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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099935/frequent-amplification-of-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-genes-in-welldifferentiated-dedifferentiated-liposarcoma
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Naofumi Asano, Akihiko Yoshida, Sachiyo Mitani, Eisuke Kobayashi, Bunsyo Shiotani, Motokiyo Komiyama, Hiroyuki Fujimoto, Hirokazu Chuman, Hideo Morioka, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura, Takashi Kubo, Mamoru Kato, Takashi Kohno, Akira Kawai, Tadashi Kondo, Hitoshi Ichikawa
Well-differentiated liposarcoma (WDLPS) and dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DDLPS) are closely related tumors commonly characterized by MDM2/CDK4 gene amplification, and lack clinically effective treatment options when inoperable. To identify novel therapeutic targets, we performed targeted genomic sequencing analysis of 19 WDLPS and 37 DDLPS tumor samples using a panel of 104 cancer-related genes (NCC oncopanel v3) developed specifically for genomic testing to select suitable molecular targeted therapies. The results of this analysis indicated that these sarcomas had very few gene mutations and a high frequency of amplifications of not only MDM2 and CDK4 but also other genes...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099595/exome-sequence-analysis-of-kaposiform-hemangioendothelioma-identification-of-putative-driver-mutations
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Sho Egashira, Masatoshi Jinnin, Miho Harada, Shinichi Masuguchi, Satoshi Fukushima, Hironobu Ihn
BACKGROUND: Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma is a rare, intermediate, malignant tumor. The tumor's etiology remains unknown and there are no specific treatments. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we performed exome sequencing using DNA from a Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma patient, and found putative candidates for the responsible mutations. METHOD: The genomic DNA for exome sequencing was obtained from the tumor tissue and matched normal tissue from the same individual...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099528/inos-as-a-driver-of-inflammation-and-apoptosis-in-mouse-skeletal-muscle-after-burn-injury-possible-involvement-of-sirt1-s-nitrosylation-mediated-acetylation-of-p65-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p53
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Harumasa Nakazawa, Kyungho Chang, Shohei Shinozaki, Takashi Yasukawa, Kazuhiro Ishimaru, Shingo Yasuhara, Yong-Ming Yu, J A Jeevendra Martyn, Ronald G Tompkins, Kentaro Shimokado, Masao Kaneki
Inflammation and apoptosis develop in skeletal muscle after major trauma, including burn injury, and play a pivotal role in insulin resistance and muscle wasting. We and others have shown that inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), a major mediator of inflammation, plays an important role in stress (e.g., burn)-induced insulin resistance. However, it remains to be determined how iNOS induces insulin resistance. Moreover, the interrelation between inflammatory response and apoptosis is poorly understood, although they often develop simultaneously...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099251/utility-of-assessing-the-number-of-mutated-kras-cdkn2a-tp53-and-smad4-genes-using-a-targeted-deep-sequencing-assay-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-pancreatic-cancer
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Hideyuki Hayashi, Takashi Kohno, Hideki Ueno, Nobuyoshi Hiraoka, Shunsuke Kondo, Motonobu Saito, Yoko Shimada, Hitoshi Ichikawa, Mamoru Kato, Tatsuhiro Shibata, Chigusa Morizane, Yasunari Sakamoto, Kazuaki Shimada, Yoshito Komatsu, Naoya Sakamoto, Takuji Okusaka
OBJECTIVES: KRAS, CDKN2A, TP53, and SMAD4 have been recognized as major driver genes in pancreatic carcinogenesis. We examined somatic mutations in 50 cancer-related genes, including the four above-mentioned driver genes, to identify genomic biomarkers for predicting the outcome of patients with pancreatic cancer. METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted from fresh-frozen specimens obtained from 100 patients with pancreatic cancer who had undergone a pancreatectomy with curative intent...
