larry Norton, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Britta Weigelt
Breast adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC), a rare type of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), has been shown to be driven by MYB pathway activation, most often underpinned by the MYB-NFIB fusion gene. Alternative genetic mechanisms, such as MYBL1 rearrangements, have been reported in MYB-NFIB-negative salivary gland AdCCs. Here we report on the molecular characterization by massively parallel sequencing of four breast AdCCs lacking the MYB-NFIB fusion gene. In two cases, we identified MYBL1 rearrangements (MYBL1-ACTN1 and MYBL1-NFIB), which were associated with MYBL1 overexpression...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149419/changes-in-chromatin-state-reveal-arnt2-at-a-node-of-a-tumorigenic-transcription-factor-signature-driving-glioblastoma-cell-aggressiveness
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Alexandra Bogeas, Ghislaine Morvan-Dubois, Elias A El-Habr, François-Xavier Lejeune, Matthieu Defrance, Ashwin Narayanan, Klaudia Kuranda, Fanny Burel-Vandenbos, Salwa Sayd, Virgile Delaunay, Luiz G Dubois, Hugues Parrinello, Stéphanie Rialle, Sylvie Fabrega, Ahmed Idbaih, Jacques Haiech, Ivan Bièche, Thierry Virolle, Michele Goodhardt, Hervé Chneiweiss, Marie-Pierre Junier
Although a growing body of evidence indicates that phenotypic plasticity exhibited by glioblastoma cells plays a central role in tumor development and post-therapy recurrence, the master drivers of their aggressiveness remain elusive. Here we mapped the changes in active (H3K4me3) and repressive (H3K27me3) histone modifications accompanying the repression of glioblastoma stem-like cells tumorigenicity. Genes with changing histone marks delineated a network of transcription factors related to cancerous behavior, stem state, and neural development, highlighting a previously unsuspected association between repression of ARNT2 and loss of cell tumorigenicity...
November 17, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149178/drivers-of-genetic-diversity-in-secondary-metabolic-gene-clusters-within-a-fungal-species
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Abigail L Lind, Jennifer H Wisecaver, Catarina Lameiras, Philipp Wiemann, Jonathan M Palmer, Nancy P Keller, Fernando Rodrigues, Gustavo H Goldman, Antonis Rokas
Filamentous fungi produce a diverse array of secondary metabolites (SMs) critical for defense, virulence, and communication. The metabolic pathways that produce SMs are found in contiguous gene clusters in fungal genomes, an atypical arrangement for metabolic pathways in other eukaryotes. Comparative studies of filamentous fungal species have shown that SM gene clusters are often either highly divergent or uniquely present in one or a handful of species, hampering efforts to determine the genetic basis and evolutionary drivers of SM gene cluster divergence...
November 17, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148977/the-role-of-micrornas-in-chronic-respiratory-disease-recent-insights
#13
Lindsay R Stolzenburg, Ann Harris
Chronic respiratory diseases encompass a group of diverse conditions affecting the airways, which all impair lung function over time. They include cystic fibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma, which together affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a class of small non-coding RNAs involved in post-transcriptional gene repression, are now recognized as major regulators in the development and progression of chronic lung disease. Alterations in miRNA abundance occur in lung tissue, inflammatory cells, and freely circulating in blood and are thought to function both as drivers and modifiers of disease...
