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Yang Zou, Jiang-Yan Zhou, Jiu-Bai Guo, Li-Qun Wang, Yong Luo, Zi-Yu Zhang, Fa-Ying Liu, Jun Tan, Feng Wang, Ou-Ping Huang
Endometriosis is a potential premalignant disorder. The underlying molecular aberrations, however, are not fully understood. A recent exome sequencing study found that 25% (10/39) of deep infiltrating endometriosis harbored cancer driver gene mutations. However, it is unclear whether these mutations also exist in ovarian endometriosis. Here, a total of 101 ovarian endometriosis samples were analyzed for the presence of these gene mutations, including KRAS, PPP2R1A, PIK3CA and ARID1A. In addition, 6 other cancer-associated genes (BRAF, NRAS, HRAS, ERK1, ERK2 and PTEN) were also analyzed...
March 9, 2018: Mutation Research
Deepali Jain, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri
CONTEXT: - There has been a paradigm shift in the understanding of molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer. A number of oncogenic drivers have been identified in non-small cell lung carcinoma, such as the epidermal growth factor receptor ( EGFR) mutation and anaplastic lymphoma kinase ( ALK) gene rearrangement. Because of the clinical presentation at an advanced stage of disease in non-small cell lung carcinoma patients, the use of minimally invasive techniques is preferred to obtain a tumor sample for diagnosis...
March 16, 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Lan Hai, Maria M Szwarc, Bin He, David M Lonard, Ramakrishna Kommagani, Francesco J DeMayo, John P Lydon
Speckle-type poz protein (SPOP) is an E3-ubiquitin ligase adaptor for turnover of a diverse number of proteins involved in key cellular processes from chromatin remodeling, transcriptional regulation to cell signaling. Genomic analysis revealed that SPOP somatic mutations are found in a subset of endometrial cancers, suggesting that these mutations act as oncogenic drivers of this gynecologic malignancy. These studies also raise the question as to the role of wild type SPOP in normal uterine function. To address this question, we generated a mouse model (Spopd/d) in which SPOP is ablated in uterine cells that express the PGR...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Hidejiro Torigoe, Hiromasa Yamamoto, Masakiyo Sakaguchi, Chen Youyi, Kei Namba, Hiroki Sato, Kazuhiko Shien, Junichi Soh, Ken Suzawa, Shuta Tomida, Kazunori Tsukuda, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Shinichi Toyooka
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a member of the ErbB (HER) family that is known to play important roles in the pathogenesis of various human cancers. Mutations of the EGFR gene are commonly found as oncogenic driver mutations, and have been targeted for treatment in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Leucine-rich repeat and immunoglobulin-like domain protein-1 (LRIG1) is a cell-surface protein that is known as a negative regulator of the ErbB (HER) family. In this study, we first confirmed that the expression levels of LRIG1 were much lower in NSCLC than in non-malignant cells or tissues...
March 13, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Jungeun Yu, Stefano Zanotti, Lauren Schilling, Chris Schoenherr, Aris Economides, Archana Sanjay, Ernesto Canalis
Mice harboring Notch2 mutations replicating Hajdu Cheney syndrome (Notch2tm1.1ECan ) have osteopenia and exhibit an increase in splenic marginal zone B cells with a decrease in follicular B cells. Whether the altered B-cell allocation is responsible for the osteopenia of Notch2tm1.1ECan mutants is unknown. To determine the effect of NOTCH2 activation in B cells on splenic B-cell allocation and skeletal phenotype, a conditional by inversion (COIN) Hajdu Cheney syndrome allele of Notch2 (Notch2[ΔPEST]COIN ) was used...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Xiao Sun, Tanxiao Huang, Fangsheng Cheng, Kaibing Huang, Ming Liu, Wan He, Mingwei Li, Xiaoni Zhang, Mingyan Xu, Shifu Chen, Ligang Xia
Postoperative monitoring for patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) requires sensitive biomarkers that are associated with medical response and adjuvant therapy following surgery. Conventional tumor biomarkers [including carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CA19-9 and CA125] are widely used, but none of the markers provide high sensitivity or specificity. Previous studies indicated that circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is useful for postoperative monitoring of patients with cancer. However, the majority of previous studies involved patients with lung cancer, and therefore further studies are required which investigate patients with CRC...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Mathew A Cherian, Sydney Olson, Hemalatha Sundaramoorthi, Kitra Cates, Xiaogang Cheng, John Harding, Andrew Martens, Grant A Challen, Manoj Tyagi, Lee Ratner, Daniel Rauch