January 18, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099082/therapeutics-targeting-drivers-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-acute-aortic-dissections-insights-from-predisposing-genes-and-mouse-models
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Dianna M Milewicz, Siddharth K Prakash, Francesco Ramirez
Thoracic aortic diseases, including aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta, are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Risk factors for thoracic aortic disease include increased hemodynamic forces on the ascending aorta, typically due to poorly controlled hypertension, and heritable genetic variants. The altered genes predisposing to thoracic aortic disease either disrupt smooth muscle cell (SMC) contraction or adherence to an impaired extracellular matrix, or decrease canonical transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096419/stromal-cues-regulate-the-pancreatic-cancer-epigenome-and-metabolome
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Mara H Sherman, Ruth T Yu, Tiffany W Tseng, Cristovao M Sousa, Sihao Liu, Morgan L Truitt, Nanhai He, Ning Ding, Christopher Liddle, Annette R Atkins, Mathias Leblanc, Eric A Collisson, John M Asara, Alec C Kimmelman, Michael Downes, Ronald M Evans
A fibroinflammatory stromal reaction cooperates with oncogenic signaling to influence pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) initiation, progression, and therapeutic outcome, yet the mechanistic underpinning of this crosstalk remains poorly understood. Here we show that stromal cues elicit an adaptive response in the cancer cell including the rapid mobilization of a transcriptional network implicated in accelerated growth, along with anabolic changes of an altered metabolome. The close overlap of stroma-induced changes in vitro with those previously shown to be regulated by oncogenic Kras in vivo suggests that oncogenic Kras signaling-a hallmark and key driver of PDAC-is contingent on stromal inputs...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096186/translation-reprogramming-is-an-evolutionarily-conserved-driver-of-phenotypic-plasticity-and-therapeutic-resistance-in-melanoma
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Paola Falletta, Luis Sanchez-Del-Campo, Jagat Chauhan, Maike Effern, Amy Kenyon, Christopher J Kershaw, Robert Siddaway, Richard Lisle, Rasmus Freter, Matthew J Daniels, Xin Lu, Thomas Tüting, Mark Middleton, Francesca M Buffa, Anne E Willis, Graham Pavitt, Ze'ev A Ronai, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, Michael Hölzel, Colin R Goding
The intratumor microenvironment generates phenotypically distinct but interconvertible malignant cell subpopulations that fuel metastatic spread and therapeutic resistance. Whether different microenvironmental cues impose invasive or therapy-resistant phenotypes via a common mechanism is unknown. In melanoma, low expression of the lineage survival oncogene microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) correlates with invasion, senescence, and drug resistance. However, how MITF is suppressed in vivo and how MITF-low cells in tumors escape senescence are poorly understood...
January 17, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092686/epigenomic-reprogramming-during-pancreatic-cancer-progression-links-anabolic-glucose-metabolism-to-distant-metastasis
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Oliver G McDonald, Xin Li, Tyler Saunders, Rakel Tryggvadottir, Samantha J Mentch, Marc O Warmoes, Anna E Word, Alessandro Carrer, Tal H Salz, Sonoko Natsume, Kimberly M Stauffer, Alvin Makohon-Moore, Yi Zhong, Hao Wu, Kathryn E Wellen, Jason W Locasale, Christine A Iacobuzio-Donahue, Andrew P Feinberg
During the progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), heterogeneous subclonal populations emerge that drive primary tumor growth, regional spread, distant metastasis, and patient death. However, the genetics of metastases largely reflects that of the primary tumor in untreated patients, and PDAC driver mutations are shared by all subclones. This raises the possibility that an epigenetic process might operate during metastasis. Here we report large-scale reprogramming of chromatin modifications during the natural evolution of distant metastasis...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092682/limited-heterogeneity-of-known-driver-gene-mutations-among-the-metastases-of-individual-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer
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Alvin P Makohon-Moore, Ming Zhang, Johannes G Reiter, Ivana Bozic, Benjamin Allen, Deepanjan Kundu, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Fay Wong, Yuchen Jiao, Zachary A Kohutek, Jungeui Hong, Marc Attiyeh, Breanna Javier, Laura D Wood, Ralph H Hruban, Martin A Nowak, Nickolas Papadopoulos, Kenneth W Kinzler, Bert Vogelstein, Christine A Iacobuzio-Donahue
The extent of heterogeneity among driver gene mutations present in naturally occurring metastases-that is, treatment-naive metastatic disease-is largely unknown. To address this issue, we carried out 60× whole-genome sequencing of 26 metastases from four patients with pancreatic cancer. We found that identical mutations in known driver genes were present in every metastatic lesion for each patient studied. Passenger gene mutations, which do not have known or predicted functional consequences, accounted for all intratumoral heterogeneity...