November 27, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148397/evolutionary-context-of-non-sorbitol-fermenting-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o55-h7
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Kyle Schutz, Lauren A Cowley, Sharif Shaaban, Anne Carroll, Eleanor McNamara, David L Gally, Gauri Godbole, Claire Jenkins, Timothy J Dallman
In July 2014, an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O55:H7 in England involved 31 patients, 13 (42%) of whom had hemolytic uremic syndrome. Isolates were sequenced, and the sequences were compared with publicly available sequences of E. coli O55:H7 and O157:H7. A core-genome phylogeny of the evolutionary history of the STEC O55:H7 outbreak strain revealed that the most parsimonious model was a progenitor enteropathogenic O55:H7 sorbitol-fermenting strain, lysogenized by a Shiga toxin (Stx) 2a-encoding phage, followed by loss of the ability to ferment sorbitol because of a non-sense mutation in srlA...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147618/programmed-cell-death-ligands-expression-in-phaeochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas-relationship-with-the-hypoxic-response-immune-evasion-and-malignant-behavior
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David J Pinato, James R Black, Sebastian Trousil, Roberto E Dina, Pritesh Trivedi, Francesco A Mauri, Rohini Sharma
The hypoxic response underlies the pathogenesis and malignant behavior of PCC/PGL. Regulation of PD-1 receptor-ligand signaling, a therapeutically actionable driver of the anti-tumor immune response, is a hypoxic-driven trait across malignancies. We evaluated the prognostic role of PD ligands in association with biomarkers of hypoxia and angiogenesis in patients with PCC/PGL. Tissue microarrays sections including consecutive cases diagnosed between 1983-2011 were stained for PD-L1 and 2, hypoxia inducible factor 1a (Hif-1a), Carbonic Anhydrase IX (CaIX), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A (VEGF-A)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147568/environmental-influences-on-the-skin-microbiome-of-humans-and-cattle-in-rural-madagascar
#16
Melissa B Manus, James J Yu, Lawrence P Park, Olaf Mueller, Sarah C Windsor, Julie E Horvath, Charles L Nunn
Background and objectives: The skin harbors a dynamic community of microorganisms, where contact with humans, other animals and the environment can alter microbial communities. Most research on the human skin microbiome features Western populations living in hygienic conditions, yet these populations have vastly different patterns of environmental contact than the majority of people on Earth, including those living in developing countries. Methodology: We studied skin microbial communities of humans and cattle (zebu) in rural Madagascar to investigate how zebu ownership affects microbial composition of the human skin, and to characterize non-Western human and zebu skin communities more generally...
2017: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145975/in-cancer-a-to-i-rna-editing-can-be-the-driver-the-passenger-or-the-mechanic
#17
Nabeel S Ganem, Noa Ben-Asher, Ayelet T Lamm
In recent years, A-to-I RNA modifications performed by the Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR) protein family were found to be expressed at altered levels in multiple human malignancies. A-to-I RNA editing changes adenosine to inosine on double stranded RNA, thereby changing transcript sequence and structure. Although A-to-I RNA editing have the potential to change essential mRNA transcripts, affecting their corresponding protein structures, most of the human editing sites identified to date reside in non-coding repetitive transcripts such as Alu elements...
May 2017: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145444/inhibition-of-the-h3k9-methyltransferase-g9a-attenuates-oncogenicity-and-activates-the-hypoxia-signaling-pathway
#18
Jolene Caifeng Ho, Lissa Nurrul Abdullah, Qing You Pang, Sudhakar Jha, Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Henry Yang, Hiroyuki Kato, Lorenz Poellinger, Jun Ueda, Kian Leong Lee
Epigenetic mechanisms play important roles in the regulation of tumorigenesis, and hypoxia-induced epigenetic changes may be critical for the adaptation of cancer cells to the hypoxic microenvironment of solid tumors. Previously, we showed that loss-of-function of the hypoxia-regulated H3K9 methyltransferase G9A attenuates tumor growth. However, the mechanisms by which blockade of G9A leads to a tumor suppressive effect remain poorly understood. We show that G9A is highly expressed in breast cancer and is associated with poor patient prognosis, where it may function as a potent oncogenic driver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144594/on-the-origin-of-obesity-identifying-the-biological-environmental-and-cultural-drivers-of-genetic-risk-among-human-populations
#19
REVIEW
A Qasim, M Turcotte, R J de Souza, M C Samaan, D Champredon, J Dushoff, J R Speakman, D Meyre
Genetic predisposition to obesity presents a paradox: how do genetic variants with a detrimental impact on human health persist through evolutionary time? Numerous hypotheses, such as the thrifty genotype hypothesis, attempt to explain this phenomenon yet fail to provide a justification for the modern obesity epidemic. In this critical review, we appraise existing theories explaining the evolutionary origins of obesity and explore novel biological and sociocultural agents of evolutionary change to help explain the modern-day distribution of obesity-predisposing variants...
November 16, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144541/genetic-landscape-of-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-in-the-chinese-population
#20
Jialong Liang, Wanshi Cai, Dongdong Feng, Huajing Teng, Fengbiao Mao, Yi Jiang, Shanshan Hu, Xianfeng Li, Yujie Zhang, Baoguo Liu, Zhong Sheng Sun
Improvement in the clinical outcome of human cancers requires characterization of genetic alterations underlying their pathogenesis. Large-scale genomic and transcriptomic characterization of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs) in Western populations has revealed multiple oncogenic drivers which are essential for understanding pathogenic mechanisms of this disease; while so far, the genetic landscape in Chinese patients with PTC remains uncharacterized. Here, we conducted a largescale genetic analysis of PTCs from patients in China to determine the mutational landscape of this cancer...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pathology
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