The human T cell leukemia virus-1 (HTLV-1) oncoprotein Tax drives cell proliferation and resistance to apoptosis early in the pathogenesis of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL). Subsequently, likely as a result of specific immuno-editing, Tax expression is downregulated and functionally replaced by somatic driver mutations of the host genome. Both amplification and point mutations of interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4) have been previously detected in ATL, and the K59R mutation is the most common single-nucleotide variation in IRF4 and is found exclusively in ATL...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Stephen Brimijoin, Yang Gao, Liyi Geng, Vicky P Chen
Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), a plasma enzyme that hydrolyses the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine relatively well, with far lower efficiency than acetylcholinesterase (AChE) but with the capability to degrade a broad range of bioactive esters. AChE is universally understood as essential to cholinergic neurotransmission, voluntary muscle performance, and cognition, among other roles, and its catalytic impact is essential for life. A total absence of BChE activity, whether by enzyme inhibition or simple lack of enzyme protein is not only compatible with life, but does not lead to obvious physiologic disturbance...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Nirmesh Patel, Daniel Weekes, Konstantinos Drosopoulos, Patrycja Gazinska, Elodie Noel, Mamun Rashid, Hasan Mirza, Jelmar Quist, Fara Brasó-Maristany, Sumi Mathew, Riccardo Ferro, Ana Mendes Pereira, Cynthia Prince, Farzana Noor, Erika Francesch-Domenech, Rebecca Marlow, Emanuele de Rinaldis, Anita Grigoriadis, Spiros Linardopoulos, Pierfrancesco Marra, Andrew N J Tutt
Triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) lack recurrent targetable driver mutations but demonstrate frequent copy number aberrations (CNAs). Here, we describe an integrative genomic and RNAi-based approach that identifies and validates gene addictions in TNBCs. CNAs and gene expression alterations are integrated and genes scored for pre-specified target features revealing 130 candidate genes. We test functional dependence on each of these genes using RNAi in breast cancer and non-malignant cells, validating malignant cell selective dependence upon 37 of 130 genes...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Manuela Porru, Luca Pompili, Carla Caruso, Annamaria Biroccio, Carlo Leonetti
Developing drugs that target KRAS, the most frequently mutated oncogene in cancer, has not been successful despite much concerted efforts dedicated towards it in the last thirty years. Considering the key role this driver oncogene plays, the pharmacological drugging of KRAS remains a key challenge for cancer research. In this review, we highlight the emerging experimental strategies for blocking KRAS function and signaling and its direct targeting. We also report on the results in this field of research produced by our group...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
M Palova, T Szotkowski, A Hlusi, K Indrak, J Navratilova, M Divoka, T Papajik
Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is a chronic clonal myeloid disorder. Together with essential thrombocythemia (ET) and polycythemia vera (PV), it belongs to a group of Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms. An integral part of laboratory tests carried out in this disease group is detecting the presence of mutations in the Janus kinase 2 gene at position 617 (JAK2 V617F) and in the gene encoding for the receptor for thrombopoietin (myeloproliferative leukemia virus oncogene, MPL) found in approximately 60% of PMF patients...
2018: Neoplasma
L F Chen, X Y Chen, X B Yu, D L Pan, L Jin
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March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Patrick Kwok-Shing Ng, Jun Li, Kang Jin Jeong, Shan Shao, Hu Chen, Yiu Huen Tsang, Sohini Sengupta, Zixing Wang, Venkata Hemanjani Bhavana, Richard Tran, Stephanie Soewito, Darlan Conterno Minussi, Daniela Moreno, Kathleen Kong, Turgut Dogruluk, Hengyu Lu, Jianjiong Gao, Collin Tokheim, Daniel Cui Zhou, Amber M Johnson, Jia Zeng, Carman Ka Man Ip, Zhenlin Ju, Matthew Wester, Shuangxing Yu, Yongsheng Li, Christopher P Vellano, Nikolaus Schultz, Rachel Karchin, Li Ding, Yiling Lu, Lydia Wai Ting Cheung, Ken Chen, Kenna R Shaw, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Kenneth L Scott, Song Yi, Nidhi Sahni, Han Liang, Gordon B Mills
The functional impact of the vast majority of cancer somatic mutations remains unknown, representing a critical knowledge gap for implementing precision oncology. Here, we report the development of a moderate-throughput functional genomic platform consisting of efficient mutant generation, sensitive viability assays using two growth factor-dependent cell models, and functional proteomic profiling of signaling effects for select aberrations. We apply the platform to annotate >1,000 genomic aberrations, including gene amplifications, point mutations, indels, and gene fusions, potentially doubling the number of driver mutations characterized in clinically actionable genes...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