January 16, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092680/utilizing-somatic-mutation-data-from-numerous-studies-for-cancer-research-proof-of-concept-and-applications
#10
D Amar, S Izraeli, R Shamir
Large cancer projects measure somatic mutations in thousands of samples, gradually assembling a catalog of recurring mutations in cancer. Many methods analyze these data jointly with auxiliary information with the aim of identifying subtype-specific results. Here, we show that somatic gene mutations alone can reliably and specifically predict cancer subtypes. Interpretation of the classifiers provides useful insights for several biomedical applications. We analyze the COSMIC database, which collects somatic mutations from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) as well as from many smaller scale studies...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092027/classification-and-lineage-tracing-of-sh2-domains-throughout-eukaryotes
#11
Bernard A Liu
Today there exists a rapidly expanding number of sequenced genomes. Cataloging protein interaction domains such as the Src Homology 2 (SH2) domain across these various genomes can be accomplished with ease due to existing algorithms and predictions models. An evolutionary analysis of SH2 domains provides a step towards understanding how SH2 proteins integrated with existing signaling networks to position phosphotyrosine signaling as a crucial driver of robust cellular communication networks in metazoans. However organizing and tracing SH2 domain across organisms and understanding their evolutionary trajectory remains a challenge...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089380/biotic-host-pathogen-interactions-as-major-drivers-of-plastid-endosymbiosis
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Ugo Cenci, Debashish Bhattacharya, Andreas P M Weber, Christophe Colleoni, Agathe Subtil, Steven G Ball
The plastid originated 1.5 billion years ago through a primary endosymbiosis involving a heterotrophic eukaryote and an ancient cyanobacterium. Phylogenetic and biochemical evidence suggests that the incipient endosymbiont interacted with an obligate intracellular chlamydial pathogen that housed it in an inclusion. This aspect of the ménage-à-trois hypothesis (MATH) posits that Chlamydiales provided critical novel transporters and enzymes secreted by the pathogens in the host cytosol. This initiated the efflux of photosynthate to both the inclusion lumen and host cytosol...
January 11, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088614/ccaat-enhancer-binding-protein-%C3%AE-promotes-pathogenesis-of-eae
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Michelle R Simpson-Abelson, Gerard Hernandez-Mir, Erin E Childs, J Agustin Cruz, Amanda C Poholek, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Sarah L Gaffen, Mandy J McGeachy
The CCAAT/Enhancer Binding Protein β (C/EBPβ) transcription factor is activated by multiple inflammatory stimuli, including IL-17 and LPS, and C/EBPβ itself regulates numerous genes involved in inflammation. However, the role of C/EBPβ in driving autoimmunity is not well understood. Here, we demonstrate that Cebpb(-/-) mice are resistant to EAE. Cebpb(-/-) mice exhibited reduced lymphocyte and APC infiltration into CNS following EAE induction. Furthermore, MOG-induced Th17 cytokine production was impaired in draining LN, indicating defects in Th17 cell priming...
January 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088512/ros1-fusions-rarely-overlap-with-other-oncogenic-drivers-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jessica J Lin, Lauren L Ritterhouse, Siraj M Ali, Mark Bailey, Alexa B Schrock, Justin F Gainor, Lorin A Ferris, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Vincent A Miller, Anthony J Iafrate, Jochen K Lennerz, Alice T Shaw
INTRODUCTION: Chromosomal rearrangements involving the ROS proto-oncogene 1 receptor tyrosine kinase gene (ROS1) define a distinct molecular subset of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with sensitivity to ROS1 inhibitors. Recent reports have suggested a significant overlap between ROS1 fusions and other oncogenic driver alterations, including mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and KRAS proto-oncogene (KRAS). METHODS: We identified patients at our institution with ROS1-rearranged NSCLC who had undergone testing for genetic alterations in additional oncogenes, including EGFR, KRAS, and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087776/seed-plant-specific-gene-lineages-involved-in-carpel-development
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Kai C Pfannebecker, Matthias Lange, Oliver Rupp, Annette Becker
Evolutionary innovations are important drivers of speciation and some are the defining characters of entire phyla. One such major innovation is the carpel, the unifying character and most complex plant organ, composed of many clearly distinct tissue types to ensure reproductive success. The origin of the carpel is unknown, but many components of the gene regulatory network (GRN) governing carpel development and their genetic interactions are known from the core eudicot Arabidopsis thaliana To unravel the evolution of the carpel GRN and to discriminate between "early" and "late" steps in carpel evolution we calculated thorough phylogeny reconstructions based on sequenced genomes...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086829/genomic-pathways-modulated-by-twist-in-breast-cancer
#16
Farhad Vesuna, Yehudit Bergman, Venu Raman
BACKGROUND: The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor TWIST1 (Twist) is involved in embryonic cell lineage determination and mesodermal differentiation. There is evidence to indicate that Twist expression plays a role in breast tumor formation and metastasis, but the role of Twist in dysregulating pathways that drive the metastatic cascade is unclear. Moreover, many of the genes and pathways dysregulated by Twist in cell lines and mouse models have not been validated against data obtained from larger, independant datasets of breast cancer patients...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079877/genome-wide-transposon-screening-and-quantitative-insertion-site-sequencing-for-cancer-gene-discovery-in-mice
#17
Mathias J Friedrich, Lena Rad, Iraad F Bronner, Alexander Strong, Wei Wang, Julia Weber, Matthew Mayho, Hannes Ponstingl, Thomas Engleitner, Carolyn Grove, Anja Pfaus, Dieter Saur, Juan Cadiñanos, Michael A Quail, George S Vassiliou, Pentao Liu, Allan Bradley, Roland Rad
Transposon-mediated forward genetics screening in mice has emerged as a powerful tool for cancer gene discovery. It pinpoints cancer drivers that are difficult to find with other approaches, thus complementing the sequencing-based census of human cancer genes. We describe here a large series of mouse lines for insertional mutagenesis that are compatible with two transposon systems, PiggyBac and Sleeping Beauty, and give guidance on the use of different engineered transposon variants for constitutive or tissue-specific cancer gene discovery screening...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077784/identification-and-characterization-of-hpv-independent-cervical-cancers
#18
Carolyn E Banister, Changlong Liu, Lucia Pirisi, Kim E Creek, Phillip J Buckhaults
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) initiates cervical cancer, and continuous expression of HPV oncogenes E6 and E7 is thought to be necessary to maintain malignant growth. Current therapies target proliferating cells, rather than specific pathways, and most experimental therapies specifically target E6/E7. We investigated the presence and expression of HPV in cervical cancer, to correlate HPV oncogene expression with clinical and molecular features of these tumors that may be relevant to new targeted therapies...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077066/the-essential-requirement-of-an-animal-heme-peroxidase-protein-during-the-wing-maturation-process-in-drosophila
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Dondra Bailey, Mohammed Abul Basar, Sanjay Nag, Nivedita Bondhu, Shaloei Teng, Atanu Duttaroy
BACKGROUND: Thus far, a handful of genes have been shown to be related to the wing maturation process in insects. A novel heme peroxidase enzyme known as curly suppressor (Cysu)(formerly CG5873), have been characterized in this report because it is involved in wing morphogenesis. Using bioinformatics tools we found that Cysu is remarkably conserved in the genus Drosophila (>95%) as well as in invertebrates (>70%), although its vertebrate orthologs show poor homology. Time-lapse imaging and histochemical analyses have confirmed that the defective wing phenotype of Cysu is not a result of any underlying cellular alterations; instead, its wings fail to expand in mature adults...
January 11, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069693/dna-fragile-site-breakage-as-a-measure-of-chemical-exposure-and-predictor-of-individual-susceptibility-to-form-oncogenic-rearrangements
#20
Christine E Lehman, Laura W Dillon, Yuri E Nikiforov, Yuh-Hwa Wang
Chromosomal rearrangements induced by non-radiation causes contribute to the majority of oncogenic fusions found in cancer. Treatment of human thyroid cells with fragile site-inducing laboratory chemicals can cause preferential DNA breakage at the RET gene and generate the RET/PTC1 rearrangement, a common driver mutation in papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC). Here, we demonstrate that treatment with non-cytotoxic levels of environmental chemicals (benzene and diethylnitrosamine) or chemotherapeutic agents (etoposide and doxorubicin) generates significant DNA breakage within RET at levels similar to those generated by fragile site-inducing laboratory chemicals...
January 9, 2017: Carcinogenesis
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