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
Christian S Hinrichs
As oncogenes drive carcinogenesis and promote cancer cell survival, they are highly attractive therapeutic targets, and oncogene-targeting small molecules have achieved some clinical success. While many oncogenes are presently considered to be "druggable," tumors often acquire treatment resistance, and patients are rarely cured in response to oncogene-specific treatment. In this issue of the JCI, Veatch and colleagues describe a patient with metastatic acral melanoma who experienced a complete tumor response following infusion of tumor-infiltrating T cells that targeted multiple tumor antigens, including a BRAFV600E driver mutation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Jun Won Park, Min-Sik Kim, Dominic C Voon, Su-Jin Kim, Jingi Bae, Dong-Gi Mun, Seung-Ik Ko, Hark Kyun Kim, Sang-Won Lee, Dae-Yong Kim
The molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of diffuse-type gastric cancer (DGC) have not been adequately explored due to a scarcity of appropriate animal models. A recently developed tool well suited for this line of investigation is the Pdx-1-Cre;Cdh1F/+ ;Trp53F/F ;Smad4F/F (pChe PS) mouse model that spontaneously develops metastatic DGC showing nearly complete E-cadherin loss. Here, we performed a proteogenomic analysis to uncover the molecular changes induced by the concurrent targeting of E-cadherin, p53, and Smad4 loss...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Abdul Q Khan, Shilpa Kuttikrishnan, Kodappully S Siveen, Kirti S Prabhu, Muralitharan Shanmugakonar, Hamda Al Naemi, Mohammad Haris, Said Dermime, Shahab Uddin
Abnormally activated RAS proteins are the main oncogenic driver that governs the functioning of major signaling pathways involved in the initiation and development of human malignancies. Mutations in RAS genes and or its regulators, most frequent in human cancers, are the main force for incessant RAS activation and associated pathological conditions including cancer. In general, RAS is the main upstream regulator of the highly conserved signaling mechanisms associated with a plethora of important cellular activities vital for normal homeostasis...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Virginia Alvarez-Garcia, Clare Bartos, Ieva Keraite, Urmi Trivedi, Paul M Brennan, Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, Karim Gharbi, Olga Oikonomidou, Nicholas R Leslie
PIK3CA mutations are seemingly the most common driver mutations in breast cancer with H1047R and E545K being the most common of these, accounting together for around 60% of all PIK3CA mutations and have promising therapeutic implications. Given the low sensitivity and the high cost of current genotyping methods we sought to develop fast, simple and inexpensive assays for PIK3CA H1047R and E545K mutation screening in clinical material. The methods we describe are based on a real-time PCR including a mutation specific primer combined with a non-productive oligonucleotide which inhibits wild-type amplification and a parallel internal control reaction...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Victoria Peyret, Magalí Nazar, Mariano Martin, Amado A Quintar, Elmer A Fernandez, Romina C Geysels, Cesar Fuziwara, María M Montesinos, Cristina A Maldonado, Pilar Santisteban, Edna T Kimura, Claudia G Pellizas, Juan P Nicola, Ana M Masini-Repiso
Emerging evidence suggests that unregulated Toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling promotes tumor survival signals, thus favoring tumor progression. Here, the mechanism underlying TLR4 overexpression in papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs) mainly harboring the BRAFV600E mutation was studied. TLR4 was overexpressed in PTCs compared to non-neoplastic thyroid tissue. Moreover, paired clinical specimens of primary PTC and its lymph node metastasis showed a significant upregulation of TLR4 levels in the metastatic tissues...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Mohamed E Salem, Alberto Puccini, Axel Grothey, Derek Raghavan, Richard M Goldberg, Joanne Xiu, W Michael Korn, Benjamin A Weinberg, Jimmy J Hwang, Anthony F Shields, John L Marshall, Philip A Philip, Heinz-Josef Lenz
The efficacy of immunotherapy varies widely among different gastrointestinal cancers. Response to immune checkpoint inhibitors is shown to correlate with tumor mutation load (TML), mismatch repair deficiency (dMMR) status, and programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression. Herein, we quantify TML, dMMR, and PD-L1 expression and determine their interrelationship in gastrointestinal cancers. Here, a total of 4125 tumors from 14 different gastrointestinal cancer sites were studied using validated assays. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) was performed on genomic DNA isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor specimens using the NextSeq platform...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
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